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.
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Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
I thought I should add that I have now seen a Decca release confirming that "Hayley has sold [shipped] three million albums Worldwide" - and also that Pure has now sold (shipped) 900,000 copies in the UK. This may or may not count for a platinum award - it depends whether or not the sales of both versions of the album can be combined. But who else has a classical album that's shipped 900,000 in the UK? Hmmm... Luciano Pavarotti, The Three Tenors, er.... I think that's the lot!
Regarding the three million Worldwide, as the statement is mainly about the Treasure release, it is possible that it includes advance shipments of Treasure; that is not clear. Either way, within the next six weeks, it is sure to be true!
Thanks very much for the updates on the sales figures. With regard to Pure achieving it's third platinum (if versions may be combined), let's be optimistic and hope it goes on to reach 1,000,000. Are Decca likely to recognise that in some way? I'm sure you remember, they gave her a special award for 700,000 so, perhaps they may do so again if the magic million is reached? Do you think *special awards* are subject to the BPI rules? If not, the possible difficulty in combining the sales of the two versions wouldn't apply. (?)
I don't think Pure will reach a UK million sales for a few years... it's currently "trickle" selling at maybe 5,000 to 10,000 a year. But yes, Decca can do whatever they like if it's their own award! They may still decide do so as Hayley has already passed the million CD sales in the UK - so what better time to make such an award than now?
I forgot to add the latest sales information to this thread so now, I will!
To clarify Hayley's UK sales, Music Week stated last week that these were, in total "just short of 1 million" ('over-the-counter' shop and internet sales, and downloads), "of which Pure made up three quarters".
Unfortunately they did not state the actual figure but by my calculations, the total was then within a few thousand of 1 million and by now may have exceeded it. Within a few weeks it will certainly have exceeded it and for shipments, as stated above in the thread, it has already passed the million.
In case anyone missed it, Hayley's official site said recently (in the Japan single announcement) that "Pure" has gone 12X platinum in NZ - even though it's currently out of the charts there. Pure now has a clear lead over the no. 2 all-time album by a local artist, Bic Runga's "Beautiful Collision" at 10X platinum.
Finally, we now know officially that Pure is 12 x platinum in NZ. Universal NZ were very either very slow in applying for the certification - or they were "optimistic" when they made a comment about it in 2005. Either way, Radioscope has now confirmed in its revamped website that Pure was awarded its 12x platinum certification on 17 June 2007.
No other Kiwi has exceeded 10x platinum officially** (11x unofficially) - Bic Runga - so I can now say with confidence that:
** Source: The Complete NZ Music Charts 1966 - 2006, Dean Scapolo.