On another topic, I focused on how well Queen sold from 2002 to 2012. A decade is representative enough, a good period to start off. I could have gone further, but this is fine.
I compiled this, focusing mainly on confirmed numbers and for the biggest markets: there are many sales details.
2004 – 942,000
2005 – 986,000
2006 – 993,000
2007 – 757,000
2008 to September 2009 – 884,000
October 2009 to September 2012 – approximately 950,000
Last thing we knew is that Queen reached 20,000,000 albums sales in the Soundscan era during June 2011.
Total from 2004 to 2012 – 5,512,000
With 2002 and 2003, Queen will have sold roughly 7,400,000 in the USA for the past ten years.
Some Music Video sales:
Live At Wembley – 399,000 (to December 2010)
Queen Rock Montreal – 131,000 (December 2010)
Greatest Video Hits – 123,000 (December 2010)
Queen On Fire – 105,000 (December 2010)
Greatest Video Hits II – 28,000 (December 2005)
We Will Rock You sold about 100,000 from 2002 to now. Plus some smaller sellers (Champions Of The World, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, Return Of The Champions, A Night At The Opera, Live In Ukraine, Days Of Our Lives) will have added further amounts.
Overall, Queen sold roughly 1,000,000 music videos since 2002, most coming from DVDs.
2002 – 930,000
2003 – 471,000
2004 – 465,000
2005 – 620,000
2006 – 640,000
2007 – 408,357
2008 – 363,830
2009 – 661,480
2010 – 185,000
2011 and 2012 – approximately 375,000
Total 2002 to 2012 – 5,120,000
Annual DVDs sales coming from eight titles: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, Greatest Video Hits, Made In Heaven: The Films, Live At Wembley, Greatest Video Hits II, Queen On Fire, Return Of The Champions and A Night At The Opera.
2003 – 393,511
2004 – 230,435
2005 – 236,745
2006 – 86,588
2007 – 32,747
2008 – 34,052
Total – 1,020,469
Plus further sales, this time to December 2010:
Queen Rock Montreal – 91,150 (including 11,150 on Blu-Ray)
Live In Ukraine – 17,000
Back catalogue sales for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 are missing. As are Live At Wembley 25, Days Of Our Lives and Hungarian Rhapsody.
Total music videos sales in 2002 to 2012 – 1,200,000
In 2005, Queen were presented with two awards for achieved the best selling foreign album of 2004 and for having been the best selling international act altogether during that same year.
See these links: http://www.riaj.or.jp/e/whatsnew/20050310.html http://www.riaj.or.jp/issue/record/2005/200504.pdf
Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) held the 19th JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD ceremony at NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on 10 March, 2005. ORANGE RANGE and QUEEN were certified as "Artist Of The Year", who were the best-selling artists (each from Domestic and International repertoire) in the Japanese music market in 2004.
Domestic : ORANGE RANGE / Sony Music Records
Album : 2,396,872 units
Single : 2,168,498 units
International : QUEEN / TOSHIBA-EMI
Album : 1,781,001 units
As it can be seen, Queen reached total albums sales of 1,781,001 during 2004 alone.
The question would be how many albums did they sell after 2002, including 1,781,001 for 2004.
In 2002, three of their albums were selling well: Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits II and Made In Heaven:
2001/10/24 Made In Heaven # 124 , 6 wks, 8,432
2001/11/21 Greatest Hits # 39 , 24 wks, 41,727
2001/11/21 Greatest Hits II # 192 , 7 wks, 6,850
Greatest Hits (2001) went Gold in early 2004 after shipping more than 100,000 copies, for example.
And, just like Made In Heaven was leading the pack as far as studio albums went, I would expect the others to have been doing well then (some probably selling 20,000 copies in those three years).
In 2005 they had another good year:
Queen Jewels – 91,202
Queen Jewels II – 65,371
Return Of The Champions – 31,907
A Night At The Opera – 6,114
A combined 188,480 copies sold. Of course, that is what those four albums sold while inside the weekly Top 300, actual sales were higher (except for Queen Jewels, which was set inside the ranking virtually the whole year, thus not missing any significant total). But Queen Jewels II, for instance, was certified Gold (100,000 sales) even though its weekly salea added up 65,371 copies (15 weeks on chart).
In 2006 Queen Jewels sold 25,907 during a few weeks (while charting).
In 2008 EMI reissued In Vision (a compilation originally from 2000), that sold 14,793 copies in 7 weeks. The album will have reached total sales of 20,000.
Queen Rock Montreal sold only 3,454 copies in three in November 2007. I imagine it totalled 10,000 when all was said and done.
Absolute Greatest acumulated 30,000 units in total between 2009 and 2010.
Their 2011 reissues amounted 54,990 in 2011, counting their charted weeks. Implying sales of around 100,000 by now when adding what they are selling outside of the Top 300.
Of course, we need to add back catalogue sales for the six years between 2005 and 2010: studio and live albums and also compilations.
