ABBA Gold sells 5 million copies in the UK, 3rd best selling album of all time

‘Gold’ – the 3rd best selling album in the UK

ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits has become the third album to sell upwards of five million copies. Climbing 112-110, the album sold 1,009 copies last week, raising its career tally to a staggering 5,002,685.

UK ‘GOLD – Greatest Hits UK Chart Facts

  • This 1992 Album has now become only the 3rd Album to reach 5 Million Sales, in the UK.
  • Only ‘Greatest Hits’, by Queen, (1981), & ‘Sgt Pepper….’, by The Beatles, have sold more UK copies.
  • Top 75: ‘Gold’ has also spent more time in the Top 75 than any other album – 449 Weeks.
  • Top 100: And more weeks in the Top 100 than any other album – 648 Weeks.
  • Top 10 – It has spent more weeks in the Top 10 than any other ABBA album – 58 Weeks.
  • No.1 years: – ‘Gold’ has had 5 runs at No.1, for a total of 8 Weeks. Whilst that is not a UK chart record, the fact that it had 3 of those runs, several years apart and in separate runs, is. It first went to No.1 in October 1992, then again in April 1999 – 6 years & 6 months later. (As well as returning to No.1 – twice – in May 1999), then in August 2008 – 9 Years & 3 Months later.
  • 13 years in the annual UK Top 100 best selling albums in 1992 – 12th, 1993 – 36th, 1994 – 63rd, 1995 – 80th, 1996 – 87th, 1997 – 100th, 1998 – 55th, 1999 – 4th, 2000 – 41st, 2004 – 47th, 2008 – 19th, 2009 – 54th, 2010 – 90th

September 2012 – 20th Anniversary of ‘Gold’

September of this Year is the 20th Anniversary of ‘Gold’ being released in the UK. (It was released on Monday 21 September 1992. Entered, (at No.1), in the Chart of 3 October 1992).

ABBA Trivia

  • 2012 is the 40th Anniversary of ABBA forming – 1972
  • And the 30th Anniversary of them splitting up – 1982
    (Although they did not tell the Fans until about 1985! Until then, they were on a ‘Break‘)
  • ABBA are the biggest Non-UK/Non-USA Act, in UK Chart History.
  • They have spent more Weeks at No.1, in the UK Singles & Albums Chart combined – 88 Weeks – than all but 2 Acts – The Beatles – 243 Weeks, & Elvis Presley – 143 Weeks.
  • Their 114 Top 10 UK Singles Chart Weeks and 224 Top 10 UK Albums Chart Weeks, are the most by any group, since The Beatles split up, in 1970.
  • ABBA & Led Zeppelin hold the UK Chart Record, for the ‘Most Consecutive No.1 Albums. Both Acts had 8 No.1 Albums in a row. Led Zeppelin from 1970 to 1979, & ABBA from 1976 to 1982. Ironically, the 8th No.1 album by Led Zeppelin, (‘In Through The Out Door’), was recorded at ABBA’s Polar Studios, in Sweden – 1978.

This week:

‘Gold’ rose from No.112 to No.110, in the latest UK Album Chart. It is ’18 Hits’ that climbed the most – as regards ABBA. It rose from No.82 to No.53. It is its 30th Week in the Top 75. It has sold well over 300,000 copies in the UK – with no promotion.

Thanks to Colin for the statistics.

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