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Thread started 08/25/10 9:25am

blackbob

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prince worldwide album sales...

this is from ukmix website...just interesting to look what sort of figures each album sold....this is as accurate as you will probably get....its a few years old now i think...

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Worldwide estimated sales
USA estimated sales
International (outside US) estimated sales

The 70's + 80's

1978 For You 930,000 = 550,000 + 380,000
1979 Prince 1,950,000 = 1,500,000 + 450,000
1980 Dirty Mind 2,015,000 = 1,085,000 + 930,000
1981 Controversy 2,650,000 = 1,550,000 + 1,100,000
1982 1999 6,075,000 = 4,320,000 + 1,755,000
1984 Purple Rain 19,880,000 = 14,480,000 + 5,400,000
1985 Around The World In A Day 4,585,000 = 2,845,000 + 1,740,000
1986 Parade 4,155,000 = 2,105,000 + 2,050,000
1987 Sign Of The Times 4,025,000 = 1,840,000 + 2,185,000
1988 Lovesexy 2,825,000 = 960,000 + 1,865,000
1989 Batman (Soundtrack) 4,790,000 = 2,500,000 + 2,290,000

Total 70's + 80's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
53,880,000 = 33,735,000 + 20,145,000

The 90's

1990 Graffiti Bridge 2,305,000 = 980,000 + 1,325,000
1991 Diamonds & Pearls 6,450,000 = 2,780,000 + 3,670,000
1992 Symbol 2,700,000 = 1,100,000 + 1,600,000
1993 The Hits/The B-Sides 1,000,000 = 650,000 + 350,000
1993 The Hits 1 2,750,000 = 2,000,000 + 750,000
1993 The Hits 2 2,250,000 = 1,750,000 + 500,000
1994 Come 1,000,000 = 500,000 + 500,000
1994 The Black Album 575,000 = 275,000 + 300,000
1995 The Gold Experience 900,000 = 550,000 + 350,000
1996 Chaos & Disorder 350,000 = 150,000 + 200,000
1996 Emancipation 1,200,000 = 700,000 + 500,000
1998 Crystal Ball 275,000 = 125,000 + 150,000
1998 Newpower Soul 425,000 = 225,000 + 200,000
1999 The Vault 250,000 = 125,000 + 125,000
1999 Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 750,000 = 500,000 + 250,000

Total 90's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
23,180,000 = 12,410,000 + 10,770,000

The 00's

2001 The Very Best Of Prince 2,000,000 = 1,300,000 + 700,000
2001 The Rainbow Children 300,000 = 175,000 + 125,000
2004 Musicology 1,500,000 = 1,000,000 + 500,000

Total 00's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
3,800,000 = 2,475,000 + 1,325,000

Total (Estimated) Career All-Time Album Sales Worldwide:

80,860,000 = 48,620,000 + 32,240,000

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i suppose worldwide you could add 100k for news...1,000,000 for 3121....750,000 for planet earth and 750,000 for lotusflower and 400,000 for various other releases for another 3 million sales for a grand total of close to 84 million album sales worldwide.......his single sales are around the 30 million mark worldwide so that would give prince almost 115 million record sales worldwide......not bad wee man ....

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Reply #1 posted 08/25/10 1:08pm

millwall

a true legend i am one of those people who bought every album. whether i was having a good time or bad time in life princes music always inspired. Unlike many artists his music was fresh interesting and honest whether it upset people or not he said it. proud 2 b a fan

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Reply #2 posted 08/25/10 5:11pm

motherfunka

I'm sure he had a few moments of doh! after seeing the sales continually decline after 1993. He can say he doesn't care about selling records, but PLEASE! He wanted Gold to be a huge success, but it wasn't. Maybe WB is partially to blame for holding off on the release for so long, but I honestly believe if it was really that good it would have sold better. I think for most people, outside of the hardcore Prince fans, he just made himself look like a fool bitching about owning the masters to his music and scrawling the word slave across his face. I mean trying to compare himself to an actual slave was insulting. He sunk his own ship!

