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Dan wrote at 2007-05-04 18:04:07
In the guiness bok of records up to the early 1970's the total record sales by the Beatles was in the region of 545 million. I think you will find that teh 113 million sales figure relates to total album sales in the USA


Raja wrote at 2007-05-21 16:06:18
This answer is way off.  By 1985, worldwide sales were over one billion.  This came from From Wikipedia.  That was over 20 years ago.  


dhunninghake wrote at 2007-07-19 17:54:57
Actually, EMI (Their primary label) estimated that by 1985 they had sold over 1 billion disks and tapes worldwide. This is not surprising as their catalog was nearly half of this total just 10 years prior. Considering that public opinion and popularity has not tapered off, and with the advent of CD's (and the drive to update personal catalogs), I would say with relative confidence that they are probably over the 1.5 billion hump. You can verify my initial statement in Wikipedia and on the EMI site. Hope this helps.


Williace wrote at 2007-08-29 01:09:10
The information stated about record sales for The Beatles is a considerable underestimate.  The Recording Industry Association of America in 1999 certified sales of Beatles albums in the United States alone at 106 million copies.  Since then the greatest hits album "1" was released, which has been certified as selling at least 10 million copies.  Then were two box set reissues of some of the Capitol albums.  Add in the sales of the Beatles catalog albums in the last several years and the total sales in the United States probably exceeds 120 million copies by now--and that is only the albums.  When the singles sales are added (singles sales were much greater in the sixties) there must be another 30-40 million copies just in the United States.  Then there are sales in the United Kingdom and sales in the rest of the world and the total obviously far exceeds that stated in your answer.



EMI, the Beatle's parent recording company, estimated that as of 1985 the group had sold approximately 1 billion records and tapes worldwide.  Given the tendency of companies to exaggerate their artists' success in the good old show biz tradition of hype, that figure may be pared down a bit, but even then it is well above the figure stated in your answer.



Sources:  RIAA website

         Wikipedia (I know, I know, but they are citing EMI, not  

         just asserting without reference.)


Williace wrote at 2007-08-29 01:21:00
Addendum:  As of 2003, the Recording Industry of America certified sales of Beatles album at 163 million.


Kibbo wrote at 2008-01-02 06:11:29
The Beatles have sold about 10 times the number of records than the of 113m that Janelle quoted. They had sold that many by the end of 1966 (150m according to Variety by end of 1966). Given this was before Sgt Pepper's, White Album, Let it Be etc and the countless greatest hits compilations 1bn is a conservative estimate.


BeatlesBum wrote at 2008-04-22 20:54:35
As I have heard from a friend of mine who knows more about The Beatles than they do said that at this point in 2008 they have sold over 2 billion singles and albums worldwide


Jammixmaster wrote at 2008-06-30 21:51:19
I think you guys are forgetting about Michael Jackson.  Whether you think hes a freak or not the facts show hes sold over 750 million albums worldwide.  Sorry Beatles, the King of Pop has you beat


Beatles' Boy in Cleveland wrote at 2008-07-10 11:06:47
Hello, Luv,



What!  113 million.  Surely you jest!  The Beatles have sold about 1.3 BILLION records to date!  I've checked many, many websites.



Elvis has sold about 1 billion, Michael Jackson 750 million.



These are the top three.  The Beatles are the greatest musical act of all time!  And, the most popular.



Beatles' Boy in Cleveland.


justicejayant wrote at 2008-08-27 09:12:15
Elvis has sold 2 billion records, Beatles sold 750 million, and Micheal Jackson sold 750 million.



Elvis has influenced Beatles and Michael Jackson, and most popular because he has 500 million fans.


chugte wrote at 2008-09-22 19:44:15
The Beatles: 1962-1970 (8 years)

Elvis: 1956-1977 (21 years)



In 1985, the Beatles has already sells 1,2 billion discs and tapes.


fanofleeds wrote at 2009-02-02 02:00:09
It is impossible that this figure is correct.  Sgt Pepper sold over 30 million and the No.1's CD a couple of years ago (called 19) sold over 20 million.  Where did you get this information from?  I mean, I nearly bought that many Bestles records ;-))



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rubberfool909 wrote at 2009-03-03 17:09:57
By 1985 the Beatles had sold 1.35 billion discs, so some 24 years later you could double that figure at least, so the Beatles have sold around 2.7 billion records.  Closing in on the 3 billion mark around 2012. Now if you consider their solo work as well, their sales are around 3.5 billion worldwide.  No other artist is even close to these figures, not even Elvis Presley.




