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    by » 25-06-12, 12:04

    This was published on RIAJ The Record 1996 November issue.

    Albums

    22 Hits of the Carpenters - Carpenters - 10/11/1995 - PO - 2M - 2,000,000
    The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston - 5/12/1992 - BV - 2M - 2,000,000
    NOW 1 - Queen etc - 8/12/1993 - TO - M - 1,000,000
    MAX - Mariah Carey etc - 11/11/1994 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    Music Box - Mariah Carey - 11/9/1993 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey - 29/10/1994 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    Daydream - Mariah Carey - 30/9/1995 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    Cross Road - Bon Jovi - 7/10/1994 - MME - M - 1,000,000
    Scatman's World - Scatman - 23/8/1995 - BV - M - 1,000,000
    Now 2 - The Rolling Stones etc - 9/11/1994 - TO - PPPP - 800,000
    Emotions - Mariah Carey - 4/10/1991 - SME - PPPP - 800,000
    The Colour Of My Love - Celine Dion - 21/10/1995 - SME - PPP - 600,000
    Greatest Hits - Cyndi Lauper - 8/9/1994 - SME - PPP - 600,000
    Tougher Than Love - Diana King - 27/4/1995 - SME - PPP - 600,000
    Max 2 - Diana King etc - 11/11/1995 - SME - PPP - 600,000
    Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - 22/8/1990 - SME - PPP - 600,000
    These Days - Bon Jovi - 10/6/1995 - MME - PPP - 600,000
    The Immaculate Collection - Madonna - 17/11/1990 - WJ - PPP - 600,000
    Unplugged - Eric Clapton - 10/9/1992 - WJ - PPP - 600,000
    Mega Hits - Whitney Houston etc - 21/10/1994 - BV - PPP - 600,000
    The Sign - Ace Of Base - 26/12/1993 - BV - PPP - 600,000
    Bow Wow! Super Hits Collection - Bon Jovi etc - 16/11/1995 - PO - PP - 400,000
    Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em - MC Hammer - - TO - PP - 400,000
    NOW EX - Shampoo - 7/6/1995 - TO - PP - 400,000
    We Are Shampoo - Shampoo - 2/11/1994 - TO - PP - 400,000
    1967-1970 - The Beatles - 20/9/1993 - TO - PP - 400,000
    1962-1966 - The Beatles - 20/9/1993 - TO - PP - 400,000
    Anthology 1 - The Beatles - 22/11/1995 - TO - PP - 400,000
    Now 3 - Shampoo etc - 8/11/1995 - TO - PP - 400,000
    Dub-I-Dub - Me & My - 10/2/1996 - TO - PP - 400,000
    Dancemania 1 - E-rotic etc - 10/4/1996 - TO - PP - 400,000
    Now 4 - Queen etc - 19/6/1996 - TO - PP - 400,000
    HIStory - Michael Jackson - 16/6/1995 - SME - PP - 400,000
    Dangerous - Michael Jackson - - SME - PP - 400,000
    Falling Into You - Celine Dion - 14/3/1996 - SME - PP - 400,000
    Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 - Billy Joel - 22/11/1989 - SME - PP - 400,000
    Top Gun - Soundtrack - 1/3/1989 - SME - PP - 400,000
    Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi - - MME - PP - 400,000
    Erotica - Madonna - 25/10/1992 - WJ - PP - 400,000
    Like A Prayer - Madonna - - WJ - PP - 400,000
    Use Your Illusion 1 - Guns N' Roses - 17/9/1991 - MV - PP - 400,000


    Singles

    To Love You More - Celine Dion - 21/10/1995 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey - 29/10/1994 - SME - M - 1,000,000
    Welcome to the Edge - Billie Hughes - 15/5/1991 - PC - PPPPP - 500,000
    I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston - 2/12/1992 - BV - PPPPP - 500,000
    Top Of The World - Carpenters - 3/11/1995 - PO - PPPP - 400,000
    If We Hold On Together - Diana Ross - 25/1/1990 - WJ - PPPP - 400,000
    Ellie My Love - Ray Charles - 4/10/1989 - - PPP - 300,000
    First Of May - Bee Gees - 4/5/1996 - PO - PP - 200,000
    Sweet Love - Randy Crawford - 10/5/1991 - TO - PP - 200,000
    Lambada - Kaoma - 30/11/1989 - SME - PP - 200,000
    I'll Do It - Nahki & Diana King - 15/2/1996 - SME - PP - 200,000
    A Hazy shade of winter - Simon & Garfunkel - 21/7/1994 - SME - PP - 200,000
    Now You're Not Here - Swing Out Sister - 5/8/1996 - MME - PP - 200,000
    Sweet Love - Randy Crawford - 10/5/1991 - WJ - PP - 200,000

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    by » 26-06-12, 09:51

    Nice list!! The bodyguard was massive in Japan!
    It was the third best selling album of 1993! (and was actually very close to#2!)

