Queen's Sales and Charts

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:45 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 62 (Peak: 1, 761 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 70 (Peak: 1, 95 weeks)

UK Download Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 92 (Peak: 13, 193 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 68 (Peak: 31, 74 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 62 (Peak: 40, 105 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 70 (Peak: 61, 61, 50 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 70 (Peak: 17, 315 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 25 (Peak: 8, 14 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 80 (Peak: 21, 238 weeks)

UK Rock & Metal Singles Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 7 (Peak; 1, 430 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 9 (Peak: 2, 427 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 22 (Peak: 10, 100 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 27 (Peak: 12, 120 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 35 (Peak: 2, 293 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby BitterTears » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:46 pm

62. Amazing, isn't it? After all these years and up against every other album ever released, only 61 of them managed to outsell GH last week.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:39 am

BitterTears wrote:62. Amazing, isn't it? After all these years and up against every other album ever released, only 61 of them managed to outsell GH last week.


An extraordinary chart performance, indeed. By now, the album must have spent about 1400 weeks inside the British Top 200.

And I say "must have" because there are some missing weeks for the nineties period, so some estimations are needed.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:43 am

A small piece of information but interesting.

On the Cashbox magazines, an issue from February 1981, I have found this:

"Queen EMI U.K. recording group Queen had its Live Killers and The Game LPs certified platinum and its Crazy Little Thing Called Love single certified platinum in The Netherlands."

None of these awards appeared on the Dutch database back when it was available. All those titles were listed as certified gold during 1980 and that was it. Maybe this is just a mistake but, if true, the sales would be:

Live Killers - 100,000
The Game - 100,000
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - 250,000
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Loris1985 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:37 am

Thank you for your precious info, Hernán.
If we look at Crazy Little Thing Called Love, it's without doubt one of the most selling singles by Queen. It registered great numbers, not only in the USA, but almost everywhere. It has surely sold millions and millions of copies, between digital and physical format. It confirms that Queen were great in the Netherlands.
As to Greatest Hits, it's quite evident: every week it's always into the British top-100. Too bad we don't have news about the British top-200 about Platinum Collection and Greatest Hits II.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby rockfizzy-o » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:18 pm

Queen collecting their awards for CLTCL in The Netherlands:

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/pho ... ?s=594x594

And for Greatest Hits:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/or ... 9d67de.jpg

They received a lot of awards in The Netherlands ;-)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:21 pm

Loris1985 wrote:Thank you for your precious info, Hernán.
If we look at Crazy Little Thing Called Love, it's without doubt one of the most selling singles by Queen. It registered great numbers, not only in the USA, but almost everywhere. It has surely sold millions and millions of copies, between digital and physical format. It confirms that Queen were great in the Netherlands.


Yes, totally agreed.

What I would like to have is a more precised figure for Crazy Little Thing Called Love in the USA, where it was certified gold for 1 million copies shipped (without the help of a 12-inch release, which were counted as two copies sold for certifications purposes at the time). It would have needed 2 million in order to get the platinum plaque, but it could have sold anywhere from 1 million to 1,99 million. I'm saying this because its chart performance was excellent but, in the same way, airplay was great so it may have been helped by heavy rotation.

I can add that Crazy Little Thing Called sold 150,000 copies in Brazil. During the band's visit to Argentina, in February 1981, they were presented with a gold award for it (50,000+) and they also got a gold award in Mexico for it (100,000+). Out of interesting, initial shipments in Mexico were 33,000 copies (November and December 1979).

All in all, these are about the best possible estimations I can do for this single, many of them based on certifications and charts or both:

USA - 1,250,000
Canada - 100,000

Australia - 100,000+
New Zealand - 10,000+

Japan - 75,000

Europe - 1,400,000
UK - 500,000
Germany - 150,000
France - 150,000
Netherlands - 250,000 (if we accept the platinum award published in Cashbox)
Belgium - 100,000
Ireland - 50,000
Portugal - 30,000
Italy - 25,000
Spain - 10,000
Switzerland - 20,000
Austria - 15,000

Latin America - 400,000
Brazil - 150,000
Mexico - 100,000+
Argentina - 50,000+

It was also huge in South Africa and other parts of that continent. And it performed very well on the Israeli airplay oriented chart.

