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Thread: Jazz Sales Thread - Miles Davis, John Coltrane & More

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    by Fri July 31st, 2009, 12:37

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    by Sun January 31st, 2010, 14:22

    I thought I would revive this thread with the information I have found for a number of jazz artists. I decided to leave out smooth jazz as I don't consider it to be proper jazz so the likes of Kenny G, George Benson and Bob James are not featured here. I have also left out Herb Alpert for the same reason I have left out Frank Sinatra as they are more traditional pop artists than jazz. Some may also think that Norah Jones doesn't really belong here as her more recent material has moved away somewhat from her jazz roots but I've put her here anyway as I feel she has more of a place here than the other artists I've left out. I have also allowed allow fusion artists and groups.

    So, with that out of the way, here are RIAA awards for the following jazz artists:

    Louis Armstrong

    Hello, Dolly: Gold
    What A Wonderful World: Platinum
    All-Time Greatest Hits: Gold
    20th Century Masters Best Of: Gold

    Tom Browne

    Love Approach: Gold

    Dave Brubeck

    Time Out: Platinum
    Greatest Hits: Gold

    John Coltrane

    Blue Train: Gold
    A Love Supreme: Gold

    Miles Davis

    Kind Of Blue: 4xPlatinum
    Sketches Of Spain: Gold
    Bitches Brew: Platinum

    Al DiMeola

    Elegant Gypsy: Gold

    Ella Fitzgerald

    The Best Of The Songbooks: Gold

    Maynard Ferguson

    Conquistador: Gold

    Stan Getz

    Getz/Gilberto: Gold

    Benny Goodman

    Live At Carnegie Hall: Gold

    Herbie Hancock

    Head Hunters: Platinum
    Future Shock: Platinum

    Norah Jones

    Come Away With Me: 10xPlatinum
    Feels Like Home: 4xPlatinum
    Not Too Late: 2xPlatinum

    Stanley Jordan

    Magic Touch: Gold (US)

    Diana Krall

    All For You: Gold
    Love Scenes: Platinum
    When I Look In Your Eyes: Platinum
    The Look Of Love: Platinum
    Live In Paris: Gold
    The Girl In The Other Room: Gold
    Christmas Songs: Gold

    Ramsey Lewis

    Sun Goddess: Gold (US)

    John McLaughlin

    Love Devotion Surrender: Gold (US) *

    *Collaboration with Carlos Santana

    Mahavishnu Orchestra

    Birds Of Fire: Gold (US)

    Wynton Marsalis

    Hot House Flowers: Gold (US)
    Standard Time: Gold (US)

    Pat Metheny Group

    Still Life (Talking): Gold
    Letter From Home: Gold
    Secret Story: Gold *

    *Solo Pat Metheny album

    Glen Miller

    In The Digital Mood: Gold

    Return To Forever

    Romantic Warrior: Gold

    Weather Report

    Heavy Weather: Platinum

    US3

    Hand On The Torch: Platinum [/b]

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    by Sun January 31st, 2010, 14:33

    And here is the Soundscan info I have:

    Dave Brubeck

    Time Out: 1,117,000 (May 2008)

    John Coltrane

    A Love Supreme: 449,111 (Oct 2004) - A July 2007 Billboard article states that this has sold over 500,000 in the SS era)

    Miles Davis

    Career total: 9,500,000 (Sep 2005)

    Birth Of The Cool: 359,000 2006
    Kind Of Blue: 3,045,793 (13th June 2009)
    Sketches Of Spain: 720,000 2006
    In A Silent Way: 175,000 2006
    Bitches Brew: 350,000 2006

    Herbie Hancock

    Possibilities: 321,000 (March 2006)
    River - The Joni Letter: 257,000 (October 2008)

    Charles Mingus

    Mingus Ah Um: 166,000 (July 2007)

    Thelonious Monk

    Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall: 257,000 (2005 though sales were first reported in Billboard article from July 2007)

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    by Sun January 31st, 2010, 14:50

    Some observations I have over the info I have posted:

    The majority of these albums have been released by just 3 major label groups: Blue Note (EMI), Columbia (Sony) and Verve (Universal). In terms of total sales, Blue Note leads the way with 18m although its total is largely down to the extraordinary success they have achieved with Norah Jones, one of the biggest artists of the 2000s. Columbia has the most jazz artists going Gold and Platinum and its 14.5m tally is not far behind Blue Note's. Verve Music Group (comprising Verve, GRP and Impulse) is at 8m and also boast a decent amount of artists.