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Reply #3 posted 09/03/10 2:36pm

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masters or no masters the man has sold enough to be well off. The 70's and 80's sales prove that alone. anything else is chump change. let's not forget the money he made off his motion pictures and tours and merchandising. it's easy to play with money when you've already made your money. A lot of his business ventures failed miserably but when you can play Coachella and walk away with 4.3 million then that can make up for something like PE or LF.

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Reply #4 posted 09/03/10 2:51pm

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PEJ said:

masters or no masters the man has sold enough to be well off. The 70's and 80's sales prove that alone. anything else is chump change. let's not forget the money he made off his motion pictures and tours and merchandising. it's easy to play with money when you've already made your money. A lot of his business ventures failed miserably but when you can play Coachella and walk away with 4.3 million then that can make up for something like PE or LF.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Prince was juuuuuust about broke until "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" came out.

Prince later on bitched about how the average music video costs $300,000 (this was on the L41A site). Well, when you're making a $300,000 music video for every song you record and you just happen to be having a bumper crop in the studio, you're going to lose a lot of fucking money. I suppose the NPG Stores didn't help his cause either.

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Reply #5 posted 09/03/10 4:52pm

Marrk

115Million? for all that music? That's a pretty shit return.

'Someones' biggest selling album pretty much did that all on it's own.

You know, there's a lot of talk about respecting Prince outside his fanbase (musicians, celebs etc), but i bet these fake fuckers almost never buy his music.

I'd just like paragraphs back on the org.
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Reply #6 posted 09/03/10 4:57pm

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What about his singles sales?

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Reply #7 posted 09/03/10 5:01pm

Marrk

bboy87 said:

What about his singles sales?

Singles are universally hard to pin down saleswise for artists with such long careers.

I'd just like paragraphs back on the org.
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Reply #8 posted 09/04/10 12:11pm

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Year - Album - Worldwide estimated sales = USA estimated sales + International (outside US) estimated sales

The 70's + 80's

1978 For You 930,000 = 550,000 + 380,000
1979 Prince 1,950,000 = 1,500,000 + 450,000
1980 Dirty Mind 2,015,000 = 1,085,000 + 930,000
1981 Controversy 2,650,000 = 1,550,000 + 1,100,000
1982 1999 6,075,000 = 4,320,000 + 1,755,000
1984 Purple Rain 19,880,000 = 14,480,000 + 5,400,000
1985 Around The World In A Day 4,585,000 = 2,845,000 + 1,740,000
1986 Parade 4,155,000 = 2,105,000 + 2,050,000
1987 Sign Of The Times 4,025,000 = 1,840,000 + 2,185,000
1988 Lovesexy 2,825,000 = 960,000 + 1,865,000
1989 Batman (Soundtrack) 4,790,000 = 2,500,000 + 2,290,000

Total 70's + 80's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
53,880,000 = 33,735,000 + 20,145,000

The 90's

1990 Graffiti Bridge 2,305,000 = 980,000 + 1,325,000
1991 Diamonds & Pearls 6,450,000 = 2,780,000 + 3,670,000
1992 Symbol 2,700,000 = 1,100,000 + 1,600,000
1993 The Hits/The B-Sides 1,000,000 = 650,000 + 350,000
1993 The Hits 1 2,750,000 = 2,000,000 + 750,000
1993 The Hits 2 2,250,000 = 1,750,000 + 500,000
1994 Come 1,000,000 = 500,000 + 500,000
1994 The Black Album 575,000 = 275,000 + 300,000
1995 The Gold Experience 900,000 = 550,000 + 350,000
1996 Chaos & Disorder 350,000 = 150,000 + 200,000
1996 Emancipation 1,200,000 = 700,000 + 500,000
1998 Crystal Ball 275,000 = 125,000 + 150,000
1998 Newpower Soul 425,000 = 225,000 + 200,000
1999 The Vault 250,000 = 125,000 + 125,000
1999 Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 750,000 = 500,000 + 250,000