Linus wrote at 2009-04-24 01:15:10
Well, that answer might be highly wrong. Up to 1972 Beatles sales were reaching 545 million. So i really doubt their sales are 113.5 million. Greetings.


Judah S wrote at 2009-04-27 21:15:52
Those claiming that EMI have in past said that the Beatles have sold a Billion do not understand that this was a totally flippant and unsubstantiated comment by a low level EMI Operative. Neither EMI nor any senior representative have ever made nor substantiated such a claim. RCA though have made such a claim for Elvis after much independent research.

To support all claims you need to start of with the RIAA statistics. The RIAA report on certificated sales, this is not the same as actual sales.

In the case of the Beatles this is 170m albums and for Elvis 120M in the USA, extrapolating this on a 40/60 USA/World bases you would get 425M and 300M for the Beatles and Elvis. What is absolutely certain is that you cannot get to a billion for either of them based on this.

Now it gets interesting, firstly the Beatles entire catalogue is covered by the RIAA, so we don’t have uncertified sales issue for them.

For instance, the following situations simply does not apply to the Beatles or any other artist, they do for Elvis.

1.   Because of the large number of Elvis albums with certification categories there are about 60M of uncounted RIAA sales.

2.   There are some 300 uncertified Elvis albums; 40 million is a modest estimation here.

3.   There are at least 30 million of sales that do not meet the RIAA’s certification criteria.

4.   There are estimated to be 40 millions of sales through special licensing arrangements not counted by the RIAA.

5.   There are 10’s of millions not included in the count in the year following Elvis’s death, this is no exaggeration. The Guinness world records report 20 million sold in the first few days after his death and Billboard confirmed and reported that RCA’s entire output was devoted to Elvis records for many months after his death.



You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Elvis has at least double the album sales of the Beatles in the USA. Then you add the singles, there is no competition here. You extrapolate this on an international basis and you can get to a over a Billion for Elvis. But you will not be able to get beyond 700 M even being generous for the Beatles.

That the Beatles are great is in no doubt, but Elvis is still the King.




dirtymac wrote at 2009-05-02 08:07:05
The Beatles sold more records than Elvis. According to the official RIAA numbers the Beatles have sold 170 million plus and Elvis has sold 118 million. I think these numbers translate fairly evenly across all other world markets. The Beatles hold the record for most worldwide sales by far.



Someone said Michael Jackson comes close, but that isn't true at only 750 million compared to The Beatles conseravtive 1.3 billion estimate. Not that this counts, but McCartney did sing on Jackson's Thriller album. If you counted all of the records sold that include songs written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon it would probably be close to Bible numbers of 3 or 4 billion.


Judah wrote at 2009-05-21 10:10:34
dirtymac .I explained the matter clearly on the 27th of April. What is it that you don't understand.



The number of Presley reissues and repackages since his death are in the hundreds, new ones being configured by RCA as old ones go out of print, and are currently beyond the scope of this discography to tally beyond the historically significant and noteworthy.





And to quote.

RIAA Certifications

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) first began tracking sales of Elvis Presley in 1958, who didn't receive his first Gold Record award until 1960. On March 27, 1992, the RIAA certified (or re-certified) 37 of Elvis Presley's albums, taking his American total to 57× platinum. On July 15, 1999, based on 79 certified recordings the figure stood at 92× platinum, with an estimated 35 million albums sold in the U.S alone during those seven years between the two certifications. The most recent album sales figures date to December 13, 2005, with an additional 33 million albums sold in six years, taking his total U.S tally to 125× platinum, based on 95 certified recordings.[2]



Between 1958 and 1992, 57 million albums were shipped in the U.S. Between 1992 and 2008, 68 million albums were shipped in the U.S., the King proving even more successful as a dead icon than a live performer. With total record sales to date in all formats estimated at over 1.8 billion worldwide, he is the biggest selling solo artist of all time.  


Judah wrote at 2009-05-21 10:21:02
The number of Presley reissues and repackages since his death are in the hundreds, new ones being configured by RCA as old ones go out of print, and are currently beyond the scope of the RIAA to tally beyond specific criteria.



