Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)

Claimed Sales – 10,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,400,000

Urban Hymns is one more very atypical case to study. A absolutely terrific seller in the UK at more than 3,2 million copies sold, it was also quite huge all other Europe topping the cumulative tally of 6 million units. Still, it fails to break a 10 million seller worldwide. Both figures together make The Verve classic album one of the biggest European album to not be over this milestone.

Obviously, the painful point is once again the US. At 1,6 million units shipped, this isn’t a bad seller by any mean, but pretty weak in comparison to its European results. In the same way, it sold relevant amounts in Asia, in South America and in Oceania, but just not big enough to boost the overall total to 10 million.

One may think the band will now never replicate such a success. While this is true, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Urban Hymns itself cross that barrier in the future, especially if a 20 years anniversary edition comes out.

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Please do one for Aaliyah’s self titled album!! Her fans are delusional and think it sold 13M copies when it hasn’t even sold 1M in the UK lol………Infact, none of her albums have sold 1M pure copies in the UK.

Last edited 1 year ago by A&R
Anthony Blanchard

Hi A&R!
Here is our analysis about Aaliyah’s career:


I have only just seen your article, but felt I needed to post this. It relates to Iron Butterfly. Firstly, there was ONLY Gold certification before 1976. If an album sold 500 000 copies in the US< it was Gold. Period. The "Platinum" award was indeed the first such award given to an album. But it was by the record label. It signified that the album had sold TEN MILLION units. This was in 1969. Obviously, nobody has ever claimed that NO album had sold one million units before. That would be absurd. In the early 70's Iron Butterfly basically… Read more »


False about Nelly Furtado’s loose. At the end of 2007, the album has sold 7.6 million copies WW but this album’s sales were updated in 2009 or 2010 and according to a press release, this album sold over 12 million copies WW. Also this album isn’t selling less than a JT or Beyonce album, if not they all sold about the same


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.


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


who is brandys Never Say Never Album?


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.

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