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Justin Bieber’s Purpose sold 390,000 units in Mexico? (Amprofon)

In 2015, Mexican’s records industry grossed $108 million to make it the 17th market in the world. To put things into perspective, for that same year the market was worth $115 million in Switzerland and $223 million in the Netherlands. The US market was 46 times bigger at $4,945 million. Obviously, Mexico isn’t a big market for music recordings.

With this in mind, official awards put Bieber‘s Purpose from 2015 on 390,000 units, good enough for Diamond + Platinum + Gold awards. Surprising for sure. While one monster album can happen, Amprofon’s official awards have been raining lately. Years & YearsCommunion, Lady Gaga‘s Joanne, Katy Perry‘s Witness, Imagine DragonsEvolve, DJ Snake‘s Encore, Post Malone‘s Stoney and many more are all at least Platinum for a healthy 60,000 units criteria. Their performances on sales charts are nowhere near good enough to explain these awards. In fact, Stoney hasn’t even been released in Mexico.

This time, the flaw comes from communication. Unlike big organizations like the RIAA, Amprofon doesn’t communicate in detail its changes. As per existing certifications, it appears clear that they included streaming in their awards since the start of 2016. In all likelihood, they also include video streams. Whereas there may be only one artist who interests you, it is fundamental to check results of multiple artists to make sure there is no trap behind the numbers!

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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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