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Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:15 am

Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

01 Eminem 32,241,000
02 The Beatles 30,182,000
03 Tim McGraw 24,769,000
04 Toby Keith 24,469,000
05 Britney Spears 22,969,000
06 Kenny Chesney 22,034,000
07 Linkin Park 21,421,000
08 Nelly 21,232,000
09 Creed 20,594,000
10 Jay-Z 20,424,000
11 Nickelback 19,817,000
12 Rascal Flatts 19,408,000
13 Josh Groban 19,348,000
14 Alan Jackson 18,857,000
15 N'Sync 18,303,000
16 Dixie Chicks 18,178,000
17 Johnny Cash 18,143,000
18 Kid Rock 17,614,000
19 Metallica 17,403,000
20 Celine Dion 17,363,000
21 George Strait 17,275,000
22 Michael Jackson 17,261,000
23 Norah Jones 17,087,000
24 U2 16,817,000
25 Elvis Presley 16,486,000
26 Usher 16,329,000
27 Dave Matthews Band 16,025,000
28 AC/DC 15,935,000
29 50 Cent 15,868,000
30 Alicia Keys 15,561,000
31 Rod Stewart 15,561,000
32 Santana 14,975,000
33 Destiny's Child 14,878,000
34 Coldplay 14,604,000
35 Mariah Carey 14,341,000
36 Pink Floyd 14,164,000
37 Shania Twain 13,850,000
38 Ludacris 13,442,000
39 Enya 13,422,000
40 Green Day 13,363,000
41 Andrea Boccelli 13,353,000
42 Outkast 13,277,000
43 R. Kelly 13,234,000
44 Faith Hill 12,899,000
45 Mary J. Blige 12,614,000
46 3 Doors Down 12,551,000
47 Christina Aguilera 12,380,000
48 Limp Bizkit 12,378,000
49 Bon Jovi 12,378,00
50 Frank Sinatra 12,221,000

Source: Billboard / Nielsen Soundscan for the period of January 2000 through the week ending Nov. 29, 2009.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:25 am

Not bad for a dead man.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:38 am

Thanks Mael!

May have some indications ragrding sales per year.

The Beatles figure is really impressive. I think "1" sold about 11 millions in the US. How come the gap is so big with Elvis? I thought on a typical yearly basis (when there is no big event, record wise) they are neck to neck.
Isn't that so?

Any clues? Anyone? This would be very welcomed. Thanks in advance!

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:16 am

While it is impressive to see Elvis and The Beatles ranked among the top 25 decades after they recorded their last notes, I find it hard to belive that outside of 30 #1 Hits that Elvis only sold 11 million additional units. Something's not adding up there.

I am surprised to see Beyonce not on that list considering how big a mega star she is today.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:58 am

You really like that Beyonce, huh? No thonx although she's somewhat easy on the eyes sometimes.

Good for E, all things considered.

Presumably, the Beatles kept their catalog so well-disciplined that their 1987 CD roll-out created a bottled up demand when they finally upgraded some 20 plus years later. That would do it!

They never let that sort of momentum build for Elvis' catalog but it's a bankable strategy, if less artistically friendly in terms of his strengths.

In the next ten years, I can't see too many more lists like this as the CD dies and the "free" music revolution blurries the ablity for this to mean much.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:22 am

I don't see Garth Brooks on this list and according to RIAA he has sold more albums than Elvis. So, those sales were the previous decade or decades then?

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:22 am

CD purchasing will eventually become obsolete just as LP's and 45's as well as 8-Tracks from years before that. But it'll only be replaced by a smaller physical format. I see them upgrading to a smaller format that you can carry in your pocket, like a mini disc but not flexible or that can get scratched as CDs do. No matter how much music is currently bought online or downloaded for free (although the government will probably sanction that sooner than later) music will always be available in stores for physical purchases too.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:28 am

Perhaps this is only for albums with certifications.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:29 am

likethebike wrote:Perhaps this is only for albums with certifications.


But 'Soundscan' totals all sales, doesn't it ?

