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    by » Sun February 4th, 2007, 01:47

    US Shipments

    Key
    year of release
    year of latest riaa certification
    title
    riaa certification
    soundscan total since 1991 - courtesy of Hanboo and AutomaticBR
    weeks on catalogue chart since 1982

    Studio Albums
    1970 none Eric Clapton
    1970 1971 Layla - 500,000
    1974 1974 461 Ocean Boulevard - 500,000
    1975 none There's One in Every Crowd
    1976 none No Reason to Cry
    1977 1993 Slowhand - 3,000,000 - 1,000,000 - 1wk
    1978 1978 Backless - 1,000,000
    1981 1981 Another Ticket - 500,000
    1983 none Money and Cigarettes
    1985 1997 Behind the Sun - 1,000,000
    1986 1987 August - 500,000
    1989 1991 Journeyman - 2,000,000
    1994 1995 From the Cradle - 3,000,000 - 2,481,000
    1998 1998 Pilgrim - 1,000,000 - 1,414,000
    2001 2001 Reptile - 500,000 - 557,000
    2004 2004 Me and Mr Johnson - 500,000 - 614,000
    2005 2005 Back Home - 500,000

    Soundtrack
    1992 1992 Rush (Soundtrack) - 500,000 - 757,000

    Live Albums
    1973 1973 Derek & The Dominoes In Concert - 500,000
    1973 none The Rainbow Concert
    1975 none EC Was Here
    1980 1980 Just One Night - 500,000
    1991 1992 24 Nights - 250,000
    1992 1996 Unplugged - 10,000,000 - 7,505,000 - 28wks
    2002 none One More Car One More Rider
    2004 none Sessions For Robert J


    Compilations
    1972 1972 A History Of Eric Clapton - 500,000
    1972 none At His Best
    1973 none Clapton
    1982 1995 Timepieces - 7,000,000 - 4,423,000 - 327wks - 37wks at Number One
    ???? none Timepieces-Live in the 70's
    1995 2005 The Cream Of - 2,000,000 - 2,801,000 jan 2008 - 77wks
    1999 1999 Blues - 250,000
    1999 2001 Clapton Chronicles - 1,000,000 - 1,475,000
    2005 none 20th Century Masters - 566,000 jan 2008
    2007 2008 Complete Clapton - 250,000 - 283,000 feb 2008

    Box Sets
    1988 2005 Crossroads - 750,000
    1996 none Crossroads-Live in the 70's
    1990 none Layla Sessions

    Total Shipment - 37,000,000

    Total Soundscan Mar 1991 - Dec 2007 28,746,000

    Collaborations
    1966 none Bluesbreakers
    2000 2001 Ridin' With the King - 2,000,000 - 1,900,000
    2006 none The Road to Escondido - 500,000 - 455,000 mar 2007

    Adding these gives

    Total Shipment - 32,203,000

    Soundscan Total 1991-2007 - 32,203,000



    Cream - US Shipments

    "Studio" Albums
    1967 1968 Fresh Cream - 500,000
    1967 1993 Disraeli Gears - 1,000,000
    1968 1968 Wheels Of Fire - 500,000
    1969 1969 Goodbye Cream - 500,000

    Compilations
    1969 1969 Best Of Cream - 500,000
    1972 none Heavy Cream
    1983 1993 Strange Brew/Very Best Of - 1,000,000 - 45wks
    ???? 2006 The Very Best Of - 500,000 - 1wk
    ???? none Those Were the Days (Box Set)

    Live Albums
    1970 none Live Cream
    1972 none Live Cream Volume Two
    2005 none Royal Albert Hall 2005

    Total Shipment - 4,500,000

    Soundscan Total since 1991 - 2,200,000




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    by » Sun February 4th, 2007, 13:12

    U.K. shipments

    Key:
    year of release
    year of latest BPI certification
    title
    BPI certification

    Studio Albums
    1974 1974 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD 100.000
    1975 1975 THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD 60.000
    1976 1976 NO REASON TO CRY 60.000
    1977 1979 SLOWHAND 100.000
    1978 1978 BACKLESS 60.000
    1986 1987 AUGUST 300.000
    1989 1989 JOURNEYMAN 300.000
    1994 1994 FROM THE CRADLE 100.000
    1998 1998 PILGRIM 100.000
    2001 2001 REPTILE 100.000
    2004 2004 ME & MR JOHNSON 60.000

    Live Albums
    1973 1975 LIVE AT THE RAINBOW 60.000
    1975 1975 E C WAS HERE 60.000
    1980 1980 JUST ONE NIGHT 60.000
    1991 1991 24 NIGHTS 100.000
    1992 1995 UNPLUGGED 900.000

    Compilations
    1982 1985 TIME PIECES 100.000
    1987 1991 THE CREAM OF ERIC CLAPTON 900.000
    1993 1993 THE BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON 100.000
    1999 2001 THE CLAPTON CHRONICLES - BEST OF 300.000
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    by » Sun February 4th, 2007, 15:12

    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    1993 1993 THE BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON 100.000
    Thanks for the list borderwolf.

