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Old 09-21-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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U2 in the Top 19 of best selling artists of all time

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I was reading the news in a Chilean forum and I found this list:

It's about the 150 best selling artists of all time, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

U2 is in the 19th place. Of course, The Beatles are the number 1 and other legendary bands as Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen or AC/DC are above U2. But U2 are ranked (IMO very very high on that list, avobe legendary artists as Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Depeche Mode, The Police, Frank Sinatra, etc. You'll find a lot of crap on that list (see places 55, 65, 66, 83, 128, 139, 141 or 142 for example ) but also you'll find the best Rock bands ever on that list

Here is, Enjoy:

1.The Beatles 400,000,000 UK 60s (1962-1970) Rock/Pop Guinness/EMI
2.Michael Jackson 350,000,000 US 70s-00s (1979-) Pop/R&B MJ Stats
3.Elvis Presley 300,000,000 US 50s-70s (1956-1977) Country/Rock
4.Madonna 16 275,000,000 US 80s-00s (1984-) Pop WBR
5.Nana Mouskouri 250,000,000 Greece 60s-00s (1959-) Pop
6.Cliff Richard 250,000,000 UK 50s-00s (1959-1969,1977-1979,1986-1999) Rock/Pop
7.The Rolling Stones ~250,000,000 UK 60s-00s (1964-1981) Rock 60.5 million in the US
8. Mariah Carey 230,000,000 US 90s-00s (1990-) Pop/R&B
9. Elton John ~220,000,000 UK 70s-00s (1972-1976,1989-1991,1997-) Pop
10.Celine Dion 220,000,000 Canada 80s-00s (1990-) Pop Music/Pop Discography
11. Pink Floyd ~210,000,000 UK 60s-00s (1970-1983,1994-1995) Prog Rock 73 Mil US
12. Led Zeppelin 200,000,000+ UK 60s-70s (1969-1979) Rock/Blues MSNBC
13. Metallica ~200,000,000 US 80’s-00’s (1991-1997) Hard Rock 57 mil US
14. Julio Iglesias ~200,000,000 Spain 70s-00s (1969-) Latino Pop
15. Queen 180,000,000 UK 70s-00s (1975-1995) Rock R&R
16 AC/DC ~180,000,000 Australia/UK 70s-00s (1980-1992) Hard Rock AC/DC
17 Whitney Houston ~180,000,000 US 80s-00s (1985-2000) R&B/Pop Discography
18. ABBA 160,000,000 Sweden 70s-80s (1974-1982) Disco/Pop ABBA discography
19. U2 ~150,000,000 Ireland 80s-00s (1983-) Rock/Pop 50m.US
20.The Jacksons 150,000,000 US 60s-80s (1969-1980) R&B 71m.US
21. Garth Brooks ~145,000,000 US 80s-00s (1989-2001) Country 105m.US
22. Janet Jackson 130,000,000 US 80s-00s (1986-) R&B/pop
23. The Eagles ~120,000,000 US 70s-00s (1974-1979) Country/Rock 89 million in US
24. Wei Wei ~120,000,000 China 80s-00s (1986-) Pop
25. The Bee Gees 110,000,000 UK/Australia 60s-00s (1975-1979) Pop/Disco src.1
26. Bon Jovi ~110,000,000 US 80s-00s (1986-2000) Rock/Hard Rock (100m.alb.)
27. R.E.M. ~110,000,000 US 80s-00s (1991-) Rock [(106m.alb.)
28. Kenny Rogers 105,000,000+ US 60s-00s Country/Pop/Rock
29. Black Sabbath 100,000,000+ US 70s-00s Hard Rock/Metal
30. Barbra Streisand 100,000,000+ US 60s-00s popular 70.5 million in US
31. Mireille Mathieu ~100,000,000 France 60s-00s Pop src.
32.Alla Pugacheva ~100,000,000 Russia 70s-00s Rock/Pop *(10m.US)
33. Prince ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop src.
34. Ricky Nelson ~100,000,000 US 50s-80s Pop/Country/Rock
35. Luciano Pavarotti ~100,000,000 Italy 60s-00s Opera
36.Brenda Lee ~100,000,000 US 50s-60s Pop/Country
37.OmPrakash ~100,000,000 India 90s-00s
38.Illayaraja ~100,000,000 India 70s-00s
39. Johnny Mathis ~100,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock/Pop
40. Lionel Richie ~100,000,000 US 80s-00s Pop/R&B [26] 21.0 mililion in US
41. Dolly Parton ~100,000,000 US 60s-00s Country
42. Donna Summer ~100,000,000 US 70s-90s Disco
43. Aerosmith ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Hard Rock
44. Billy Joel ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Pop / Rock 78 mil.US,
45. Fleetwood Mac ~100,000,000 UK/US 60s-00s Pop/Rock 2
46. Johnny Hallyday ~100,000,000 France 50s-00s Pop src.1
47. Charles Aznavour ~100,000,000 France 50s-00s Pop
48. Bruce Springsteen ~90,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop *(61 mil. albums US)
49. Def Leppard ~90,000,000 UK 80s-00s Hard Rock 55.5mil.US
50. Bob Dylan ~90,000,000 US 60s-00s Folk-Rock *35m.US,
51. Earth, Wind & Fire 90,000,000 US 70s-00s R&B/Funk/Disco/Pop *(23 mil.US)
52. KISS ~90,000,000 US 70s-00s Hard Rock source
53.B’z ~86,000,000 Japan 90s-00s Rock
54. Eddy Arnold 85,000,000 US 40s-90s Country source
55. Britney Spears ~85,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop *(32 mil. US), src.
56. Modern Talking ~80,000,000 Germany 80s-00s Eurodance
57. Jean-Michel Jarre ~80,000,000 France 70s-00s Synth Pop
58. Santana ~80,000,000 US 60s-00s Rock src.1 *[37mil. US]
59. Dalida ~80,000,000 France 50s-80s as of 1981 See also: discussion #19
60. Salvatore Adamo ~80,000,000 Italy 60s-00s
61. Fairouz ~80,000,000 Lebanon 60s-00s Traditional Arab, Modern, Pop *(35 mil. US)
62. Eric Clapton ~80,000,000 UK 80s-00s Rock, Blues *(38 mil. US)
63. Stevie Wonder ~80,000,000 US 60s-00s Soul/R&B/Pop,Disco
64. Hank Snow ~80,000,000 Canada 30s-90s Folk
65. Spice Girls ~76,000,000 UK 90s-00s Pop source
66. Backstreet Boys ~75,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop src.1
