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THE SUPREMES / DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES - USA ALBUM SALES

Note: Things that are not included below:

* bootlegs and/or counterfeit releases

* promotion-only and/or giveaway-only releases

* interview-only and/or spoken word-only releases unless they've been released by THE SUPREMES's record company or specifically licensed by them

* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases ('Supremes & Temptations, 'Supremes & Four Tops', etc)

* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 SUPREMES or at least 30 minutes of SUPREMES music)

* Export Sales: albums made in USA but shipped overseas to be sold in other countries

Album titles that are underlined are those that are nearing or awaiting an RIAA award, or an award upgrade

Yr.....Chart...Last Cert....Album Title.......................................RIAA Award.....Album Sales.....Comments/Notes

Rel...Peak....by RIAA

1962....-----....none....Meet The Supremes...........................................................150,000.....M-606, 146k thru 1988 (Motown data)

1964....002....none....Where Did Our Love Go..................................................3,275,000.....M-621, 3.22m thru 1988 (Motown data), 89/19w

1964....021....none....A Bit Of Liverpool................................................................850,000.....M-623, 839k thru 1988 (Motown data), 21/0w

1965....079....none....Sing Country, Western And Pop.........................................200,000.....M-625, 178k thru 1988 (Motown data), 8/0w

1965....075....none....We Remember Sam Cooke................................................325,000.....M-629, 306k thru 1988 (Motown data), 19/0w

1965....006....none....More Hits By The Supremes............................................1,675,000.....M-627, 1.64m thru 1988 (Motown data), 37/4w

1965....011....none....At The Copa.....................................................................1,350,000.....M-636, 1.32m thru 1988 (Motown data), 54/0w, inc Pickwick

1965....-----....none....Merry Christmas..................................................................600,000.....M-638, #6 Holiday Chart

1966....008....none....I Hear A Symphony..........................................................1,900,000.....M-643, 1.89m thru 1988 (Motown data), 55/6w

1966....001....none....Supremes A' Go-Go.........................................................3,500,000.....M-649, 3.47m thru 1988 (Motown data), 60/15w

1967....006....none....Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland............................................1,525,000.....M-650, 1.52m thru 1988 (Motown data), 29/5w

1967....020....none....Sing Rodgers & Hart............................................................500,000.....M-659, 486k thru 1988 (Motown data), 18/0w

1967....001....none....Greatest Hits (Volumes 1 & 2)..........................................6,200,000.....M-663, 5.97m thru 1988 (Motown data), 85/24w

1968....018....none....Reflections...........................................................................750,000.....M-665, 724k thru 1988 (Motown data), 27w

1968....150....none....Sing And Perform 'Funny Girl'..............................................225,000.....M-672, 217k thru 1988 (Motown data), 1w

1968....057....none....Live At London's Talk Of The Town.....................................400,000.....M-676, 382k thru 1988 (Motown data), 18w

1968....014....none....Love Child............................................................................700,000.....M-670, 683k thru 1988 (Motown data), 19w

1969....024....none....Let The Sunshine In.............................................................625,000.....M-689, 602k thru 1988 (Motown data),18w

1969....033....none....Cream Of The Crop..............................................................575,000.....M-694, 566k thru 1988 (Motown data), 19w

1969....031....none....Greatest Hits, Volume 3....................................................1,275,000.....M-702, 1.22m thru 1988 (Motown data), 24w

1970....046....none....Farewell................................................................................275,000.....M-708, 2LP/1cd, 16w

1970....025....none....Right On...............................................................................225,000.....M-705, 19w

1970....068....none....New Ways But Love Stays...................................................150,000.....M-720, 17w

1971....085....none....Touch....................................................................................100,000.....M-737, 8w

1972....054....none....Flow Joy................................................................................150,000.....M-751, 14w

1972....129....none....Produced & Arranged By Jimmy Webb.................................100,000.....M-756, 11w

1974....-----....none....Baby Love................................................................................50,000.....Pickwick SPC-3383, deleted late 70's

1974....066....1986....Anthology............................................................Gold........1,100,000.....M-794, 982k thru 1988 (Motown data) 3LP, 1-disc multi

1975....-----....none....Diana Ross & The Supremes..................................................35,000.....Sessions-Audio Research ARI-5001, 3LP, TV-marketed

1975....152....none....The Supremes.........................................................................70,000.....M-852, 0w

1976....042....none....High Energy...........................................................................125,000.....M-863, 15w

1976....-----....none....Mary, Scherrie & Susaye.........................................................50,000.....M-873

1976....-----....none....Super Supremes......................................................................40,000.....Pickwick PTP-2089, 2LP, deleted late 70's

1978....-----....none....The Supremes At Their Best...................................................30,000.....M-904

1980....-----....none....Motown Superstar Series, Vol. 1.............................................30,000.....M-5101

1982....-----....none....Captured Live On Stage..........................................................50,000.....M-5278, 1970 "Farewell" album re-titled

1983....-----....none....Great Songs And Performances .............................................30,000.....M-5313

1984....-----....none....20 Greatest Hits.......................................................................30,000.....M-6073, cd-only, Command Performances Series

