Celine Dion – A New Day Has Come (2002)
Claimed Sales – 12,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,400,000
One more “it must have got there” case. In fact, the album was a huge seller in 2002. It completed the IFPI year end chart on 7,9 million copies shipped. Surely, it must have got there? Well, it still hasn’t.
If you check carefully her France Album Sales article, you will notice this album shifted 87% of its to date sales during 2002 alone. It isn’t an isolated case, quite the opposite as France is one of the few countries where the album entered 2003 while it was still inside the Top 40 as in most markets it was big from March to October. In the US, the album was out of the Top 100 before the end of 2002. One may argue its soundscan sales jumped from 2,645,000 during that year to over 3,3 million by now, a 26% addition. Adding those 26% to 7,9 million would be inaccurate as that latter figure was about shipments and as the album was still active, in early 2003 the album was certified at 3 million sales, meaning once again some 87% of its 3,45 million shipments to date were done during 2002.
In the meantime, Celine Dion joined Mariah Carey with two entries on the list!