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Madonna's Album Sales in North America

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I get what you mean, but many fans loved Erotica back then too, but the record was "too much" for the average music listener. 1992 was a total different time.

I think it was way over looked because of the SEX book which M did realise and i think at the time she regretted putting them out at the same time - this album so needs a re-release with the unheard/remastered demos ? another wasted release opportunity :((

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http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

 

BILLBOARD 200 (September 10, 2016);
174 (Re) - Madonna - "The Immaculate Collection" [148 wks]

 

Catalogue Album Charts

18 (RE) 289 The Immaculate Collection

 

With the initial 141 weeks TIC spent on the top 200, combined with its 289 weeks inside the catalog top 50, that makes a whopping 430 charted weeks, Only Carole King's Tapestry (which had 302 weeks in the top 200 prior to the start of the catalog chart) has more cumulative weeks.

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With 290 weeks on, TIC ties Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits for third place among female albums(Enya's Watermark has 305 weeks and Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits has 293- I had thought Cline's album had the most weeks since the chart's 1991 inception). ~ pulsemusic.proboards

 

The Immaculate Collection Still on the Top100 Albums Pop #USA is now #61

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http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/billboard-lists/7526410/diamond-certified-album-riaa-ranked?utm_source=twitter

 

All 88 Diamond-Certified Albums Ranked From Worst to Best: Critic's Take
9/29/2016 by Andrew Unterberger

It's worth celebrating whenever we get a brand new, RIAA-certified diamond-selling album -- indicating sales (and streaming equivalent sales) of ten million units -- because for a while, it looked like we might never get another one again. For a half-decade after Usher's Confessions was released in 2004, no album of new material was released that even got particularly close to diamond status, largely the result of a download-reeling music industry adjusting slowly to the decline of physical media.

Then, Adele. In 2011, the singer/songwriter's four-quadrant-appealing 21 was released, sparking sales unseen since the beginning of the millennium. The album stayed on top the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks, and was given the Diamond certification in November of 2012, eventually going 14x platinum. For her next act, Ms. Adkins demolished *NSYNC's record for first-week sales with her follow-up effort, 25, moving an incomprehensible 3.38 million in its debut frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And last week (Sept. 22), Adele was awarded her second consecutive diamond plaque, for 25 -- less than a year after the album's release.

To honor the exclusive club that Adele joins with her latest sales achievement, we've ranked every one of the RIAA-certified diamond albums. That's not counting compilations -- including greatest-hits collections, live albums, and certain soundtracks -- unless the set is comprised mainly of contemporary material. (The Dirty Dancing soundtrack, for instance, includes seven contemporary songs and five old ones, so it's in, but Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits -- itself certified diamond earlier this week -- has only four new songs in 34 tracks, so it's out.) It's still a whopping 88 albums, though, ranging nearly 60 years back to Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album.

Read our list here, and let's hope we don't have to wait for another Adele album -- whenever that comes -- to welcome our next newcomer to these ranks. (Each album's year of release and most-recent platinum certification as of Sept. 2016 is included.)

9. Madonna, Like a Virgin (1984, 10x Platinum)

Madonna’s musical and conceptual ambitions would grow from here, but the pure thrills of Like a Virgin are not to be overshadowed: “Angel†and “Dress You Up†are perfectly synth-popped chewing gum, “Material Girl†does Marilyn and Motown proud, and the title track is rivaled only by “Billie Jean†as the defining jam of MTV’s formative years. A year later she’d give away a couple brilliant singles away to soundtracks, seemingly just because she could.

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As for Madonna's career U.S. album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking retail in 1991 (through the week ending Dec. 8, 2016), here are her 10 best sellers:
5,992,000, The Immaculate Collection (1990)
3,891,000, Ray of Light (1998)
2,934,000, Music (2000)
2,336,000, Bedtime Stories (1994)
2,102,000, Something to Remember (1995)
2,025,000, Evita (soundtrack) (1996)
1,905,000, Erotica (1992)
1,734,000, Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)
1,397,000, GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2001)
751,000, Hard Candy (2008)
 
Meanwhile, Madonna's most recent LP, 2015's Rebel Heart, has sold 238,000. Her career album sales in the Nielsen era stand at 28.5 million, making her the 34th-best-selling album artist in that 25-year-plus span. She ranks at No. 7 among women in the stretch.
 

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But Immaculate is Diamond for 10 million copies in USA? Why only reports 5.9???

These are SoundScan numbers. The album was released in 1990 and Nielsen SoundScan began monitoring album sales in March '91. These numbers are what Nielsen recorded. Before that, shipments were what they went by for album sales. Sucks we'll never really know the true sales numbers for M's pre-SoundScan albums.

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"Ray of Light would hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, moving 371,000 copies in its first week; it earned her four Grammys and went on to sell 3.89 million copies in the U.S. (through Feb. 15, 2018) according to Nielsen Music"

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8214329/madonna-ray-of-light-album-anniversary

So...3.890.000 copies + 459.000 (BMG club sales) = 4.3 million :08:

 

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Some Billboard updates

5/26/18 Billboard charts:

Confessions on a Dance Floor

ALBUM SALES: 1,738,923
ALBUMS W/TEA 1,980,008
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 2,000,922
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 2,016,961 
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 55,429,748
 

MDNA

ALBUM SALES: 547,636
ALBUMS W/TEA 640,424
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 656,323
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 667,546
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 40,682,701

 

Hard Candy

ALBUM SALES: 751,496
ALBUMS W/TEA 1,143,495
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 1,167,452
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 1,174,955
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 47,190,506

 

AMERICAN LIFE

ALBUM SALES: 685,638
ALBUMS W/TEA 728,833
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 734,151
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 735,156
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 9,485,791

 

Bedtime Stories

ALBUM SALES: 2,339,495
ALBUMS W/TEA 2,393,239
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 2,403,426
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 2,407,276 3xP
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 21,055,077

 

REBEL HEART 

ALBUM SALES: 244,538
ALBUMS W/TEA 296,690
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 335,628
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 375,930
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 118,860,107

 

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Wow at Celebration! Another multiplatinum album that will never get certified....

Celebration 

ALBUM SALES: 456,929 Gold - 1cd and 2cd versions 
ALBUMS W/TEA 1,980,736
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 2,217,924
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 2,357,600 Gold
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 565,295,117

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5/26 Billboard charts

 

Rebel Heart Tour   2  CD

ALBUM SALES: 6,289
ALBUMS W/TEA 9,815
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 13,964
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 14,265
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 6,675,035

 

GHV2 (Listed as Vol. 2- Greatest Hits)

ALBUM SALES: 1,397,910
ALBUMS W/TEA 1,635,757
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 1,669,544
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 1,689,370 1xP
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 80,419,758

 

Ray of Light

ALBUM SALES: 3.896,998
ALBUMS W/TEA 3,990,647
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 4,005,653
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 4,013,816 4xP
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 34,753,662

 

MUSIC

ALBUM SALES: 2,936,779
ALBUMS W/TEA 3,005,209
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 3,015,960
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 3,020,447 3xP
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 22,856,780

 

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER

ALBUM SALES: 2,104,241
ALBUMS W/TEA 2,264,086
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND AUDIO 2,289,095
ALBUMS W/TEA W/SEA ON-DEMAND 2,303,417 3xP
STREAMING ON-DEMAND 58,996,027

 

 

So her recent albums  should be certified like this with new streaming numbers

but i guess Warner will never do that..


3xP Music
2xP Confessions On a Dance Floor
2xP Celebration 
1xP GHV2 
1xP American Life
1xP Hard Candy 
G MDNA

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