1985....-----....none....Greatest Hits, Volume 1.........................................................100,000.....M-5357, tape-only, good seller

1985....-----....none....Greatest Hits, Volume 2.........................................................100,000.....M-5358, tape-only, good seller

1985....-----....none....Motown Legends....................................................................125,000.....M-5361, including '93 edition

1985....-----....none....Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Motown.............................30,000.....M-5371

1986....112....none....25th Anniversary....................................................................500,000.....M-5381, 429k thru 1988 (Motown data) 3LP (2CD), 17w

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Where Did + Symphony..............................25,000.....M-8005, 1cd

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Love Child + A' Go-Go................................25,000.....M-8021, 1cd

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Cream Crop + Sunshine In.........................25,000......M-8032, 1cd

1987....-----....none....Every Great #1 Hit....................................................................75,000.....M-9038

1987....-----....none....The Rodgers & Hart Collection.................................................20,000.....M-9074, different than the 1967 Lp

1987....-----....none....The Never-Before-Released Masters.......................................30,000.....M-9075

1987....-----....none....The Supremes: 1963-1969.....................................................180,000.....Time Life-2540, 2LP/1CD, TV/mail-order, good seller

1988....-----....none....Love Supreme: Very Best Of....................................................25,000.....Motown ZL-72701

1988....-----....none....Where Did Our Love Go...........................................................30,000.....MOTC-3719, tape-only, different to the '64 album

1989....-----....none....You Keep Me Hangin' On.........................................................30,000.....MOTC-3744, tape-only

1989....-----....none....Come See About Me................................................................25,000.....MOTC-3746, tape-only

1989....-----....none....Someday We'll Be Together.....................................................25,000.....MOTC-3748, tape-only

1991....-----....none....Greatest Hits And Rare Classics - 1970's................................25,000.....MOTD-5087

1995....-----....none....Best Of Diana Ross & The Supremes....................................125,000.....Motown 530511, 2cd

1997....-----....none....The Ultimate Collection.............................................................60,000.....Motown 530828

1999....200....none....Millennium Collection: Best Of................................................625,000.....616k-SScanApr14

2000....-----....none....The Supremes: Box..................................................................15,000.....12k-SScanDec03, 4cd/5cd versions

2001....-----....none....Anthology..................................................................................75,000.....2cd, 50 tracks, different to 1974 album

2002....-----....none....The 70's Anthology...................................................................10,000.....Motown Chronicles-44064127, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Sing Rodgers & Hart - Complete Recordings.............................5,000.....Motown

2003....072....none....The No. 1's..............................................................................500,000.....467k-SScanDec12

2003....-----....none....Best Of The Supremes: Christmas Collection...........................40,000.....20th Century Masters Series

2004....-----....none....There's A Place For Us: Unreleased & More..............................5,000.....HipO-2663, limited to 5k

2004....-----....none....The Supremes In Japan..............................................................2,000.....HipO-3184, US debut of '73 Japan LP, limited to 5k

2004....-----....none....Where Did Our Love Go - 40th Anniversary Ed........................10,000.....HipO, 2cd, limited to 10k - sold out

2005....-----....none....Gold...........................................................................................60,000.....Motown, 2cd

2006....-----....none....This Is The Story-70's Albums, Vol 1: 1970-73...........................5,000.....HipO-5938, 3cd, limited to 5k-sold out

2007....-----....none....Forever The Supremes..............................................................30,000.....Madacy Special Markets, 3cd

2008....-----....none....Let The Music Play: Supreme Rarities 1960-69........................10,000.....HipO-3263, 2cd

2009....142....none....The Definitive Collection............................................................70,000.....7k-SScanMar09

2010....-----....none....Meet The Supremes - Expanded Edition.....................................4,000.....Hip-O Select, 2cd, limited to 10k

2011....-----....none....Let Yourself Go-70's Albums, Vol 2: 1974-77..............................2,000.....Hip-O Select, 1cd, limited to 5k

2011....-----....none....More Hits By The Supremes - Expanded Ed...............................3,000.....Hip-O Select, 2cd, limited to 5k

2011....-----....none....The Singles Collection 1961-69...................................................5,000.....Hip-O Select, 3cd, limited to 7k

2012....-----....none....I Hear A Symphony - Expanded Edition.......................................2,000.....Hip-O Select, 2cd

2012....-----....none....At The Copa - Expanded Edition..................................................2,000.....Hip-O Select, 2cd
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums........................................................350,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES..................................................................................32,650,000

Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Jan 2007) = 1,700,000

RIAA album Certification data as of Apr 1, 2014

1....Gold...................500,000 disc units.................500,000 albums

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1...............................500,000 disc units.................500,000 albums

Note: For many, many years Motown was the only major Record Company that refused to become a member of the RIAA. Motown owner and Chairman Berry Gordy finally relented to industry pressure and joined the RIAA in 1977. However even after becoming a RIAA member Motown's pre-1977 albums were never submitted for RIAA sales certification audit.....and to this day (with only a few exceptions) still haven't.

