Although 'ABBA Gold' has fallen from No.67 to No.73, (UK), this Week, it has actually sold more than it did last Week. It sold around 1,260 copies to be at No.67 & it has sold around 1,420 copies to be at No.73.
If it can keep up its average UK Weekly Sales, it looks like it will sell at least 60,000 to 70,000 UK copies by the end of 2017.
It's quite amazing, but also quite nice, that that many people are still buying it after 25 years. No chance of it getting any closer to Queen's Greatest Hits' sales, though, as that is higher in the chart than ABBA Gold.
Gary - You have to remember that 'Greatest Hits', (1981), by Queen has not really sold 6,180,000 UK copies. It is credited with that Total, but they consist of Sales from 2 other UK Queen releases - not just those of the 17 Track 1981 Album.
In 2006 The Official UK Charts Company allowed the 1981 'Greatest Hits' Album to have 66,000 Sales added in from a 1994 Double Queen CD and 560,000 Sales added in from a 2000 Triple Queen CD - 'The Platinum Collection'.
So, to find out the real -stand-alone - UK Sales of the 1981 'Greatest Hits' Album, you have to remove 626,000 Sales from it - as those 626,000 are from 2 other Queen releases.
6,180,000 - 626,000 is 5,554,000. So, the 1981 Album has sold 5,554,000 UK copies - not 6,180,000.
'ABBA Gold' has sold around 5,400,000 UK copies - so far. So the 1981 Queen Album is 'only' around 154,000 ahead of 'ABBA Gold'. Not the ridiculous 780,000 Sales ahead of 'ABBA Gold', that you get, if you say that the 1981 Queen 'Greatest Hits' Album is on 6,180,000 UK Sales.
Gary - I'm sorry that I misunderstood the point, that you were making, about 'Greatest Hits' by Queen. Although both the Queen & ABBA Compilations have been in the Top 100 for several Weeks, this Year, you are right - the Queen Album is almost always higher in the UK Top 100 than 'ABBA Gold'.
In the latest UK Album Chart, (W/E 25th May 2017), 'ABBA Gold' has risen from No.73 to No.65. It sold about 1,450 copies, to do that. 'Greatest Hits' by Queen, has risen from No.64 to No.59. That sold about 1,580 copies, to do that. So, the Weekly Sales between both Albums are not very far apart - just 130 more Queen Sales - than ABBA - this Week.....
ABBA in the latest UK Album Chart -- W/E 13th July 2017
Due to the release of the Double Gold Vinyl Album, 'ABBA Gold' has re-entered the UK Top 75 at No.57.
It sold around 1,850 copies to do so.
It is its 526th Top 75 Week & 792nd Top 100 Week.
Its 792 Top 100 Weeks are the most by any Album.
Its 526 Top 75 Weeks are 2nd only to 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. That 1984 Album has 536 Top 75 Weeks, & it is at No.31 in the latest UK Album Chart. (It has 780 Top 100 Weeks. The OCC say 779 Top 100 Weeks).
'Greatest Hits' by Queen has the 3rd most UK Top 75 Weeks - 516, although it should really be 517, as The OCC misses a Week in 1982. It has 780 Top 100 Weeks - according to The OCC. Which is the same as 'Legend'. It really has 781 Top 100 Weeks, due to the Week that the OCC miss out, in 1982.
Elsewhere, (UK Chart Site), even Non-ABBA Fans are wondering how it can keep on selling in the UK.
We will see how 'Mamma Mia! 2' affects it in 2018.
'Mamma Mia! 1' caused it to return to No.1, (2 Weeks), in 2008. It sold 419,000 in the UK that Year. It was the UK's Best Selling Album of 2008. That was its 3rd Year End Entry in the UK Top 20. It had been 12th in 1992 & 4th in 1999.
Ironically, it would have got no higher than No.2 in 2008, had the 'Mamma Mia!' Film Soundtrack been allowed into the Artist Chart! Instead, that was only allowed to Chart in the Compilation Chart, & it was No.1 in that Chart for 11 Weeks. (In the Artist Chart, the Film caused the Studio Cast Album to get to No.15, as Cast Albums are not banned from that Chart. '18 Hits' got to No.15, due to the Film. But, Universal did not attempt to re-promote 'More Gold' & that only reached No.63 that Year).
'ABBA Gold' has fallen from No.39 to No.40 in the latest UK Album Chart - W/E 5th October 2017.
It sold about 2,250 copies to be at No.40 - which is about 250 more copies than when it was at No.39 last Week.
It is its 229th Top 40 Week, 530th Top 75 Week & 804th Top 100 Week.
It is only the 2nd Album to reach 530 Top 75 Weeks. The other is 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers, which is on 548 Top 75 Weeks. Although that has a lot less Top 40 Weeks than 'ABBA Gold' - 172 Weeks.
By being at No.39 in this Week's UK Album Chart, (W/E 2nd November 2017), 'ABBA Gold' becomes only the 5th Album to reach 230, (or more), Weeks in the UK Top 40. It is only the 3rd Artist Album to reach 230 Top 40 Weeks
1... The Sound Of Music -- (Soundtrack) -- (1965) -- 347 Top 40 Weeks 2... South Pacific -- (Soundtrack) -- (1958) -- 313 Top 40 Weeks 3... Simon & Garfunkel -- Bridge Over Troubled Water -- (1970) -- 279 Top 40 Weeks 4... Meatloaf -- Bat Out Of Hell -- (1977) -- 249 Top 40 Weeks 5... ABBA -- Gold -- (1992) -- 230 Top 40 Weeks
It is 'ABBA Gold's 534th Top 75 Week & 808th Top 100 Week.