    This album has always been a mystery to me - never saw in the shops, it didn't chart and yet is a Gold album.

    Anyone have a tracklisting or anything?

    The collaboration Ridin' With the King shipped 100,000 to complete your list.

    No certifications for pre-1973 stuff of course. :(

    Why can't the BPI get it's act together for one of the world's biggest music markets.
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    by » Sun February 4th, 2007, 18:09

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    1993 1993 THE BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON 100.000
    This album has always been a mystery to me - never saw in the shops, it didn't chart and yet is a Gold album.

    Anyone have a tracklisting or anything?

    No certifications for pre-1973 stuff of course. :(

    Why can't the BPI get it's act together for one of the world's biggest music markets.
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    by » Sun February 4th, 2007, 18:21

    Certification in Germany:

    Key: Date of certification, album, shipments

    2000- Riding with king- 150.000
    2006- Umplugged- 1.250.000
    1998- Pilgrim- 250.000
    1994- From craddle- 250.000
    2004- Clapton chronicles- 500.000
    2001- Reptile- 150.000
    2006- The road to escondido- 100.000

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    by » Tue February 20th, 2007, 17:28

    Source: Billboard
    Date: 5/15/93

    Unplugged sales in Asia's eight markets are near 450,000 level.
    South Korea - 200,000
    Taiwan
    Hong Kong
    Singapore
    Malaysia
    Thailand
    Philippines
    Indonesia

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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 11:36

    really shocking how his sales have taken a hit over the past decade. Went from 7.4 million with the Unplugged album to 165k for Back Home? I've never been a fan of his but you'd think his legendary status would help his albums sell better than that, especially considering how successful he was in the 1990's.

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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 12:06

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    US Shipments

    1992 1996 Unplugged - 10,000,000 - 7,444,000
    This album must have sold a LOT through record clubs. It's now at 7,505,000 according to Hanboo's list. But when certified in 1996 it probably scanned less than 7m, meaning 3m was likely through clubs!

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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 12:08

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    US Shipments
    Total Shipment - 36,750,000

    Total Soundscan since 1991 - 27,986,000


    Cream - US Shipments

    Total Shipment - 4,500,000

    Soundscan Total since 1991 - 2,200,000
    A bit surprising that Cream haven't done better saleswise. Legendary status well in place.

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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 21:23

    Quote Originally Posted by NothingFails
    really shocking how his sales have taken a hit over the past decade. Went from 7.4 million with the Unplugged album to 165k for Back Home? I've never been a fan of his but you'd think his legendary status would help his albums sell better than that, especially considering how successful he was in the 1990's.
    The 165k for Back Home is from early in its release so may be a bit misleading.

    His latest one with JJ Cale is over 400k.

    His soundscan total of 28m since 1991 is pretty impressive - more than Elton, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney who are his contemporaries.

    But sales of his studio albums have been going down, so you're certainly right there.

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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 21:32

    Quote Originally Posted by Dane
    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    Cream - US Shipments

    Total Shipment - 4,500,000

    Soundscan Total since 1991 - 2,200,000
    A bit surprising that Cream haven't done better saleswise. Legendary status well in place.
    They were on Polydor who seem to be the worst label in terms of getting riaa certs done.

    Examples - The Bee Gees and Grease!

    So I reckon the shipments are undercooked for sales in the 60's and 70's.

    Of course by the soundscan era they are a bit old hat. 15 minute guitar solos not popular. I bet at least half of the 2.2m is compilations of their short singles type tracks.

    But yes, I would have expected a bit more - they are very low on the 1m to 15m list at the bottom of Page One.

    One final point is that they do feature on Eric's compilations which sell well - like The Cream Of. Also their very best tracks feature on the Crossroads Box Set - one of the best selling box sets ever. Perhaps if people have these tracks they don't need any actual Cream albums.
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    by » Wed February 21st, 2007, 22:38

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil
    Quote Originally Posted by NothingFails
    really shocking how his sales have taken a hit over the past decade. Went from 7.4 million with the Unplugged album to 165k for Back Home? I've never been a fan of his but you'd think his legendary status would help his albums sell better than that, especially considering how successful he was in the 1990's.
    The 165k for Back Home is from early in its release so may be a bit misleading.

    His latest one with JJ Cale is over 400k.

    His soundscan total of 28m since 1991 is pretty impressive - more than Elton, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney who are his contemporaries.

    But sales of his studio albums have been going down, so you're certainly right there.

    Cheers NothingFails, you make many interesting contributions to my threads.
    oh ok, I was thinking after two years he only sold 165k and was shocked just how low that was considering Clapton seemed to have a solid fanbase, but after what you said, it was probably an early figure. I know the days of Unplugged, or even From The Cradle (which sold exceptionally well considering there was not a single or video to push it) are behind him, but at least Reptile numbers make sense.

    I mean, if it sold enough to go gold, that's reasonable considering he hasn't really scored a hit since Change The World, but his sales till now have been reasonable for his age and contemporaries.

