ABBA Gold has risen from No.60 to No.54 in today's new UK Album Chart.
It only had just over 2 hours, to reflect the rise in its Sales, after the 'ABBA Christmas Party' ended at 9.45 PM last night. (The UK Charts Weekly cut off time is Midnight on Thursday's).
Last night the UK Channel ITV 1 showed The ABBA Christmas Party.
Many of the guests on it were D-List, (some were even Z-List).
It was awful, as several of the guests made a mess of trying to sing ABBA songs.
However - It has caused a rise in the Sales of 'ABBA Gold' in the UK, & of the triple CD of 'Gold' from 2014.
Soon 'ABBA Gold' will become the 1st Album - ever - to reach 500 Top 75 Weeks in the UK.
Today's Christmas Day Album Chart has seen 'ABBA Gold' reach its 496th Top 75 Week, its 732nd Top 100 Week, & its 1102nd Top 200 Week. (It's 734th Top 200 Week, if The OCC had not missed out 2 No.77 Positions for it - one in 1993 & one in 1994).
'ABBA Gold's Top 75 & Top 100 Weeks are 'All Time Chart Records'. Its Top 200 Weeks are the 3rd most ever. Beaten by 'Greatest Hits' (One) by Queen, which has well over 1,200, and 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers, which has reached 1,169 Top 200 Weeks, In today's Chart.
ABBA Gold has sold around 5,300,000 to 5,420,000 UK copies since September 1992.
It depends whether it sold 730,000, (an ABBA Fan's estimate), or 850,000, (Polydor + my Music Industry 'Contacts), between 1992 & 1993.
ABBA Gold was the UK's 103rd Best Selling Album of 2014 - with 70,300 Sales.
It was the 79th UK Best Selling Album for 2015 - with 84,000 Sales.
Its UK Shipments were 900,000 by August 1994. It got its 3rd UK Platinum Award in August 1994. 3 X 300,000 = 900,000.
The UK Charts Company only started recording UK Sales from W/E 12th February 1994. That is when they took over the compiling of all of the UK's Charts.
'ABBA Gold' sold a Total of 850,000 in 1992 & 1993 + 25,000 in the first 5 Charts of 1994. Which gives a UK Total of 875,000 between September 1992 & W/E 5th February 1994. (The 1st 5 Charts of 1994 were W/E 8th January 1994 to W/E 5th February 1994. The W/E 1st January 1994 Chart was the last Chart of 1993 & its Sales went towards the 1993 Charts).
ABBA GOLD -- THE FIRST ALBUM TO REACH 500 TOP 75 WEEKS
ABBA Gold is at No.74 in the latest UK Top 75. It is its 500th Top 75 Week.
It becomes the 1st Album to reach 500 Weeks in the UK Top 75.
It also has the most Top 100 Weeks - 736.
It really has 738 Top 200 Weeks, but The OCC only have Top 75 Charts for the period of W/E 12th September 1992 to W/E 5th February 1994. The ABBA Gold Album had 2 No.77 Weeks during that period. But, The OCC only have Top 75's & don't count those 2 Weeks.
ABBA Gold has the 3rd most Top 200 Weeks - 1106.
Only Greatest Hits by Queen, (over 1200 Weeks), & Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers, (1173 Weeks), have more Top 200 Weeks than ABBA Gold.
UK ALBUMS WITH THE MOST TOP 75 WEEKS
To W/E 28th January 2016
1)... Gold : Greatest Hits - ABBA - 500 Weeks 2)... Greatest Hits - Queen - 469 Weeks 3)... Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers - 465 Weeks 4)... Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf - 454 Weeks 5)... Rumours - Fleetwood Mac - 435 Weeks 6)... The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd - 370 Weeks
The OCC, (Official UK Charts Company), publish several UK Album Charts on Friday's.
Here is where ABBA Gold is in today's Charts - Week Ending 23rd June.
ABBA Gold is at No.63, in the 'Main', (Artist), Album Chart. It is up from No.78. It is its 503rd Top 75 Week & 741st Top 100 Week. Both are still 'All Time' UK Album Chart Records. (Gold really has 743 Top 100 Weeks, as The OCC miss out 2 No.77 Positions - from 1993 & 1994).
In the Sales, (only), UK Album Chart, Gold is at No.51. It is at No.50 in the Scotland only Album Chart & also at No.50 in the Downloads Chart. It is at No.70 in the Physical Chart.
Mamma Mia! (Soundtrack), is up from No.8 to No.6 in the Soundtracks Top 50. It is its 415th Week in that Chart.
