Worldwide album sales

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by ManinIronMask, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. ManinIronMask

    ManinIronMask Prowler

    The wikipedia says their career album sales are about 80 million. What are the band's own numbers? The real reason is that I want to know the real sales figure for the Number of the Beast so that I can scare the hell out of people.
     
  2. Whooten

    Whooten Ancient Mariner

    Number of the Beast sold 6.66 million copies.
     
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  3. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    I've never been able to figure out the exact amounts - I've seen the band list anywhere from 70 to 100 million. Sales are a bit confusing because you get certifications based on albums shipped and not necessarily albums sold, and then you have Soundscan tracking, which didn't go into effect until 1991...so any sales pre-1991 aren't overly accurate. I also don't know if they're throwing in live album/singles/DVD sales as well.

    I've seen TNOTB listed anywhere from 2.5 million to 4 million worldwide.
     
  4. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    I've seen TNOTB listed as way more than that for worldwide, 14 million.
     
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  5. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    Who gives a crap about numbers? They have sold a fucking crapload of albums and are one of the most successful band and touring acts of our generation without radio play and have NEVER sold out. EVER. Be proud of that and be proud if you are a true fan and understand the influence they have in the metal world.
     
  6. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    It's interesting to me to see how many records they've sold precisely because they've done so relatively unconventionally and anonymously. Maiden are in a fairly exclusive club with Rush and Radiohead in that regard.
     
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  7. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    I did a thread about the numbers that were from Billboard and a few other charts from around the world... I'll find it and get you the numbers again.... I believe it stopped totals after A Matter of Life and Death... Never saw totals for FF or BOS
     
  8. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Found it.... ended at Dance of Death... Can't find much after it as far as totals

    Album ----------------------------Peak Chart ---#of weeks on chart ------World Wide sales
    Iron Maiden ---- --------------------NA --------------NA--------------------- 2.8 Million
    Killers --------------------------------NA --------------NA ---------------------4.0 Million
    Number of the Beast ---------------NA -------------- NA ---------------------14.2 Million
    Piece of Mind -----------------------NA ---------------NA ---------------------5.0 Million
    Powerslave ---------------------------21 ---------------34 ---------------------4.5 Million
    Live After Death ---------------------19 ---------------22 --------------------- 5.5 Million
    Somewhere in Time -----------------11 ---------------39 ----------------------4.5 Million
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son ------12 ---------------23 ---------------------- 4.5 Million
    No Prayer For the Dying ------------17 ---------------18 ---------------------- 3.0 Million
    Fear of the Dark ----------------------12 ---------------13 ---------------------- 3.5 Million
    X Factor -------------------------------NA --------------NA --------------------- 1.2 Million
    Virtual XI -----------------------------NA --------------NA --------------------- 700,000
    Brave New World --------------------39 ---------------10 ---------------------- 2.0 Million
    Dance of Death -----------------------18 ----------------4 ----------------------- 1.5 Million
    A Matter of Life and Death ----------9 -----------------6 ------------------------ NA
    The Final Frontier --------------------4 -----------------8 ------------------------ NA

    obviously, I left out compilation albums, all live albums excluding Live After Death and so on... Those add up to a few million total too
     
  9. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    went back and found AMOLAD and FF

    A Matter of Life and Death -------- 9 -------- 6 ----------------- 1.085 Million
    The Final Frontier ------------------ 4 -------- 8 ----------------- 523,000
    The Book of Souls ------------------- 4 ------- NA --------------- 550,000
     
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  10. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    Nice man, thanks. I'll use these figures now as Billboard is pretty reliable.
     
  11. Perun

    Perun Stepping out bravely Staff Member

    Looking at the steep drop from AMOLAD to TFF, it's no wonder they prefer doing history tours to releasing new albums.
     
  12. Wayne Bond

    Wayne Bond Educated Fool

    That figure for Book of souls can't be worldwide surely. The NA next to the number does that signify just North America?

    Book of souls went number one in a ton of countries and top 5 in loads more. Even in today's world where album sales have dropped due to the internet a band like maiden must surely break a million sales minimum on each album.
     
  13. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    Maiden have mentioned over 80 million for at least the last 15 years, so those figures look a good bit too small
     
  14. Perun

    Perun Stepping out bravely Staff Member

    "Not Available".
     
