Understanding: Billboard BB200 vs US Album Sales

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II) Examples of application

B) The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family isn’t useful to validate our formula as their albums sold way more or way less than the criteria for most of them. It is still interesting. We can see that all their first 3 albums grossed more than $2 million, after which the fourth one quickly shipped copies worth the value of $1 million. Their popularity dropped fast though, and Shopping Bag flopped hard. This is a prime example of a Gold Turkey. An award strongly undeserved as far as retail sales are concerned.

The same mistake wasn’t repeated twice as only their Greatest Hits was certified afterwards, this time with legitimate sales as it was already closing in $1 million after its five months charted.

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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?