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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....1993....Who's Next..............................................PLAT x 3.......4,200,000.....975k-SScanJan09

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

1973....002....1993....Quadrophenia.........................................PLAT x 2........2,500,000.....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

5....PLAT x 2.............9,000,000 disc units...........8,000,000 albums

1....PLAT x 3.............3,000,000 disc units...........3,000,000 albums

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18............................22,000,000 disc units.........20,125,000 albums

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Posted June 4, 2013

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

1978....023....1984....Outlandos d'Amour......................................Platinum.......1,700,000.....315k (all versions)-SScanJan06
1979....025....2002....Reggatta de Blanc.......................................Platinum.......1,200,000.....
1980....005....2001....Zenyatta Mondatta.......................................PLAT x 2......2,300,000.....
1981....002....2001....Ghost In The Machine.................................PLAT x 3.......3,100,000.....247k (all versions)-SScanJan06
1983....001....2001....Synchronicity...............................................PLAT x 8.......8,300,000.....506k (all versions)-SScanJan06 (165k-Aug12..'03 re)
1986....007....2002....Every Breath You Take: Singles/Classics...PLAT x 5.......5,800,000.....2.90m (all versions)-SScanNov08 (1.28m/1.29m-Jan06)

1993....079....2001....Message In A Box.......................................Platinum...........250,000.....24k-SScanDec03, 4-disc multiplier, + BMG Direct edition
1995....086....1996....Live..............................................................Platinum...........500,000.....2-disc multiplier for cert

2007....011....none....The Police.............................................................................400,000.....318k-SScanDec07, 2-disc multiplier

2008....-----....none....Certifiable: Live In Buenos Aires...............................................5,000.....vinyl-only, 3LP, limited editon
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums.....................................................220,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES..............................................................................23,775,000
Total Soundscan-registered Album sales (1991 - Dec 2007) = 5,500,000



RIAA album Certification data as of Aug 1, 2014:

4.....Platinum..............4,000,000 disc units...........2,750,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 2.............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 3.............3,000,000 disc units...........3,000,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 5.............5,000,000 disc units...........5,000,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 8.............8,000,000 disc units...........8,000,000 albums
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8...............................22,000,000 disc units.........20,750,000 albums

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

1985....002....1994....The Dream Of The Blue Turtles..................PLAT x 3......3,425,000.....495k-SScanJan06

1986....-----....none....Bring On The Night.............................................................250,000.....2Lp/2cd (85 minutes-1-disc multiplier)
1987....009....1991....Nothing Like The Sun..................................PLAT x 2.....2,700,000.....539k-SScanJan06, 2Lp/1cd, 1-disc multiplier for cert
1991....002....1991....The Soul Cages...........................................Platinum......1,800,000.....1.40m-SScanAug14
1993....002....1994....Ten Summoner's Tales................................PLAT x 3.....3,300,000.....2.88m-SScanAug14

1993....162....none....Demolition Man...................................................................125,000.....6 tracks (35 minutes)
1994....007....1996....Fields Of Gold: Best Of Sting 1984-1994....PLAT x 2......2,450,000.....
1996....005....1996....Mercury Falling............................................Platinum.......1,175,000.....1.07m-SScanAug14

1997....046....2005....Very Best Of Sting & The Police..................Gold.............1,000,000.....944k-SScanApr14 (474k-Jul05)

1999....009....2001....Brand New Day............................................PLAT x 3......3,850,000.....3.64m-SScanAug14 (2.22m-Jan01)

2001....-----....none....Still Be Love In The World.....................................................25,000.....Target exclusive, 7 tracks (35 minutes), limited edition
2001....032....2002....All This Time................................................Gold................550,000.....

2003....003....2004....Sacred Love.................................................Platinum......1,250,000.....1.23m-SScanAug14

2003....-----....2004....Songs Of Love.............................................Platinum.......1,000,000.....Victoria's Secret exclusive

2006....025....none....Songs From The Labyrinth..................................................310,000.....259k-SScanJun09 (195k-Dec08)

2006....006....2009....If On A Winter's Night...................................Gold...............645,000.....642k-SScanAug14

2010....006....none....Symphonicities....................................................................115,000.....114k-SScanAug14

2011....-----....none....25 Years................................................................................15,000.....3cd +video

2011....104....none....The Best Of 25 Years............................................................50,000.....4k-SScanOct11w-1, 1cd

2013....013....none....The Last Ship........................................................................90,000.....42k-SScanNov13w-7
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums...................................................250,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES.............................................................................24,425,000
Total Soundscan-registered Album sales (1991 - Jan 2007) = 14,992,000