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:33 am

I know it's just an odd figure. Even in 2001, before E1, Elvis sold 1.5 million domestically an all time low to that point. It's what triggered the rebrand. However, 2002 was a banner year and Elvis has had several certifed releases since then. It seems a low figure. Maybe it's just for releases in the decade. Of course, album sales have fallen off the charts these past three years or so. Still, the artists holding on are the catalog artists like Elvis and the Beatles.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:19 am

elvisallc wrote:CD purchasing will eventually become obsolete just as LP's and 45's.


So obsolete that vinyl is currently making a huge comeback? 8-track is obsolete---LP's are not. Bands everywhere today are simultaneously releasing LP alongside the CD version.

Vinyl sales are gaining momentum each year: Vinyl record sales reached 1.9 million units in 2008 and are on track to sell nearly 2.8 million units in 2009, according to industry tracker Nielsen SoundScan.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091208/en_nm/us_vinyl_2

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:43 am

IMETJB wrote:
elvisallc wrote:CD purchasing will eventually become obsolete just as LP's and 45's.


So obsolete that vinyl is currently making a huge comeback? 8-track is obsolete---LP's are not. Bands everywhere today are simultaneously releasing LP alongside the CD version.

Vinyl sales are gaining momentum each year: Vinyl record sales reached 1.9 million units in 2008 and are on track to sell nearly 2.8 million units in 2009, according to industry tracker Nielsen SoundScan.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091208/en_nm/us_vinyl_2


Vinyl will NEVER be what it once was as far as mainstream sales are concerned.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:29 am

Josee wrote:I don't see Garth Brooks on this list and according to RIAA he has sold more albums than Elvis. So, those sales were the previous decade or decades then?


Previous decade. He has since stopped making albums.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:37 am

Vinyl is not making a huge comeback. During 2009 it did was less than 1% of CD sales.

I think Elvis has done pretty well here - take away 30#1 and 11 million is not to be sneezed at!

He is beating Frank Sinatra who has a huge volume of songs in the market place.

Notice that Rod Stewarts "old standards" albums really paid off.

Two points - Soundscan has nothing to do with certifications and Soundscan operates in USA only.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:21 pm

Garth Brooks was a GIANT in the 90's. He does not sell that many records anymore. Since 2000, his totals have dropped. He won't be selling 16,000,000 cd's/albums/records 32 years after he is dead. Or anywhere close to that. The Elvis way of selling things has always had it's problems. You might go as far as saying that now EPE or Sillerman follows the Beatles formula. Just look at the Numbers 1's from the Beatles, the 30#1's from Elvis looked the same and followed that promotional patter. Look at the Vegas Beatles "Cirque" show playing at the Mirage. It came out and was a success, so now Elvis is getting "Viva Elvis" at the new city center. The Beatles have the new video game where you can sing a long with them, so it wouldn't be a surprise to me if a similar Elvis one came out pretty soon if that has a positive public reaction. Who knows what technology will replace cd's or where the music industry is going. After all who would have guessed what would have happened in the music industry through the past 10-15 years.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:04 pm

intelwild wrote:Garth Brooks was a GIANT in the 90's. He does not sell that many records anymore. Since 2000, his totals have dropped. He won't be selling 16,000,000 cd's/albums/records 32 years after he is dead. Or anywhere close to that. The Elvis way of selling things has always had it's problems. You might go as far as saying that now EPE or Sillerman follows the Beatles formula. Just look at the Numbers 1's from the Beatles, the 30#1's from Elvis looked the same and followed that promotional patter. Look at the Vegas Beatles "Cirque" show playing at the Mirage. It came out and was a success, so now Elvis is getting "Viva Elvis" at the new city center. The Beatles have the new video game where you can sing a long with them, so it wouldn't be a surprise to me if a similar Elvis one came out pretty soon if that has a positive public reaction. Who knows what technology will replace cd's or where the music industry is going. After all who would have guessed what would have happened in the music industry through the past 10-15 years.


