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NEIL YOUNG - 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 albums unless they have been released by NEIL YOUNG's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases (Stills-Young Band, etc)
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 NEIL YOUNG tracks or at least 30 minutes of NEIL YOUNG 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

1968....-----....none....Neil Young.................................................................450,000
1969....034....1986....Everybody Knows This is Nowhere....Platinum......1,800,000.....494k-SScanDec05
1970....008....1986....After the Goldrush..............................PLAT x 2......3,150,000.....798k-SScanDec05
1972....001....1994....Harvest...............................................PLAT x 4......5,750,000.....2.02m-SScanDec05
1972....045....none....Journey Through the Past..........................................200,000.....deleted early 1980's (never on US cd)
1973....022....1973....Time Fades Away...............................Gold................600,000.....1k-SScanDec05, deleted 1990's (never on US cd)
1974....016....1974....On the Beach......................................Gold................700,000.....95k-SScanDec05 (not on US cd until 2003)
1975....025....none....Tonight's the Night......................................................475,000.....96k-SScanDec05
1975....025....1997....Zuma...................................................Gold................625,000.....86k-SScanDec05
1977....021....1977....American Stars 'n Bars.......................Gold.................685,000.....66k-SScanDec05 (not on US cd until 2003)
1977....043....1986....Decade................................................Platinum.......1,550,000.....788k-SScanDec05, 2-disc multiplier for cert
1978....007....1978....Comes A Time.....................................Gold................950,000.....163k-SScanDec05
1979....008....1980....Rust Never Sleeps...............................Platinum.......1,800,000.....272k-SScanDec05
1979....015....1988....Live Rust..............................................Platinum.......1,875,000.....551k-SScanDec05
1980....030....none....Hawks and Doves........................................................375,000.....30k-SScanDec05 (not on US cd until 2003)
1981....027....none....Reactor........................................................................275,000.....22k-SScanDec05 (not on US cd until 2003)
1982....-----....none....2 On 1: After The Goldrush-Harvest..............................75,000.....Warner-Reprise 23715, deleted late 80's
1983....019....none....Trans............................................................................200,000.....7k-SScanDec05, never on US cd
1983....046....none....Everybody's Rockin'.....................................................175,000.....18k-SScanDec05
1985....075....none....Old Ways......................................................................200,000.....40k-SScanDec05
1986....046....none....Landing On Water........................................................225,000.....49k-SScanDec05
1987....075....none....Life................................................................................175,000.....14k-SScanDec05
1988....061....none....This Note's For You......................................................225,000......34k-SScanDec05
1989....035....1990....Freedom................................................Gold................875,000.....269k-SScanDec05
1990....031....none....Ragged Glory................................................................375,000.....133k-SScanDec05
1991....154....none....Weld..............................................................................250,000.....186k-SScanDec05, 2-disc multiplier
1991....-----....none....Arc-Weld.........................................................................25,000.....Reprise 26746, 3-disc multiplier, limited edition
1991....-----....none....Arc.................................................................................100,000.....Reprise 26769
1992....016....1997....Harvest Moon........................................PLAT x 2......2,105,000.....1.67m-SScanDec05
1993....-----....none....Lucky Thirteen...............................................................100,000.....60k-SScanApr02
1993....023....1993....Unplugged..............................................Gold................925,000.....777k-SScanDec05
1994....009....1994....Sleeps With Angels................................Gold................575,000.....443k-SScanDec05
1995....005....1995....Mirror Ball...............................................Gold................600,000.....476k-SScanDec05 (418k-Jan '96)
1996....-----....none....Dead Man........................................................................75,000.....47k-SScanApr02
1996....031....none....Broken Arrow.................................................................275,000.....182k-SScanDec05
1997....057....none....Year of the Horse..........................................................200,000.....124k-SScanDec05
2000....022....none....Silver and Gold..............................................................425,000.....385k-SScanJan08
2000....169....none....Road Rock, Vol 1...........................................................120,000.....93k-SScanDec05
2002....010....none....Are You Passionate.......................................................290,000.....232k-SScanDec05
2003....022....none....Greendale......................................................................300,000.....230k-SScanDec05
2004....027....2006....Greatest Hits...........................................Gold.............1,550,000....1.52m-SScanApr14
2005....011....2006....Prairie Wind.............................................Gold...............585,000.....452k-SScanApr06
2006....015....none....Living With War..............................................................390,000.....229k-SScanSep06
2006....055....none....Live at the Fillmore 1970................................................125,000.....38k-SScan06w-3
2006....-----....none....Living With War: In The Beginning...................................50,000
2007....006....none....Live at Massey Hall 1971...............................................300,000.....213k-SScanJul07
2007....011....none....Chrome Dreams II..........................................................225,000.....121k-SScanDec07
2008....040....none....Live At Canterbury House 1968.....................................130,000.....80k-SScanFeb09
2009....019....none....Fork In The Road...........................................................130,000.....57k-SScanMay09
2009....102....none....The Archives, Vol 1: 1963-1972.......................................40,000.....5k-SScanJun09w-1, 8-disc multiplier
2009....193....none....Dreamin' Man: Live '92.....................................................60,000.....4k-SScanDec09w-1
2009....-----....none....Official Release Series: 1-4..............................................25,000.....4-disc multiplier, includes all format versions
2010....014....none....Le Noise.........................................................................130,000.....70k-SScanJan11
2011....029....none....A Treasure........................................................................95,000.....30k-SScanJul11w-4
2012....006....none....Americana......................................................................210,000.....171k-SScanDec12
2012....008....none....Psychedelic Pill..............................................................130,000.....128k-SScanApr14, 2cd