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DIANA ROSS - USA ALBUM SALES

Note: Things that are not included below:

* bootlegs and/or counterfeit releases

* promotion-only and/or giveaway-only releases

* interview-only and/or spoken word-only releases unless they've been released by DIANA ROSS's record company or specifically licensed by them

* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases

* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 DIANA ROSS tracks or at least 30 minutes of DIANA ROSS music)

* Export Sales: albums made in USA but shipped overseas to be sold in other countries

Album titles that are underlined are those that are nearing or awaiting an RIAA award, or an award upgrade

Yr.....Chart...Last Cert....Album Title...........................................RIAA Award.....Album Sales.....Comments/Notes

Rel...Peak....by RIAA

1970....019....none....Diana Ross/Ain't No Mountain High Enough.........................500,000.....5k-SScanOct98, M-711, 28w, inc both title variations

1970....042....none....Everything Is Everything........................................................200,000.....M-724, 16w, deleted late 80's

1971....046....none....Diana!: Original TV Soundtrack.............................................150,000.....M-719, 15w, deleted late 70's

1971....056....none....Surrender...............................................................................200,000.....312-SScanOct98, M-723, 14w

1972....001....none....Lady Sings The Blues: Soundtrack.....................................2,100,000.....M-758, 2LP/1cd, 54w, 5th best-selling LP in 1973

1972....-----....none....Doral Presents Diana Ross......................................................10,000.....Doral/Showcase DLP-104, mail-order only

1973....005....none....Touch Me In The Morning......................................................650,000.....5k-SScanOct98, M-772, 28w

1973....052....none....Last Time I Saw Him..............................................................200,000.....M-812, 17w, deleted late 80's

1974....064....none....Live At Caesar's Palace.........................................................200,000.....8k-SScanOct98, M-801, 17w

1975....019....none....Mahogany: Soundtrack..........................................................275,000.....M-858, 26w, not released on US cd until 2000

1976....005....none....Diana Ross............................................................................700,000.....6k-SScanOct98, M-876, 32w

1976....013....none....Greatest Hits..........................................................................650,000.....83k-SScanOct98, M-869, 23w

1977....029....none....An Evening With Diana Ross.................................................250,000.....12k-SScanOct98, M-877, 2LP/1cd, 14

1977....018....none....Baby It's Me............................................................................275,000.....346-SScanOct98, M-890, 19w

1978....049....none....Ross.......................................................................................150,000.....M-907, 17w, deleted late 80's

1979....014....1980....The Boss...........................................................Gold.............700,000.....6k-SScanOct98, M-923, 37w

1980....002....1981....Diana.................................................................Platinum....1,200,000.....28k-SScanJan06 (8k-Oct98), M-936, 52w

1981....032....none....To Love Again........................................................................200,000.....M-951, 14w, deleted late 80's

1981....037....1983....All The Great Hits..............................................Gold..........1,000,000.....268k-SScanOct98, M-960, 2LP/1cd, 32w

1981....015....1982....Why Do Fools Fall In Love................................Platinum....1,125,000.....8k-SScanOct98, Rca, 33w

1981....-----....none....Diana's Duets.........................................................................175,000.....4k-SScanOct98, M-5214

1982....027....1982....Silk Electric........................................................Gold.............550,000.....2k-SScanOct98, Rca, 23w

1983....063....none....Anthology...............................................................................350,000.....74k-SScanOct98, M-6049, 2LP/1cd, 12w

1983....032....none....Ross.......................................................................................250,000.....242-SScanOct98, Rca, 17w

1983....-----....none....Touch Me In Morning + Live Caesar's Palace...........................5,000.....M-6082, 2 for 1, tape-only, deleted late 80's

1984....-----....none....14 Greatest Hits.....................................................................200,000.....17k-SScanOct98, M-6072

1984....026....1984....Swept Away.......................................................Gold.............625,000.....9k-SScanOct98, Rca, 45w

1984....-----....none....All The Great Love Songs........................................................75,000.....6k-SScanOct98, M-6105

1985....045....none....Eaten Alive.............................................................................250,000.....2k-SScanOct98, Rca, 20w

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Diana/The Boss..........................................20,000.....839-SScanOct98, M-8002, 1cd

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Touch Me/Baby It's Me...............................20,000.....606-SScanOct98, M-8026, 1cd

1986....-----....none....2 Classic Albums: Ain't No Mtn/Surrender...............................15,000.....469-SScanOct98, M-8046, 1cd

1987....-----....none....The Supreme Lady...................................................................30,000.....Teledisc TD-9, 3LP, TV-marketed, deleted late 80's

1987....073....none....Red Hot Rhythm & Blues........................................................135,000.....685-SScanOct98, Rca, 14w

1989....116....none....Workin' Overtime....................................................................125,000.....3k-SScanOct98, Motown-6274, 6w

1990....-----....none....Greatest Hits Live.....................................................................10,000.....136-SScanOct98, Emi Import

1991....102....none....The Force Behind The Power.................................................125,000.....99k-SScanOct98, Motown-6316, 3w

1993....-----....none....Live - Sings Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments...........................100,000.....79k-SScanOct98, Motown-6340