I doubt that. Just yesterday I read here in The Netherlands that The Beatles video game had sold a considerable 1.000.000 items all over the world, but less than was hoped. As the developers of the game had to pay a huge amount for the licence plus the gigantic developing costs, they are now in financial trouble and dismissing employees. As regards Elvis' back catalogue, I hope it'll keep on selling steadily in the coming years in the USA and get him new RIAA certifications. Here in Europe it's Wild West all over the place. Due to the songs of the fifties having fallen into public domain, you see compilations everywhere. Yesterday, I even saw the complete "King Creole" soundtrack on a very obsure label. This was at MediaMarkt in Rotterdam for the interested Dutch members on this board.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:15 pm

I find Elvis's record sales impressive. Amazing that he has outsold Green Day and Pink Floyd. Not to mention that he has almost same sales as U2 which is still active and one of the biggest names in rock music.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:47 pm

Yvosus wrote:Thanks Mael!

May have some indications ragrding sales per year.

The Beatles figure is really impressive. I think "1" sold about 11 millions in the US. How come the gap is so big with Elvis? I thought on a typical yearly basis (when there is no big event, record wise) they are neck to neck.
Isn't that so?

Any clues? Anyone? This would be very welcomed. Thanks in advance!


For one thing, The Beatles have a huge presence on radio. Many popular formats still have a mid-60s base, and The Beatles remain a core image artist. That's no knock against Elvis. It's just business. Baby boomers remain a favorite of advertisers, and those folks grew up on The Beatles.

Outside of Suspicious Minds, most of US radio signed off on Elvis a long time ago. I'm amazed he did as well as #25, under the circumstances.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:30 pm

Just a few months ago The Beatles for the first time ever rereleased all their CD's remastered. (or so the ad's say) I think there was 13 titles and each sold a couple million. Excuse me for posting this video on our mans site. But this may explain why the Beatles and Elvis's sales are so far apart.



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Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:40 pm

Beatles albums were all "digitally remastered" in 1987!

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:08 am

Yvosus wrote:Thanks Mael!

May have some indications ragrding sales per year.

The Beatles figure is really impressive. I think "1" sold about 11 millions in the US. How come the gap is so big with Elvis? I thought on a typical yearly basis (when there is no big event, record wise) they are neck to neck.
Isn't that so?

Any clues? Anyone? This would be very welcomed. Thanks in advance!


Yvosus,

Generally, you could say that Elvis has been selling about 1-1.5 million albums a year throughout this whole decade (US). With the exception of 2002 (’30 #1 Hits’ scanned 3m alone) & 2003 (‘Second To None’ scanned 900k alone). As for Soundscan "sales per year" figures, I have these:

September 2002 - December 2005 : 8,300,000
2006 : 1,149,000
2007 : 1,399,000
2008 : 1,400,000
Total (1991-2008) = 30,871,000


And Yvosus, when we're talking about Soundscan figures, remember this:

** To be tracked at all by soundscan a title must be registered by the record company - so some licensed titles may not be tracked at all.

** Stores must also have a system installed to link to the soundscan computer.

** 'Record Club' sales are excluded -> RCA/Columbia House/BMG sales are not tracked by soundscan

** Whilst soundscan coverage has gone from around 40% in 1991 to around 95% now, some speciality stores, mail-order houses, internet retailers and venue sales are not covered.

** Certain exclusive distributors are not soundscan covered including some Wal-Mart ones.

** Direct marketed titles (particularly TV advertised ones) also fall outside soundscan.

** There's also the 'Elvis Fan Clubs' which sells via the internet (mail-order and conventions?). I doubt if they are soundscan registered.

** Graceland, which attracts lots of visitors and sales - particularly as many titles are not readily available in most stores. Not, it seems, soundscan registered. The retail turnover in 2002 was $37,000,000.

** 37.6% of all Gospel albums are sold through Christian book shops. As book shops rarely are connected to soundscan, partly explains why Elvis' gospel albums have better shipment figures than chart performance would suggest.

