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    50 million Album Sales? Guessing the breakdown per album

    Back in around 2006 during the hiatus, Chris Squire stated the following according to PROG magazine issue 58, (which was dedicated to Chris's life after his passing), "I suppose we have probably sold something like 50 million albums over our career". If we take that to be a fairly true figure and say that it may have been slightly overestimated then but is fairly accurate by 2021- what would you say is the album breakdown? We know that certain albums hit certification thresholds in different countries particularly in the US which gives us some idea as to the relative sales from each album to each other.

    An album like The Yes Album went Platinum in the US meaning a minimum of 1 million sales, if we expand that worldwide I would say it has to be a minimum of 3 million globally over the 50 years that the album's been out now.

    In my opinion, globally:
    YES 500,000
    Time and a Word 500,000
    The Yes Album 3,000,000
    Fragile 5,000,000
    Close to the Edge 4,000,000
    Tales From Topographic Oceans 2,000,000
    Relayer 2,000,000
    Going for the One 3,000,000
    Tormato 3,000,000
    Drama 1,000,000
    90125 8,000,000
    Big Generator 4,000,000
    ABWH 1,500,000
    Union 2,000,000
    Talk 500,000
    All Studio Albums combined since Talk 1,000,000
    Yessongs 4,000,000
    Yesshows 2,000,000
    All other live albums combined 1,000,000
    All compilation albums combined 4,000,000
    Total 52,000,000
    A reasonable estimate or am I way off would you say?
    Last edited by soundchaser09; 01-17-2022, 03:43 AM.
    The Definitive YES Albums

    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

    #2
    Or just Google it....

    https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...-sales-history
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
      interesting info, I got some information from the certified figures as they are laid out on wikipedia, though I imagine since they were certified that sales figures in every region have gone up, hence my approximations in the table.

      But yes this is a very interesting resource thanks Ash!
      The Definitive YES Albums

      -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
      -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
      -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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        #4
        Originally posted by soundchaser09 View Post

        A reasonable estimate or am I way off would you say?
        Alan White also said a few years ago that 90125 sold 12 Million copies. He must have been thinking of Def Leppard's Hysteria.

        Yes ?
        Time and a Word ?
        The Yes Album 1,000,000
        Fragile 3,000,000
        Close to the Edge 2,000,000
        Yessongs 1,500,000
        Tales 700,000
        Relayer 700,000
        Going or The One 700,000
        Tormato 1,300,000
        Drama 700,000
        Classic Yes 1,000,000
        Yesshows ?
        90125 5,000,000
        Big Generator 2,000,000
        Union 800,000
        Talk 300,000
        -------------------------------------------------
        20,700,000
        ------------------------------------------------
        Keys 1 100,000 ?
        Keys 2 100,000 ?
        OYE 70,000 ?
        The Ladder 70,000 ?
        Magnification 40,000 ?
        Fly From Here 40,000 ?
        Heaven & Earth 40,000 ?
        The Quest 30,000 ?
        ---------------------------------------------
        500,000
        ________________________________________
        Last edited by yamishogun; 01-16-2022, 10:04 AM.

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          #5
          I was being sarcastic about using Google.
          It eludes me why the unit sales of records should be of any interest. Isn't it about the music on them?
          No accounting for Yesfans I suppose, but I suspect most of anything interesting about the band's history has been covered extensively and exhaustingly at least over the duration of that history, and certainly since the advent of the internet, including guestimations about album sales.
          Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
          Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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            #6
            Originally posted by yamishogun View Post

            Alan White also said a few years ago that 90125 sold 12 Million copies. He must have been thinking of Def Leppard's Hysteria.

