How many records do you guess PSB has sold in their career?

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How many records do you guess PSB has sold in their career?

From 25,000,000 to 50,000,000 units
6
26%
From 50,000,000 to 75,000,000 units
11
48%
From 75,000,000 to 100,000,000 units
4
17%
More than 100,000,000 units
2
9%
 
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How many records do you guess PSB has sold in their career?

#1 Post by nickname » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 4:15 pm

Albums, singles, compilations, etc.

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#2 Post by Hillbilly » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 4:20 pm

I've heard an "official" number about 25 millions.

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#3 Post by Disco. » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 5:28 pm

By 2006 official EMI numbers were that they had sold more than 50 million.

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#4 Post by York Minster » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 6:11 pm

I have 75k New York City Boy Cassingles in the basement so at least that.
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#5 Post by ArtHist » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 6:55 pm

York Minster wrote:
Wed 23 Jan 2019, 6:11 pm
I have 75k New York City Boy Cassingles in the basement so at least that.
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#6 Post by RMC » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 7:25 pm

They were having hits at a time when huge numbers had to be sold, hit singles and long staying chart albums and globally, Discography must have shifted a huge amount of units over the years. I would suggest 75m but have no actual info.

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#7 Post by alig » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 7:27 pm

Nobody really knows, not even the record companies. They don't know for certain how many records Michael Jackson sold either.
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#8 Post by Drico One » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 7:31 pm

The thing that amazes me - and shows that they must have sold huge quantities over the years - is just how international they are. They have fans on every continent and can command an audience across much of the globe. You only have to look at their tour itineraries to see that.

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#9 Post by Cdrodkey » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 9:06 pm

At the infamous Tonight Show appearance that coincided with the Performance tour, didn't Leno say something like "The Pet Shop Boys - they've sold 50 million records, and it's only Tuesday!"? Or was it 25? I don't remember and I don't have the Chris Heath book on me.

If the number was accurate then - and it might have not been - obviously, it's more, but I doubt that it's much more.

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#10 Post by TallThinMan » Wed 23 Jan 2019, 9:37 pm

Over fifty million records is the figure that seems to have been quoted in the introduction to every article about them for about the past twenty years.

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#11 Post by nickname » Thu 24 Jan 2019, 7:18 pm

I think they have sold more than 50 millions easily, I even think they have sold around 75 millions too (singles, albums, compilations, etc). But I don't think they have sold 100 millions because their success in USA was too short.

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#12 Post by nickname » Thu 24 Jan 2019, 8:09 pm

The problem is they haven't sold many records in America (a big market). Acording to RIAA, they sold around 4 M with their most emblematic albums.You can see that here:
https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab ... ch_section

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#13 Post by Propertius » Sat 26 Jan 2019, 4:12 pm

Thanks for posting the RIAA link, Nickname. It suggests that all their best-selling albums together sold 3-5 million total in the US. The UK and German markets are smaller, but have been friendlier to PSB—might they each have contributed a similar or greater number? And perhaps the rest of the world does, too: I can see 20 million albums as a possibility, though the talley could be just half that.

The higher numbers we hear might be including single sales, which I’m sure would get them into the 20 million range if counted alongside the albums.

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#14 Post by TallThinMan » Sat 26 Jan 2019, 5:07 pm

Didn’t West End Girls alone sell eight million copies?

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#15 Post by alig » Sat 26 Jan 2019, 8:09 pm

Incl. GTA5 copies, definitely.
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