Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

ABBA – Voulez-Vous (1979)

Claimed Sales – 17,000,000
Estimated Sales – 7,000,000

If you wonder where it is claimed that Voulez-Vous sold as much as 17 million units, you only need to go to ABBA Wikipedia discography page on several languages like the Spanish one, although even some of their fans will tell you how ludicrous such a figure is.

Voulez-Vous is pretty much the same case as The Album but with patterns even more extreme. It is truly unique to see an English-speaking, international release album sell some 2,1 million units in the four main English speaking markets – USA, UK, Canada, Australia – while it came close to 1 million in Japan or sold more than 200,000 units in each the Netherlands or Argentina. I often mentioned how much 70s worldwide market was heavily dominated by those English speaking markets, but such rules weren’t true in ABBA case with a mere 30% of Voulez-Vous total sales coming from those countries.

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A&R

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 4 months ago by A&R
Anthony Blanchard

Hi A&R!
Here is our analysis about Aaliyah’s career:
https://chartmasters.org/2017/02/cspc-aaliyah-popularity-analysis/13/

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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