Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

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Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 25 Jan 2011, 20:42

This is for MauChisholm who requested a thread. :hug: I'm sure I made a thread on this before, but I can't find it! :D

Singles:

These sales are mostly courtesy of MTV UK's site; the data is from early 2010. Note that their more popular singles, for instance 'The Promise', will have sold thousands of downloads in the background over the last year. I wouldn't be surprised if The Promise has sold over 500,000 by now, or Call The Shots over 300,000, etc.

635,000 - Sound of the Underground
490,000 - The Promise
290,000 - Call The Shots
245,000 - Something Kinda Ooooh
230,000 - Jump
210,000 - I'll Stand By You
190,000 - Love Machine
185,000 - Can't Speak French
155,000 - Biology
145,000 - The Loving Kind
135,000 - No Good Advice
130,000 - Walk This Way
115,000 - Sexy! No No No...
110,000 - Untouchable
100,000 - The Show *
90,000 - Life Got Cold
85,000 - I Think We're Alone Now
75,000 - Wake Me Up
70,000 - See The Day
65,000 - Long Hot Summer
55,000 - Whole Lotta History

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Note: On their site, they made a mistake with 'The Show', which they have at 175,000. No way did it sell that much, because in June 2009 it was said to be on 98,000. Source: http://www.mtv.co.uk/music/charts/offic ... ial-top-20


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Albums

More precise figures than the singles, however these are more out of date. They're the last official figures given.

1,123,924 - The Sound Of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits (31 Jan '10)
769,862 - Out Of Control (29 Nov '09)
593,828 - What Will The Neighbours Say? (21 June '09)
490,733 - Tangled Up (21 June '09)
382,397 - Chemistry (21 June '09)
366,514 - Sound Of The Underground (21 June '09)

It's anyone's guess what today's figures would be, but:
Out Of Control, What Will The Neighbours Say? and Tangled Up have most likely sold over 800,000 / 600,000 / 500,000 respectively, by now.
Sound Of Girls Aloud is definitely nearer to 1,200,000 than 1,100,000, can't be sure if it's exceeded 1,200,000 though.
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

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Postby addicted2you » 26 Jan 2011, 01:41

Still can't believe Wake Me Up is one of their lowest selling singles. That is just insane.
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Postby Javi » 26 Jan 2011, 03:50

Looking at those sales it seems that, singles-wise, they have a similar range of sales as The Saturdays. Of course they have more singles, but overall they have the same kind of sales (except the Top2 singles). I know it's not their forum, but since we're always comparing them to GA I think it was ok to point this out.
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Postby Charmingspice5 » 26 Jan 2011, 03:55

addicted2you wrote:Still can't believe Wake Me Up is one of their lowest selling singles. That is just insane.


I agree, thats crazy
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 26 Jan 2011, 06:29

Wake Me Up didn't have very exceptional first week sales either - just over 16,000 to reach #4. Long Hot Summer and See The Day sold more in their first weeks to enter at #7/#9, so Wake Me Up was pretty lucky to be Top 5.

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Thanks :) Well, I guess there's no harm to have a "new" thread that also includes the album sales!
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Postby addicted2you » 26 Jan 2011, 12:38

I forgot to add, Whole Lotta History being their lowest selling single is a huge shame too.

A lot of their singles had been released during the different evolutions of the music industry.

SOTU singles were released while the the singles market began to die a slow death. Still the singles sold average amounts, it was a huge decrease from the 90's.

WWTNS singles were released when the new chart rule said CD 1 must only have 2 tracks, so it lost a bit of incentive to buy, yet for casual buyers wanting the track could get it a little bit cheaper.

Chemistry singles seemed to be the lowest. I guess 2005 wasn't such a great year for the single market?

WLH/TSOGA - new chart rule meant downloads would count towrds the chart, 1 week in advanced. What was the reason for this? I never understood the point in releasing a download single a weej before a physical, specially when physicals began to sell less.

TU singles - downloads became more popular and dominant in the singles charts. I think this may be when they began releasing iTunes bundles, they may have even started doing that with previous singles not 100% sure

OOC singles - CD 2 got the axe as physical sales decreased. Download popularity seemed to go up.

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So what I'm kinda trying to say is, I think Girls Aloud released music during a hard time in the music industry, and it is a little hard to compare different songs because they each seemed to come from a different musical era of how the industry release music. Had they began their career over the past few years, I think No Good Advice would be on 300,000, Life Got Cold around 125,000, etc...
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 26 Jan 2011, 12:56

^ Great post, it definitely sums up each year well!

The worst time for singles sales seemed to be 2003-2006, a shame given that the majority of their singles were released in those years, lol.

Chemistry singles wasn't a good time for them. CD singles sharply decreased, and the download market wasn't huge yet. Downloads started contributing to the charts from April 2005, but only singles that had a physical format were eligible to chart.

I'm not sure why the charts company decided that "charting one week before a physical release on download only" was a good idea. I'm guessing it was just to 'test the waters', to see how downloads fitted in with the charts in their own right. Quite well, as it turned out! This was put into practice from March to December 2006 only. All in all, it was quite a peculiar year in the charts though. Singles that were already available on albums could be selling well for weeks in advance of a physical, but weren't able to chart until 1 week before, so it did seem quite a fake chart, when it didn't reflect the singles selling really well on downloads alone.

It was from January 2007 that *anything* could chart, regardless of whether it had a physical or not. This was definitely a positive step (in some ways it's hard to believe this was only put into practice 4 years ago!). Downloads just became bigger and bigger from this year onwards.
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Postby addicted2you » 26 Jan 2011, 13:08

The only problem I find with that rule is, it ruins chart streaks, in Girls alouds case, the St Trinians song. And not only just that, but singles released after the album don't get good peaks as they start selling once they've been on radio over several weeks until the single gets released.

