Yesterday, (21st June), The B.P.I., British Phonographic Industry), gave 'Dancing Queen' a UK Platinum Award for Sales since October 2010.
It becomes the first ABBA Single to get a Platinum Award. You used to have to sell a Million to get a Platinum Single Award, but it has been 600,000, for many Years now.
'Dancing Queen' previously had a UK Gold Award for its 1970's Sales - about 850,000, and that Award covered 500,000 of them.
In Total it is now on 1,600,000 UK Sales. It sounds huge, but Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has sold over 2,500,000 since 1975. 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran is 5 x Platinum in the UK - 3,000,000 Sales. His 'Shape Of You' Single is 7 x Platinum - 4,200,000 UK Sales...
Good news but those other sales figures..,,,shape of you is a good song but no way in 1976 with hard sales would it have been that huge. I feel streaming has devalued the charts but we are stuck with it now as physical sales take their place in history. Hard now to compare popularity of chart acts now with those of pre streaming.
Madonnabba -- Yes, Popular 'Modern' Acts can mount up much more 'Sales' than Old Acts.
One reason is because their Hits are always available. In ABBA's time your Hits could only carry on selling if your Record Company was still pressing the Vinyl or CD's in the Factories. So 'Old' Hits could only sell and Chart for a limited time.
Also, 'Streaming' allows Hits to clock up 'Sales' just because Millions of Fans are playing them - over and over - on Spotify etc. Or are watching them on YouTube.
In 2002 the UK's Best Selling Singles Acts were revealed. Cliff Richard was 1st, with around 21 Million, then The Beatles, with 20 Million, then Elvis Presley with 19 Million. ABBA were 8th with over 10 Million, and Queen were 7th with over 11 Million.
All of that has drastically changed. I believe that Ed Sheeran has 48 Million(!) UK Singles Sales, Rihanna has 38 Million and Eminem has 33 Million. All of which dwarf the biggest Singles Acts by 2002.
Also, I believe that Little Mix have now sold more UK Singles than ABBA, with about 13 Million UK Sales. They've only been having Hits since December 2011. They've had 14 UK Top 10 Singles, with 4 at No.1, with 8 No.1 Weeks between them. ABBA had 19 Top 10 Hits, with 9 at No.1 and 31 No.1 Weeks between them. But, Little Mix have huge Streaming figures. I was looking the other day, and one of their Videos has over 555 Million Views there - 'Black Magic'. It has accumulated them since 2015. ABBA's biggest YouTube Video is the 'Official' one for 'Dancing Queen', which has 353 Million Views...
Little Mix are not even huge outside the UK and Ireland. Their Australian and New Zealand popularity began to slide ages ago, and they were never big in Europe. Despite that, they have gigantic Views on YouTube...