1993....-----....none....Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs............................................100,000.....73k-SScanNov04, Motown-6357, 4cd Box

1993....-----....none....Forever - Chain Reaction III.....................................................15,000......Motown-6357-5, 1cd sampler of Box

1994....-----....none....One Woman: The Ultimate Collection....................................275,000.....196k-SScanOct98

1994....-----....none....Diana Extended: The Remixes.................................................80,000.....70k-SScanJan06 (69k-Oct98)

1995....114....none....Take Me Higher......................................................................135,000.....102k-SScanOct98

1997....-----....none....Greatest Hits: The RCA Years.................................................40,000.....11k-SScanOct98

1999....108....none....Every Day Is A New Day........................................................115,000.....87k-SScanSep06

2003....-----....none....To Love Again - Deluxe Edition..................................................5,000.....Motown Chronicles-44067043

2003....-----....none....Diana - Deluxe Edition..............................................................15,000.....Motown Chronicles-791, 2cd

2006....146....none....Blue.........................................................................................100,000.....31k-SScanJun06, first 5 wks Starbucks-only (not SScaned)

2006....-----....none....The Definitive Collection...........................................................15,000.....Hip-O Select-6088

2007....032....none....I Love You...............................................................................150,000.....69k-SScanApr07, Manhattan

2007....-----....none....Last Time I Saw Him - Expanded Ed..........................................5,000.....Hip-O Select-8095, 2cd

2008....-----....none....Everything Is Everything - Expanded Ed....................................5,000.....Hip-O Select-8093, 1cd

2008....-----....none....Playlist Your Way.....................................................................20,000.....

2008....-----....none....Surrender - Expanded Edition....................................................5,000.....Hip-O Select-11850, 1cd

2009....-----....none....Touch Me In The Morning - Expanded Ed..................................5,000.....Hip-O Select-13350, 2cd, limited to 7k

2012....-----....none....Diana Ross - Expanded Ed.........................................................5,000.....Hip-O Select-16209, 2cd, limited to 10k

2012....-----....none....Icon............................................................................................30,000.....21k-SScanAug13

2013....-----....none....Playlist: Very Best Of Diana Ross.............................................10,000.....2k-SScanAug13

+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums.......................................................250,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES.................................................................................15,175,000

Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Jan 2006) = 1,800,000

RIAA album Certification data as of Apr 1, 2014

4....Gold...................2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums

2....Platinum.............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums

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6...............................4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums

Note: For many, many years Motown was the only major Record Company that refused to become a member of the RIAA. Motown owner and Chairman Berry Gordy finally relented to industry pressure and joined the RIAA in 1977. However even after becoming a RIAA member Motown's pre-1977 albums were never submitted for RIAA sales certification audit.....and to this day (with only a few exceptions) still haven't.

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STEVIE WONDER - USA ALBUM SALES

Note: Things that are not included below:

* bootlegs and/or counterfeit releases
* promotion-only and/or giveaway-only releases
* interview-only and/or spoken word-only releases unless they've been released by STEVIE WONDER's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 STEVIE WONDER tracks or at least 30 minutes of STEVIE WONDER music)
* Export Sales: albums made in USA but shipped overseas to be sold in other countries

Album titles that are underlined are those that are nearing or awaiting an RIAA award, or an award upgrade

Yr.....Chart...Last Cert....Album Title..................................RIAA Award.....Album Sales.....Comments/Notes
Rel...Peak....by RIAA

1962....-----....none....Tribute To Uncle Ray......................................................175,000......Tamla-233
1962....-----....none....The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie.........................................175,000......Tamla-232
1963....001....none....12 Year Old Genius - Live...............................................875,000......Tamla-240
1963....-----....none....With A Song In My Heart.................................................175,000......Tamla-250

1964....-----....none....Stevie At The Beach..........................................................75,000......Tamla-255

1966....033....none....Up-Tight...........................................................................350,000......Tamla-268

1966....092....none....Down To Earth.................................................................150,000......Tamla-272

1967....045....none....I Was Made To Love Her.................................................275,000......Tamla-279

1967....-----....none....Someday At Christmas....................................................600,000......Tamla-281

1968....037....none....Greatest Hits....................................................................700,000......Tamla-282

1968....-----....none....Eivets Rednow: Featuring 'Alfie'......................................100,000......Gordy-932, Wonder is Rednow

1968....050....none....For Once In My Life.........................................................300,000......Tamla-291

1969....034....none....My Cherie Amour.............................................................375,000......Tamla-296

1970....081....none....Stevie Wonder Live..........................................................175,000......Tamla-298

1970....025....none....Signed, Sealed, Delivered................................................400,000......Tamla-304

1971....062....none....Where I'm Coming From...................................................250,000......Tamla-308

1971....069....none....Greatest Hits, Vol. 2..........................................................850,000......Tamla-313

1972....021....none....Music Of My Mind..............................................................900,000......Tamla-314

1972....003....none....Talking Book...................................................................3,450,000......541k-SScanJul06, 109 wks in Top-200

1973....004....none....Innervisions.....................................................................2,750,000......563k-SScanJul06, 89 wks in Top-200