I think they should have a seperate chart: Albums Chart, Single Chart, All Songs chart lol.

Now. I'm a saturdays fan, don't get me wrong, but because they've released music during a time strong sales for downloads are popular, it looks like their back catalouge is far more successful as their first few hits all seemed to be over 200K
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Postby SpiceFan2008 » 26 Jan 2011, 19:56

Thanks for the info

I think that I have said this before, but I was genuinly shocked that the 'Chemistry' era was the worst selling, especially when the album was the most critically acclaimed one they have had. I think that it was also during a time that 'pop' wasn't that in the forefront really, it was more indie (like Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand), so I think that this had an effect. I mean you only have to look at the Brits nominations for those years (2005-2007) to see that they were mainly indie and not many pop acts were nominated (maybe only in the singles category) I don't think people though that Girls Aloud were 'cool' to listen to,(even though I did haha).

I think slowly, but surely, that the music industry is warming to pop acts, like The Saturdays, who don't have the same appeal to some people like Girls Aloud di during TU and OOC, yet are acheving high, sustained sales.
As a side note, I don't like that you can buy individual tracks off albums. I do find it pretty pointless buy hey, that's another topic :)
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Postby MauChisholm » 30 Jan 2011, 06:55

Thanks for posting it Jay! :hug:

It's interesting to see how all the changes in the industry through the past decade reflected on their sales.
But I'm quite shocked by Sexy No No No sales, I thought it had sold a lot more.
And WOW for their GH sales!
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 30 Jan 2011, 18:14

Shockingly S!NNN... had only sold about 60,000 by the time it originally left the Top 75, and ended up with 75,000 at the end of 2007. It managed to add a further 40,000 downloads over 2008, 2009 and early 2010.
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 30 Jan 2011, 18:42

According to the Official Charts twitter:

“@OfficialCharts: Sound of the Underground is Girls Aloud biggest hit to date selling 640,000 since release in 2002 whilst The Promise has sold around 500,000”

“@OfficialCharts: Girls Aloud have sold around 4 million records to date. See their artist page here >>> http://bit.ly/g0s3du

Not the most overwhelming facts, but nice to have it confirmed that The Promise has sold half a million.
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 16 Dec 2011, 20:16

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All the peak positions & weeks on chart (Top 75) for all their releases in the UK, plus the date each release charted on. :adam:
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Postby mysterious » 18 Dec 2011, 01:17

I miss those girls so badly. I've been listening to their albums all day long.
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Postby schizophonic_spice » 18 Dec 2011, 15:12

Its such a travesty how many weeks Chemistry spent in the charts given that its their best ever album.
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 18 Dec 2011, 15:47

Its Top 75 chart run is quite horrible :(

11-20-17-29-39-56-55-OUT [1st Entry: 11/12/05]
66-61-71-OUT [2nd Entry: 12/03/06]


Those chart positions may tell one story, but the sales tell quite another:

81,962 copies sold in its first week at #11.
71,000+ copies sold in its second week at #20.
99,000+ copies sold in its third week at #17.
14,000+ copies sold in its fourth week at #29.


This gave it a 2005 total of 266,000 copies, enough to make it the 74th best selling album of 2005. By June 2009, its total was 382,397 copies. A peak of #11 and just 10 weeks doesn't exactly give the impression of such sales!

#11 also came as a huge disappointment because it started out as high as midweek #6. (Tuesday - #6, Wednesday - #6, Thursday - #7).

It was only 231 copies behind the #10 album - a minuscule number of copies relative to how much the albums were selling overall. Such a small number means it could have been just one hours worth of sales on the Saturday that made all the difference between a #10 and a #11.
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Postby addicted2you » 01 Jan 2012, 04:53

just for a laugh can someone put up Nadines sales?
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 01 Jan 2012, 06:10

20,000+ Insatiable (Single)
13,000+ Insatiable (Album) [Supposedly, personally I don't see how it got as high as 13k but whatever!]

Sweetest High most definitely sold less than 500 downloads.
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby schizophonic_spice » 01 Jan 2012, 16:27

Well Insatiable has sold 172 copies since September on the Tesco ebay link alone so I guess 13k is possible with price reductions etc in store
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 01 Jan 2012, 19:02

I doubt selling unsold stock through eBay would contribute towards the charts!

I suppose it could have got to 13k if it sold on average 100 copies per week since it left the chart, but that kind of consistency for the album seems fairly unlikely to me.
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Postby addicted2you » 05 Jan 2012, 11:45

F! L! OP! song didn't make the charts. song didn't make the charts. =[
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Tiger » 05 Jan 2012, 12:23

MauChisholm wrote:And WOW for their GH sales!


Weren't a huge chunk of the GH sales from after Cheryl joined X Factor and HMV slashed the GH price to like £3-£5?

Still amazing sales figures though, i'd kill for another certain girl band to achieve those sort of sales (even if it was over a sustained amount of time) :)
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Re: Girls Aloud Album / Single Sales (Old Figures)

Postby Jay » 05 Jan 2012, 23:04

It wasn't exactly a huge chunk. It'd sold a good 800,000+ copies pre-X Factor, a huge success already.

I wouldn't have attributed its success in 2008 purely to Cheryl's stint on X Factor anyway, even if it may have been a part of it. Girls Aloud were bigger than ever in late 2008 (I don't put this all down to Cheryl either, 'The Promise' was always going to be a huge record) and the GH retailing for a cheap price was probably the most major factor in it picking up increased sales.
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