I'm told that the 'Close Down Sales' of the British Home Store 'Chain' are selling ABBA Gold off at just £1.99 a copy. Those Sales will count towards the UK Charts.
ABBA Gold sold about 3,500 to be at No.18 in the latest UK Chart. In the Sales Chart it is doing even better - No.14 for a 2nd Week. It is at No.12 in Scotland & as high as No.9 in the Physical Chart, which counts CD's & Vinyl. It is in the Download Chart that ABBA Gold does not do nearly as well. It is at No.91 this Week.
ABBA Gold's 101 Top 20 Weeks are one of the most ever for a UK Album. At No.16 this Week is X by Ed Sheeran & that has spent even longer in the Top 20 - 103 Weeks. So that will reach 2 Years in the Top 20 next Week.
Apparently UK iTunes have reduced, (Friday), the price of the All Time Top 60 Best Selling Albums. They have not done so for ABBA's Greatest Hits, (1976), however, which was No.46 in the UK's All Time Top 60. They have replaced that one with Number One's by Michael Jackson. (I presume that this is because the ABBA Compilation does not exist as a Download?).
LOW UK ALBUM SALES-- It is now well known that UK Album Sales have declined.
ABBA Gold rises from No.25 to No.20 in the latest UK Album Chart - W/E 1st September.
However, to be at No.20 in the latest UK Album Chart, ABBA Gold still had to outsell the other 80 Albums in the Top 100. That is quite a feat, when you consider that it first entered the UK Top 20 on W/E 3rd October 1992 - 23 Years & 11 Months ago - to the Chart of W/E 1st September 2016.
It does not matter how low it is selling to be in the 2016 UK Charts, it is still beating most of the Albums that only got released in the past few Years. That is what counts.
It sold about 2,700 to be at No.20 this Week. Whilst it is low, it is still very good for an Album that has already sold well over 5,300,000 UK copies.
Its over-all UK Chart Statistics are:,
1)... The 2nd Best Selling Album of 'All Time' - over 5,300,000 copies sold
2)... The 2nd Best Selling 'Greatest Hits' Album of 'All Time'
3)... 29 Top 5 Weeks - The 34th= most ever for an Artist Album & the 42nd= by any Album
4)... 58 Top 10 Weeks - The 14th most ever for an Artist Album & the 22nd most by any Album
5)... 102 Top 20 Weeks - About the 9th most Top 20 Weeks ever for a UK Album
6)... 224 Top 40 Weeks - The 3rd most ever for an Artist Album
7)... 511 Top 75 Weeks - The most by any Album
8)... 751 Top 100 Weeks - The most by any Album
So, it does not matter if its Sales are 'low' to be at No.20 this Week. It is still competing very well with Albums, that have not achieved a fraction as much, in the UK Album Chart.
ForeverFan --- Regarding 'ABBA Gold' in the 2016 UK Album Charts:
It sold around 4,700 to be at No.66 in the W/E 29th December 2016 Chart.
It has sold around 5,700 to be at No.48 in the current Chart - W/E 5th January 2017.
So, it has sold around 10.400 UK copies in the past 2 Weeks.
That makes its 2016 UK Sales around 76,400 to 78,400 - The OCC regard the 5th January Chart as the last of 2016.
Oddly, in the UK's W/E 5th January Top 100 Streaming Album Chart, 2 ABBA Compilations are New Entries - and neither are 'ABBA Gold', 'More ABBA Gold', or '18 Hits' - their 3 biggest UK Albums since they split up.
In at No.96 we have 'The Definitive Collection', (2001), & in at No.97 we have 'The Essential Collection', (2012).
Amazingly, 'ABBA Gold' is not in the UK Streaming Top 100 Album Chart at all.
To be at No.53, in the latest UK Albums Chart, 'ABBA Gold' sold around 3,150 copies. Which means that it has sold around 13,550 copies in the past 3 Weeks.
It was announced last Week, that '21' by Adele has now 'sold' over 5 Million UK copies. That it is only the 4th UK Album to manage that. With only 'Greatest Hits' - Queen, (1st), 'ABBA Gold', (2nd), & 'Sergeant Pepper'... The Beatles, (3rd), ahead of it, in the UK's Best Selling Albums.
In fact, '21' has not really reached 5,000,000 UK Sales - yet.
As Alan Jones has pointed out, ('Music Week'), its current UK Total - 5,002,243 - does not consist of pure paid for Sales. 4,938,604 of them are real Sales & 63,739 are from 'Streaming'. So, it still has over 60,000 true Sales to go, to reach 5,000,000. Which means that 'Greatest Hits' by Queen, 'ABBA Gold' & The Beatles 'Sergeant Pepper...', are still the only 3 UK Albums to pass the 5 Million Sales mark.