2013....028....none....Live At The Cellar Door....................................................85,000.....57k-SScanJan14w-6

2014....013....none....A Letter Home..................................................................40,000.....
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums..............................................350,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES........................................................................34,800,000
Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Dec 2006) = 12,000,000

RIAA album Certification data as of July 1, 2014:

11...Gold...................5,500,000 disc units...........5,500,000 albums
4.....Platinum.............4,000,000 disc units...........3,500,000 albums
2.....PLAT x 2............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 4............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
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18............................17,500,000 disc units.........17,000,000 albums

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BOB SEGER - 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 albums unless they have been released by BOB SEGER's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 SEGER tracks or at least 30 minutes of SEGER 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

1969....062....none....Ramblin' Gamblin' Man...............................................275,000.....deleted mid 80's
1969....-----....none....Noah.............................................................................40,000.....deleted early 70's (Capitol ST-236)
1970....171....none....Mongrel.......................................................................180,000.....deleted mid 80's
1971....-----....none....Brand New Morning......................................................20,000.....deleted early 70's (Capitol ST-731)
1972....180....none....Smokin' O.P.'s.............................................................335,000
1973....188....none....Back In '72...................................................................150,000.....deleted late 70's
1974....-----....none....Seven..........................................................................375,000.....deleted early 90's
1975....131....2003....Beautiful Loser................................PLAT x 2...........2,100,000
1976....034....2003....Live Bullet.......................................PLAT x 5...........5,700,000.....1.2m-SScanJan06 + 511k-SScanFeb12 (rem), 1-disc multiplier for cert
1976....008....2003....Night Moves....................................PLAT x 6...........6,275,000.....865k-SScanJan06
1978....004....2008....Stranger In Town.............................PLAT x 6...........6,100,000
1980....001....2003....Against The Wind............................PLAT x 5...........5,150,000
1981....003....2003....Nine Tonight....................................PLAT x 4...........4,400,000.....2.06m-SScanFeb12, 1-disc multiplier for cert
1982....005....1983....The Distance...................................Platinum............1,700,000
1986....003....1986....Like A Rock.....................................Platinum............1,750,000
1991....007....1991....The Fire Inside................................Platinum............1,100,000.....
1994....008....2012....Greatest Hits...................................PLAT x 9...........9,660,000.....9.35m-SScanApr14
1995....027....1996....It's A Mystery...................................Gold.....................600,000.....537k-SScanAug06 (536k-Nov03)
2003....023....2012....Greatest Hits, Vol 2.........................Platinum...............800,000.....545k-SScanJan06
2006....004....2006....Face The Promise...........................Platinum...............900,000.....770k-SScanApr07
2009....-----....none....Early Seger, Vol. 1.........................................................50,000
2011....019....2013....Ultimate Hits....................................Platinum...............585,000.....579k-SScanApr14, 2-disc multiplier for cert
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums............................................260,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES......................................................................48,550,000
Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Mar 2012) = 20,000,000