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    by » 26-06-12, 15:46

    Wow... It almost amazes me how many seemingly random songs by Western artists sell massively in Japan, whereas some other megahits released on physical CD barely sold anything at all

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    by » 26-06-12, 17:11

    it kinda under-represents the queen of Japan, Mariah Carey.. with #1's at above 3,5 million, Daydream and Merry Christmas at above 2,5 million, Music Box not far behind at 2,3 million and Butterfly and Rainbow at 1,5 and 1,0 million respectively. (did i mention 1m for Emotions?)

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    by » 26-06-12, 17:21

    Others have updated certs, as well- i.e. The Immaculate Collection for 1 million.

    Mimi was the Queen of foreign-act sales in Japan. It didn't hurt that she was on Sony at the time, too.
    The most celebrated and important female artist of the last half-century-plus-who else but the one and only Madonna.

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    by » 26-06-12, 17:49

    Japan freaks out about Lady Gaga for the last 2-3 years - that makes me wonder: Looking at all the million certifications of Mariah Carey, was her hype even bigger than Gaga's in the 90s?
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    by » 26-06-12, 18:03

    @ To Love You More. I didn't know it's been a huge hit in Japan

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    by » 26-06-12, 18:10

    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy94
    Japan freaks out about Lady Gaga for the last 2-3 years - that makes me wonder: Looking at all the million certifications of Mariah Carey, was her hype even bigger than Gaga's in the 90s?
    I think so, yes. Her impact keeps her selling out Tokyo Dome or Rainbow Hall to this day.

    Mariah had to cancel shooting the Boy I Need You video in Tokyo because when news spread she was there.. ten thousands of fans came to see her causing a turmoil and that was in 2003.

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    by » 26-06-12, 18:11

    Quote Originally Posted by Nackar
    Wow... It almost amazes me how many seemingly random songs by Western artists sell massively in Japan, whereas some other megahits released on physical CD barely sold anything at all
    Who'd have thought that the Scatman would have been so huge there?
    http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/ <---- Brilliant blog about all the UK No 1 albums.

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    by » 26-06-12, 18:20

    Mimi Carey's album sales in Japan took a tumble once she was off of Sony, though. Even The Emancipation of Mimi didn't do nearly as well, comparatively, in Japan as it did in the USA.
    The most celebrated and important female artist of the last half-century-plus-who else but the one and only Madonna.

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    by » 26-06-12, 18:31

    Quote Originally Posted by HolidayGuy
    Mimi Carey's album sales in Japan took a tumble once she was off of Sony, though. Even The Emancipation of Mimi didn't do nearly as well, comparatively, in Japan as it did in the USA.
    u are right Glitter stumbled at 500k, so did Greatest Hits and CB only sold 400k, while TEOM stalled at 350k and EMC² at 150k, until Memoirs flopped with 100k and MCIIY did vanish after 25k.

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    by » 27-06-12, 01:36

    Quote Originally Posted by stevyy
    it kinda under-represents the queen of Japan, Mariah Carey.. with #1's at above 3,5 million, Daydream and Merry Christmas at above 2,5 million, Music Box not far behind at 2,3 million and Butterfly and Rainbow at 1,5 and 1,0 million respectively. (did i mention 1m for Emotions?)
    Mariah Carey up to 2009/07/14

    single - gold - 50,000 - Honey - 19970827 - 199709
    single - platinum - 100,000 - Fantasy - 19950921 - 199511
    single - million - 1,000,000 - All I Want For Christmas Is You - 19941029 - 199501
    album - gold - 100,000 - Anytime You Need A Friend - 19940821 - 199411
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Glitter - 20010818 - 200108
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Greatest Hits - 20011212 - 200112
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Charmbracelet - 20021120 - 200211
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - VISION OF LIVE - 19920625 - 199810
    album - triple?platinum - 600,000 - Mariah - 19900822 - 199501
    album - quadruplet?platinum - 800,000 - RAINBOW - 19991027 - 199911
    album - quadruplet?platinum - 800,000 - Emotions - 19911004 - 199605
    album - million - 1,000,000 - MUSIC BOX - 19930911 - 199404
    album - million - 1,000,000 - Daydream - 19950930 - 199510
    album - million - 1,000,000 - Butterfly - 19970910 - 199709
    album - ?million - 2,000,000 - Merry Christmas - 19941029 - 199612
    album - ?million - 3,000,000 - The Ones - 19981118 - 199812
    album - gold - 100000 - E=MC2 - 20080416 - 200804
    album - platinum - 250000 - MIMI - 20050330 - 200507

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    by » 27-06-12, 01:38

    Quote Originally Posted by HolidayGuy
    Others have updated certs, as well- i.e. The Immaculate Collection for 1 million.

