Fleetwood Mac Rumours has now old over 20 million copies in the USA in that year that not one 2014 releases has sold 1,000,000.
To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.
Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson’s Xscape and the 70’s infused Guardian’s of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.
Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in “singles” (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.
Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the threasholds, including Fishin’ in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones’ The Impression That I Get which has gone gold.
The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S.:
Their Greatest Hits – Eagles (29 million)
Thriller – Michael Jackson (29 million)
Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin (23 million)
The Wall – Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)
Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 – Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)
Back In Black – AC/DC (22 million)
Double Live – Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)
Come On Over – Shania Twain (20 million)
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (19 million)
The Beatles – The Beatles (Double) (19 million)