It looks to have sold 3.5-3.75 million in physical format. If sales in USA were higher (say 1.5 million or more), this would push it closer to 4 million sold overall.

In digital format, sales in the USA have to be 800,000 by now and worldwide sales 1.5-2 million.

Just imagine we tried to calculate all the sales generated by The Game. 8-)

And I agree too about Netherlands. Queen's success in Holland (and also Belgium) is surreal.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:23 pm

rockfizzy-o wrote:Queen collecting their awards for CLTCL in The Netherlands:

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/pho ... ?s=594x594

And for Greatest Hits:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/or ... 9d67de.jpg

They received a lot of awards in The Netherlands ;-)


Thank you, great pictures.

Just curious: Greatest Hits was certified gold or platinum during 1982? Whatever it was, it didn't appear on the Dutch database a few years ago. I know they were presented with a plaque to commemorate albums sales of 1 million copies, all combined, during the Hot Space tour there.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Loris1985 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:12 pm

Hernán wrote:

All in all, these are about the best possible estimations I can do for this single, many of them based on certifications and charts or both:

USA - 1,250,000
Canada - 100,000

Australia - 100,000+
New Zealand - 10,000+

Japan - 75,000

Europe - 1,400,000
UK - 500,000
Germany - 150,000
France - 150,000
Netherlands - 250,000 (if we accept the platinum award published in Cashbox)
Belgium - 100,000
Ireland - 50,000
Portugal - 30,000
Italy - 25,000
Spain - 10,000
Switzerland - 20,000
Austria - 15,000

Latin America - 400,000
Brazil - 150,000
Mexico - 100,000+
Argentina - 50,000+


Thanks Hernán for the summary. I was sure that the figures were high.
Nice to see that, between physical and digital copies, it has sold between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000 and might achieve a Platinum in the USA soon. By the way, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Another One Bites The Dust have had a great impact, driving the sales of The Game.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby rockfizzy-o » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:28 pm

Video mentioning the combined sales of 1 million for Queen in The Netherlands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c89s-102hg0

Queen receiving Dutch award for Sheer Heart Attack:

http://www.harryknipschild.nl/harryknip ... _Queen.jpg
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:29 pm

Billboard 200
The Platinum Collection: 92 (Peak: 48, 76 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:55 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 57 (Peak: 1, 762 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 59 (Peak: 1, 96 weeks)

UK Download Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 82 (Peak: 13, 194 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 68 (Peak: 31, 75 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 62 (Peak: 40, 106 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 80 (Peak: 61, 51 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 68 (Peak: 17, 316 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 23 (Peak: 8, 15 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 62 (Peak: 21, 239 weeks)

UK Rock & Alternative Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 6 (Peak: 1, 431 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 7 (Peak: 2, 428 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 23 (Peak: 10, 101 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 27 (Peak: 12, 121 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 39 (Peak: 2, 294 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby slightlymad1970 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:15 am

Some UK Chart news regarding GH

Queen's Greatest Hits becomes only the third album to notch 500 weeks in the top 75.
Number of weeks in Top 75 * means is in this week's Top 100.
Updated Week ending 9th March

*1. ABBA - GOLD - 520
*2. BOB MARLEY & WAILERS - LEGEND - 519
*3. QUEEN'S GREATEST HITS – 500
*4. FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS - 476
5. MEATLOAF - BAT OUT OF HELL - 455

Number of weeks in Top 100. * means is in this week's Top 100.
Updated Week ending 9th March

*1. Abba - Gold - 776
*2. Bob Marley & Wailers - Legend - 762
*2=. Queen's Greatest Hits – 762
*4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 670
5. Meatloaf - Bat out of hell - 521
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:30 pm

slightlymad1970 wrote:Some UK Chart news regarding GH

Queen's Greatest Hits becomes only the third album to notch 500 weeks in the top 75.
Number of weeks in Top 75 * means is in this week's Top 100.
Updated Week ending 9th March

