Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

ABBA – Voulez-Vous (1979)

Claimed Sales – 17,000,000
Estimated Sales – 7,000,000

If you wonder where it is claimed that Voulez-Vous sold as much as 17 million units, you only need to go to ABBA Wikipedia discography page on several languages like the Spanish one, although even some of their fans will tell you how ludicrous such a figure is.

Voulez-Vous is pretty much the same case as The Album but with patterns even more extreme. It is truly unique to see an English-speaking, international release album sell some 2,1 million units in the four main English speaking markets – USA, UK, Canada, Australia – while it came close to 1 million in Japan or sold more than 200,000 units in each the Netherlands or Argentina. I often mentioned how much 70s worldwide market was heavily dominated by those English speaking markets, but such rules weren’t true in ABBA case with a mere 30% of Voulez-Vous total sales coming from those countries.

6 thoughts on “Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2”

  1. Nice work MJD! However, I want to point out that you already mentioned Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (page 10) on your first Fake 10 million sellers post.

  2. I am curious about best selling soundtracks worldwide. Hope you will cover that in one of your next posts. Great job, thanks!

  3. Beyonce’s 11m was by label but as ‘records'(including single and others). but some fans didn’t know the difference and post it as the album sold 11m. lol
    I love to see your break down on the album.

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