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  15. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    The figures for The Book of Souls was recorded through the end of the year (2015). It does NOT include any sales in the year 2016. I have been unsuccessful at locating record sales totals for the last 3 studio albums as the numbers posted were year end totals... as we know, new people discover Maiden everyday and past albums continue to sell. The NA for TBOS was that there was no data found for the number of weeks it was on the charts... in the USA.

    In regards to the 80 million or 90 million sales worldwide claim, it's pretty believable when you factor many albums were bought in multiple formats from vinyl to cassettes to CDs to MP3 downloads... my number does NOT include the countless live albums, compilations and such.... Both of the live albums following Fear of the Dark were each 1 million + in total units sold... I was listing the big albums and of course listed Live After Death... Maiden England confirmed over 500,000 copies sold as did Rock In Rio..
     
  16. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Got some updates for you numbers gurus..... so here goes a fresh list with much more accuracy....
    Chart ratings are for the USA only
    Album sales is world wide
    Sales in parenthesis are verified 100% accurate from record certifications posted from numerous countries (pre-1996 albums were the sales from release date up to 1996)
    Sales not in parenthesis were published by Billboard themselves (wish I could find the link now)

    ALBUM --------------- peak position on chart ------# of weeks on charts -- Sales 1st week --- WW Sales
    Iron Maiden ---------------------- NA --------------------------- NA ----------- NA -------------- (650,000) 2.8 Million
    Killers ----------------------------- 78 ---------------------------- 23 ------------ NA -------------- (1,200,000) 4.0 Million
    Maiden Japan -------------------- 89 ---------------------------- 30 ------------ NA -------------- NA
    NOTB ----------------------------- 33 ----------------------------- 63 ----------- NA --------------- (1,900,000) 14.2 Million
    Piece of Mind --------------------- 14 ----------------------------- 47 ----------- NA --------------- (1,775,000) 5.0 Million
    Powerslave ------------------------ 21 ----------------------------- 34 ----------- NA --------------- (1,550,000) 4.5 Million
    Live After Death ------------------ 19 ----------------------------- 22 ----------- NA --------------- (1,375,000) 5.5 Million
    Somewhere in Time -------------- 11 ----------------------------- 39 ----------- NA --------------- (1,650,000) 4.5 Million
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son --- 12 ---------------------------- 23 ------------ NA --------------- (975,000) 4.5 Million
    No Prayer for the Dying ---------- 17 ---------------------------- 18 ------------ NA --------------- (700,000) 3.0 Million
    Fear of the Dark ------------------- 12 ---------------------------- 13 ------------ NA --------------- (250,000) 3.5 Million
    A Real Live One ------------------ 106 ---------------------------- 2 ------------- NA --------------- NA
    A Real Dead One ----------------- 140 ---------------------------- 1 ------------- NA --------------- NA
    Live at Donington ---------------- NA ---------------------------- NA ----------- NA --------------- NA
    X Factor -------------------------- -------------------------------- NA ----------- 6,000 ----------- (60,000) 1.2 Million
    Virtual XI ------------------------ 124 ----------------------------- 1 -------------- 10,000 ---------- (40,000) 700,000
    Brave New World --------------- 39 ------------------------------ 10 ------------- 38,000 --------- (559,316)
    Rock in Rio ---------------------- 186 ------------------------------ 1 ------------- NA --------------- (125,000)
    Dance of Death ------------------ 18 ------------------------------- 4 -------------- 40,000 --------- (1,165,000)
    Death on the Road -------------- NA ------------------------------ NA ---------- NA --------------- (60,000)
    A Matter of Life and Death ----- 9 -------------------------------- 7 -------------- 56,000 --------- (1,401,000)
    Somewhere Back in Time ------ 58 ------------------------------- 6 -------------- NA -------------- (131,815)
    Flight 666 ------------------------34 ------------------------------- NA ------------ NA -------------- (40,000)
    The Final Frontier -------------- 4 --------------------------------- 8 -------------- 63,000 --------- (523,000)
    From Fear to Eternity ---------- 86 ------------------------------- 1 --------------- NA -------------- NA
    En Vivo -------------------------- 80 ------------------------------- NA ------------ NA --------------- NA
    Maiden England ---------------- 148 ------------------------------ 1 --------------- NA -------------- (521,000)
    The Book of Souls --------------- 4 -------------------------------- 6 --------------- 74,000 --------- (1,728,046)

    Concert DVDs # of copies in USA sold

    Behind the Iron Curtain ------------ 50,000
    Live After Death --------------------- 100,000
    12 Wasted Years --------------------- 50,000
    Maiden England --------------------- 50,000
    The Early Days ----------------------- 100,000
    Rock in Rio -------------------------- 175,500
    Death on the Road ------------------ 96,176
    Visions of the Beast ----------------- 200,000
    Flight 666 ---------------------------- 271,546
    En Vivo ------------------------------- 165,000
    LAD 2008 DVD release ------------- 182,331
    ME 2013 release --------------------- 55,000


    DVDs and albums not listed are because there was no info found on them anywhere for the USA

    Fun Facts...

