Queen's Sales and Charts

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:47 pm

And in 1984, Cashbox published a very interesting article after gathering information from an EMI's press release at the time. This was specifically included on an issue from March 1984 and included the biggest selling acts on that label up to that date, with Queen obviously included:

Argentina
BUENOS AIRES — The local EMI branch has released some interesting news about sales figures by artists that are currently in the catalog. The list is headed by the Beatles, which sold more than two million albums or cassettes in Argentina during its career; Spanish chanter Joan Manual Serrat and British group Queen have exceeded 500,000 units; while folk artist Tarrago Ros, Mexican teen star Luis Miguel, all-time tango star Carlos Gardel and Spanish artist Dyango have topped the 200,000 mark. There are eleven artists with more than 100,000 albums sold: Salvatore Adamo, Chilean group Los Reales del Valle, rock artists Deep Purple, Paul McCartney & Wings and Johnny
Rivers; tango leaders Osvaldo Pugliese, Enrique Rodriguez and Osvaldo Pugliese; rock artist Juan Carlos Baglietto, melodic chanter Gianfrance Pagliaro and country & western star Kenny Rogers.


Over 500,000 LPs sold by early 1984 (before the release of The Works) and the second best selling English speaking act for the record company, just behind The Beatles (although this last group had actually sold much more by then).

For all I know, this is how the sales per albums are likely to have been spread:

Queen - 20,000
A Night At The Opera - 50,000
A Day At The Races - 25,000
News Of The World - 45,000 (this one was released in May 1978 and reached 30,000 in early 1979)
Jazz - 45,000
Live Killers 40,000
The Game - 150,000 (certified 2x platinum for 120,000 shipped in February 1981, when the band visited the country)
Flash Gordon - 30,000
Greatest Hits - 60,000
Hot Space - 30,000

No information on Queen II or Sheer Heart Attack, but these two would push the tally to over 500,000 units. Both likely to have sold around 15,000 copies by that time.

Believe it or not, by April 1978 Queen had only sold 30,000 units with three of their albums. Almost six years later, that number increased to 500,000, meaning they sold an average of 80,000 pieces a year during that period.

News Of The World, Jazz and especially The Game really helped them. Those sold very well but also generated very good catalogue sales. in 1978 and 1979, for example, A Night At The Opera was selling 1,000 units a month, better than most catalogue albums at the time.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby slightlymad1970 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:38 pm

Hi Hernan, brilliant info as usual, i read with great interest the CSPC sales analysis of The Beatles you assisted with on the Chartmasters website, unbelievable success that will never be equalled. I was wondering if you and MJ are working on a Queen analysis? Will be really interesting to see if Queen can make the Top10 or even the Top5 after the figures are worked out.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:49 pm

slightlymad1970 wrote:Hi Hernan, brilliant info as usual, i read with great interest the CSPC sales analysis of The Beatles you assisted with on the Chartmasters website, unbelievable success that will never be equalled. I was wondering if you and MJ are working on a Queen analysis? Will be really interesting to see if Queen can make the Top10 or even the Top5 after the figures are worked out.


Hey buddy, thank you for the nice words, it was a pride to participate on The Beatles' analysis: I provided sales for the physical singles and music videos, and albums sales for a number of countries, ranging from Argentina to Japan and even some data I had for the UK. 8-)

For the moment, Queen aren't on the to-do-next list, but they will be eventually covered, no doubt, and they will be very high on the all time list (easily Top 10, without any doubt). I'm sure they may not finish that far behind Madonna (245 million equivalent albums sold) in the end.

Some of the acts coming include The Bee Gees, for example. But not Queen. Who knows, maybe in some months, that will be fascinating!
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Loris1985 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:30 pm

Congrats Hernán on the good work you carried on with MJD about The Beatles. I'll have to take a while to read it thoroughly, as it consists of 83 pages :-)
Very interesting the article you posted about Argentina: 500,000 albums sold until 1984 was surely a huge amount, considering that the best figures would come after 1980, in conjunction with the release of The Game and their tournée from 1981. After 1991, we have seen that Queen have registered bigger and bigger numbers, as confirmed by the figures reached by Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits II. Maybe, after The Beatles, Queen are the foreign acts who have sold most.
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Hernán » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:00 pm

Thank you, Loris.

