Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

The Who – Tommy (1969)

Claimed Sales – 20,000,000
Estimated Sales – 6,900,000

To be honest I’m quite annoyed to put this album on the list. Why so? Because this album just like The Who are often deflated in all best selling albums and artists lists. This band is some kind of The Rolling Stones at a lower scale, with strong sales over all their discography but pretty spread over many titles, resulting in no truly big selling album.

The same situation happens with their catalog sales which are especially good but often off the radar due to the numerous records enjoying it.

Tommy is the band top catalog seller after the cult album Who’s Next, it hasn’t sold 20 million units yet. Just like previously mentioned Iron Butterfly album, it was big when sales were weak. For many such albums, we often feel some kind of frustration from record labels that saw those albums results downgraded when the market exploded a few years later and various much less successful albums started to sell as many copies.

Close to 3 million units in the US, over 2 million in Europe, the album relevant catalog sales keep on pushing its tally everywhere. With the market collapse it is doubtful it will ever reach 10 million in pure album sales yet.

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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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