8 Official Data Which Are Just False

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Christina Aguilera’s Stripped sold 2 million units in the UK? (OCC)

The OCC, the Official Charts Company from the UK, argues Aguilera‘s Stripped sold 1,98 million units as of 2016. They rely on Defined Universe Sales (DUS) which provides them all their sales figures. The OCC pretends their figures are 100% accurate. In reality, they involve calculations. These calculations are mostly under control now. It wasn’t always true.

Their data include 1,818,939 sales as of August 20th, 2006. By then, the album was 3xPlatinum, representing 900,000 units shipped. Of course, her certifications weren’t up to date. Her catalog was audited on September 29th, 2006, one month after OCC’s claim. Surprisingly, Stripped went 5xPlatinum rather than 6xPlatinum. In other words, it had shipped less than 1,8 million copies, even with the copies remaining on shelves by then. Her debut record also failed to gain a Platinum award in spite of official, but inaccurate, sales of 364,414 units.

One may say the audit was possibly incomplete. It doesn’t happen for recent records anymore and we have more cases with detailed shipment data to confirm OCC figures are inaccurate. Thanks to the member of our team Martin, we can confirm from insiders’ data Queen‘s Greatest Hits III shipped 560,000 units by the end of 2008. By then, the OCC was already claiming 650,000 copies sold at retail.

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So did “Reputation” sell around 3 million copies during 2017 or to date?


So on the last page, you stated that many people are skeptical about Mariah Carey’s two diamond certifications but never went further into detail into that. Would you mind explaining why people have this perception/skepticism about her certifications?


Hi Isaiah! If you didn’t know, Mariah’s 2 US diamond-certified albums (Music Box and Daydream) are on around 7,3m and 7,7m respectively on SoundScan. As for BMG club sales, both albums are on 735K and 848K respectively, leading to a total of around 8 million for Music Box and 8,5 million for Daydream. Obviously, sales from other avenues (eg. unscanned copies, Columbia House club sales etc.) weren’t factored in, but many people thought the a gap of 1,5-2 million was too large, with some completely unaware of the importance of club sales, thus leading to the false conclusion that both… Read more »


You are so right with the OCC’s new rules. So wrong.

Anyway, I did share this article on twitter to both OCC and USBillboard and hashtags most of the companies you have mentioned on this article. They need to know their mistakes.


About the best selling albums list in UK, you’re definitely right. The mistakes of the OCC are obvious and admitted by more and more people who are interested by this question. Sgt. Pepper at 5.4 million in UK ? Come on… (I am a huge Beatles fan, but not blind…). The worst – “errare humanum est, diabolicum perseverare” – is their decision to maintain their numbers, even if they know (and they can’t ignore it) that they are false… Are they scared to seem ridiculous ? I would like to know your own list Top 10, 20, 50 ?…) of… Read more »


Great!And Riaa also many fake cer

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