Worldwide album sales

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

  1. ManinIronMask

    ManinIronMask Prowler

    Telepathically, Nigel Goldenfeld says they don't publish Goldman Sachs numbers because Matt Richmond would be killed. Yes, they've sold a lost more copies of the Number of the Beast than that.
  2. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    The rules on this were discussed on here somewhere (maybe this thread) and are pretty complicated. Basically, to be considered a double album it has to be a certain time length. Something like 90 minutes, which TBOS falls short of.
  3. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    But TBOS is 92 minutes long.
  4. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

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  5. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Iron Maiden DVD sales from IRAA.... Platinum equals 100,000 units sold for Video formats... (Video Long Form as they are called)

    Platinum DVDs are
    En Vivo
    Flight 666
    Live After Death (rerelease)
    The Early Days
    Rock in Rio
    Live After Death (original release)

    Multiplatinum are as follows:
    Visions of the beast (200,000)

    Gold (50,000 units)
    Maiden England
    Behind the Iron Curtain
    12 Wasted Years

    Albums platinum and gold and when they reached that certification

    Platinum albums:
    NOTB - October 2nd, 1986
    POM - November 5th, 1986
    Powerslave - June 17th, 1991
    LAD - June 17th, 1991
    SIT - July 20th, 1992

    Gold albums:
    SSOASS - June 6th, 1988
    NPFTD - November 27th, 1990
    Killers - January 2oth, 1987
  6. RLonger

    RLonger Trooper

    Not so impressive, I've found something weird - many official sources including the management state "SiT" went Platinum "very quickly" after release. Official data says 1992 - 6 years after premiere. Very strange for the most popular Maiden album in the States.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    [citation needed]
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  8. Zare

    Zare Automaton Sovietico

    Judging by NPFTD, heyday 80s albums went gold immediately with 500k sales, then needed up to 7 years or never(!) reached 1 million. That is absurd indeed. It implies that Seventh Son sold less than 500k units between June 6th, 1988 and now in the USA.
  9. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    Part of the problem is that prior to 1991, sales reporting in the States was based on a loose survey system of record stores - not exactly the most precise method (and there were allegations of fudging the numbers by labels to look good, in addition to human error and store bias towards certain genres). It wasn't until SoundScan was rolled out in 1991 that the industry started using a computerized system to more accurately gauge sales. Any published number pre-1991 is a 'ballpark'....
  10. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    I have also read somewhere (either from Dave Mustaine or on the Megadeth forum) that record companies have to pay a fee to RIAA if they want the album to be eligible for certification.
    Not a big amount of money, just a few hundred dollars, but in these hard times in the music industry, your former label probably don’t want to spend money doing this to their former client...
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  11. RLonger

    RLonger Trooper

    Sth2112 - indeed, that's all right. Maiden albums were released there by multiple labels over the 3 decades. Cumulated sales may be much bigger than certificated number, so probably both of us are right.
    If read "Run To The Hills" by Mick Wall you could find some data and articles about the band, recommend: "Classic Rock" 1999 - issue with Maiden on the cover.
  12. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    the charts would prove his statement. It charted for a LONG time and charted well for that long time. It had tracks played on US radio more than prior albums and is one of only 4 albums to even reach Platinum in the states.
  13. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Seventh Son was their first somewhat disappointing album in the states. It went Gold in the USA just weeks after release which is 500k copies alone in the USA so it's still a lot and doesn't show much signs of disappointment until you see their former album's sales..... just never was certified platinum in the USA. SIT was the last of the platinum certifications in the states...

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