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Posted: 25 Nov 04, 20:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

QUEEN QUEEN(1973) peaked at #83 in 1973 and went Gold in 1977 (500,000 copies sold)
QUEEN SHEER HEART ATTACK(1974) Peaked at #12 and went Gold in 1975
QUEEN A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Peaked at #4 and went Gold and unofficially Platinum in 1976 then was officially certified Triple Platinum in 2002(3 million copies sold)
QUEEN A DAY AT THE RACES peaked at #5 and went Gold and unofficially Platinum in 1976 then officially went Platinum in 2002(a million copies sold)
QUEEN NEWS OF THE WORLD(1977) peaked at #3 and went Platinum in 1977 then Quadruple Platinum in 2002 (4 million copies sold)
QUEEN JAZZ(1978) peaked at #6 and went Platinum in 1978
QUEEN LIVE KILLERS(1979) peaked at #16 and went Gold and unofficially Platinum in 1979 and was officially certified Double Platinum in 2002(2 million copies sold)
QUEEN THE GAME(1980) peaked at #1 and went Platinum in 1980 and certified Quadruple Platinum in 2002
QUEEN FLASH GORDON(1980) peaked at #23 in 1981 and didn't go Gold until 2002
QUEEN GREATEST HITS 1981 ELEKTRA issue peaked at #14 and went Platinum in 1981
QUEEN HOT SPACE(1982) peaked at #22 and went Gold in 1982
QUEEN THE WORKS(1984) peaked at #23 and went Gold in 1984
QUEEN A KIND OF MAGIC(1986) peaked at #46 and did not go Gold until 2002
QUEEN INNUENDO(1991) peaked at #30 and went Gold in 1991
QUEEN CLASSIC QUEEN(1992) peaked at #4 and went Platinum in 1992 and Triple Platinum in 2002
QUEEN LIVE AT WEMBLEY '86(Wembley Stadium) peaked at #51 Platinum in 1999
QUEEN GREATEST HITS 1992 issue peaked at #11 and went Platinum in 1992 and Septuple Platinum (7,000,000 copies sold)
QUEEN MADE IN HEAVEN peaked at #54 and went Gold in 1996
QUEEN GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & II did not chart in the US but went Platinum in 2000

Hence, Queen have sold 32 Million albums in the US which is not too shabby. Many albums sold well but took ages to be re-certified because the albums were out of print for awhile. Once the key albums were re-released, sales picked up!


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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 15:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Philipp Nothaft wrote:

But isn't it even more than 32 million, given that some of the award dates are rather old and they must have sold additional copies since ?


They have to pay the record labels to re-certify the catalog. Queen II and The Miracle are the only studio albums without a certification. The WWRY version of GH and The Platinum Collection will be certified at some point. I have been fighting with some baffoon called Your Worst Nightmare at Amazon.com about Queen and he says Duran Duran were the be all and end all to rock. He took shots at Freddie and said that if AC/DC could carry on without Bon then Queen can without Freddie. Freddie was like the John Bonham of singing, irreplaceable. Also, this guy I have been fighting with says Queen only got big because of Wayne's World and he started with me after I wrote positive reviews for each album and such. The guy has a vendetta against me and real rock!


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the good thing is, all of their albums went gold. Even Hot Space.

So whoever says Queen never had a popular album knows nothing. All gold, some platinum, some multi-platinum. Now THAT'S staying power lol


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are there any stats on Queen's updated world sales (excluding US). I can't seem to find anything on the internet except for the US figures.

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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 14:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

me_and_my_innuendo wrote:

the good thing is, all of their albums went gold. Even Hot Space.

So whoever says Queen never had a popular album knows nothing. All gold, some platinum, some multi-platinum. Now THAT'S staying power lol


Queen II and The Miracle are the only Queen albums not certified yet in the US. Selling 32 million in the US is more than even KISS!


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 15:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 15:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


Wellllll... who's going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? I don't even own it yet and I'm not missing it, haha.