    Mimi was the Queen of foreign-act sales in Japan. It didn't hurt that she was on Sony at the time, too.
    Madonna up to 2009/07/14

    single - gold - 50,000 - Vogue - 19900425 - 199308
    single - gold - 50,000 - La Isla Bonita - 19950810 - 199510
    album - gold - 100,000 - True Blue - 19890525 - 199403
    album - gold - 100,000 - Like A Virgin - 19890525 - 199403
    album - gold - 100,000 - ?Evita?OST - 19961110 - 199701
    album - platinum - 200,000 - I'm Breathless - 19900610 - 199006
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Bedtime Stories - 19941105 - 199411
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Music - 20000918 - 200009
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Greatest Hits Vol.2 - 20011110 - 200112
    album - platinum - 200,000 - American Life - 20030423 - 200305
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - Like A Prayer - 19890409 - 198904
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - Erotica - 19921025 - 199411
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - Best Of Madonna?Ballad Collection - 19951110 - 199705
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - Ray Of Light - 19980222 - 199805
    album - quadruplet?platinum - 800,000 - Ultra Madonna Greatest Hits - 19901117 - 199802
    album - platinum - 250000 - Hard Candy - 20080430 - 200805
    album - double?platinum - 500000 - Confessions On The Dance Floor - 20051116 - 200606

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    Michael Jackson up to 2009/07/14

    album - gold - 100,000 - Thriller - 19910725 - 199403
    album - gold - 100,000 - BAD - 19910725 - 199411
    album - gold - 100,000 - Blood On The Dance Floor/ History In The Mix - 19970521 - 199705
    album - platinum - 200,000 - Invinsible - 20011029 - 200110
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - DANGEROUS - 19911125 - 199209
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - History past, present and future book 1 - 19950616 - 199507
    album - gold - 100000 - NUMBER ONES - 20031119 - 200311

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    Whitney Houston up to 2009/07/14

    single - gold - 50,000 - All At Once - 19960726 - 199608
    single - quntuplet?platinum - 500,000 - Always Love You - 19921202 - 199306
    album - gold - 100,000 - love, whitney ?Love Song Collection? - 20011205 - 200112
    album - gold - 100,000 - JUST WHITNEY... - 20021127 - 200301
    album - platinum - 200,000 - ?The Preacher's Wife?OST - 19961214 - 199702
    album - platinum - 200,000 - My Love Is Your Love - 19981127 - 199812
    album - double?platinum - 400,000 - I'm Your Baby Tonight - 19901110 - 199702
    album - triple?platinum - 600,000 - The Greatest Hits - 20000520 - 200007

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    by » 27-06-12, 01:46

    Quote Originally Posted by HolidayGuy
    Others have updated certs, as well- i.e. The Immaculate Collection for 1 million.

    Mimi was the Queen of foreign-act sales in Japan. It didn't hurt that she was on Sony at the time, too.
    If you referred to this
    http://www18.ocn.ne.jp/~hbr/

    Otherwise you can send email to RIAJ (English site) email to ask for Madonna certifications.

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    by » 27-06-12, 07:44

    Thank you so much for posting all that! Your effort is much appreciated

    I can't at the horrible undercertification of Michael's earlier albums, though

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    by » 27-06-12, 12:20

    The RIAJ is pretty much as useless as the RIAA because some artists are very well certified and others are crucially undercertified so that comparisons on the basis of RIAJ certifications are rather pointless.

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    by » 27-06-12, 14:47

    Quote Originally Posted by Nackar
    Thank you so much for posting all that! Your effort is much appreciated

    I can't at the horrible undercertification of Michael's earlier albums, though
    album - gold - 100,000 - Thriller - 19910725 - 199403
    album - gold - 100,000 - BAD - 19910725 - 199411

    The RIAJ certifications were based on released date from 1989.
    So did you see the release date of
    Thriller - 1991/07/25
    Bad - 1991/07/25?