1974....001....none....Fulfillingness' First Finale................................................1,850,000......176k-SScanJul06, 65 wks in Top-200

1976....001....2005....Songs In The Key Of Life.......................PLAT x 10........5,300,000......621k-SScanDec05, 2-disc mult for cert, 80 wks in Top-200

1977....034....none....Looking Back: Anthology...................................................200,000......3LP, deleted late 80's
1979....004....none....Secret Life Of Plants..........................................................650,000......22 weeks in Top-200

1980....-----....none....'Looking Back' + 'Secret Life Of Plants'..................................4,000......Tamla 804LP3/T-13, limited edition, 5LP, rare

1980....003....1981....Hotter Than July.....................................Platinum...........1,750,000......323k-SScanJan06

1982....004....1982....Original Musiquarium I...........................Gold..................1,225,000......432k-SScanJan06, 1-disc multiplier for cert

1983....-----....none....'Cherie Amour' + 'Signed, Sealed'........................................30,000.......6081MC, 2 in 1

1984....004....1984....The Woman In Red: Soundtrack............Platinum...........1,400,000......6108ML

1985....-----....none....Original Musiquarium, Vol. 1................................................35,000......6113TD, deleted late 80's

1985....-----....none....Original Musiquarium, Vol. 2................................................35,000......6114TD, deleted late 80's

1985....-----....none....Songs In The Key Of Life, Vol. 1........................................100,000......6115MD, deleted late 80's

1985....-----....none....Songs In The Key Of Life, Vol. 2........................................100,000......6116MD, deleted late 80's

1985....005....1985....In Square Circle......................................PLAT x 2..........2,250,000......61k-SScanJan06, 6134TL

1985....-----....none....Love Songs - 20 Classic Hits..............................................125,000......6144TD

1985....-----....none....Motown Legends: Stevie Wonder.......................................100,000......Motown-5362ML

1986....-----....none....Signed, Sealed + My Cherie Amour.....................................25,000......Motown-8006, 2 All-Time Classics Series (1cd), deleted 80's

1986....-----....none....For Once In My Life + Up Tight............................................25,000......Motown-8025, 2 All-Time Classics Series (1cd), deleted 80's

1987....017....1988....Characters...............................................Platinum..........1,175,000......Motown-6248ML

1991....024....1991....Jungle Fever: Soundtrack.......................Gold....................700,000......Motown-6291

1995....016....1995....Conversation Peace................................Gold....................575,000......366k-SScanOct05

1995....-----....none....Natural Wonder...................................................................130,000......Motown-530546, 2-disc multiplier

1996....-----....2003....Song Review: Greatest Hits Collection....Platinum.............600,000......2-disc multiplier for cert

1999....-----....2004....At The Close Of A Century......................Gold....................175,000......158k-SScanAug10, 4-disc multiplier for cert

2002....035....2005....The Definitive Collection..........................Platinum..........2,350,000......2.27m-SScanJun13, 1-disc multiplier for cert

2004....-----....none....The Christmas Collection......................................................75,000......Motown-283102

2005....-----....none....Best Of: The Millennium Collection.....................................140,000......

2005....-----....none....The Complete Stevie Wonder.................................................1,000......download-only (39cd equivalent)

2005....005....2005....A Time 2 Love..........................................Gold...................525,000......469k-SScanAug07

2007....171....none....Number 1's..........................................................................150,000......145k-SScanJul13
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums...................................................350,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES.............................................................................35,250,000
Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Sep 2006) = 6,750,000 (not including 'Woman In Red' and 'Jungle Fever' Soundtracks)

RIAA album Certification data as of May 1, 2014:

5....Gold...................2,500,000 disc units...........2,125,000 albums
5....Platinum.............5,000,000 disc units...........5,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 2............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 10........10,000,000 disc units...........5,000,000 albums
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12...........................19,500,000 disc units.........14,125,000 albums

Note: For many, many years Motown was the only major Record Company that refused to become a member of the RIAA. Motown owner and Chairman Berry Gordy finally relented to industry pressure and joined the RIAA in 1977. However even after becoming a RIAA member Motown's pre-1977 albums were never submitted for RIAA sales certification audit.....and to this day (with only a few exceptions) still haven't.

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RAY CHARLES - USA ALBUM SALES

Note: Things that are not included below:

* bootlegs and/or counterfeit releases
* promotion-only and/or giveaway-only releases
* interview-only and/or spoken word-only releases unless they've been released by RAY CHARLES' record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases (Ray Charles &...Milt Jackson, Betty Carter, Cleo Laine, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Witherspoon, etc, etc)
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 RAY CHARLES tracks or at least 30 minutes of RAY CHARLES music)
* Export Sales: albums made in USA but shipped overseas to be sold in other countries

Album titles that are underlined are those that are nearing or awaiting an RIAA award, or an award upgrade

Yr.....Chart...Last Cert....Album Title...........................................RIAA Award.....Album Sales.....Comments/Notes
Rel...Peak....by RIAA

1957....-----....none....Ray Charles / Hallelujah I Love Her So...................................250,000......Atl-8006, includes both title variations