It is ABBA's 614th Top 40 Week & 1103rd Top 75 Week.
'The Album' being at No.89, in the UK Mid Weeks, is 100% due to the Sales of the Vinyl release. It may not be in Friday's Top 100 at all, although it will be a high New Entry in this Week's UK Vinyl Album Chart. (Sometimes a Single, or Album, can be a New Entry, in the Mid Week Top 100, only for it to fall out of the Top 100, by Friday. We will see what happens to 'The Album'. Even just 1,000 Sales would get it into Friday's Top 100).
The 3 Singles, from it, will be New Entries in this Week's Vinyl Singles Chart. HMV are selling the 3 Singles for £6.99 each, although they have now sold out of 2 of them -'The Name Of The Game' & 'Take A Chance On Me'. They sold the 4 'Arrival' Singles for more - £9.99 each. Amazon are selling the 3 'The Album' Singles for around £10 each - the same that it sold the 'Arrival' Singles for.
'ABBA Gold' has fallen from No.57 to No.62 in today's UK Album Chart - W/E 16th November 2017. It sold about 1,700 copies to be at No.62. (It has fallen from No.43 to No.52 in the Sales Album Chart, which used to be the 'Official' Chart, until The OCC started the current Album Chart, in which Streaming & Downloads are also added in. ABBA are at a disadvantage, as they are not big in either of the new factors - certainly not with Streaming).
'The Album' is not in the 'Main', ('Official'), Top 100 Albums. It was at No.89 in Monday's Mid Week Chart. It is a New Entry in the Sales Chart - at No.88. It can't have sold many copies, as it has only managed to enter at No.26 in the Vinyl Album Chart, & Sales in that Chart are rarely big. (The Vinyl 'ABBA Gold' went in at No.4 in the Vinyl Chart, earlier in 2017).
In the Vinyl Singles Chart, 'Eagle' is in at No.2, 'The Name Of The Game' is in at No.3, & 'Take A Chance On Me' is in at No.4. They are beaten by 'Oh, Pretty Woman', by Roy Orbison, which is in at No.1. The same Top 4 Vinyl Singles are New Entries in the 'Physical' Singles Chart. However, as CD Singles no longer exist, Vinyl Singles only need to sell a few 100 copies, to enter in those Charts. The Vinyl 'Dancing Queen' is a re-entry, at No.59, in the Physical Singles Chart. It is its 17th Week in that Top 60, and it Peaked at No.4. 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' is a re-entry at No.88, in its 18th Chart Week. That Peaked at No.5 in that Chart. 'Fernando' Peaked at No.2 in that Chart & it is a New Entry at No.90, in its 17th Chart Week.
'EAGLE' - It is the 1st time that 'Eagle' has been in any UK Singles Charts. This is - of course - due to Epic Records not releasing it, in the UK, (or Ireland), in 1978. It would have easily been another UK Top 5 Hit for ABBA. (In Ireland too).
I had never looked at the Vinyl chart before, but the above post prompted me to do so.
I must admit seeing new entries by ABBA at numbers two, three and four gave me a small frisson of excitement! Happy memories of many years ago! It’s also nice to see Eagle ‘released’ as a single forty years after it should have been. I never understood why there wasn’t a third single from The Album in the UK. Any of the first seven tracks were worthy (IMHO).
Gary - I think that Epic Records became very complacent, when 'The Album' reached a UK Million Sale, in 1978. It sold much faster than either 'Greatest Hits' or 'Arrival' - although it sold no-where near as well, as those two Albums, in the long run. It had been selling so fast, that Epic saw no need to release 'Eagle' off it, to 'feed' the Sales of 'The Album'. They decided that 'The Album' did not need any further 'help' to sell.
It was a mistake. Not releasing 'Eagle' cost ABBA a UK Top 5 Hit. It also meant that Sales of 'The Album' began to fade away. It 'only' spent 25 Weeks in the UK Top 10. It sounds a lot, but not when ABBA's 2 previous Albums had been in the Top 10 for longer - 'Greatest Hits' - 49 Weeks, and 'Arrival' - 34 Weeks. Had 'Eagle' been a May 1978 Single, 'The Album' would have spent at least 30 Weeks in the UK Top 10.
So Epic Records should have released 'Eagle' in the UK. It was not the first time that they made an error over ABBA. When 'Ring Ring' only reached No.32, in 1974, they should have quickly released 'Honey Honey'. Instead, they just let 'Ring Ring' fall out of the UK Charts and they watched the UK Duo, Sweet Dreams, reach No.10 with their cover of it. ABBA were absolutely furious. Epic Records were not very adventurous. When ABBA became huge, in the UK, in 1976, they should have re-issued 'S.O.S.'. Its No.6 Peak in 1975, was nowhere near as well as it should have done. Had they re-issued it in 1976, it would have been a Top 3 UK Hit. (In 1984, 'Holiday' reached No.6, for Madonna. When she became huge, in 1985, her Record Company re-issued it & it reached No.2 this time. Epic should have done that with 'S.O.S.', in 1976, but they always played it too safe with ABBA. They had no imagination).
I never understood why there wasn’t a third single from The Album in the UK.
I don't know much about the singles. Were there more than two singles from The Visitors album? I don't think so. I've heard that Head Over Heels was released as a single, and I know When All Is Said And Done was released as a single in the USA and Canada. I don't know if there were any other singles from that album. One Of Us, perhaps?
I think three singles were released from The Visitors album in the US. They were, in order, When All Is Said And Done, The Visitors and (somewhat later) One Of Us. The respective chart positions were 27, 63 and 107.
In the UK, as in most other places, the singles were One Of Us and Head Over Heels.