    So yes, the re-issue from 1991/07/25 sold another 100,000 copies.
    You can check on "eil.com" about Japanese versions of Thriller & Bad. The first CD was around 1984 or something. then 1987 when Bad released, a new re-issue of Thriller came out, this 1991 re-issue because of the "Dangerous". You can distinguish the different re-issue by looking at the catalogue numbers.

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    by » 27-06-12, 14:48

    Similar to Madonna
    album - gold - 100,000 - True Blue - 19890525 - 199403
    album - gold - 100,000 - Like A Virgin - 19890525 - 199403

    Both re-issue from 1989/05/25 after the release of Like A Prayer, so it's impressive that after 5 years it still could sold another 100,000 copies after the peaks of both albums.

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    by » 27-06-12, 15:05

    ^ Oh wow, can't believe I missed all that! Thanks for the useful lesson hoieagle

    Then yes, it is quite impressive that they sold that much more since then, especially since the Japanese market doesn't have nearly as many strong catalogue sellers as in the West.

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    by » 27-06-12, 18:24

    Quote Originally Posted by arab
    @ To Love You More. I didn't know it's been a huge hit in Japan
    Yes, the song was written for a popular Japanese drama. Initially a Japan-only single, but later they released it in Canada as well, and I believe the US too.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevyy
    Quote Originally Posted by HolidayGuy
    Mimi Carey's album sales in Japan took a tumble once she was off of Sony, though. Even The Emancipation of Mimi didn't do nearly as well, comparatively, in Japan as it did in the USA.
    u are right Glitter stumbled at 500k, so did Greatest Hits and CB only sold 400k, while TEOM stalled at 350k and EMC² at 150k, until Memoirs flopped with 100k and MCIIY did vanish after 25k.
    Glitter was still released by Sony Music Japan unlike all other countries in the world! But it's such a shame the way Mariah is selling now! Hope for her new album to be succesful again!

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    by » 29-06-12, 06:16

    her sales are affected by the fact she changed genre in her music career

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    by » 29-06-12, 08:41

    interesting topic,
    Hoieagle, could you post Celine Dion certifications and sales, please?

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    by » 02-07-12, 08:11

    Quote Originally Posted by jeangrey
    interesting topic,
    Hoieagle, could you post Celine Dion certifications and sales, please?
    Up to 2012/07/02

    Singles
    Beauty & The Beast - G - 50,000 - 19920408 - 199310
    To Love You More - G - 50,000 - 19951021 - 199510
    To Love You More - PPP - 300,000 - 19951021 - 199511
    To Love You More - PPPP - 400,000 - 19951021 - 199512
    To Love You More - M - 1,000,000 - 19951021 - 199601
    Beauty & The Beast - P - 100,000 - 19920408 - 199611
    The Power Of The Dream - G - 50,000 - 19960821 - 199701
    Be The Man - P - 100,000 - 19971113 - 199711
    My Heart Will Go On (8cm) - G - 50,000 - 19980114 - 199804
    My Heart Will Go On (8cm) - P - 100,000 - 19980114 - 199808
    My Heart Will Go On (8cm) - PP - 200,000 - 19980114 - 199902

    Albums
    The Colour Of My Love - G - 100,000 - 19931202 - 199503
    The Colour Of My Love - P - 200,000 - 19951021 - 199511
    The Colour Of My Love - PP - 400,000 - 19951021 - 199512
    The Colour Of My Love - PPP - 600,000 - 19951021 - 199601
    Falling Into You - G - 100,000 - 19960314 - 199603
    Falling Into You - P - 200,000 - 19960314 - 199604
    Falling Into You - PP - 400,000 - 19960314 - 199607
    Celine Dion - G - 100,000 - 19920521 - 199608
    Falling Into You - PPP - 600,000 - 19960314 - 199702
    Let's Talk About Love - PP - 400,000 - 19971115 - 199711
    Let's Talk About Love - PPP - 600,000 - 19971115 - 199712
    Let's Talk About Love - M - 1,000,000 - 19971115 - 199805
    Falling Into You - PPPP - 800,000 - 19960314 - 199810
    These Are Special Times - PP - 400,000 - 19981031 - 199811
    My Heart Will Go On (Remix) - G - 100,000 - 19980114 - 199812
    All The Way... A Decade Of Song - M - 1,000,000 - 19991103 - 199911
    The Collector's Series Volume 1 - G - 100,000 - 20001025 - 200010
    A New Day Has Come - G - 100,000 - 20020330 - 200203
    All The Way... A Decade Of Song - 2M - 2,000,000 - 19991103 - 200705
    Taking Chances - G - 100,000 - 20071107 - 200712
    Complete Best - G - 100,000 - 20080227 - 200803

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