1957....-----....none....The Great Ray Charles............................................................225,000......Atl-1259

1958....-----....none....Yes Indeed...............................................................................175,000......Atl-8026

1958....-----....none....Ray Charles At Newport..........................................................125,000......Atl-1289 (Oct '58)

1959....020....none....What'd I Say.............................................................................375,000......Atl-8029
1959....017....none....The Genius Of Ray Charles.....................................................225,000......Atl-1312

1960....-----....none....The Original Ray Charles...........................................................20,000......Hollywood-504 (div of Starday), deleted early 60's

1960....-----....none....The Fabulous Artistry Of Ray Charles........................................20,000......Hollywood-505 (div of Starday), deleted early 60's

1960....013....none....In Person..................................................................................225,000......Atl-8039 (May '60)
1960....009....none....The Genius Hits The Road.......................................................375,000......ABC/Paramount-335 (Jun '60)

1960....-----....none....The Artistry Of Ray Charles.......................................................50,000......Baronet-111 (div of Premier Albums Inc), deleted mid-60's
1961....011....none....Dedicated To You....................................................................275,000......ABC/Paramount-355

1961....004....none....Genius + Soul = Jazz...............................................................425,000......ABC/Impulse-2

1961....049....none....The Genius After Hours...........................................................185,000......Atl-1369

1961....073....none....The Genius Sings The Blues...................................................100,000......Atl-8052

1961....011....none....Do The Twist / The Greatest....................................................225,000......Atl-8054, includes both title variations

1961....-----....none....The Great Ray Charles..............................................................50,000......Baronet-117 (div of Premier Albums Inc), deleted mid-60's

1962....001....1962....Modern Sounds In Country & Western................Gold.............925,000......ABC/Paramount-410

1962....014....none....The Ray Charles Story.............................................................175,000......Atl 2-900 (8063/8064), 2LP

1962....-----....none....The Ray Charles Story, Vol. 1....................................................65,000......Atl-8063, deleted late 60's

1962....-----....none....The Ray Charles Story, Vol. 2....................................................50,000......Atl-8064, deleted late 60's

1962....005....1968....Ray Charles' Greatest Hits..................................Gold..............875,000......ABC/Paramount-415

1962....-----....none....Ray Charles................................................................................50,000......Coronet-173 (mfg by Premier Albums Inc), deleted late 60's

1962....002....1968....Modern Sounds In Country & Western, Vol. 2.....Gold.............700,000......ABC/Paramount-435

1963....-----....none....Spotlight on Ray Charles............................................................50,000......Design-145 (mfg by Pickwick), deleted late 60's

1963....-----....none....The Ray Charles Story, Vol. 3....................................................70,000......Atl-8083 (Jul 63), deleted late 60's

1963....002....none....Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul..............................................450,000......ABC/Paramount-465 (Aug 63)

1963....-----....none....Spotlight on Ray Charles, Vol. 2.................................................40,000......Design-155 (mfg by Pickwick), deleted late 60's

1963....-----....none....The Sensational Ray Charles.....................................................40,000......Coronet-187 (mfg by Premier Albums inc), deleted late 60's

1964....009....none....Sweet And Sour Tears..............................................................300,000......ABC/Paramount-480 (Mar 64)

1964....-----....none....The Ray Charles Story, Vol. 4....................................................45,000......Atl-8094 (May 64), deleted late 60's

1964....-----....none....The Great Hits Recorded in 8-Track Stereo...............................30,000......Atl-7101 (Jun 64), deleted late 60's

1964....036....none....Have A Smile With Me..............................................................200,000......ABC/Paramount-495

1965....-----....none....The Fabulous Ray Charles.........................................................40,000......Celebrity-186 + Spin-O-Rama-141 (mfg by Premier Albums Inc), deleted late 60's

1965....080....none....Live In Concert..........................................................................150,000......ABC/Paramount-500, inc 70's edition on ABC/Bluesway-6053

1965....116....none....C & W Meets R & B / Together Again.......................................125,000......ABC/Paramount-520, includes both title variations

1966....-----....none....The Best Of Ray Charles............................................................50,000......Design DLP-245 (mfg by Pickwick), deleted late 60's

1966....015....none....Crying Time...............................................................................400,000......ABC/Paramount-544

1966....052....none....Ray's Moods..............................................................................225,000......ABC/Paramount-550

1967....-----....none....The Early Ray Charles................................................................30,000......Design DLP-279 (mfg by Pickwick)

1967....077....1968....A Man And His Soul.............................................Gold..............500,000......ABC/Paramount-590 (Feb '67), 2LP, cert based on high $ value

1967....-----....none....A Man And His Soul, Part 1 (Vol 1).............................................15,000......ABC 10A-547, + ABC/GRT-5901, tape-only, deleted early 70's

1967....-----....none....A Man And His Soul, Part 2 (Vol 2).............................................15,000......ABC 10A-548, + ABC/GRT-5902, tape-only, deleted early 70's

1967....076....none....Ray Charles Invites You To Listen............................................175,000......ABC/Tangerine-595

1967....-----....none....The Ray Charles Story................................................................25,000......ABC-93016, 2LP, Capitol Club exclusive (diff to '62 Atlantic Lp)