    1. No Prayer for the Dying was the last album to achieve GOLD sales (500,000) in the states. All albums past this never sold 500,000 or more stateside
    2. Somewhere in Time was the last album to achieve Platinum sales (1,000,000) in the states.
    3. Dance of Death was the least successful of the reunion albums being the only one not to hit at least 400,000 documented sales
    4. Number of the Beast charted LONGER than any other album
    5. Maiden England is the best selling live album since Live After Death according to documented sales and was released in 2013
    6. The average number of weeks an album was on the charts in the 80s was 27.25 weeks
    7. The average number of weeks an album was on the charts in the 90s was 10.6 weeks
    8. The average number of weeks an album was on the charts in the reunion era is 7 weeks

    Album rankings by verified sales (studio albums that is) Billboard has much higher numbers as seen above but these are verified by country record certifications such as RIAA, CAPIF, ARIA, ABPD, Music Canada, IFPI, SNEP, BVMI, FIMI, BPI, GCC, IMPALA

    1. Number of the Beast - 1,900,000 sales
    2. Piece of Mind - 1,775,000 sales
    3. Somewhere in Time - 1,650,000 sales
    4. Powerslave - 1,550,000 sales
    5. Killers - 1,200,000
    6. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - 975,000
    7. No Prayer for the Dying - 700,000
    8. Iron Maiden - 650,000
    9. Brave New World - 559,316
    10. The Book of Souls - 528,046
    11. Final Frontier - 523,000
    12. A Matter of Life and Death - 441,000
    13. Dance of Death - 365,000
    14. Fear of the Dark - 250,000
    15. X Factor - 60,000
    16. Virtual XI - 40,000
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2018
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  17. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    13,166,362 verified definite records sold. A FAR cry from the acclaimed 90 million.
    59,334,861 sales according to Billboard records that were found. Several live albums missing but I can't figure they amount to a missing 30 million acclaimed albums
     
  18. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman F├ągel

    U.S sales from May 1991 (when Nielsen Soundscan began tracking) until February 2005:

    Iron Maiden
    (1980) - 196,628
    Killers (1981) - 211,410
    The Number Of The Beast (1982) - 357,463
    Piece Of Mind (1983) - 347,400
    Powerslave (1984) - 299,022
    Live After Death (1985) - 558,578
    Somewhere In Time (1986) - 291,420
    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988) - 218,056
    No Prayer For The Dying (1989) - 213,745
    Fear Of The Dark (1992) - 421,786
    Live At Donington (1993) - 23,639
    A Real Live One (1993) - 108,177
    A Real Dead One (1993) - 130,652
    A Real Live/Dead One (1998 -new format) - 20,621
    The X Factor (1995) - 112,710
    Best Of The Beast (1996) - 251,112
    Virtual XI (1998) - 65,243
    Ed Hunter (1999) - 52,886
    Brave New World (2000) - 282,460
    Rock In Rio (AUDIO) (2002) - 69,307
    Rock In Rio (DVD & VIDEO) (2002) - 59,644
    Edward The Great (2002) - 130,611
    Dance Of Death (2003) - 138,904
    Visions Of The Beast (DVD & VIDEO) (2003) - 77,850
    Part 1: Early Days (DVD) (2004) - 32,037
    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/iron-maiden-u-s-album-sales-revealed/

    At their lowest level of popularity and without a major label record deal they could still sell 65 000 records in the U.S, that's not bad.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017
  19. Is the quoted 80/90 million, album sales or unit sales? As unit sales could include singles as well.
     
  20. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    I consistently see the word "album" but I believe it would be units. You are correct that I did not add singles in. That would take a lot more time. Also, the billboard numbers represent the totals purchased multiple times in different formats (cassette, vinyl, CD, MP3).... would definitely be units based on that alone.
     

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