67. Journey ~75,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop 40mil.US,
68. Paul McCartney ~75,000,000+ UK 60s-00s Rock
69. Dire Straits 74,000,000 UK 70s-90s Rock
70. Shania Twain ~73,000,000 Canada 90s-00s Country/Rock/Pop
71. Depeche Mode ~70,000,000 UK 80s-00s Pop/Rock
72. A-ha 70,000,000 Norway 80s-00s Pop
73. The Carpenters 70,000,000 US 60s-80s Pop
74. Gloria Estefan ~70,000,000 US 80s-00s Latino Pop src.1,
75. Enya 70,000,000 Ireland 80s-00s New Age/Celtic
76. Roberto Carlos ~70,000,000 Brazil 60s-00s
77. Charley Pride ~70,000,000 US 60s-00s Country source
78. Bay City Rollers ~70,000,000 UK 70s-00s Rock
79. Van Halen ~70,000,000 US 70s-00s Hard Rock
80. Kylie Minogue 65,000,000 Australia 80s-00s Synth Pop source
81. George Strait ~65,000,000 US 70s-00s Country *54 mil. US
82. Iron Maiden 65,000,000 UK 70s-00s Metal
83. Eminem 65,000,000 US 90s-00s Rap *(22 mil. US)
84. Tupac 60,000,000+ US 90s-00s Rap
85. Genesis 60,000,000 UK Rock/Pop src.
86. Phil Collins ~60,000,000 UK Rock/Pop src.
87. Guns N' Roses ~60,000,000 US 80s-90s Hard Rock 71mil. albums
88. Chicago ~60,000,000 US 60s-80s Jazz/Rock
89. Vicky Leandros ~60,000,000+ Greece 60s-00s Pop No reference given
90. Bryan Adams ~60,000,000 Canada 80s-00s Pop/Rock 1
91. The Doors ~60,000,000 US 60s-70s Rock *(30 mil. US)
92. Tina Turner ~60,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop
93. Perry Como ~60,000,000 US 30s-00s Standards
94. Frank Sinatra ~60,000,000 US 40s-90s Standards *(25 mil.US)
95. Simon and Garfunkel ~60,000,000 US 60s Folk-Rock *(36mil.US)
96. Pearl Jam ~60,000,000 US 90s-00s Alternative *(29 mil. US)
97. John Denver ~60,000,000 US 60s-00s Folk/Rock/Country
98. The Monkees ~60,000,000 US 60s-90s Rock
99. Hank Thompson ~60,000,000 US 40s-00s Country
100. Barry Manilow 60,000,000+ US 70s-00s Pop/Standards
101. Boyz II Men ~60,000,000 US 80s-00s R&B/Pop *(27mil.US),
102. Paul Anka ~60,000,000 Canada 50s-00s Pop
103. Alanis Morissette ~55,000,000 Canada 90s-00s Rock/Pop src.1
104. TLC 55,000,000+ USA 90s-00s *(28 mil.US)R&B BMG
105. The Police *53,000,000 UK 70s-80s Rock/Pop 22m.US,
106. Nirvana *52,000,000 US 80s-90s Alternative 24m.US
107. Michael Bolton 52,000,000 US 80s-00s Pop
108. Luis Miguel 55,000,000 Mexico 80s-00s Latin Pop
109. Andre Kostelanetz 52,000,000 US 70s-00s Classic src.1
110. Tony Bennett ~51,000,000 US 50s-00s Standards/Jazz
111. Alabama *~50,000,000 US 70s-00s Country 46m.US
112. Johnny Cash ~50,000,000 US Country
113. Motley Crue *~50,000,000 US 80s-00s Hard Rock 22m.US,
114. Foreigner *~50,000,000 US/UK 70s-90s Rock/Pop 36m.US
115. Oasis ~50,000,000 UK 90s-00s Rock ~50m.albums
116. Meat Loaf ~50,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock
117. Olivia Newton-John ~50,000,000 Australia 70s-00s Country/Pop
118. Bjork ~50,000,000 Iceland 80s-00s Alternative
119. Gene Autry ~50,000,000 US Country
120. Nat King Cole ~50,000,000 US 30s-60s Jazz
121. The Seekers ~50,000,000 Australia 60s, 90s-00s Rock/Pop/Folk
122.The Doobie Brothers ~50,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock 50mil.US
123. Three Dog Night ~50,000,000 US 60s-70s Rock
124. Bob Seger ~50,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock
125. Roger Whittaker ~50,000,000 UK 70s-90s src.1
127. Annie Lennox ~50,000,000 UK 90s-00s src.1
128. Ace Of Base ~50,000,000 Sweden 90s-00s Pop/Dance source
129. David Bowie ~50,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock src.
130. Reba McEntire 48,000,000 US 70s-00s Country
131. Andy Lau 48,000,000 Hong Kong 80s-00s Country
132. Ayumi Hamasaki 46,000,000 Japan 90s-00s J-Pop src.
133. Willie Nelson 46,000,000 US 50s-00s IRS
134. George Michael 45,000,000 UK 80s-00s Pop
135. Biggie Smalls ~45,000,000 US 90s Rap *(38mil.US)
136. Bananarama ~45,000,000 UK 80s-00s Pop/Rock/Dance 40mil albums
137. Chris de Burgh 45,000,000 Ireland 70s-00s Pop/Rock
138. Red Hot Chili Peppers 44,000,000 US 80s-00s Alternative
139. Milli Vanilli 44,000,000 Germany 80s-90s Pop
140. Alan Jackson 43,000,000 US 90s-00s Country source
141. *NSYNC 42,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop *(30 mil. US)
142. Christina Aguilera ~40,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop 34m.albums
143. Vicente Fernandez 40,000,000 Mexico 70s-00s Mexican
144. Waylon Jennings +40,000,000 US Country
145. Jose Feliciano 40,000,000 Puerto Rico 60s-00s Pop
146. Judas Priest ~40,000,000 UK 70s-00s Hard Rock
147. The Who ~40,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock *(20mil.US)
148. Ozzy Osbourne ~40,000,000 UK 60s-00s Hard Rock *(27mil.US)
149. John Lennon ~40,000,000 UK 60s-70s Rock *13.5mil.US
150. The Beach Boys 40,000,000 US 60s-90s (1961-1996) Pop/Rock
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:22 AM   #2
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And Green Day sold a bazilon albums with Dookie and American Idiot, and arent on that list?....
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Nana Moskouri??
How the hell did she get so high up there!
Incredible. There must be a lot of Greeks in the world!
Whitney houston?? That's just sad
Julio Inglesias??
Now that's just taking the piss!
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"And Green Day sold a bazilon albums with Dookie and American Idiot, and arent on that list?...."

