Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Claimed Sales – 30,000,000
Estimated Sales – 7,800,000

With In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida I’m introducing a group of eight albums pretty difficult to estimate. What’s safe is how inflated their sales claims have been.

Likely one of the most absurd fake claim ever relates to Iron Butterfly record In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, released in 1968. This album was a massive success in the US with a #4 peak, 49 weeks inside the Top 10 and 140 consecutive weeks Top 200. It also remained some kind of mid-range perennial catalog seller.

Its sales have been heavily used in order to promote the record and the band. Very early, it got communicated as the first ever Platinum album in the US, which is obviously a wrong claim as not only many other albums sold 1 million in the US before that one, it also got awarded an official RIAA Platinum plaque in 1993 only. Sales-wise, claims are now up to an incredible – in many aspects – 30 million units.

What’s interesting is to notice how the band label always carefully audited the album sales in order ot keep it certified and feed this legend even in countries where it performed poorly. As a result, it got audited in 1993 in the US at 4xPlatinum, representing 4 million units, in 2004 in the UK as Silver, 60,000, Gold in 1980 and Platinum in 2004 in Germany for 500,000 copies, Gold in 1977 in France for 100,000 copies, Platinum at 70,000 units in Australia in 2001 and so on.

All in all, the album total sales must be approaching 8 million units as of 2016. Still some way until 10 million, and still a huge, huge way before reaching 30 million!

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Daniel

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 »

Iconic

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

hmm

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.

Gwen

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

ryan

who is brandys Never Say Never Album?

Raffi

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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