Total 90's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
23,180,000 = 12,410,000 + 10,770,000

The 00's

2001 The Very Best Of Prince 2,000,000 = 1,300,000 + 700,000
2001 The Rainbow Children 300,000 = 175,000 + 125,000
2004 Musicology 1,500,000 = 1,000,000 + 500,000 (concert sales NOT included)

(add 3121, Planet Earth, Lotus, MPLSound, let's say 1,5 / 2 millions)

Total 00's estimated worldwide all-time sales:
3,800,000 = 2,475,000 + 1,325,000

Total (Estimated) Career All-Time Album Sales Worldwide:

80,860,000 = 48,620,000 + 32,240,000


Wikipedia:

- 1 billion records or more:

The Beatles
Elvis Presley

- 500 million to 999 million records:

Bing Crosby
Michael Jackson

- 200 million to 499 million records:

AC/DC
A. R. Rahman (India)
ABBA
Alla Pugacheva (Rusia)
Bee Gees
Bob Marley
Celine Dion
Cliff Richard
The Drifters
Elton John
Herbert von Karajan (Austria)
Julio Iglesias
Led Zeppelin
Madonna
Mariah Carey
Nana Mouskouri (Grecia/Francia)
Pink Floyd
The Rolling Stones
Tino Rossi (Francia)
Wei Wei (China)

- 100 million to 199 million records:

Adriano Calentano (Italia)
Aerosmith
Backstreet Boys
Barry White
Billy Joel
Bon Jovi
Boney M (Alemania)
The Carpenters
Charles Aznavour
Cher
Chicago
Dave Clark Five
David Bowie
Deep Purple
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
Dolly Parton
The Eagles
Electric Light Orchestra
Engelbert Humperdnicks (USA/UK)
Fats Domino
Fleetwood Mac
The Four Seasons
Frank Sinatra
Garth Brooks
Genesis
George Michael
Guns N' Roses
Iron Maiden
James Last (Alemania)
The Jackson 5
Janet Jackson
Johnny Hallyday (Francia)
Kenny Rogers
Lionel Richie
Luciano Pavarotti
Michiya Mihashi (Japón)
Mireille Mathieu (Francia)
Modern Talking
Neil Diamond
Olivia Newton-John
Patti Page
Paul McCartney
Perry Como (USA)
Pet Shop Boys
Phil Collins
Prince
Queen
Ricky Nelson
Roberto Carlos
Rod Stewart
Salvatore Adamo (Bélgica)
Status Quo
Stevie Wonder
Teresa Teng (Taiwán)
Tina Turner
Tom Jones
U2
Valeriya (Rusia)
The Ventures
Whitney Houston
The Who



French magazine:

