Understanding: Billboard BB200 vs US Album Sales


III) Billboard Issues

B) Flawed Chart Runs – The victims

The Garth Brooks album reached 2xP in May 1991 when Soundscan was introduced. Its chart run suggested less than 1,4 million sales by then though. No Fences reached 4xP in April 2, 1991 and 5xP in July 3, 1991, meaning it had shipped about 4,5 million copies by mid-May 1991. Up to that date, the Billboard chart suggested less than 2,2 million sales.

The case of Alabama is fairly similar. Feels So Right and Mountain Music have combined sales of 4 million as per their runs, but were certified 4xP each at the time. Roll On achieved 2xP quickly and 3xP some years later in spite of supposed sales of barely 1 million units. 40 Hour Week sold well over 1 million, reaching 2 million by 1989, but still only half a million sales were reflected by its chart run. Same for the million seller The Touch. I focused on a few of their albums only because the effect is clearly visible, but the deflation of their popularity by the Billboard Charts was true all along their career. During their career they never reached a higher chart position than #10 for a single week. The band sold over 50 million albums in the US. The gap is immense. For all their albums, charts deflated their sales by roughly 50%.

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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?