RIAA album Certification data as of Aug 1, 2014:

3.....Gold....................1,500,000 disc units...........1,500,000 albums
4.....Platinum..............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
2.....PLAT x 2.............4,000,000 disc units...........4,000,000 albums
3.....PLAT x 3.............9,000,000 disc units...........9,000,000 albums
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12.............................18,500,000 disc units.........18,500,000 albums

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Posted June 4, 2013

THE MONKEES - 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 MONKEES's record company or specifically licensed by them
* 'Various Artists' and Collaboration releases
* EP or Mini-Album releases (album must contain at least 7 MONKEES tracks or at least 30 minutes of MONKEES 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....001....1994....The Monkees..........................................PLAT x 5.........5,400,000.....out of print 1972-85
1967....001....1994....More Of The Monkees............................PLAT x 5.........5,250,000.....out of print 1972-85
1967....001....1994....Headquarters..........................................PLAT x 2.........2,700,000.....out of print 1972-85
1967....001....1994....Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, Jones .......PLAT x 2.........2,200,000.....out of print 1972-85
1968....003....1994....The Birds, The Bees, The Monkees.......Platinum..........1,300,000.....out of print 1972-85
1968....045....none....Head: Soundtrack..............................................................220,000.....out of print 1970-84
1969....032....none....Instant Replay....................................................................350,000.....out of print 1971-84

1969....089....none....Greatest Hits......................................................................100,000.....out of print 1972-2012

1969....100....none....The Monkees Present........................................................150,000.....out of print 1971-84

1970....-----....none....Golden Hits..........................................................................20,000.....Jan '70, Colgems PRS-329, mail-order only, deleted 1971

1970....152....none....Changes............................................................................100,000.....out of print 1972-1985

1971....207....none....Barrel Full Of Monkees........................................................20,000.....Jan '71, Colgems SCOS-1001, 2Lp, deleted 1971

1972....-----....none....Re-Focus.............................................................................40,000.....Bell-6081, deleted 1974

1975....-----....none....The Monkees.....................................................................150,000.....Laurie House/Rca Special Products, 2Lp, TV-marketed

1976....058....1991....The Monkees Greatest Hits.....................Platinum.........1,185,000.....deleted mid-1990's

1982....-----....none....More Greatest Hits Of The Monkees.................................300,000.....deleted mid-1990's

1982....-----....none....Monkee Business..............................................................150,000.....Rhino-701, deleted early 90's

1984....-----....none....Monkee Flips.....................................................................150,000.....Rhino-113, deleted early 90's

1985....-----....none....Hit Factory...........................................................................40,000.....Pair-Arista, 2Lp, deleted late 80's

1986....-----....none....The Best Of The Monkees...................................................50,000.....Silver Eagle-Arista, 2Lp, deleted late 80's

1986....021....1987....Then & Now: Best Of The Monkees........Platinum.........1,550,000.....

1987....-----....none....Live 1967.............................................................................30,000.....Rhino-70139

1987....072....none....Pool It................................................................................180,000.....Rhino-70706

1987....-----....none....20th Anniversary Tour 1986................................................20,000.....Rhino-71110, 2LP, limited edtion

1988....-----....none....Missing Links.......................................................................75,000.....Rhino-70150

1990....-----....none....Missing Links, Vol. 2............................................................60,000.....Rhino-70903

1991....-----....none....Listen To The Band.............................................................25,000.....Rhino-70566, 4cd, deleted mid-90's

1994....-----....none....Live......................................................................................30,000.....

1995....-----....2000....Greatest Hits............................................Gold..................850,000.....735k-SScanMay12, Rhino

1996....-----....none....Missing Links, Vol. 3............................................................35,000.....Rhino-72153

1996....-----....none....Barrelful Of Monkees: Songs For Kids................................25,000.....Rhino-72407, different than 1971 Lp

1996....-----....none....Justus..................................................................................60,000.....Rhino-72542

1997....-----....none....I'm A Believer And Other Hits............................................120,000.....Rhino/Flashback-72883

1998....-----....none....Daydream Believer And Other Hits...................................100,000.....Rhino/Flashback-75242

1998....-----....none....The Monkees Anthology......................................................45,000.....Rhino-75269, 2-disc multiplier

2001....-----....none....Music Box..........................................................................115,000.....97k-SScanDec03, Rhino-76706, 4-disc multiplier

2001....-----....none....Complete '67 US Concert Recordings...................................3,000.....Rhino-7755, 4-disc multiplier, limited to 3,500 copies

2001....-----....none....2001: Live In Las Vegas........................................................5,000.....