RIAA Certifications

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) first began tracking sales of Elvis Presley in 1958, who didn't receive his first Gold Record award until 1960. On March 27, 1992, the RIAA certified (or re-certified) 37 of Elvis Presley's albums, taking his American total to 57× platinum. On July 15, 1999, based on 79 certified recordings the figure stood at 92× platinum, with an estimated 35 million albums sold in the U.S alone during those seven years between the two certifications. The most recent album sales figures date to December 13, 2005, with an additional 33 million albums sold in six years, taking his total U.S tally to 125× platinum, based on 95 certified recordings.[2]



Between 1958 and 1992, 57 million albums were shipped in the U.S. Between 1992 and 2008, 68 million albums were shipped in the U.S., the King proving even more successful as a dead icon than a live performer. With total record sales to date in all formats estimated at over 1.8 billion worldwide, he is the biggest selling  artist of all time.




Bob wrote at 2009-07-09 08:20:18
Soundscan figures for album sales in the US from 1991-2008 show the Beatles have sold 57 million albums, Elvis sold 30 million albums and Michael Jackson sold 19 million albums.



According to the RIAA, The Beatles have sold 170 million albums in the US, Elvis has sold 119 million albums in the US and Michael Jackson 61.5 million albums in the US.



World wide sales follow a similar trend, so the Beatles would be the biggest sellers world wide by a considerable margin.



Despite what RCA or Elvis fans say about 300 uncertified albums in the US, according to Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums 1955-1992 Elvis released 96 albums that charted in the US.  Of these 22 did not make the top 100, 25 made the top 10, 9 made number 1.  



Comparitively The Beatles had 37 charted albums, 23 in the top 10, and 15 at number 1.



As of today The Beatles have 19 number 1 albums to 10 by Elvis in the US.



There are no massive album sales that have not been counted for Elvis by RIAA - despite what Elvis fans might say.  



It appears that The Beatles have consistently and considerably outsold Elvis since 1964 in the US and the rest of the world.  The Beatles 1 album has sold 11 million copies in the US compared to 4 million for Elv1s 30 number 1's.



The Beatles are the biggest selling recording artists of all time.  


Bob wrote at 2009-07-11 02:02:59
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its updated list of the 150 highest selling artists of all time and this confirms The Beatles as the biggest selling artists of all time.  These figures are as of end of 2005.



1  The Beatles       400 million

2  Michael Jackson   350 million

3  Elvis Presley     300 million

4  Madonna          275 million

5  Nana Mouskouri    250 million


Bob wrote at 2009-07-11 07:16:47
According to the Guinness Book of Records of 1971 The Beatles by September 1970 had sold 133 million discs (74 million singles, 3 million EP's and 56 million albums)which represents 416 million in singles equivalents. An album equals 6 units, an EP 2 units and a single 1 unit.  In this same 1971 edition of the Guinness Book of Records Elvis had sold 130 million discs representing 275 million singles equivalents.



According top the Guinness Book of Records 1973 Elvis had sold 160 million discs representing 300 million singles equivalents by January 1972.



According to the Guinness Book of Records 1976 The Beatles sales were 545 million singles equivalents by June 1972.



According to the 1981 Guinness Book of Records The Beatles sales by the end of 1978 were 100 million singles and 100 million albums - a total unmatched by any other recording artist.  



According to the 1985 Guinness Book of Records all time Beatles sales by May 1984 were estimated by EMI as 1000 million discs and tapes.  In this same edition it stated that no independently audited figures have been published for Elvis Presley but it could be assumed he had taken over from Bing Crosby as the biggest selling solo artist of all time.



A book as reputable as The Guinness Book of Records do not get advice from low level EMI employees but from senior executives who must have supplied an audited figure.



The Beatles appear to be the biggest selling artists of all time according to audited figures.  


Morebe wrote at 2009-07-24 14:49:40
Beatles album sales in the last 20 years are in the region of 77 million units. This was widely published when Neil Aspinall died not long ago.


