Very interesting Dave, good totals there for Canada and Australia considering their populations. What happened to NZ?? Also, do you have any figures for Ireland Dave?? Cheers, Emmett
Hi Emmett, Ireland is 7 million album sales, the same as NZ!
To Keith (in the charts thread), Pure is past 800,000 shipments now, so less than 100,000 to go for its triple platinum. It could well happen after Odyssey is launched and before Christmas. if Odyssey does very well it will drag Pure with it so, you never know!
But... I forgot to ask Steve if sales of both versions of Pure can be combined for Platinum award purposes - I think they can but the rules aren't clear. If not, Decca can claim a Silver disc for the Special Edition already, and probably a Gold disc before Christmas. That would make 2 Silver, 2 Gold and two Platinum discs, all for the same album! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
I've just had a look in the BPI awards section and the only awards listed for Pure are:
WESTENRA HAYLEY , PURE , Gold , Fri Sep 26 2003 WESTENRA HAYLEY , PURE , Silver , Fri Sep 26 2003 WESTENRA HAYLEY , PURE , Platinum , Fri Nov 14 2003 WESTENRA HAYLEY , PURE , 2 x Platinum , Fri Dec 12 2003
I didn't have to log in - but they don't seem to have updated the database since February this year But, I don't think any more copies of Pure SE would have been shipped in 2005 due to left over stocks from Christmas.
It's good to see that you, too, keep an eye on these things!
OK guys, at last I found out the exact total UK sales of Charlotte's "Voice of an Angel" ! Musicweek has confirmed that total shop sales upto last week were: 587,297
This compares with the total shop sales of Hayley's "Pure" in the UK of 578,749in the year 2003, another (estimated) 100,000 in 2004 making 679,000 and somewhere over 50,000 for the UK Special Edition of Pure (around 730,000 in all).
Therefore, Pure had exceeded the total sales of "Voice of an Angel" by the first week in January 2004* - which may explain why Decca issued a statement (but never followed it up) saying that "Pure" had become the best selling debut classical album in the UK - but it hadn't!
But why? Well it looks like the "fastest selling" record had been held by Charlotte and Hayley broke that - but the "best selling debut classical album" must be held by someone else. Decca didn't check their initial facts, in their excitement
So WHO has that record? Well the only debut classical album I can think of that may be around 700,000 (it sold 671,000 in its first two years) is "The Voice" by Russell Watson - and Decca may have ruined Hayley's chance of beating that, if "Pure - Special Edition" sales cannot be combined with the original version. And we STILL don't know the answer to that one! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
I see from Hayley's latest biography ( here on Celtic Woman's website) that she is now reported to have sold over three million albums Worldwide. This will I am sure be shipments to dealers not sales over the counter but if it's true, it is another remarkable milestone in Hayley's developing International career!
I am always wary of unconfirmed 'biographies' and quotes so I'd like some official confirmation of this, which may come from the forthcoming press releases for Treasure. If anyone does see another mention of the three million figure, please post the details here! It is certainly possible that three million shipments has been reached as I know Odyssey sold (shipped) nearly half a million Worldwide and Pure has been reported as "over two million sold" for a couple of years now and there are also the early NZ albums and a few (admittedly low selling) "Best Of" compilations too.
In the meantime, let's assume that it's correct.. so...
Far be it for me to disagree with you Dave BUT, my personal accounting has been that she must surely be hitting 3million by now, when taking into account the speed of her first 2 million, the time that has elapsed since and the further horizons into which the first two CDs have moved, with special editions etc.
In fact, i thought it was reasonably well over two million when the '2 million' label was affixed to her reputation? Peter S.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
Far be it for me to disagree with you Dave BUT, my personal accounting has been that she must surely be hitting 3million by now...
But that's agreeing with me, isn't it?
Unless you are more doubtful of the three million than I am - because I just congratulated Hayley - and you didn't! I certainly wouldn't have done that if I thought the figure was wrong - but we still need confirmation of it.