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#31 Post by markrobertnolan »

rollo wrote:Just out of interest, has anyone actually ever seen any evidence that Introspective is their best selling album? I know Neil always said so, but it's always seemed a bit suspicious to me.

The global figures I've got, downloaded from I've no idea where (possibly this forum, maybe around the time Yes came out?) are as follows:
- Please - 3.5m
- Disco - 2.2m
- Actually - 5.7m
- Introspective - 3.7m
- Behaviour - 2.1m
- Discography - 4.7m
- Very - 4.0m
- Disco 2 - 700k
- Alternative - 700k
- Bilingual - 1.2m
- Essentials - 39k
- Nightlife - 900k
- Release - 600k
- Disco 3 - 200k
- PopArt - 800k
- Fundamental - 450k

Apologies if I'm reposting someone else's research there.

Edit: found it, thanks to GalataPSB - http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=59684 - obviously these are estimates too, but the poster seems to have at least done some grunt work to justify the numbers!

See also - http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60413 and http://www.petshopboys-forum.com/viewto ... =1&t=25284
These figures are wrong, as for a start Release had sold 750,000 worldwide, as of mid 2003 and has now done 900,000.

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#32 Post by alig »

rollo wrote:
TheGhostOfMyself wrote:Those numbers are probably all based on estimates and press releases, but they're guidance if nothing else.
It does make me wonder where EMI got their "50 million" figure from? Neil said they've certainly never been paid for 50 million but that's what they'd apparently sold by the time they left Parlaphone.
It's not totally crazy, once you add in the singles. Or was it "50 million albums"?

I think they always mean albums plus singles not only PSB-wise but for all other artists. I doubt Madonna sold more than 200 million albums. Singles can inflate your sales numbers quite significantly.
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#33 Post by Disco. »

Ultimate has been opgraded from a silver certification to gold status for sales of 100,000 in the UK.
This is all part of an auto certification process which The BPI uses, where a release is certified immediately after it passes the criteria for a certification. This was implemented in the summer of 2013.
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#34 Post by michael888 »

What about Electric
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#35 Post by rollo »

markrobertnolan wrote:These figures are wrong, as for a start Release had sold 750,000 worldwide, as of mid 2003 and has now done 900,000.
They're estimates. In the scheme of things, 600k ≈ 750k.
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#36 Post by jamie1978 »

it also depends whether you are talking about units shipped or units sold - certifications are based on the former

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michael888 wrote:What about Electric
The sales of Electric stood at 40,000 at the beginning of 2014, don't know how much it has sold since then.

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#38 Post by drunk14 »

Should reach silver soon.
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Disco. wrote:
michael888 wrote:What about Electric
The sales of Electric stood at 40,000 at the beginning of 2014, don't know how much it has sold since then.
In the UK. 90% of their sales come from outside the UK.

For comparison, Elysium sold 25k in the UK.

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Yes, Elysium had sold only 25,000 by March 2013. It probably hasn't sold much since then.

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#41 Post by Disco. »

West End Girls has been awarded a 3 x radio certification by Radio Monitor, the official tracker of radio play in the U.K. It tracks 99,8 percent of all radio play. 3 x radio certification constitutes 25,000 plays.

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#42 Post by Disco. »

What have I done to deserve this has been awarded a 2x Radio play certification by Radio Monitor, for 10,000 plays in The U.K

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#43 Post by PSBForTheMasses »

Thank you, Disco, for constantiy updating this thread...

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#44 Post by james23_uk »

Disco. wrote:
Tue 12 Nov 2019, 8:54 am
What have I done to deserve this has been awarded a 2x Radio play certification by Radio Monitor, for 10,000 plays in The U.K
Yes thanks Disco, these are always very interesting.

It's been (an incredible) 11,786 days since What have I done to deserve this? was released as a single. Would have thought it would have been well through 10,000 UK radio plays by now?
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#45 Post by Disco. »

It probably hasn’t been played much in later years. Not like It’s A Sin which is obviously more regularly played.

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