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 21:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, it's kind of funny. On the Pink Floyd forum, when somebody mentioned Queen, everybody began to talk about "Flash Gordon"
Wow...


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<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


Wellllll... who's going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? I don't even own it yet and I'm not missing it, haha.


WHo is going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? well, QUEEN FANS.. Die hard ones.. REAL ones.. not the fake "I have all the Greatest Hits CDs.. ones.. I mean the ones that are so obsessive about Queen that if a magazine had even a mention of them you JUST HAD TO BUY IT.. I know that was me.


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Posted: 30 Nov 04, 23:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

rhapsody__87 wrote:

<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


Wellllll... who's going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? I don't even own it yet and I'm not missing it, haha.


WHo is going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? well, QUEEN FANS.. Die hard ones.. REAL ones.. not the fake "I have all the Greatest Hits CDs.. ones.. I mean the ones that are so obsessive about Queen that if a magazine had even a mention of them you JUST HAD TO BUY IT.. I know that was me.


So is the implication here that I am not a REAL Queen fan? I have every single album and release of theirs BUT that. I don't feel I need to own it, and as a 17 year old girl with a job that pays $6.25 an hour, I don't exactly have $14.99 to shell out every time I want a CD. Check the facts before you go ranting about some bullshit.


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Posted: 01 Dec 04, 00:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A few years back, "Bites The Dust" was the Warner group's biggest ever selling single in any genre in the States. Not sure if it's still the case, though.

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<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


From 1975 to 1981, Queen were appreciated BIG TIME in the US as a rock band. Biggest British acts in America back in 1980 were Pink Floyd and Queen. The GAME and NOTW are each tied with four million sold each. FG was mainly instrumentals. Another soundtrack which was Pink Floyd's Obscured by Clouds album, a soundtrack to the French movie La Vallee' took the same amount of years to go Gold and that album had half instrumentals and half vocal tracks. Hot Space had actual songs with vocals and hardcore fans eagerly awaited to get HS.


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<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

rhapsody__87 wrote:

<font color=red>MegaMike</font> wrote:

The BEST Selling Queen Record in the US is... THE GAME.. Whoooo hooo.. YEAH.. I KNEW buying one million copies of it the first year it was released would help it out..

And ONLY 6 LPs went higher than #10 in the US.. that is a SHAME...

And did you notice that HOT SPACE went Gold faster than the Flash Gordon soundtrack? hahahaha


Wellllll... who's going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? I don't even own it yet and I'm not missing it, haha.


WHo is going to buy a mostly instrumental soundtrack? well, QUEEN FANS.. Die hard ones.. REAL ones.. not the fake "I have all the Greatest Hits CDs.. ones.. I mean the ones that are so obsessive about Queen that if a magazine had even a mention of them you JUST HAD TO BUY IT.. I know that was me.


I bought the FG soundtrack on CD in July of 1992 after I recorded a copy off a friend's cassette in March of 1992. Actually, FG was the eleventh legit Queen album I owned(I had recorded the albums I didn't have on cassette until I got the CDs) and is one of my favorites!


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Posted: 01 Dec 04, 04:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

news of the world and the game i believe were the best selling in the states.

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Posted: 01 Dec 04, 06:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Excellent thread - NOTWMEDDLE, could you add sales figures in numbers for every album ? Would be great ! What's your source ?

For me as a german I also think they must have been quite big in the US from '75-'80, as we all know the names of the arenas they've played from several concertographies over the years. Selling out Madison Square Garden and the L.A. Forum up to three consecutive nights seems quite impressive.

I dunno why, but there's a fascination about a band "making it" in the US, and Queen's waning fame has been an often discussed issue amongst Fans for years now.

For me as well, since we had an exchange student from the US in our class way back in the early '90s, when I was still in school. I asked her about her favourite music. She said smth like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and I mentioned Queen... she had never heard of that band. I mentioned some of the biggest hits, CLTCL, AOBTD, BoRhap... she did not know until "Champions"... since then I started trying to find out everything about their fading popularity in the states.

It's kinda fascinating to analyse - in a masochistic kind of way... ;-)


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