RIAA album Certification data as of Jun 1, 2014:

1....Gold.......................500,000 disc units..............500,000 albums
6....Platinum..............6,000,000 disc units...........5,500,000 albums
1....PLAT x 2.............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 4.............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
2....PLAT x 5...........10,000,000 disc units.........10,000,000 albums
2....PLAT x 6...........12,000,000 disc units.........12,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 9.............9,000,000 disc units...........9,000,000 albums
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14...........................43,500,000 disc units.........43,000,000 albums

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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - 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 albums unless they have been released by CSNY's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 CSNY tracks or at least 30 minutes of CSNY 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....001....1992....Deja Vu......................................................PLAT x 7.........8,050,000......1.33m-SScanJul12
1971....001....1992....4 Way Street..............................................PLAT x 4.........4,500,000......611k-SScanJan06, 1-disc multiplier for cert
1974....001....1992....So Far........................................................PLAT x 6.........6,600,000......
1988....016....1989....American Dream........................................Platinum..........1,100,000......
1998....026....none....Looking Forward...................................................................370,000......260k-SScanMar00
2008....153....none....Deja Vu Live: Soundtrack.......................................................55,000......5k-SScanJul08w-1
2014....017....none....CSNY 1974 - Deluxe..............................................................19,000......19k-SScanJul14w-2, 3cd (40 tracks)+video, inc Wooden Box ed

2014....081....none....CSNY 1974 - Selections..........................................................7,000......7k-SScanJul14w-2, 1cd (16 tracks)

2014....036....none....CSNY 1974 - Acoustic Set.....................................................15,000......15k-SScanJul14w-2, 1cd (13 tracks), Starbucks exclusive

+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums....................................................184,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES..............................................................................20,900,000
Total Soundscan-registered Album sales = ?



RIAA album Certification data as of July 1, 2014:

1....Platinum..............1,000,000 disc units...........1,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 4.............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 6.............6,000,000 disc units...........6,000,000 albums
1....PLAT x 7.............7,000,000 disc units...........7,000,000 albums
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4..............................18,000,000 disc units.........18,000,000 albums

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CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - 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 albums unless they have been released by CSN's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 CSN tracks or at least 30 minutes of CSN 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

1969....006....2001....Crosby, Stills & Nash.....................PLAT x 4..........4,200,000.....
1977....002....1992....CSN...............................................PLAT x 4..........4,400,000.....
1980....122....none....Replay.......................................................................200,000.....
1982....008....1983....Daylight Again................................Platinum..........1,850,000.....512k-SScanOct12
1983....043....none....Allies..........................................................................400,000.....
1990....057....none....Live It Up...................................................................300,000.....
1991....109....1999....CSN: Box........................................Platinum.............250,000.....4-disc multiplier for cert

1994....098....none....After The Storm.........................................................170,000.....

2005....024....none....Greatest Hits.............................................................640,000.....617k-SScanJun13

2009....104....none....Demos.........................................................................50,000.....5k-SScanJun09w-1

2012....-----....none....CSN 2012....................................................................25,000.....2cd
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums.........................................165,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES...................................................................12,650,000
Total Soundscan-registered Album sales = ?