    Thanks for the good words

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    by » Fri February 23rd, 2007, 16:07

    Quote Originally Posted by NothingFails
    [oh ok, I was thinking after two years he only sold 165k and was shocked just how low that was considering Clapton seemed to have a solid fanbase, but after what you said, it was probably an early figure. I know the days of Unplugged, or even From The Cradle (which sold exceptionally well considering there was not a single or video to push it) are behind him, but at least Reptile numbers make sense.

    I mean, if it sold enough to go gold, that's reasonable considering he hasn't really scored a hit since Change The World, but his sales till now have been reasonable for his age and contemporaries.
    Interesting comments again. I've taken a look, and yes his sales of new albums seem to have settled around the 500,000 mark.

    Of course the many compilations still do very well.

    But his soundscan total again. Nearly 28m. This doesn't include collaborations or soundtracks. So looks like the JJ Cale album and Rush soundtrack don't count.

    Compare this 28m with 31.4m for U2 which have been a mega-band in the soundscan era. He's not very far behind.....

    He is 21st on the soundscan list, but the artists above him are mostly

    - The big selling female singers since 1991
    - Modern big bands like Metallica/U2
    - Big selling new country artists who have had loads of hit albums like Alan Jackson/Tim McGraw

    So in that context his total seems better and better. Add on Cream and his collaboration albums....

    Finally consider his sales from 1970 to 1991, plus whatever he sold in the 60's with John Mayall, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie.
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    by » Mon February 26th, 2007, 19:27

    French certifications:

    Albums
    Riding with the king
    Album certifié Disque d'Or en 2001
    (soit 100 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    Unplugged MTV
    Album certifié Double Disque de Platine en 2001
    (soit 600 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    Pilgrim
    Album certifié Disque d'Or en 1998
    (soit 100 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    From the cradle
    Album certifié Double Disque d'Or en 1995/1996
    (soit 200 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    The cream of Clapton
    Album certifié Disque d'Or en 1995
    (soit 100 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    Eric Clapton story
    Album certifié Disque d'Or en 1990
    (soit 100 000 exemplaires certifiés)
    Journeyman
    Album certifié Disque d'Or en 1990
    (soit 100 000 exemplaires certifiés)



    Singles
    Change the world
    Single certifié Disque d'Argent en 1996
    (soit 125 000 exemplaires certifiés)
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    by » Mon February 26th, 2007, 20:11

    Certifications in Nederland:

    1990 - Journeyman - gold
    1992 - Eric Clapton story - 1x platinum
    1993 - Time pieces - 1x platinum
    1995 - Unplugged - 4x platinum
    ???? - BB King & Eric Clapton Riding with the King - gold
    2006 - From The Cradle - 1x platinum
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    by » Mon February 26th, 2007, 20:19

    Swiss certification awards:

    Journeyman - Gold 1990
    Slowhand - Gold 1990
    Eric Clapton Story - Gold 1991
    Timepieces - Gold 1992
    Slowhand - Gold 1993
    Unplugged - 2xPlatin 1994
    From The Cradle - Gold 1994
    Cream Of Eric Clapton - Gold 1998
    Pilgrim - Gold 1998
    Chronicles, Best Of - Gold 1999
    Reptile - Gold 2001

    Eric Clapton & BB King Riding With The King - Gold 2000
    JJ Cale & Eric Clapton The Road To Escondido - Gold 2006
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    by » Mon February 26th, 2007, 20:30

    From Norway:

    1998 - Pilgrim - platinum
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    by » Thu April 5th, 2007, 22:01

    3/17/07 Catalog chart:

    33 CLAPTON*ERIC BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON-MILLENNIU 4390 -7% 4703 450,094 (no cert)

    115 UNIV 60 66 68 CLAPTON*ERIC CREAM OF 3037 -5 3197 2670951

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    by » Sat June 2nd, 2007, 17:59

    A Sweden Certification:

    1999 - Chronicles - 1x platinum - 80.000
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    1998 - Pilgrim - 1x platinum - 20.000
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    by » Sun June 3rd, 2007, 13:09

    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    A Sweden Certification:

    1999 - Chronicles - 1x platinum - 80.000
    Unplugged & From The Craddle are Platinum, 100k. Pilgrim is Gold (40k).
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    by » Sun June 3rd, 2007, 13:19

    Quote Originally Posted by MJDangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    A Sweden Certification:

    1999 - Chronicles - 1x platinum - 80.000
    Unplugged & From The Craddle are Platinum, 100k. Pilgrim is Gold (40k).
    Wow! So you have certifications before 1999?
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    by » Sun June 3rd, 2007, 13:20

    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    Quote Originally Posted by MJDangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by borderwolf
    A Sweden Certification:

    1999 - Chronicles - 1x platinum - 80.000
    Unplugged & From The Craddle are Platinum, 100k. Pilgrim is Gold (40k).
    Wow! So you have certifications before 1999?
    Some of them. The hitlist swedish site which published charts from 93 to now point out certifications in their chart, like in Spain or in the USA.
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