Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Hot Space (1982) – 936,000 equivalent albums
Back Chat – 120,000
Body Language – 990,000
Calling All Girls – 170,000
Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) – 150,000
Under Pressure – 1,600,000
Under Pressure (1999) – 90,000
The Works (1984) – 1,344,000 equivalent albums
Radio Ga Ga – 2,030,000
It’s a Hard Life – 500,000
I Want to Break Free – 1,820,000
Hammer to Fall – 130,000
A Kind of Magic (1986) – 785,000 equivalent albums
One Vision – 560,000
A Kind of Magic – 1,540,000
One Year of Love – 5,000
Pain Is So Close to Pleasure – 30,000
Friends Will Be Friends – 260,000
Who Wants to Live Forever – 140,000
Princes of the Universe – 80,000
If albums of the band faced different fortunes, they all had their share of successful singles. Under Pressure from Hot Space, Radio Ga Ga and I Want to Break Free from The Works along the title track from A Kind of Magic, brought the string of consecutive albums with at least one 1-million selling single to 10!
They managed this in spite of their decreasing success in the US. Body Language sold 5 times less than Another One Bites the Dust in this country, but it still is easily the highest selling song from those albums there.
With the change in the music industry brought by Michael Jackson, albums were now exploited with more singles than one decade earlier. As a result, The Works had #2, #3, #6 and #13 singles in the UK in 7 months. While their popularity went down in the US it increased in continental Europe. Great sales in countries like Germany and France enable a combined 10 million sales from singles of those albums.