Bob wrote at 2009-07-26 00:09:22
77 million album sales in the US for The Beatles in the last 20 years makes sense. This takes into account the release on CD of all their UK albums in the US in the late 1980's and then the audited Soundscan sales from 1991 of 57 million albums.


john wrote at 2009-09-19 17:30:31
i saw in a Guinness book of world records that the beatles have sold 2.6 billion units so you are a few billion off


Andre wrote at 2009-11-22 12:55:12
I can believe wha tI read for compelte and utter nonsense here.Clearly presleyfans  and especially MJ fans  want their idol oh so bad to be "best selling"..the only real factual numbers for worldwide sales are;

1.Beatles 2.6 billion

2.Elvis   1.8 billion

At only 17. Michael Jackson 350million




TerryS wrote at 2010-03-23 03:50:41
I think you are all forgetting The Beatles are four people and Elvis is one and together they have heaps of albums. Michael Jackson only had 7 solo albums (not including compilations) and has sold over 750m records as a solo artist and with his death and other factors it is probably closer to 800m. Now lets add a 20 year career with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons and you have an artist who can easily top the 1 billion record mark. And to make things interesting MJ married Elvis' daughter and brought the Beatles. MJ is the KING. One last fact MJ has the single best selling record of all time with Thriller and the 4 of his others make the top 10 list. Beat that!


Pink Floyd wrote at 2010-03-24 16:53:33
Despite A Career Of Only Eight Years 1962-1970, The Beatles Became The Best Selling Act Of The Twentieth Century.


gettyman wrote at 2010-09-05 18:43:01
The Beatles are four yes, Elvis and Michael Jackson only one? Not a chance, both Elvis and Michael had other song writers and many musicians on their records. No it is not 4 vs 1 on either case. Michael has 10 solo studio albums not 7 and he has more compilations too. the last figure I read about were the Beatles 1.3 billion as of 2005, Elvis 1 billion as of 2008 and Michael 350 million as of 2009. How correct these are who knows. What's for sure is Elvis does not have all those uncounted sales and does not have 2.5 billion like some of his fans claim, mj's 750 seems to be a made up figure from his camp just like the 110 million for thriller.  


wk wrote at 2010-10-01 17:10:18
The original question was The "Beatles record sales."

In the 1960's & early 1970's a technique called "singles equivalents" was used.  

In 1970 The Beatles had sold 56 Million Albums (multiplied by 6), 74 Million Singles (x 1), & 3 Million EPS (x2)=416 Million "singles equivalents" (but "only" 133 Million units). But in the 1973 GBOWR The Beatles were at 545 Million "singles equivalents" but the multiplier was 5, not 6 (205 Million units).

But strangely in the early 1980's it was reported by EMI 1,004 Million. Assumably it was singles equivalents, not units (but it was not specified as such).

Apple Corps (Beatles' label) says in press releases 600 Million albums, tapes & CDs.




beatle brain of lutz wrote at 2010-11-01 22:02:49
beatle brain of lutz. yes it is true 1 billion discs and tapes as of 1985,so you do the math.the greatest most infleuential group in the history of recorded sound!


Bruce wrote at 2011-08-27 12:58:56
We must realize that in the 50,s, 60's and 70'ss singles and EP’s were massively produced.



Let’s find the differences first among these 3 music terminologies = single, album and EP.

SINGLE = a song which is released as a standalone item, a song released separately from an album



EP = (short for “extended play) is a musical recording shorter than album usually containing 4 songs.

ALBUM = an entire collection of music, composed of several songs.



During the 80?s and up to now, SINGLES and EP’s are not produced as much. ALBUMS have been the popular form of music production.



Artists during the 50?s to the 70?s- like Elvis Presley- had many SINGLES and EP’s released, on top of their ALBUMS. Elvis had more than 100 ALBUMS (including compilation), 30 EPs and more than 100 SINGLES.

Michael Jackson as a solo artist only had 10 ALBUMS and probably NO SINGLES nor EP’s separately produced.



Lets take a look where this 1 billion and 750million figures came from:

Where did this ‘ELVIS’ 1 BILLION RECORDS’ come from?

The claim first appeared through a ‘Washington Post’ article on 12 July 1982 (5 years after Elvis’ death) – Don Wardell, the product manager in charge of the Elvis catalog at publicized this 1billion figure. When BMG took over RCA, BMG tried to get a rational explanation from Don Wardell but he hadn’t got one. The new team felt stuck with a claim so had to keep quiet. Over the years, this claim had come to be largely accepted by the media and by the fans.



Where did this ‘MICHAEL’s 750M RECORDS SOLD’ come from?

This number appears to have originated with Raymone Bain, a former publicist of Michael. She claimed that Jackson had 750 million UNITS sold. But when Bain sued Jackson in May, she claimed he had sold over 1 billion worldwide.