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As for The Beatles, I have the following Soundscan-totals (March 1991 - Dec 2009):

One (1) = 11,514,841
Abbey Road - 4,372,815
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 4,166,882
Beatles - 3,468,686
Rubber Soul - 2,569,952
Revolver - 2,139,105
Love - 2,017,881
Magical Mystery Tour - 1,734,819
Help! - 1,429,023
Let It Be - 1,352,676
Hard Day's Night - 1,344,141
Please Please Me - 1,005,536
Past Masters #1 & 2 - 218,370

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:20 am

"To be tracked at all by soundscan,a title must be registered by the record company."
Maybe thats why we have only a few Elvis titles with SS numbers?

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:59 am

Mael wrote:
Yvosus wrote:Thanks Mael!

May have some indications ragrding sales per year.

The Beatles figure is really impressive. I think "1" sold about 11 millions in the US. How come the gap is so big with Elvis? I thought on a typical yearly basis (when there is no big event, record wise) they are neck to neck.
Isn't that so?

Any clues? Anyone? This would be very welcomed. Thanks in advance!


Yvosus,

Generally, you could say that Elvis has been selling about 1-1.5 million albums a year throughout this whole decade (US). With the exception of 2002 (’30 #1 Hits’ scanned 3m alone) & 2003 (‘Second To None’ scanned 900k alone). As for Soundscan "sales per year" figures, I have these:

September 2002 - December 2005 : 8,300,000
2006 : 1,149,000
2007 : 1,399,000
2008 : 1,400,000
Total (1991-2008) = 30,871,000


And Yvosus, when we're talking about Soundscan figures, remember this:

** To be tracked at all by soundscan a title must be registered by the record company - so some licensed titles may not be tracked at all.

** Stores must also have a system installed to link to the soundscan computer.

** 'Record Club' sales are excluded -> RCA/Columbia House/BMG sales are not tracked by soundscan

** Whilst soundscan coverage has gone from around 40% in 1991 to around 95% now, some speciality stores, mail-order houses, internet retailers and venue sales are not covered.

** Certain exclusive distributors are not soundscan covered including some Wal-Mart ones.

** Direct marketed titles (particularly TV advertised ones) also fall outside soundscan.

** There's also the 'Elvis Fan Clubs' which sells via the internet (mail-order and conventions?). I doubt if they are soundscan registered.

** Graceland, which attracts lots of visitors and sales - particularly as many titles are not readily available in most stores. Not, it seems, soundscan registered. The retail turnover in 2002 was $37,000,000.

** 37.6% of all Gospel albums are sold through Christian book shops. As book shops rarely are connected to soundscan, partly explains why Elvis' gospel albums have better shipment figures than chart performance would suggest.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As for The Beatles, I have the following Soundscan-totals (March 1991 - Dec 2009):

One (1) = 11,514,841
Abbey Road - 4,372,815
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 4,166,882
Beatles - 3,468,686
Rubber Soul - 2,569,952
Revolver - 2,139,105
Love - 2,017,881
Magical Mystery Tour - 1,734,819
Help! - 1,429,023
Let It Be - 1,352,676
Hard Day's Night - 1,344,141
Please Please Me - 1,005,536
Past Masters #1 & 2 - 218,370


So, if I get it right, the gap between Elvis and The Beatles over the past 2 decades is +/- 4.000.000 albums. I've added 1.000.000 as the 30.871.000 figure doesn't include 2009. Not bad at all, considering that some sales haven't had soundscan coverage! As for the coming years, let's hope "Viva Elvis" will boost the sales for the new decade.

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:30 am

Hello Mael,

Thank you for your insight: really interresting stuff indeed!

Re: Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:28 pm

Why doesn't EPE or Sony ask/get soundscan to cover their shops? It will make for a more accurate picture. Or why doesn't Sony register more titles with the SS?

Mael, I really enjoy your posts too. It's great to see Elvis still sells, even with little or no advertisement! Looking forward to Viva Elvis, should sell a few million in the U.S hopefully.
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