Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973)

Claimed Sales – 17,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,500,000

One of the most iconic albums ever, Tubular Bells turned insanely successful after being used in The Exorcist movie.

Its sales have been especially impressive in the UK where it became 9xPlatinum recently thanks to more than 2,7 million copies sold. There is very little information about the album sales in the US since it was never audited after initially hitting Gold in March 1974. It likely sold upwards 2 million units yet.

Released only a few years later, it is quite possible this album would have been a 10 million seller, but considering the available information it seems to miss a good 1,5 million as of now still.

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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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