Queen's Sales and Charts

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:22 pm

On the other hand, something that is interesting to note is that Queen don't seem to be a strong vinyl seller in this current "vintage" sales climate where that old format is showing signs of a comeback. They released their first two hits compilations recently, they are doing fine in different parts of the world, but not particularly great.

A lot people focus on vinyl as if they were the "future of music" or something like that.

The fact is that vinyls are helping the music "industry" on a very small scale. But even with that, physical sales are still falling; they are falling less quickly than in previous years, but they are declining nevertheless.

According to the IFPI 2015 Year-End report, published a year ago, these were the numbers and percentages achieved by each music segment:

Physical sales: -4,5% at $5,8 billion
Digital sales: -10,5% at $3 billion
Streaming: +45,2% at $2,89 billion
Other digital revenues: +9% at $0,8 billion
Performance rights: +4,4% at $2,09 billion
Synchronization revenue: +6,6% at $0,4 billion

As you can see, even with a seemingly vinyl resurgence, physical sales dropped 4,5% in 2015 (they were dropping 10+% years before). And traditional digital downloads are also losing ground.

The most dynamic sector, not surprisingly, is the streaming market which overall registered a massive 45,2% increase in 2015 compared to 2014, which had already beaten 2013 by a huge margin.

Overall revenues generated by the music business had been $14,5 billion in 2014 and they went up to $15 billion in 2015. This may look as a mild increase. But it is very impressive if you consider that both physical and traditional downloads sales showed decreases. Translated: the streaming market compensated the drops on the other sales avenues.

So let's make no mistake. The vinyl's resurgence is a nice thing, but it isn't really where the future of the business is. Not at all.

A great share of vinyls bought these days are never listened to, they work as a nice decoration, but not really much more than that. Anyway, I hope they keep increasing and Queen reach good numbers on that territory, personally I don't think it is all that important.

And when this transitory phenomenon passes, a bunch of catalogue acts will suffer it. Queen, not particularly huge on that segment, won't.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:24 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 67 (Peak: 1, 757 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 80 (Peak: 1, 91 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits; 73 (Peak: 31, 70 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 63 (Peak: 40, 101 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 84 (Peak: 61, 46 weeks)

UK Phsysical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 78 (Peak: 17, 310 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 24 (Peak: 8, 10 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 97 (Peak: 21, 233 weeks)

UK Rock & Metal Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 5 (Peak: 1, 426 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 7 (Peak: 2, 423 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 30 (Peak: 10, 96 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 32 (Peak: 12, 116 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 37 (Peak: 2, 289 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Loris1985 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:16 pm

Hernán wrote:On the other hand, something that is interesting to note is that Queen don't seem to be a strong vinyl seller in this current "vintage" sales climate where that old format is showing signs of a comeback. They released their first two hits compilations recently, they are doing fine in different parts of the world, but not particularly great.

A lot people focus on vinyl as if they were the "future of music" or something like that.

The fact is that vinyls are helping the music "industry" on a very small scale. But even with that, physical sales are still falling; they are falling less quickly than in previous years, but they are declining nevertheless.

According to the IFPI 2015 Year-End report, published a year ago, these were the numbers and percentages achieved by each music segment:

Physical sales: -4,5% at $5,8 billion
Digital sales: -10,5% at $3 billion
Streaming: +45,2% at $2,89 billion
Other digital revenues: +9% at $0,8 billion
Performance rights: +4,4% at $2,09 billion
Synchronization revenue: +6,6% at $0,4 billion

As you can see, even with a seemingly vinyl resurgence, physical sales dropped 4,5% in 2015 (they were dropping 10+% years before). And traditional digital downloads are also losing ground.

The most dynamic sector, not surprisingly, is the streaming market which overall registered a massive 45,2% increase in 2015 compared to 2014, which had already beaten 2013 by a huge margin.

Overall revenues generated by the music business had been $14,5 billion in 2014 and they went up to $15 billion in 2015. This may look as a mild increase. But it is very impressive if you consider that both physical and traditional downloads sales showed decreases. Translated: the streaming market compensated the drops on the other sales avenues.

So let's make no mistake. The vinyl's resurgence is a nice thing, but it isn't really where the future of the business is. Not at all.

A great share of vinyls bought these days are never listened to, they work as a nice decoration, but not really much more than that. Anyway, I hope they keep increasing and Queen reach good numbers on that territory, personally I don't think it is all that important.

And when this transitory phenomenon passes, a bunch of catalogue acts will suffer it. Queen, not particularly huge on that segment, won't.


Yes, Hernán, I agree. The vinyl market is in recovery, even if it's still a minor part of the whole market. At this moment, Queen's results in the vinyl market are not comparable to the ones of Pink Floyd or Beatles, but with the release of the two Greatest Hits, their figures are increasing. Let's see how the market will be in 2017.
Clearly, nowadays streaming is much more determining for the charts, and a lot of countries will surely bring the streaming in the album charts. In Italy FIMI are working on this and will follow this method soon.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Loris1985 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:18 pm

Another country in which Queen are in a good form is surely Mexico.
Bohemian Rhapsody has a great success on Spotify and Greatest Hits registered important data in 2016. It got #92 among the most selling albums of the year.

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20170118213 ... al/100.php
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:28 am

I agree with you about the vinyls, absolutely.