I share your comments on Argentina. 500,000 albums was a huge amount by that time.

And apart from The Beatles, the only other group that would have sold more than Queen was Abba and maybe The Bee Gees and Deep Purple were on a similar mark. Surprisingly, Pink Floyd weren't listed, but they had sold 400,000+ in the country by 1984. Obviously, with further albums and back catalogue sales, Queen ended up outselling -by a big margin- all those acts, except for The Beatles.

And I totally agree. Counting LPs only, or both LPs and singles, Queen are the second best selling act ever in Argentina. This would require some research, but I think they sold more than any local group too (Soda Stereo, for example, rank slightly below in albums sales by my reckoning and they sold very few singles).
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:51 pm

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The Platinum Collection: 93 (Peak: 48, 77 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:03 am

UK Physical Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 44 (Peak: 4, 32 weeks)

UK Vinyl Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 29 (Peak: 1, 17 weeks)

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 63 (Peak: 1, 763 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 59 (Peak: 1, 97 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 69 (Peak: 31, 76 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 61 (Peak: 40, 107 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 88 (Peak: 61, 52 weeks)

UK Physical Single Charts
Greatest Hits: 70 (Peak: 17, 317 weeks)

UK Vinyl Single Charts
Greatest Hits: 23 (Peak: 8, 16 weeks)

Scottish Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 71 (Peak: 21, 240 weeks)

UK Rock & Alternative Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 6 (Peak: 1, 432 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 7 (Peak: 2, 429 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 29 (Peak: 12, 122 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 35 (Peak: 2, 295 weeks)
I Want To Break Free: 36 (Peak: 10, 102 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby rockfizzy-o » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:46 am

Another picture of Queen with the Dutch Crazy Little Thing Called Love single award together with several album awards:

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:15 pm

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The Platinum Collection: 87 (Peak: 48, 78 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby rockfizzy-o » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:07 pm

And a picture of Queen with a Dutch award for the album A Day At The Races:

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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:19 pm

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Greatest Hits: 102 (Peak: 11, 264 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby DLCVJazz » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:15 pm

UK Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 70 (Peak: 1, 765 weeks)

UK Update Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 76 (Peak: 1, 99 weeks)

UK Sale Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 86 (Peak: 31, 78 weeks)

UK Streaming Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 61 (Peak: 40, 109 weeks)
Hungarian Rhapsody: 96 (Peak: 61, 53 weeks)

UK Physical Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 80 (Peak: 17, 319 weeks)

UK Vinyl Album Charts
Greatest Hits: 21 (Peak: 8, 18 weeks)

UK Rock & Metal Single Charts
Bohemian Rhapsody: 4 (Peak: 1, 434 weeks)
Don't Stop Me Now: 6 (Peak: 2, 431 weeks)
Another One Bites The Dust: 26 (Peak: 12, 124 weeks)
We Will Rock You: 36 (Peak: 2, 297 weeks)
 
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Re: Queen's Sales and Charts

Postby Walter B. » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:27 pm

Hernán wrote:Finally, we go with an update for their "codes" in Brazil. If you spot any error, please let me know.

Sales in Brazil since June 2003:



I have some more numbers for you Hernán!

Greatest Video Hits II
AC2500
AD500

Live At Wembley Stadium (2003 / 2DVD)
AB3000
AJ1000

Making Of A Night At The Opera (1DVD)
AA1500

Queen Rock Montreal (DVD)
AG3000
AH2500
AJ1500
AL5000
AS2000
BA10000
BG6000 (you have 8000?)

Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (2DVD)
AE3000 (you have 3500?)
AM1500
AO1500
AW1500

Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (2DVD) 2015 re-release
AA4000
AB2000

Queen Rock Montreal (blu-ray) 2015 re-release
AA1000
AB1000

Hungarian Rhapsody (DVD)
AP1000

Hungarian Rhapsody (CD/DVD)
AA2000

A Night At The Odeon (DVD)
AA3000

Collection II
AG1000
AJ500

Queen On Air (2cd)
AA5000

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (2DVD / 2002)
AD1000
AE2000
AM1000

Freddie Mercury – Messenger Of The Gods (2cd)
AA2000
AB2000
 
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