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Pink Floyd - among the best selling bands in history!
PINK FLOYD'S ECHOES FROM YESTERDAY HEARD TODAY AS BAND BUILDS ON ITS
AMAZING STREAK AS ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING ARTISTS IN MUSIC HISTORY
The music of Pink Floyd is more than simply an echo of days past. The
release of the definitive retrospective Echoes
- The Best Of Pink Floyd on November 6th, through Capitol Records
in the U.S. and EMI in the rest of the world (on two CD, cassette and
vinyl albums), is a reminder that Pink Floyd continues to gain new fans.
Nearly 1,000,000 Pink Floyd catalog albums are sold each year worldwide.
On aver!age, more than 8,000 copies of Dark
Side Of The Moon are scanned each week in the U.S. alone, and Wish
You Were Here and The Wall are also
stalwarts on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog chart. Since the band's contemporary
fans have long since replaced, or added to, their vinyl Pink Floyd collections
with CD versions, clearly new generations are discovering the intense,
cinematic, epic rock of Pink Floyd.
Here are other echoes continuing to be heard today...
- Among all artists, Pink Floyd ranks #7 in number of albums sold in
the U.S. (68.5 million), behind The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks,
Elvis Presley, the Eagles and Billy Joel.
- Only Pink Floyd, The Beatles and the Eagles have two albums in the
Top 20 of the biggest selling albums in the U.S. Pink Floyd is represented
by the #3 The Wall (23 times platinum) and #19 Dark Side Of The Moon
(15 times platinum, approximately 29 million copies worldwide).
- With the October 13, 2001 edition of Billboard, Dark Side Of The Moon,
released March 17, 1973, celebrated its 1,278th week on either the Top
200 Pop Album or Top Pop Catalog Album chart. No other album has stayed
longer on any chart in history.
- Dark Side Of The Moon was initially in the Top 200 for 741 nearly
consecutive weeks, more than 14 years (591 consecutive weeks from 1976-1987).
Oddly, the album never reached #1 in the band's native U.K. and hit
#1 in the U.S. for just one week (April 28, 1973). The album broke the
six years-plus record of Carole King's 1971 landmark Tapestry. The previous
champ of chart longevity was a 1958 greatest hits album from Johnny
- In 1991, Dark Side Of The Moon returned to the charts after Billboard
instituted its Pop Catalog category. The album not only went to #1 and
established residency on that chart for the past 10 years but has remained
almost entirely in the Top 10.
- Dark Side Of The Moon is tied for the fourth biggest selling album
in Capitol Records history, behind only The Beatles, The Beatles 1967-1970
and Garth Brooks' No Fences.
- Available on vinyl and cassette since its release, Dark Side Of The
Moon was one of the first albums to popularize CD technology, and has
been available on compact disc since August 1984. In fact, it's EMI
CD label number is EMI001. The disc is one of the Top 10 best-selling
CDs of all time.
- There is more to Pink Floyd than Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall.
Of the band's Capitol albums, Wish You Were Here (1975) also reached
#1 and is six times platinum. Meddle
(1971) is double platinum. Ummagumma
(1969) is platinum. Three other Capitol albums are gold.
- Pink Floyd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
(From Capitol Records: http://www.hollywoodandvine.com/pinkfloyd)