They don't sell big worldwide.
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Also, U2's past 170m now, that list isn't very up to date.
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Nana Moskouri??
How the hell did she get so high up there!
I was gonna say the same thing.

Yeah I'm surprised too that Green Day isn't up there, at least in the Top 100.
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Also, U2's past 170m now, that list isn't very up to date.
The list is up to this year, so it's true
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RIAA has them at 170, I dunno.
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I don't think U2 have even sold 150 million copies. Even the band have said around 130

A 40 million copies difference is too much
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I thought U2 would score higher than Madonna, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Celine Dion, Metallica, Julio Iglesias, AC/DC and Whitney Houston.
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This list is bullshit. Never have i seen so much crap from a sales list in all my time. I suspect singles aswell as albums are counted in this list.
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total rubbish. Those figures are complete garbage.
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look at number 139. Wow Milli Vanilli has the second highest selling album ever with those figures. who made this crap?
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I've seen many lists like this in the past, never 2 the same, but there seems to be some major discrepancies in this one, David Bowie's worldwide sales, according to most sites I've ever seen are believed to be in the region of 120-130mill., Abba, according to other sites around 250-300mill. I suppose its whichever list the individual chooses to believe, but this one , the more I look at it the less credible it seems, bananarama have sold more than the Beach Boys, can't see Neil Diamond anywhere either, surely he's sold more than enough to be included in any top150 best selling artists. Also can't see Rod Stewart, & just seen George Michael with same sales as Bananarama as well, I don't think this list has been very well researched at all.
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