Understanding: Billboard BB200 vs US Album Sales

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II) Examples of application

C) Sonny & Cher

The hit or miss trajectory of Sonny & Cher and Cher solo albums is perfect to confirm our calculations.

One important warning – as calculations are based on weeks charted only, they shouldn’t be considered final results for very poor selling albums that lasted only some weeks inside the Top 200. The album 3614 Jackson Highway is a good example. With only 3 weeks charted, its sales just under the ranking likely double or triple its 12,000 units calculation, although it will never be a great seller anyway.

The last two Gold albums, Half-Breed and Take Me Home, both reached the mark thanks to hyped singles. Both failed to fully capitalize on them though and dropped fast, failing to really break half a million sales.

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Please reply back soon MJD, I’m trying to do an analysis on Zara Larsson and I need 2017 album sales, audio streams and downloads for all markets please 🙏🏻

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I found the part about Teddy Pendergrass interesting because of his comparable lack of crossover success. Would have been nice if you had included a non-crossover country act or two for contrast.


Hi MJD, You are really good at getting the more accurate figures. It is your unstinting skill, why don’t you and your team start a worldwide top 100 songs in a weekly basis. What i dont like in us billboard hot 100 charts is that there is a limit now on the number of weeks for a song staying on the charts and if it reaches that limit, the song will not appear on the following week even if its sales are still enough to be in the hot 100. For the uk charts, i dont like their new rule… Read more »


And 2013 Album sales for Europe, Australia, new Zealand, Canada and the United States


Actually I changed my mind, can I instead get CD, Vinyl and digital Album Sales and the total number of streams and singles sales for all markets in 2017, if you can can you list them on here please?