1968....051....none....A Portrait Of Ray.......................................................................200,000......ABC/Tangerine-625

1969....167....none....I'm All Yours, Baby....................................................................125,000......ABC/Tangerine-675

1969....172....none....Doin' His Thing............................................................................90,000......ABC/Tangerine-695

1970....155....none....My Kind Of Jazz..........................................................................90,000......Tangerine-1512

1970....192....none....Love Country Style......................................................................75,000......ABC/Tangerine-707

1970....-----....none....The Best Of Ray Charles..........................................................375,000......Atl-1573, good catalog seller in 70's and early 80's

1971....052....none....Volcanic Action Of My Soul.......................................................225,000......ABC/Tangerine-726

1971....152....none....25th Anniversary In Show Business..........................................100,000......ABC/Paramount-731, 2LP

1971....-----....none....Ray Charles: Archive Of Folk & Jazz..........................................25,000......Everest-244

1972....052....none....A Message From The People...................................................165,000......ABC/Tangerine-755

1972....186....none....Through The Eyes Of Love.........................................................80,000......ABC/Tangerine-765

1972....-----....none....Jazz Number II............................................................................50,000......Tangerine-1516

1973....182....none....Ray Charles Live.........................................................................75,000......Atlantic 2-503, 2LP

1973....-----....none....All The Great Country & Western Hits.........................................50,000......ABC/Tangerine-781, 2LP

1974....206....none....Come Live With Me.....................................................................50,000......Crossover-9000 (Apr 74)

1974....-----....none....Ray Charles, Vol 2: Archive Of Folk & Jazz................................10,000......Everest-292 (Aug '74)

1974....-----....none....Greatest Hits Of The Great Ray Charles.....................................15,000......Longines Symphonette/Crossover-95647, 5LP Box

1975....175....none....Renaissance................................................................................70,000......Crossover-9005 (May 75)

1975....-----....none....My Kind Of Jazz, Part 3...............................................................30,000......Crossover-9007 (Oct 75)

1977....-----....none....Ray Charles: The Early Years.......................................................5,000......Gusto/King K-5011

1977....078....none....True To Life...............................................................................100,000......Atl-19142 (Sep 77)

1978....-----....none....Tender Side Of Ray Charles.......................................................25,000......Suffolk SMI 1-129, TV-marketed

1978....-----....none....Tender Side Of Ray Charles, Album No 2..................................25,000......Suffolk SMI 1-130, TV-marketed

1978....-----....none....Love And Peace..........................................................................40,000......Atl-19199

1979....204....none....Ain't It So.....................................................................................70,000......Atl-19251

1979....-----....none....Rockin' With Ray...........................................................................5,000......Everest-358

1980....203....none....Brother Ray Is At It Again............................................................85,000......Atl-19281

1982....-----....none....A Life In Music.............................................................................10,000......Atl 5-3700, 5LP Box

1983....-----....none....Wish You Were Here Tonight......................................................70,000......Col-38293

1984....-----....none....Did I Ever Cross Your Mind.........................................................85,000......Col-38990

1985....075....none....Friendship..................................................................................295,000......Col-39415

1985....-----....none....The Spirit Of Christmas.............................................................625,000......106k-SScanDec05 (Rhino) + 34k-SScanJan12 (09 re), Col-40125

1986....-----....none....The Real Ray Charles.................................................................15,000......Pair PDL-1139

1986....-----....none....From The Pages Of My Mind......................................................65,000......Col-40338

1986....-----....none....Heart Touching Classics, Vol. 1..................................................50,000......Suffolk SMI 1-106, TV-marketed

1987....-----....none....His Greatest Hits, Vo1. 1..........................................................100,000......DCC Compact Discs DZS-036

1987....-----....none....His Greatest Hits, Vo1. 2............................................................50,000......DCC Compact Discs DZS-037

1988....-----....none....Just Between Us.........................................................................40,000......Col-40703

1988....-----....none....Greatest Hits, Volume 1............................................................150,000......Rhino-70097

1988....-----....none....Greatest Hits, Volume 2..............................................................75,000......Rhino-70098

1988....-----....none....Ray Charles Standards...............................................................50,000......Rhino-75210

1989....123....2004....Anthology.............................................................Gold...........1,050,000......762k-SScanMar05, Rhino-75759

1989....-----....none....Seven Spanish Angels & Other Hits: 1982-86............................25,000......Col-45062

1990....-----....none....Would You Believe......................................................................50,000......Warner Bros-26343

1990....-----....none....Greatest Country And Western Hits............................................65,000......DCC Compact Discs

1991....-----....none....Birth Of Soul - Complete Atlantic R&B........................................10,000......Atlantic-82310, 3cd Box

1992....-----....none....Uh-Huh: His Greatest Hits...........................................................75,000......DCC Compact Discs-33079, 2cd

1993....145....none....My World...................................................................................235,000......198k-SScanSep04, Warner Bros

1994....-----....none....Best Of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years..................................170,000......Rhino-71722

1994....-----....none....Ain't That Fine.............................................................................20,000......A&M-41003