1 - Beatles = 346.500.000 (12/2007)
2 - Michael Jackson = 205.500.000 (09/2008)
3 - Pink Floyd = 193.700.000 (02/2008)
4 - Madonna = 188.500.000 (01/2008)
5 - Elvis Presley = 187.000.000
6 - Elton John = 177.200.000 (01/2008)
7 - Queen = 170.100.000 (09/2008)
8 - Rolling Stones = 169.100.000
9 - U2= 166.400.000 (02/2008)
10 - Led Zeppelin = 165.500.000 (01/2008)
11 - Celine Dion = 163.000.000 (12/2007)
12 - Eagles = 147.800.000 (12/2007)
13 - Mariah Carey = 147.800.000 (12/2007)
14 - Rod Stewart = 140.100.000 (03/2008)
15 - Barbra Streisand= 139.800.000 (02/2008)
16 - Whitney Houston = 134.200.000 (12/2007)
17 - AC/DC = 133.700.000 (11/2007)
18 - Garth Brooks = 131.900.000 (02/2008)
19 - Bruce Springsteen = 130.900.000 (02/2008)
20 - Eric Clapton = 129.000.000 (02/2008)
21 - Billy Joel = 124.500.000 (12/2007)
22 - Bee Gees = 122.100.000 (12/2007)
23 - Phil Collins = 122.000.000 (12/2007)
24 - Bob Dylan = 119.800.000 (12/2007)
25 - Fleetwood Mac = 118.100.000 (12/2007)
26 - Santana - 117.700.000 (03/2008)
27 - Neil Diamond = 117.300.000 (02/2008)
28 - Aerosmith = 113.500.000 (11/2007)
29 - Bon Jovi = 107.200.000 (12/2007)
30 - Simon and Garfunkel = 105.100.000 (03/2008)
31 - ABBA = 104.200.000 (09/2007)
32 - Paul McCartney - 103.700.000 (02/2008)
33 - Dire Strait = 102.800.000 (12/2007)
34 - Metallica - 102.500.000 (01/2008)
35 - Prince = 99.900.000 (02/2008)
36 - Genesis = 98.000.000 (12/2007)
37 - David Bowie = 95.700.000 (12/2007)
38 - Van Halen = 94.000.000 (02/2008)
39 - Guns N' Roses = 93.200.000 (12/2007)
40 - Kenny Rogers = 90.400.000 (02/2008)
41 - The Doors = 89.700.000 (01/2008)
42- Julio Iglesias = 89.500.000 (03/2008)
43 - Stevie Wonder= 87.100.000 (03/2008)
44 - Bob Marley = 86.600.000 (01/2008)
45 - Backstreet Boys = 85.900.000 (02/2008)
46 - R.E.M. = 83.800.000 (02/2008)
47 - Eminem = 83.400.000 (12/2007)
48 - Neil Young = 79.900.000 (06/2008)
49 - Enya = 78.300.000 (12/2007)
50 - Kenny G = 77.900.000 (03/2008)

Source: the Org........ still somewhere here I guess.

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Reply #9 posted 09/04/10 1:34pm

hyperpessimist

numbers, numbers.... is he happy?

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Reply #10 posted 09/04/10 1:46pm

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millwall said:

a true legend i am one of those people who bought every album. whether i was having a good time or bad time in life princes music always inspired. Unlike many artists his music was fresh interesting and honest whether it upset people or not he said it. proud 2 b a fan

yeahthat biggrin Fan 4 Life!!!

Every CD I have to have, Prince ALWAYS has gems on every cd that I can't live without!! The man is BRILLANT!!

Prince is GORGEOUS. I'm inspired. GOD is GREAT. Is there anything else to say? lol
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Reply #11 posted 09/13/10 1:22pm

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45 - Backstreet Boys = 85.900.000 (02/2008) eek

No wonder they haunt charity shops so much!

[Edited 9/13/10 13:23pm]

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Reply #12 posted 09/14/10 1:27am

PEJ

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Spinlight said:

PEJ said:

masters or no masters the man has sold enough to be well off. The 70's and 80's sales prove that alone. anything else is chump change. let's not forget the money he made off his motion pictures and tours and merchandising. it's easy to play with money when you've already made your money. A lot of his business ventures failed miserably but when you can play Coachella and walk away with 4.3 million then that can make up for something like PE or LF.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Prince was juuuuuust about broke until "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" came out.

Prince later on bitched about how the average music video costs $300,000 (this was on the L41A site). Well, when you're making a $300,000 music video for every song you record and you just happen to be having a bumper crop in the studio, you're going to lose a lot of fucking money. I suppose the NPG Stores didn't help his cause either.

you ain't burstin my bubble nor Prince's. Prince hasn't been close to broke since he was a young tyke eatin fries at McDonalds. You and I and many others were supporting him just fine all throughout the years especially in the 80's and 90's. People were claiming he was broke during LOVESEXY and he still managed to go on a world tour. He came back and did the soundtrack for BATMAN and revamped any losses he may have experienced.

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