Since it was and still is impossible to get the actual sales figures before the 80?s, the 1 billion plus record sales quoted for the Beatles and Elvis Presley are NOT album sales but SINGLE EQUIVALENTS or “UNITS” – where the sale of each ALBUM were estimated by converting to to 6 UNITS (or 6 singles).

1 album = 6 units

1 EP = 2 units

1 single = 1 unit



Over time, the 1 billion UNITS has become 1 billion RECORDS – Chinese whispers!

Through the years, the public had a confusion between 1 billion “RECORDS” sold against the supposed 1 billion “UNITS” sold.



It is a myth that Elvis nor the Beatles nor Michael sold 1 billion albums or 750 million albums.



This conversion to UNITS explains why Elvis and the BEATLES reached “1 billion UNITS” (not albums, not records sol, but UNITS sold).

So, the claim of Raymone Bain that Jackson sold 750 million UNITS and even over 1 billion UNITS worldwide are just fair to say.



Using UNITS, it is still not fair to compare the figures of Elvis, Jackson and the Beatles since both Elvis and the Beatles produced a kajillion of albums, singles and EP’s. Jackson only had 10 solo albums and perhaps no singles nor EP’s.



However, taking the ALBUM “Thriller” alone at 110 million sales to date into UNITS-

100Million x 6 units = 600Million !

Bear in mind that 5 of Jackson’s SOLO albums are in the top-selling worldwide, whereas Elvis has none in the top selling worldwide.


Bruce wrote at 2011-08-27 13:01:49
We must realize that in the 50?s, 60? and 70?s singles and EP’s were massively produced.



Let’s find the differences first among these 3 music terminologies = single, album and EP.



SINGLE = a song which is released as a standalone item, a song released separately from an album



EP = (short for “extended play) is a musical recording shorter than album usually containing 4 songs.

ALBUM = an entire collection of music, composed of several songs.



During the 80?s and up to now, SINGLES and EP’s are not produced as much. ALBUMS have been the popular form of music production.



Artists during the 50?s to the 70?s- like Elvis Presley- had many SINGLES and EP’s released, on top of their ALBUMS. Elvis had more than 100 ALBUMS (including compilation), 30 EPs and more than 100 SINGLES.



Michael Jackson as a solo artist only had 10 ALBUMS and probably NO SINGLES nor EP’s separately produced. 5 of Jackson's solo ALBUMS are in the 70 top-selling albums WORLDWIDE.



Lets take a look where this 1 billion and 750million figures came from:

Where did this ‘ELVIS’ 1 BILLION RECORDS’ come from?

The claim first appeared through a ‘Washington Post’ article on 12 July 1982 (5 years after Elvis’ death) – Don Wardell, the product manager in charge of the Elvis catalog at publicized this 1billion figure. When BMG took over RCA, BMG tried to get a rational explanation from Don Wardell but he hadn’t got one. The new team felt stuck with a claim so had to keep quiet. Over the years, this claim had come to be largely accepted by the media and by the fans.



Where did this ‘MICHAEL’s 750M RECORDS SOLD’ come from?

This number appears to have originated with Raymone Bain, a former publicist of Michael. She claimed that Jackson had 750 million UNITS sold. But when Bain sued Jackson in May, she claimed he had sold over 1 billion worldwide.



Since it was and still is impossible to get the actual sales figures before the 80?s, the 1 billion plus record sales quoted for the Beatles and Elvis Presley are NOT album sales but SINGLE EQUIVALENTS or “UNITS” – where the sale of each ALBUM were estimated by converting to to 6 UNITS (or 6 singles).

1 album = 6 units

1 EP = 2 units

1 single = 1 unit



Over time, the 1 billion UNITS has become 1 billion RECORDS – Chinese whispers!

Through the years, the public had a confusion between 1 billion “RECORDS” sold against the supposed 1 billion “UNITS” sold.



It is a myth that Elvis nor the Beatles nor Michael sold 1 billion albums or 750 million albums.



This conversion to UNITS explains why Elvis and the BEATLES reached “1 billion UNITS” (not albums, not records sol, but UNITS sold).

So, the claim of Raymone Bain that Jackson sold 750 million UNITS and even over 1 billion UNITS worldwide are just fair to say.



Using UNITS, it is still not fair to compare the figures of Elvis, Jackson and the Beatles since both Elvis and the Beatles produced a kajillion of albums, singles and EP’s. Jackson only had 10 solo albums and perhaps no singles nor EP’s.