Adele's '21' is at No.51 in the latest UK Album Chart - W/E 12th January 2017. It sold 3,214 to be at No.51. Just ahead of 'ABBA Gold' & its 3,150 Sales, at No.53.
Little Mix have 2 UK Top 10 Hits at the same time. ABBA never managed that, as their Singles could only stay in the Chart if they were in the Shops. Little Mix don't need to have Singles in the Shops, as Downloads allow their Singles to be on Sale 24/7, 365 Days a Year. So, that is why they have 2 simultaneous Top 10 Hits, when ABBA - who were far more popular - never achieved it. (Nor did Queen).
There is still a lot of confusion about just how many UK copies 'ABBA Gold' has sold.
The UK's Official Charts Company has it on around 5,320,000 to 5,350,000.
They said that it had reached 'Almost 5,300,000' UK Sales, on July 12th last Year. It has sold at least 60,000 copies since then. So, if it was on 5,260,000 last July, it would be on 5,320,000 now. Likewise, if it was on 5,290,000 last July, it would be on 5,350,000 now.
A fellow called Gezza has compiled Lists of the UK's Top 100 Best Selling Albums, for the 1990's, 2000's & 2010's, (so far). He gets 'ABBA Gold' to be on over 5,500,000 - almost 200,000 more than The OCC say. This can be explained, by the fact, that The OCC has lowered its UK Sales for many UK Singles & Albums from 1994 to 1996 - by re-calculating them via a different method. For example, 'Live at The BBC' by The Beatles, (1994), has been lowered from 720,000 UK Sales to 480,000 UK Sales - lowered by 240,000.
A)... He has 'ABBA Gold' as the 4th UK Best Seller of the 1990's --- 2,860,000 Sales
B)... The 25th UK Best Seller of the 2,000's --- 1,995,170 Sales
C)... The 80th Best Seller of the 2010's --- (So Far) --- 649,400 Sales
D)... Giving a Total of 5,504,570, since September 1992 - which Gezza has rounded up to 5,504,600 Sales
E)... It is a lot more than The OCC say. It depends on where Gezza gets the 'extra' Sales from, as to which Total is the most accurate. (The OCC have clearly removed a lot of its Sales from 1995, 1995 & 1996).
The OCC can be wrong, about the Sales of big UK Albums. For example, their Total for 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers, is said to be far too low, by several 'Chart Experts'. If you add up all of its UK Year End Sales, since it was released, (1987), you get a much bigger Total than The OCC give for it. They have obviously removed a lot of its Sales for 1994, 1995 & 1996, but even that would not be enough to account for the 100's of 1,000's of its Sales that The OCC do not count.
The B.P.I., (British Phonographic Industry), have just given 'The Name Of The Game' Budget CD, (2002), a UK Platinum Award - for 300,000 Sales. Budget CD's used to have to sell twice as many copies as full or mid priced CD's to go Platinum - 600,000. But, the Rules have now been changed & a Budget CD can now go Platinum on 300,000 UK Sales. ('The Name Of The Game' CD had sold 292,100 UK copies, when The Official UK Charts Company last gave me its Sales, in July 2016. It has now sold the extra 7,900 needed to reach 300,000 - and Platinum status).
It is the 12th ABBA Album to go Platinum, in the UK. They have 35 Platinum Awards between them, with 'ABBA Gold', (17), & '[Greatest Hits', (8), having the most.
ABBA should be on a lot more than 35 UK Platinum Album Awards. The following Albums only have one Platinum Disk each, & all of them need to be given more - when The B.P.I. get around to it. 'Arrival', 'The Album', 'Voulez-Vous', 'Greatest Hits Vol.2', 'Super Trouper', 'The Visitors' and 'The Singles - The First Ten Years'. The 'Arrival' Album alone should have 5 Platinum Awards - not 1.
'ABBA Gold' no longer has the most Weeks in the UK Top 75. It has now been over-taken by 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. 'Gold' has 521 Top 75 Weeks and 'Legend' has 525 Top 75 Weeks. 'Legend' is at No.28 this Week.
Their UK Sales are not even close, however. 'Gold' has sold around 5,400,000 and 'Legend' has sold around 3,500,000 to 3,600,000.....
ABBA scored their first and only US number one with 'Dancing Queen' 40 years ago (on April 9, 1977). They were also at number one in the UK at the same time, with 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'. The same artist was also at number 2 in both countries during that week - it was David Soul, number two in the US with 'Don't Give Up On Us' and in the UK with 'Going In With My Eyes Open'.
You can check out the entire US top 40 from that week here.