    What surprises me is that Warner is totally absent. Pat Metheny's albums were distributed by Warner when they were the distributing label for Geffen but are now under Universal's ownership. Coltrane recorded Giant Steps and My Favourite Things for Warner's Atlantic label but neither are certified although another thread shows that they are eligible for Platinum so its anyone's guess whether Atlantic will bother to certify these. They also released Ornette Coleman albums such as the classics The Shape Of Jazz To Come and Change Of The Century, which are also likely for awards. Herbie Hancock had a brief stint with Warner in the late 1960s/early 1970s and Miles Davis released his post-1985 output through them but none of these albums were big sellers so probably aren't eligible for any awards.

    The Soundscan data shows just how undercertified many of these artists are. Miles Davis alone should have several more Gold and Platinum awards than he currently does. The Charles Mingus album could also be eligible for Gold by now. As these are both Columbia artists, who knows if they can be bothered to certify these decades old but still selling albums?

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    by Mon February 1st, 2010, 07:27

    Thanks for the info Priestfan.
    Its gratifying that John Coltrane is still selling and getting awards-a true genius.

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    by Mon August 2nd, 2010, 13:01

    (thanks oldbloke)

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    Top Catalog Albums July 25 2010

    187 DAVIS*MILES KIND OF BLUE 1,172 7 1,097 3,133,783
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    by Sat September 3rd, 2011, 07:32

    Top Catalog Albums
    SOUNDSCAN Week Ending August 28, 2011

    2 - 160 120 DAVIS*MILES KIND OF BLUE 1504 8 1388 3207996
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    by Fri September 30th, 2011, 08:07

    Billboard 200 Albums Chart
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    SoundScan Week Ending September 25, 2011

    Wks On 2Wks LW TW Artist Name Album Title TW % CHG LW Total

    1 - - 171 * DAVIS*MILES BEST OF MILES LIVE IN EUROPE 2951 999 150 3101
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    by Thu October 6th, 2011, 08:09

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    # 4 The Perfect Miles Davis Collection - 2...
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    by Sat January 5th, 2013, 07:54

    CHART: LP VINYL ALBUMS
    12/01


    50 COL 11 26 13 DAVIS*MILES KIND OF BLUE 537 -34 810 20 574
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    by Sat January 5th, 2013, 07:57

    CHART: LP VINYL ALBUMS
    12/01


    5 IMPL 28 30 27 COLTRANE*JOHN LOVE SUPREME 442 -39 726 37 619
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    by Fri January 11th, 2013, 17:29

    Top Catalog Albums 19/01/2013: Week Ending January 6, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    107 Dave Brubeck Time Out 1,829 -27 2,509 1,271,980

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    by Fri January 11th, 2013, 17:32

    Top Catalog Albums 19/01/2013: Week Ending January 6, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    115 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 1,777 -20 2,229 3,294,366

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    by Fri January 11th, 2013, 17:34

    LP Vinyl Albums 19/01/2013: Week Ending January 6, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    10 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 439 -18 537 21,013

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    by Fri January 11th, 2013, 19:57

    LP Vinyl Albums 19/01/2013: Week Ending January 6, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    45 John Coltrane Supreme 231 -48 442 37,850

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    by Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:36

    Top Catalog Albums 26/01/2013: Week Ending January 13, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    125 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 1,496 -16 1,777 3,295,862

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    by Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:38

    LP Vinyl Albums 26/01/2013: Week Ending January 13, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    11 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 406 -8 439 21,419

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    by Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:48

    Top Catalog Albums 26/01/2013: Week Ending January 13, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    107 Dave Brubeck Time Out 1,300 -29 1,829 1,273,280

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    by Fri January 18th, 2013, 10:50

    LP Vinyl Albums 26/01/2013: Week Ending January 13, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    28 John Coltrane Supreme 274 19 231 38,124

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    by Thu February 7th, 2013, 00:30

    Top Catalog Albums 16/02/2013: Week Ending February 3, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    89 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 1,811 -10 2,006 3,301,473

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    by Thu February 7th, 2013, 00:32

    LP Vinyl Albums 16/02/2013: Week Ending February 3, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    36 John Coltrane A Love Supreme 219 60 137 38,774

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    by Thu February 7th, 2013, 00:37

    Top Current Albums 16/02/2013: Week Ending February 3, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    194 Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1,995 999 69 2,064

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    by Thu February 21st, 2013, 10:20

    Top Catalog Albums 02/03/2013: Week Ending February 17, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    175 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 1,754 12 1,572 3,304,799

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    by Thu February 21st, 2013, 10:22

    LP Vinyl Albums 02/03/2013: Week Ending February 17, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    36 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 284 16 245 22,767

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    by Fri March 1st, 2013, 21:49

    Top Catalog Albums 09/03/2013: Week Ending February 24, 2013

    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
    150 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue 1,675 -5 1,574 3,306,474

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