Loris1985 wrote:Another country in which Queen are in a good form is surely Mexico.
Bohemian Rhapsody has a great success on Spotify and Greatest Hits registered important data in 2016. It got #92 among the most selling albums of the year.

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20170118213 ... al/100.php


Thank you for this! Very impressive showing for Greatest Hits on the Mexican chart. Although it didn't make the annual Top 100 in previous years since reissued in 2011, I'm almost sure it came close to it in most years. :-D

It would be hard to know how much it sold last year there. If I had to make a rough guess, I would say perhaps something between 7,500 and 12,500 units, but I could be a bit off, so I'm not sure.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:58 pm

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby rockfizzy-o » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:36 pm

We will rock you has been officially certified 4 times platinum by the RIAA. Last status was gold. Further certifications by the RIAA for US sales will surely follow.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:32 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 59 (Peak: 1, 758 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 59 (Peak: 1, 92 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 70 (Peak: 31, 71 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 64 (Peak: 40, 102 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 87 (Peak: 61, 47 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 68 (Peak: 17, 311 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 23 (Peak: 8, 11 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 91 (Peak: 21, 234 weeks)

UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart
Bohemian Rhapsody: 5 (Peak: 1, 427 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 7 (Peak: 2, 424 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 30 (Peak: 12, 117 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 34 (Peak: 2, 290 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 35 (Peak: 10, 97 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:04 pm

New chart information from Iceland, thanks to the user Passing_Strang on UKmix: https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic. ... 7#p6376297

From October 1980 and 1984, Queen had 5 number one singles on Iceland charts. His explanation of the source:

The story with these charts is funny as I only completely by chance found them online - and I don't understand a word in icelandic! But from what I was able to gather the situation is this:

First, there was an album chart - don't know when it started but it was there as far as 1975. I didn't copy it as I'm mainly interested in the singles charts. The latter started in October 1980 (or maybe - and likely - restarted after an intermission; though there was no singles chart in either 1977, 1978 or 1979). The singles chart was a Top 10 all the way through to the early or mid 1990s - while the album one was Top 20, but strangely only a Top 10 was published (I came to this conclusion as there are frequent references to positions lower than 10).

The chart was published in the paper called "Visir", which in November 1981 merged with another newspaper "Dagblaðið" with the result being "Dagblaðið Visir". It was (is?) a daily paper and the chart was published on Friday of each week except for a week of national holidays in April and late December - early January period. There was also a big intermission in Autumn 1984 - don't really understand what happened but for a couple of months what is scanned of the newspaper looking like several scraps of paper stitched together.

The paper also published on the same page single and album charts from the USA and UK - or, as it was put, New York and London. Icelandic chart was therefore under the heading Reykjavik - but sometimes charts from other cities of the country appeared instead, like from Akyreyri (don't know why). In Spring 1984 they started to publish additional list which as I understand was by the leading radio startion "Ras 2", while the main (Reykjavik) chart was renamed "Þróttheimar" (I can only assume it was a sales-based chart). And in the late 1980s (maybe 1988, I didn't get to that point yet) there appeared an official Icelandic chart (Islenski Listinn). After that I don't really know as I didn't explore the 1990s yet, but I have a Top 20 chart from April 1998 so that must've lasted up until the very late 1990s or early 2000s. After that - no idea.

So after this bit of history, here go the charts! I'll post one month at a time.


Their chart topping singles were:

1980

10 October : Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
17 October : Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

1982

11 June : Body Language – Queen
18 June : Body Language – Queen
25 June : Body Language – Queen

24 September : Back Chat – Queen

1984

2 March : Radio Ga-Ga – Queen
9 March : Radio Ga-Ga – Queen

4 May : I Want to Break Free – Queen
11 May : I Want to Break Free – Queen
18 May : I Want to Break Free – Queen
25 May : I Want to Break Free – Queen

Incredible, but both Body Language and Back Chat were number one singles in Iceland. :shock: Body Language isn't that shocking as, contrary to popular belief, it was a relatively successful single in 1982, including the USA and Canada. But Back Chat is a real surprise.

Further proof of Queen's massive appeal across the world.
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:19 pm

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:22 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 58 (Peak: 1, 759 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 57 (Peak: 1, 93 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 63 (Peak: 31, 72 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 57 (Peak: 40, 103 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 89 (Peak: 61, 48 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 62 (Peak: 17, 312 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 22 (Peak: 8, 12 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 79 (Peak: 21, 235 weeks)

UK Rock & Metal Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 5 (Peak: 1, 428 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 10 (Peak: 2, 425 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 16 (Peak: 12, 118 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 36 (Peak: 10, 98 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 38 (Peak: 2, 291 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:38 pm

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:56 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 68 (Peak: 1, 760 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 65 (Peak: 1, 94 weeks)

UK Download Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 100 (Peak: 13, 192 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 72 (Peak: 31, 73 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 59 (Peak: 40, 104 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 82 (Peak: 61, 49 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 77 (Peak: 17, 313 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits; 24 (Peak: 8, 13 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 91 (Peak: 21, 236 weeks)

UK Rock & Alternative Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 5 (Peak: 1, 429 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 6 (Peak: 2, 426 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 23 (Peak: 10, 99 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 24 (Peak: 12, 119 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 36 (Peak: 2, 292 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

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