*1. ABBA - GOLD - 520
*2. BOB MARLEY & WAILERS - LEGEND - 519
*3. QUEEN'S GREATEST HITS – 500
*4. FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS - 476
5. MEATLOAF - BAT OUT OF HELL - 455

Number of weeks in Top 100. * means is in this week's Top 100.
Updated Week ending 9th March

*1. Abba - Gold - 776
*2. Bob Marley & Wailers - Legend - 762
*2=. Queen's Greatest Hits – 762
*4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 670
5. Meatloaf - Bat out of hell - 521


Thank you.

I think these numbers are deceitful in a number of ways. For instance, Various Artists albums were allowed to chart until 1988, which damaged Queen's Greatest Hits chart run (as it did to Bob Marley's Legend, to a lesser extent), whereas Abba's Gold didn't suffer from that. So we aren't really comparing like with like.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:35 pm

Some more chart runs from Argentina, unfortunately with some significant weeks missing in several cases.

Argentina

Jazz
24.02.1979: 9
03.03.1979: 8
10.03.1979: 3
17.03.1979: 3
24.03.1979: missing week
31.03.1979: 7
07.04.1979: missing week
14.04.1979: 9

Bicycle Race
03.02.1979: 10
10.02.1979: 10
17.02.1979: 10

Live Killers
13.10.1979: 10

Let's remember that the Argentinean charts were loaded with Various Artists (Selection) albums and soundtracks back then. Here just two examples:

TOP TEN LPs
1 Hit Sounds Vol. 2 - Selection - Phonogram
2 Hoy Los Consagrados - Selection - RCA
3 Jazz - Queen - EMI
4 En Castellano - Raffaella Carra - CBS
5 Los 15 Exitos Del Verano - Selection - Microfon
6 Raffaella Carra - Raffaella Carra - CBS
7 Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack - RSO
8 Los Exitos Del Amor - Soundtrack - Microfon
9 Emociones - Julio Iglesias - CBS
10 Grease – Soundtrack

TOP TEN LPs
1 14 Exltos del Invierno - Soundtrack - Microfon
2 Reverles - Richard Clayderman - Tonodisc
3 Voulez -Vous - ABBA - RCA
4 Music For UNICEF Concert - various artists - Phonogram
5 Emociones - Julio Iglesias - CBS
6 Universum - Demis Roussos - Phillips
7 Super Disco, vol. 2 - various artists - RCA
8 Los Fantasticos - various artists - RCA
9 Cantanino, vol. 3 - various artists - CBS
10 Live Killers - Queen - EMI

The first one is from March 1979 and the second one from October 1979.

Note how Jazz would have reached number 1 without these Selection albums, which were excluded in many other countries.

Flash Gordon (album)
23.05.1981: 3
30.06.1981: 10
06.06.1981: 6
13.06.1981: 4
20.06.1981: 5
27.06.1981: 6
04.07.1981: 5
11.07.1981: missing week
18.07.1981: 6

Flash (single)
30.05.1981: 10
06.06.1981: 5
13.06.1981: 4
20.06.1981: 5
27.06.1981: 6

Missing weeks for this single

And here is the fascinating chart run achieved by Radio Gaga, with unfortunately several key weeks missing. It seems to have spent at least 5 months in the Top 10, reaching at least number 2 on the local chart:

Radio Gaga
19.05.1984: 4
26.05.1984: 4
02.06.1984: 4
09.06.1984:
16.06.1984: 5
23.06.1984:
30.06.1984: 6
07.07.1984: 7
14.07.1984: 8
21.07.1984: 8
28.07.1984:
04.08.1984:
11.08.1984: 3
18.08.1984:
25.08.1984:
01.09.1984: 2
08.09.1984: 3
15.09.1984: 5
22.09.1984:
29.09.1984:
06.10.1984: 4
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