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List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Trouble
Date: November 02, 2011 01:46PM
I knew 6



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums)
Posted by: decay
Date: November 02, 2011 01:58PM
i didn't know if you meant this week, this year, or of all time.



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: michaelb
Date: November 02, 2011 02:00PM
yes, what is the source? wikipedia seems to have a much different list.

[en.wikipedia.org]

You may be looking at this?

[www.digitaldreamdoor.com]



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Trouble
Date: November 02, 2011 02:07PM
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michaelb
yes, what is the source? wikipedia seems to have a much different list.

[en.wikipedia.org]

That wiki list is whack. I don't belive that Thriller has sold 110 million copies. One of the 2009 cites for Thriller says " If the pace continues, Thriller will become the first album to go triple diamond, meaning 30 million albums sold." But the very next paragragh plays fast and loose with "Though numbers vary, it's reasonable to estimate that the album has moved 110 million copies worldwide since its 1982 release. "

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michaelb
You may be looking at this?

[www.digitaldreamdoor.com]

I saw that one, but it was dated 2006. I looked for a newer one and got a 2009 page. The numbers look the same so the 2009 page may have just cut and pasted the 2006 data.
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 02, 2011 03:16PM
Hmm, so much for Tapestry by Carole King…
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 02, 2011 03:36PM
Google Dark Side of the Moon how many copies sold. Good luck finding an accurate number, take your pick.



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: decay
Date: November 02, 2011 04:37PM
not sales, but Billboard chart for DSOTM:

[www.billboard.com]

On March 17, 1973, a band in musical transition named Pink Floyd hit the Top 200 chart with the release of its new album, "Dark Side of the Moon." It entered the chart at No. 95, the top debut that week. And then a funny thing happened: It never left. Or almost never, anyway.

More than 14 years later -- 736 weeks to be precise -- in July 1988, it finally fell off The Billboard 200. Add in a later run on that chart and another 759 weeks on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, and Pink Floyd, with this issue, reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the charts.

It's difficult to contextualize just how singularly dominant a chart -- and cultural -- force the album has been. The runner-up for time served on The Billboard 200, Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Legend," is several years behind, and Floyd's lead in total chart weeks is greater Marley's by an almost 2-1 margin.

Label sources say "Dark Side" has sold roughly 40 million copies worldwide and still routinely moves 8,000-9,000 copies on a slow week. In fact, the album still often outpaces the low end of The Billboard 200, and every song on the more than 30-year-old record still gets radio play, with some among the most-played songs at classic rock stations monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 02, 2011 05:02PM
Wow, 8,000+ copies per week, every week of the year/decade/etc. for a 38 year old album.

Popularity and talent does have it's perks, even 1/3 century later. Do other older albums still move those copies? Abbey Road? Led Zeppelin IV? Thriller??
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: November 02, 2011 05:48PM
All the double albums on there are kind of cheats, since (if they're following the RIAA's methods) each sale counts twice...
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 02, 2011 07:22PM
I thought Fleetwood mac's Rumours was up there.
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 03, 2011 02:46AM
Thriller is (still) a pretty damn good album.



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 03, 2011 03:14AM
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Trouble
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michaelb
yes, what is the source? wikipedia seems to have a much different list.

[en.wikipedia.org]

That wiki list is whack. I don't belive that Thriller has sold 110 million copies. One of the 2009 cites for Thriller says " If the pace continues, Thriller will become the first album to go triple diamond, meaning 30 million albums sold." But the very next paragragh plays fast and loose with "Though numbers vary, it's reasonable to estimate that the album has moved 110 million copies worldwide since its 1982 release. "

Thriller was released at the beginning of my senior year of high school and provided the soundtrack for that period of my life. I very distinctly remember hearing sometime around 1984 or 1985 that it had sold approximately 40 million copies.



It is what it is.
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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 03, 2011 03:24AM
I remembered correctly - the 40 million I cited above is also cited by the Thriller review at the Billboard web site:

"Off the Wall was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for Thriller. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable -- an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten "

That's exactly how I remember it happening.



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Re: List Wednesday - Top selling albums (Yes, I said albums) of all time
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 03, 2011 10:38AM
Let's see,

Boxcar Willie,

Slim Whitman,

Zamphir....
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