2002....-----....none....The Essentials.....................................................................40,000.....Rhino-76057

2003....020....2012....The Best Of The Monkees........................Gold.................425,000.....324k-SScanAug12, Rhino, 1-disc multiplier for cert

2003....-----....none....The Headquarters Sessions..................................................4,000.....Rhino-7715, 3-disc multiplier, limited to 4,500 copies

2003....-----....none....Extended Versions: Encore Collection................................10,000.....Bmg Special Markets

2006....-----....none....The Monkees: Deluxe Edition..............................................25,000.....2cd

2006....-----....none....More Of The Monkees: Deluxe Edition................................20,000.....2cd

2007....-----....none....Headquarters: Deluxe Edition..............................................15,000.....2cd

2007....-----....none....Pisces, Aquarious: Deluxe Edition.......................................10,000.....2cd

2007....-----....none....Monkees: Collector's Edition................................................20,000.....Madacy, 3cd

2010....-----....none....The Birds, The Bees: Deluxe Edition.....................................6,000.....Rhino, 3cd

2010....-----....none....Head: Deluxe Edition.............................................................5,000.....Rhino, 3cd

2011....125....none....Flashback With The Monkees............................................100,000.....81k-SScanApr12, Rhino

2011....-----....none....Instant Replay: Deluxe Edition...............................................6,000.....Rhino, 3cd

2012....-----....none....Original Album Series.............................................................1,000.....Rhino, 5cd

2012....-----....none....Selections From Headquarters Sessions...............................1,000.....Rhino, vinyl-only, limited to 2,500

2013....174....none....Monkees Present: Deluxe Edition..........................................5,000.....3k-SScanAug13w-1, 3cd

+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums..................................................254,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES............................................................................24,150,000
Total Soundscan-registered album sales = ?

RIAA album Certification data as of Aug 1, 2014:

2....Gold....................1,000,000 disc units.............1,000,000 albums
3....Platinum..............3,000,000 disc units.............3,000,000 albums

2....PLAT x 2.............4,000,000 disc units.............4,000,000 albums
2....PLAT x 5...........10,000,000 disc units...........10,000,000 albums
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9..............................18,000,000 disc units...........18,000,000 albums

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Posted March 19, 2014

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

1978....018....1995....The Cars......................................................PLAT x 6.........6,550,000.....871k-SScanMay12
1979....003....2001....Candy-O......................................................PLAT x 4.........4,200,000.....
1980....005....1980....Panorama....................................................Platinum..........1,450,000.....
1981....009....2001....Shake It Up..................................................PLAT x 2.........2,300,000.....
1983....-----....none....Two On One: Cars & Candy-O...............................................125.000.....Elektra-60278, tape-only, deleted late 80's
1984....003....2001....Heartbeat City..............................................PLAT x 4.........4,300,000.....

1985....012....2001....Greatest Hits................................................PLAT x 6.........6,650,000.....1.45m-SScanNov07
1987....026....1987....Door To Door...............................................Gold...................625,000.....

1995....-----....none....The Cars Anthology: Just What I Needed..............................150,000.....2cd

2001....-----....none....Shake It Up & Other Hits........................................................200,000.....Rhino-74320

2002....-----....none....The Very Best Of The Cars......................................................90,000.....Rhino-74772

2002....144....none....Complete Greatest Hits..........................................................850,000.....786k-SScanJun13 (290k-Feb05)

2008....-----....none....Classic Tracks..........................................................................50,000.....Rhino Special Markets-516738, Best Buy Stores exclusive

2011....007....none....Move Like This.......................................................................130,000.....60k-SScanJun11w-3

2012....-----....none....Original Album Classics.............................................................1,000.....Rhino-522561, 5cd Box
+ domestic US sales of foreign-pressed albums......................................................129,000

TOTAL US ALBUM SALES................................................................................27,800,000
Total Soundscan-registered Album sales = ?



RIAA album Certification data as of Aug 1, 2014:

1.....Gold.......................500,000 disc units..............500,000 albums
1.....Platinum..............1,000,000 disc units...........1,000,000 albums
1.....PLAT x 2.............2,000,000 disc units...........2,000,000 albums
2.....PLAT x 4.............8,000,000 disc units...........8,000,000 albums
2.....PLAT x 6...........12,000,000 disc units.........12,000,000 albums
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7...............................23,500,000 disc units.........23,500,000 albums

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28 minutes ago, Jimmy James said:

I think I understand the numbers, but what is the point, is there a point, or just general info?

No....there's no point really. It's just attention-grabbing.

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So the Monkees have sold more albums than the Police, even before adjusting for "inflation"? That's the take-away? ;) 

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