RIAA album Certification data as of July 1, 2014:

2....Platinum..............2,000,000 disc units...........1,250,000 albums
2....PLAT x 4.............8,000,000 disc units...........8,000,000 albums
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4..............................10,000,000 disc units...........9,250,000 albums

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Earthslayer, many thanks for this info + all the other bands, really interesting stuff......eg Elvis v The Beatles at about 150 million albums each - staggering ! I had a Bob Seger blitz at Christmas and requested about 7 Bob albums on CD from my daughters who being teenagers obviously had no idea who he was ! have been enjoying the stuff since receipt. Rock and sausage roll.

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I am surprised the Bob has outsold Neil. Neil has always been so experimental and prolific. I guess that does not necessarily translate into sales. Still both are favorites of mine along with Bruce.

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I am surprised the Bob has outsold Neil. Neil has always been so experimental and prolific. I guess that does not necessarily translate into sales. Still both are favorites of mine along with Bruce.

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Young has only ever had one big hit song "Heart Of Gold"....whereas Seger has had a bunch of big hits in the USA, which in turn really drove up the sales of several of his late 70's-early 80's albums plus his mid-90's 'Greatest Hits' album (which continues to be one of the biggest selling back-catalog sellers in the USA of the past 20 years).

Another thing to keep in mind is that these are USA-only sales stats. Worldwide Neil Young makes up that difference and has actually sold more albums than Seger has. Neil has significantly better career-to-date album sales in Europe than Bob Seger does. Seger is a bit like Mellencamp in that regard - neither of them has sold well outside US-Canada, whereas Dylan, Springsteen and Young have found much broader sales success.

Lastly one should not forget that Neil Young has been an integral creative part of another huge block of album sales with CSNY (+ Buffalo Springfield + The Stills-Young Band).

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Mr. Earthslayer sir, do you by chance have any stats for Jackson Browne records? I know he's certified for something like 17.5 million in the US, but he's got a number of uncertified albums that I'm sure have sold a few copies at least. Have you got numbers for Mr. Browne?

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Mr. Earthslayer sir, do you by chance have any stats for Jackson Browne records? I know he's certified for something like 17.5 million in the US, but he's got a number of uncertified albums that I'm sure have sold a few copies at least. Have you got numbers for Mr. Browne?

How about Jackson Browne v Nils Lofgren v Warren Zevon?

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Very little Soundscan data on Browne's albums has leaked in order to do a very accurate analysis... unsure.gif ...but that having been said he has 18.5 million disc units (18.5 million albums) certified by the RIAA...and a quick look at his uncertified catalog would seem to indicate his total USA album sales would be roughly 22 million.

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I find these posts fascinating. It's interesting to see some classic, seemingly-omnipresent records who've had decades of love heaped upon them sit at such low sales figures (ie Ziggy Stardust).

I'd be curious to see Tom Waits's figures.

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I find these posts fascinating. It's interesting to see some classic, seemingly-omnipresent records who've had decades of love heaped upon them sit at such low sales figures (ie Ziggy Stardust).

I'd be curious to see Tom Waits's figures.

Ziggy and indeed virtually all of Bowie's albums have historically done much better pan-Europe. He's a bit like Queen and Abba in that regard....respectable sales in the USA but never at their UK and pan-European level. Someone like, for example, Bob Seger is the exact opposite....very strong sales in the USA but he's never been able to carry that sales level pan Europe.

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I think I find those examples, and some similar ones ones, interesting primarily because those records are such huge reference points. I remember Bowie being an enormously adored figure among my peers when I was in high school, which was a good double decade after it dropped.

It's just crazy to me that a record like Ziggy gets praised, discussed, written about, played on the radio, talked up on television, etc. etc. etc., and only that many Americans have ever flipped to it at a record store and thought "Shit, I've heard this one's pretty great. Might as well grab it."

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CROSBY STILLS, NASH & YOUNG.....plus CROSBY, STILLS & NASH now added (above)

Note: Creedence data has been relocated to the "ERIC CLAPTON, ROD STEWART, SANTANA" thread

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