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THE WHO - 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 THE WHO's record company or specifically licensed by them

* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases

* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 WHO tracks or at least 30 minutes of WHO 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

1966....-----....none....The Who Sings My Generation.......................................275,000.....deleted for much of the 70's/80's

1967....067....none....Happy Jack......................................................................200,000.....deleted for much of the 70's/80's

1967....048....none....The Who Sell Out............................................................275,000.....deleted for much of the 70's/80's

1968....039....none....Magic Bus........................................................................325,000.....deleted for much of the 70's/80's

1969....004....1993....Tommy....................................................PLAT x 2.......2,825,000.....684k-SScanJan06, 1-disc multiplier for cert

1970....004....1993....Live At Leeds..........................................PLAT x 2.......2,400,000.....

1971....004....1999....Who's Next..............................................PLAT x 5.......5,200,000.....975k-SScanJan09

1971....011....1993....Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy.................Platinum........1,350,000.....

1973....002....1993....Quadrophenia.........................................Platinum........1,500,000.....312k-SScanAug12, 1-disc multiplier for cert

1974....015....1974....Odds And Sods.......................................Gold.................600,000.....

1974....-----....none....Happy Jack/The Who Sell Out...........................................75,000.....Mca 2-4067, 2LP, deleted mid 80's

1974....185....none....Magic Bus/Who Sings My Generation.............................125,000.....Mca 2-4068, 2LP, deleted mid 80's

1975....008....1993....The Who By Numbers.............................Platinum .......1,300,000.....

1978....002....1993....Who Are You...........................................PLAT x 2.......2,500,000.....

1979....008....1979....The Kids Are Alright: Soundtrack............Platinum........1,200,000.....

1979....046....none....Quadrophenia: Soundtrack..............................................350,000.....

1981....004....1981....Face Dances...........................................Platinum........1,100,000.....

1981....052....1993....Hooligans................................................Gold..................575,000.....

1982....008....1982....It's Hard...................................................Gold..................685,000.....

1983....094....1993....Who's Greatest Hits................................PLAT x 2........2,600,000.....

1984....081....none....Who's Last........................................................................300,000.....

1985....116....none....Who's Missing...................................................................250,000.....

1987....-----....none....Two's Missing...................................................................160,000.....

1988....-----....1993....Who's Better, Who's Best........................Gold..................770,000.....

1990....188....none....Join Together....................................................................130,000.....2-disc multiplier

1993....-----....none....Songs From Quadrophenia Soundtrack.............................75,000.....different to the 1979 album

1994....170....2002....30 Years Of Maximum R&B.....................Gold.................140,000.....92k-SScanDec03, 4-disc multiplier for cert

1996....-----....2002....My Generation: Very Best Of The Who....Gold.................600,000.....Mca-11462 + Columbia House edition (big seller)

1996....194....none....Live At Isle Of Wight Festival 1970.....................................75,000.....2-disc multiplier

1999....-----....2008....Millennium Collection: Best Of.................Platinum........1,400,000.....1.31m-SScanAug13

2000....101....none....BBC Sessions...................................................................150,000......

2000....-----....none....Live: The Blues To The Bush................................................5,000.....Musicmaker, 2cd

2001....-----....none....Live: The Blues To The Bush-CD1........................................5,000.....Musicmaker-358069

2001....-----....none....Live: The Blues To The Bush-CD2........................................5,000.....Musicmaker-358072

2002....031....2008....The Ultimate Collection............................Platinum............800,000.....683k-SScanJan09, 2-disc multiplier for cert

2002....-----....none....Live: Washington Jul 6, 2002...............................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Live: Hershey, PA Jul 29, 2002............................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Live: New York, NY Jul 31, 2002..........................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Live: Detroit, MI Aug 23, 2002..............................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Live: Holmdel, NJ Aug 30, 2002...........................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2002....-----....none....Live: Dallas, TX Sep 21, 2002..............................................10,000.....Eel Pie/Music.com, Encore Series, ltd ed, 2cd

2003....-----....none....Live At The Royal Albert Hall...............................................35,000.....3cd

2004....057....none....Then And Now: 1964-2004................................................250,000.....102k-SScanJun04w-8

2006....-----....none....Live From Toronto................................................................25,000.....2cd

2006....007....none....Endless Wire......................................................................300,000.....213k-SScanJan07

2008....-----....none....Amazing Journey: Story Of The Who.....................................5,000.....vinyl-only, 2LP, Best Buy Store exclusive

2009....056....none....Greatest Hits.......................................................................275,000.....237k-SScanFeb13

2010....-----....none....Greatest Hits Live.................................................................65,000.....2cd

2011....-----....none....Icon.......................................................................................45,000.....

2011....-----....none....Icon 2....................................................................................15,000.....2cd

2011....-----....none....Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut........................................10,000.....2cd (5cd Super Deluxe version)

2012....-----....none....Live At Hull 1970..................................................................10,000.....2cd

2012....161....none....Opus Collection....................................................................50,000.....3k-SScanNov12w-1, Starbucks exclusive

2012....-----....none....The Studio Albums.................................................................1,000.....vinyl-only (11 albums/14discs), ltd edition

2014....118....none....Quadrophenia - Live In London..............................................5,000.....4k-SScanJun14w-1, 2cd

+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums..................................................399,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES............................................................................30,875,000

Total Soundscan-registered album sales (1991 - Jan 2006) = 6,100,000

Note: The 1975-released (and RIAA Gold-awarded) Soundtrack album for the motion picture Tommy is considered a Various Artists album by the RIAA and so is not included above. The group's own website also notes that the Tommy Soundtrack is not a WHO album.

RIAA album Certification data as of Jun 1, 2014:

6....Gold....................3,000,000 disc units...........2,625,000 albums

7....Platinum..............7,000,000 disc units...........6,500,000 albums

4....PLAT x 2.............8,000,000 disc units...........8,000,000 albums

1....PLAT x 5.............5,000,000 disc units...........5,000,000 albums

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18............................21,000,000 disc units.........20,125,000 albums

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1 hour ago, Born To Walk said:

Is it?

I hope so!

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39 minutes ago, JustDan said:

Hmmm....Must be a Who fan.

I hope he is not also a Britney Spears fan.

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