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Old 11-07-2005, 06:42 AM   #1
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İs Queen Bİgger Than U2?

can you compare their album and tour success
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Old 11-07-2005, 11:28 AM   #2
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I'd say U2 have become bigger than Queen :

Album sales : Queen 135 million (might be too high as they've 'only' sold about 32 million in USA), U2 145 million (57 million now sold in USA)

Single Sales : I think Queen win here

Money from Touring : I'd say U2 must beat Queen here (surely only The Stones have made more than U2 from touring)

Btw - Q magazine recently (though before HTDAAB was released) compiled a list of the 50 biggest bands ever based on these factors...the result ? U2 4th, Queen 5th
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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i'd say U2 are bigger than queen too. who were 1, 2 & 3 in the list?
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:35 PM   #4
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The usual suspects :

# 1 Pink Floyd
# 2 Led Zep
# 3 Stones

I always thought The Beatles should have been # 1 though (they were 7th or 8th)
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:52 PM   #5
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i would have thought the beatles would have been #1 too.

just out of interest, how many albums have Pink Floyd sold worldwide, 73M in the USA, maybe 170M worldwide?
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:30 PM   #6
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i would have thought the beatles would have been #1 too.

just out of interest, how many albums have Pink Floyd sold worldwide, 73M in the USA, maybe 170M worldwide?
Yeah, something like that.

I guess the one thing counting against The Beatles is that, despite selling the most records (about 500 m albums alone) & inventing stadium rock (Shea Stadium) they never actually did / didn't have much time to do many massive mega tours a la U2, Stones, Pink Floyd etc
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:25 PM   #7
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The Beatles should be the biggest band ever.
I don´t know how Q magazine came up with that list but it doesn´t make quite a lot of sense.
Counting albums and singles sales alone, Beatles advantage with respect to the next contendor is what? 200 million? In terms of money I would say that it amounts to 2 billion dollars!

Is it possible that ticket sales more than make up for the difference?


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I'd say U2 have become bigger than Queen :

Album sales : Queen 135 million (might be too high as they've 'only' sold about 32 million in USA), U2 145 million (57 million now sold in USA)

Single Sales : I think Queen win here

Money from Touring : I'd say U2 must beat Queen here (surely only The Stones have made more than U2 from touring)

Btw - Q magazine recently (though before HTDAAB was released) compiled a list of the 50 biggest bands ever based on these factors...the result ? U2 4th, Queen 5th
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:57 PM   #8
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The Beatles should be the biggest band ever.
I don´t know how Q magazine came up with that list but it doesn´t make quite a lot of sense.
That's easy. From their November 2004 issue (yep, the one with U2 on the cover )
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HOW WE DID IT

- First, we ranked bands based on their biggest album (US plus UK sales). Prior to the introduction of bar coding, figures can be unreliable. To ensure a level playing field we stuck with the official stats from the BPI and its US equivalent, the RIAA.

- We drew up a second list of bands based on their biggest headline gig (no festivals). Figures were drawn together using the resources at www.pollstar.com

- A third list compared weeks spent on the UK album chart -taken from the Guinness Book Of Hit Singles & Albums (Hit Entertainment, GBP 18.99).

- Giving each criterion equal weight, and using weeks on UK singles chart as a tie-breaker, we arrived at a final list of Biggest Bands Ever.

- And before you ask, Simon & Garfunkel are a duo, not a band

- Does your head hurt?
So that's the criteria they used, something you should always state when you want to compare bands. To ask whether Queen is bigger than U2 or not is a matter of judging by which criteria.

BTW, based on my estimates, U2 are now in joint 3rd place on Q's list with as many points as the Rolling Stones have. Although I think the Stones win the tie-breaker, considering their huge single success in the Sixties and Seventies.



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P.S. Pink Floyd is still way ahead and probably always will be unless The Joshua Tree sells another 10 million copies in the USA and UK alone.
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Old 11-07-2005, 05:02 PM   #9
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its not fair to base 'biggest band ever' on the success of their biggest album. one band could have 1 album which sells 20M, and another could have 10 albums which all sell 10M.

and surely its more important to play to the most people in total, then the most people at a single show.
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:57 PM   #10
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The Q Magazine criteria is flawed. But its true there is not a perfect way to determine the biggest band of all time, but the fundamentals should be total album sales and concert ticket sales. The problem with concert ticket sales is that some bands like the Beatles stopped touring for various reasons not having to do with the business, and there for, the type of success they could of had in this area can only be estimated.

As for Queen, it should be noted that while they had very strong popularity outside the United States, in the United States when they were still a band, their success was not on par with many of the top acts in both album sales and concert ticket sales. Albums did not always go platinum and the band only made it to the arena(20,000 seats max) level and would not sellout many shows.

In many ways, especially on the concert selling level in the United States, U2 had surpassed Queen by the end of the Unforgettable Fire in the United States.

Of course, thats just the United States, but the United States is 1/3 of the music market.

Queen has not been a band since Freddie passed away and planned events and other things have been constantly looking at the band in a way, they would not be looked at if they were still a band to this day with Freddie. Kind of the same way that Nirvana is looked at since Cobain died. This Nostalgia that elevates a band to a new level once the band is no more is something that U2 has not experienced and will probably not experience for a long time.

In Europe, Queen may have outsold U2 in albums, but they never did a tour that was in demand as the Vertigo tour has been or for that matter ZOO TV or Joshua Tree either. The Vertigo tour is the highest grossing tour in European history with only 32 shows played.

The only bands that can really top U2 in this catagory of biggest band of all time, at the current time, are probably the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zep.
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