One of France favorite bands of all-time, Dire Straits were at their absolute peak when they released On Every Street in 1991. This album followed two million selling albums, both of which had reached the milestone even before this new set was issued.
Nevermind was the album of a generation in the US, catapulting Nirvana to super stardom in 1992. Nowadays it’s cult appeal is undoubtable everywhere, but the initial impact wasn’t quite as strong in all countries as it was in the US. It definitely was huge in France yet.
With first compilation from Queen, 1981 Greatest Hits, being one of the biggest albums ever, the release of Greatest Hits II a decade later was obviously highly anticipated. The ultimate passing of lead singer Freddy Mercury only one month after this release pushed the hype even higher.
Michael Jackson was all over the place during the 80s, releasing two monster sellers Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987). Follow up album, 1991 release Dangerous, was apivotal album for the star as the cult producer of previous albums Quincy Jones, was no longer on board. Teddy Riley had taken his place as primary collaborator.
When songs like T.N.T, Back To Black, Highway To Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Hells Bells and Thunderstruck among others never got packaged together, you are poised to expect big sales once such a release comes out.
ABBA has the perfect profile of a large selling compilation acts with so-so studio album sales along with massive singles hit. To get into blockbuster sales status, one of their compilation thus barely needs to be their main available hit package during a large enough time span. This happened with Gold.
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