1996....-----....none....Strong Love Affair.......................................................................50,000......Qwest-46107

1996....-----....none....Ray Charles - Berlin '62..............................................................10,000......Pablo-5301

1997....-----....none....Genius Plus Soul / My Kind Of Jazz...........................................20,000......Rhino-72814, 2 originals on 1 cd

1997....-----....none....Ingredients In A Recipe / Have A Smile With.............................20,000.......Rhino-72843, 2 originals on 1 cd

1997....-----....none....Genius & Soul: 50th Anniversary Collection...............................35,000......24k-SScanDec03, Rhino-72859, 5cd Box

1998....-----....none....Complete Country & Western: 1959-1986..................................10,000......Rhino, 4cd Box

1999....-----....none....Ultimate Hits Collection.............................................................200,000......Rhino-75644, 2cd

1999....-----....none....Forever Gold.............................................................................125,000......91k-SScanFeb05, St Clair (STCL)

2000....054....2007....The Very Best Of Ray Charles............................Platinum.....1,300,000......1.13m-SScanNov07 (143k-Jun04), Rhino/Warner-79822

2002....-----....none....Ray Charles Sings For America..................................................50,000......Rhino-76098

2002....-----....none....Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again.....................................50,000......Crossover

2002....-----....none....Visionary Soul..............................................................................50,000......Hear Music/Rhino OPCD-1993, Starbucks exclusive

2004....001....2005....Genius Loves Company......................................PLAT x 3.....3,375,000......3.25m-SScanMay10, Concord

2004....009....2004....Ray: Soundtrack..................................................Platinum......1,650,000......1.43m-SScanSep05, Rhino-76540

2004....-----....none....Complete Swing Time & Down Beat: 1949-52.............................25,000......Night Train International-2001, 2cd

2004....144....none....Ray Charles Celebrates A Gospel Christmas............................175,000......102k-SScanDec05, MDYM

2004....-----....none....American Soul..............................................................................30,000......BCI/Eclipse

2005....046....none....More Music From "Ray".............................................................300,000......121k-SScanApr05

2005....036....none....Genius & Friends.......................................................................250,000......86k-SScanNov05

2005....-----....none....Pure Genius: Complete Atlantic 1952-59.......................................5,000......Rhino/Atlantic, 7cd +DVD Box

2006....-----....none....Unreleased: Swing Time................................................................5,000......Night Train International-7154

2006....023....none....Ray Sings Basie Swings............................................................225,000......175k-SScanJan07

2006....-----....none....Ray Charles Christmas................................................................50,000......Rhino Special Markets (Kohl Stores exclusive)

2007....-----....none....Ray Charles: Collector's Tin.........................................................25,000......Madacy, 3cd Box

2009....035....none....Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection............................140,000......105k-SScanSep10, Concord

2009....-----....none....Modern Sounds in Country & Western, Vols 1&2........................75,000......6k (digital)-SScanAug12, Concord, 1cd

2009....-----....none....Sings For Lovers..........................................................................25,000......Concord

2009....-----....none....Expanded Edition: The Genius Hits The Road............................10,000......Concord (Sep 09), 1cd (19 tracks)

2010....-----....none....Expanded Edition: Genius + Soul = Jazz.......................................5,000......Concord CRE-31669 (Apr 10), 2cd

2010....-----....none....Ray, Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters............................35,000......7k-SScanJan11, Concord (Oct10)

2011....-----....none....Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles................................5,000......Concord, 5cd Box

2011....-----....none....Flashback With Ray Charles........................................................20,000......11k-SScanApr12, Rhino/Flashback (Jun 11)

2011....-----....none....Hit The Road Jack And Other Classic Hits...................................50,000......27k-SScanJan13, Concord (Jul 11), 77wks in R&B Chart

2011....-----....none....Night Time Is The Right Time.........................................................3,000......Mockingbird

2012....-----....none....Original Album Series.....................................................................3,000......5cds

2012....181....none....Hit The Road Jack: The Best Of Ray Charles................................7,000......3k-SScanJan13, 4cd Box, AP Music (Dec 12)

2013....024....none....Ray Charles Forever.....................................................................90,000......67k-SScanDec13, Concord, 1cd + 1video

2013....-----....none....Ultimate Legends: Ray Charles......................................................2,000......AAO

2014..........................In The 1950's.................................................................................................due July 8, 2014, Enlightenment, 3cd

2014..........................Juke Box Hits.................................................................................................due July 15, 2014, AAO, 4cd

+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums...........................................................370,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES.....................................................................................23,650,000
Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - July 2009) = 9,700,000

RIAA album Certification data as of Jun 1, 2014:

5....Gold...................2,500,000 disc units...........2,500,000 albums
2....Platinum.............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 3............3,000,000 disc units...........3,000,000 albums
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8...............................7,500,000 disc units...........7,500,000 albums

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I have a stupid question - how did you get hold of the motown data? Their album sales numbers have been like the 3rd secret of fatima for years !! The numbers look entirely plausible so I'm not questioning the quality of the data at all. But I'd LOVE to know about the estimation process please. Thanks !!

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