Approximated total between 2002 and 2012 – 2,500,000
Greatest Video Hits [11,648]
Live At Wembley [27,118]
Greatest Video Hits 2 [9,758]
We Are The Champions: Final Live Japan [4,138]
Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl [9,138]
Return Of The Champions [8,724]
Super Live In Japan [3,919]
Queen Rock Montreal [9,299]
Total – 117,541
As ever with Japan, these sales are just cumulative weekly charts sales of those DVDs, excluding what they sold once they left it, which always comes out as a complication: the whole ranking is only a Top 30 (not Top 300). So here we have substantial missing.
Overall they sold more than – 200,000 music videos
Total albums sales between 2003 and 2008 – 607,971
An avergae of 100,000 pieces a year. This includes 264,323 copies for Platinum Collection, 54,422 for Greatest Hits and 41,331 for Greatest Hits.
Note: Music Club sales are excluded, not something to minimize, considering that 11 Queen albums were available via Club Dial.
After that, Absolute Greatest was certified Gold in December 2010, with shipments of 50,000.
Since 2011, Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits II and Platinum Collection have regularly charted in the weekly Top 200, spending 23, 16 and 17 weeks respectively during the last 23 months.
Approximated total from 2002 to 2012 – 950,000
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – 10,000 (in 2002)
Greatest Video Hits – 40,000 (2006)
Live At Wembley – 100,000 (2005)
Greatest Video Hits II – 20,000 (2005)
Queen On Fire – 60,000 (2005)
Return Of The Champions – 10,000 (2005)
Old awards. Live At Wembley went Diamond in April 2005, but sold 21,000 copies between that year and 2006 alone. Meaning that its sales were nearly 140,000 by 2010.
Same for other music videos.
Queen Rock Montreal reached 20,000 sold and there were some other titles not certified.
The reissue of Live At Wembley was very successful, estimated 20,000. And Hungarian Rhapsody recently made it to number 2 (it dropped to 19 this week anyway).
Total – 350,000
Unfortunately, there is no similar amount of details (annual sales for the whole catalogue) for other countries, but there are snippets of information which help one have an idea what they sold in very specific countries or regions:
Queen sold 1,000,000 since 2002, including 760,000 coming from the albums released by EMI in partner with Agora SA (local media company) between late 2008 and early 2009.
In addition, Platinum Collection sold more than 60,000 under EMI.
Plus, their whole catalogue reached about 50,000 since Universl Music picked up their rights in 2011.
A link with more details: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.p ... start=2725
From the codes gathered, covering 2003 to 2012, Queen shipped nearly 700,000 in Brazil, with 250,000 coming from their compilations Collection and Collection II, and also very good sales for their whole catalogue (including 25,000 for A Night At The Opera and at least 10,000 for just about all their studio albums). For further details, see this: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.p ... start=2675
Overall, Queen will have sold 750,000 from 2002 to this date.
Other than that, a more subtle work is needed in order for one to know what they sold in other countries. Some remarkable things:
Italy: Platinum Collection sold 320,000 in 2002 and 100,000 the following year, for a combined 420,000 during both and making it the best selling foreign record of that time period, and not to mention it continued to sell eventually (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 were its best years). But also, their back catalogue sold well, especially Live At Wembley, Greatest Hits II, Greatest Hits and some studio albums, such as Innuendo and A Night At The Opera. Absolute Greatest sold more 30,000 units in 2009.
Spain: here Platinum Collection had sold nearly 200,000 by December 2004 but it kept selling well since then (in fact, its 2011 reissue went gold, for 20,000 sales). In addition, many albums have recharted every now and then since 2005: A Night At The Opera (6 weeks), A Kind Of Magic (4 weeks), Live Magic (2 weeks), Innuendo (3 weeks), Live At Wembley (18 weeks), Greatest Hits (12 weeks), Greatest Hits II (13 weeks) and Greatest Hits III (4 weeks).
Netherlands: one of their strongest territories ever, which is very well known. As in other countries, Platinum Collection has come out as their biggest title in this last decade after certified double platinum in January 2005, for 160,000 and reaching now an estimated 200,000.
Belgium: their Platinum Collection reached 60,000 in 2004 and has easily gone on to reach 100,000, with impressive charts impact, peaking at number 3 in Wallonia (with 147 weeks in the official chart).
Ireland: similar to UK, just not as great.
Canada: historically sales are about 10% of what they are in USA. In this country, Greatest Hits sold 41,902, 36,647 and 43,508 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively, a combined 124,057 in just three years (by comparison, in the USA it sold more than 1,000,000 over that time frame). Classic Queen and surprisingly Absolute Greatest also sold well in recent times.
South Korea: quite simply one of their most important markets, comparatively speaking. Greatest Hits was amongst the best selling international albums of 2002, selling 80,911 (cumulative was 553,238 by that year and in 2009 it had gone up to 600,000) and, in later years, Platinum Collection would do (a minimum) of 78,207 to mid 2008. Their move to Universal Music saw good signs of sales, only if interprted correctly -physical sales are very small these days-: Greatest Hits was the second best selling foreign album of 2011 (with 7,148 sold) and Greatest Hits II not that far behind (3,916), plus their whole back catalogue achieved confirmed sales of 18,870. Estimated album total was 25,000 for 2011, which sounds small but was more than enough for them to be the best selling Western act of the year.