However, taking the ALBUM “Thriller” alone at 110 million sales to date into UNITS-

100Million x 6 units = 600Million !

Bear in mind that 5 of Jackson’s SOLO albums are in the top-selling worldwide, whereas Elvis has none in the top selling worldwide.


Bruce wrote at 2011-08-27 13:08:23
HOW CAN ELVIS or the BEATLES BE THE BIGGEST SELLER?



According to the 1980 Guinness Book of Records “by the end of 1978 the Beatles had sold 100 million singles and 100 million albums – more than any other recording act.”



According to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Record, Michael Jackson is the

“most successful entertainer of all time”

“the biggest selling artist of all time”

“the 1st to have reached more than 100million albums sold outside the USA”



RIAA only does sales count for America.

Michael Jackson is the to-seller WORLDWIDE.



Click on this link and it lists clearly that MICHAEL JACKSON’S FIVE out FIVE adult SOLO albums are among the top best-selling WORLDWIDE.



en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_albums_worldwide



That’s a phenomenal stat!!!! How many albums did Elvis have? The Beatles?  More than 100 albums+ more than 100 singles+ more than 30 EP’s!!!!!!!!!!



Michael only had 10 SOLO albums in total, and perhaps no EP’s, no singles produced separately from his albums!!!



At the bottom part of the site you can click on links of the BEST-SELLING ALBUMS per COUNTRY – where MJ’s albums are consistently among the top 10! AGAIN, NO ELVIS!



No ELVIS at all in all lists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_albums_worldwide



What a phenomenal sales stat MJ has! No artist can even come close!!!!!!



SHORT STORY:

The title holder for Biggest-Selling Artist of All Time was first with the Beatles then given to Michael Jackson.


nikly wrote at 2011-10-13 23:14:37
Back in 1985 it was estimated by Guinness World of Records that the total sale of Beatles records was 1.000.000.000 (1 billion)copies. And notice, that was before the Beatles catalog was released onto cd!

So, counting from 1985, you will have to include both the 'ordinary' sales from then till now (LPs and CDs), plus 'highlights' as

- “Live at the BBC” (1994)

- “The Anthology” 1,2,3 (1995-1996)

- “Beatles 1”, 27 no. 1 hits (2000)

- “LOVE” (2006)

- All 14 studio albums, remastered, mono/stereo/box sets (2009)

Furthermore, consider millions of downloads, of both entire albums as well as single songs, since the Beatles went on iTunes in 2010 (after 7 weeks, in January 2011, the sale on iTunes has reached 5 mill. songs and 1 mill. albums).



My guess is therefore that the total sale of the Beatles albums must be close to 1,5 billion or perhaps even more by now (oct. 2011)




VINCE wrote at 2011-12-14 22:39:52
Check your facts people...ELVIS #1 record seller of all time...its funny hoe lies distort the facts....tthere are many record formates  thaat are not even being counted here..this hurts Elvis...bit of couse this is be design. FACT ELVIS#1 SELLER BY FAR!


RXL wrote at 2012-02-26 23:03:20
Where do most of you MJ fans get your 'facts'?? From the RIAA 02/26/2012. Nowhere near 100 million

Top 100 Albums in total certifications

29 THRILLER JACKSON, MICHAEL EPIC/LEGACY

29 EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975 EAGLES ELEKTRA



Artist

Certified Units in Millions



BEATLES, THE 177

PRESLEY, ELVIS 134.5

BROOKS, GARTH 128

LED ZEPPELIN 111.5

EAGLES 100

JOEL, BILLY 81.5

PINK FLOYD 74.5

JOHN, ELTON 72

STREISAND, BARBRA 71.5

AC/DC 71.5

JACKSON, MICHAEL 70.5 (look it up on the RIAA)  


JJB wrote at 2013-08-25 23:02:23
MICHAEL JACKSON SOLD VERY WELL ESP FOR THRILLER BUT HE NEVER CAME CLOSE TO ELVIS AND ESPECIALLY THE BEATLES. IN FACT IF YOU LOOK UP MOST SUCCESSFUL SONGWRITER OF ALL TIME IT'S PAUL McCARTNEY.



AT THE END OF THE DAY ELVIS AND JACKSON WERE STARS BUT THE BEATLES

REALLY LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING AND IT NEVER SLOWS DOWN.



IN THE END IT'S THE MUSIC THAT WINS SO LET IT BE.  


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