            Yes ?
            Time and a Word ?
            The Yes Album 1,000,000
            Fragile 3,000,000
            Close to the Edge 2,000,000
            Yessongs 1,500,000
            Tales 700,000
            Relayer 700,000
            Going or The One 700,000
            Tormato 1,300,000
            Drama 700,000
            Classic Yes 1,000,000
            Yesshows ?
            90125 5,000,000
            Big Generator 2,000,000
            Union 800,000
            Talk 300,000
            -------------------------------------------------
            20,700,000
            ------------------------------------------------
            Keys 1 100,000 ?
            Keys 2 100,000 ?
            OYE 70,000 ?
            The Ladder 70,000 ?
            Magnification 40,000 ?
            Fly From Here 40,000 ?
            Heaven & Earth 40,000 ?
            The Quest 30,000 ?
            ---------------------------------------------
            500,000
            ________________________________________
            Pretty sure there was a report of over 100,000 for FFH by the end of 2011, can't remember if it was a record company statement or a member of the band. I do remember an article about Keys I In 1997 that it had only sold 65k copies, a huge drop-off for the band.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Davy View Post

              Pretty sure there was a report of over 100,000 for FFH by the end of 2011, can't remember if it was a record company statement or a member of the band. I do remember an article about Keys I In 1997 that it had only sold 65k copies, a huge drop-off for the band.
              I'm not sure. Keys 1 reached #99 on the Top 200 Billboard chart. Keys 2 was at #169, Open Your Eyes #151,The Ladder # 99 and Magnification #186.

              Fly From Here was on the charts one week at #36 in a new era when Wikipedia stated 5,000 copies were sold. Maybe that was incorrect. Rush's Clockwork Angels sold about 100,000 in the U.S. the week it appeared at #2 and 20,000 copies were sold in Canada. I doubt the last three Yes albums have sold 40,000 copies based on their positions in the Top 200.

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                #8
                Interesting data from Japan's Oricon sales archives, according to UKmix forum, showing highest charting position, time in the charts and sales figures (as well as format):

                72.3.25 Tales From Topographic Oceans (presumably Fragile? judging by the date) # 22, 22 weeks, 32,410 LP
                72.10.25 Close To The Edge # 16, 32 weeks, 74,800 LP
                73.6.10 Yessongs # 17, 11 weeks, 27,480 LP
                74.1.25 Tales From Topographic Oceans # 9, 13 weeks, 40,270 LP
                74.12.21 Relayer # 37, 9 weeks, 20,080 LP
                75.3.10 Yesterdays # 72, 5 weeks, 7.420 LP
                77.9.10 Going For The One # 20, 11 weeks, 26,380 LP
                78.10.18 Tormato # 41, 7 weeks, 15,380 LP
                80.9.25 Drama # 78, 4 weeks, 5,940 LP
                83.11.16 90125 # 12, 24 weeks, 91,370 LP
                83.11.18 90125 # 23, 13 weeks, 32,000 CT

                85.12.10 9012 Live - The Solos # 88, 2 weeks, 2,090 LP
                87.11.10 Big Generator # 14, 4 weeks, 5,830 LP
                87.11.10 Big Generator # 40, 4 weeks, 3,610 CT
                87.11.10 Big Generator # 11, 4 weeks, 13,470 CD
                91.5.21 Union # 11, 7 weeks, 64,250 CD
                91.9.25 Yes Years # 93, 2 weeks, 6,660 CD
                94.3.16 Talk # 17, 6 weeks, 44,350 CD
                96.10.27 Keys To Ascension # 56, 2 weeks, 9,850 CD
                97.12.17 Open Your Eyes # 81, 1 weeks, 3,450 CD
                99.9.22 The Ladder # 38, 2 weeks, 10,980 CD
                03.9.10 Close To The Edge # 236, 1 weeks, 887 CD
                05.9.21 The Word Is Live # 295, 1 weeks, 888 CD


                Not sure how accurate these figures are to today's numbers though. No information on some albums also like Magnification or Keys to Ascension 2 because they did not chart in Japan.
                Presumably these are the figures solely from when these albums were on the charts, as there are no sales listed for example on CD for earlier albums, or any digital sales. Which means the actual figure is a fair bit higher.

                We also know for a fact that very likely Close to the Edge and certainly 90125 went Gold in Japan (100,000 units) from these initial figures, 90125 is very likely platinum now (250,000 units). I would imagine Fragile over the years as well as Tales and maybe even Union went Gold also. Even Talk had a surprisingly positive reception in Japan, comparatively speaking.
                Last edited by soundchaser09; 01-18-2022, 01:54 AM.
                The Definitive YES Albums

                -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
                -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
                -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by soundchaser09 View Post
                  Even Talk had a surprisingly positive reception in Japan, comparatively speaking.
                  That was me! I was the one who bought the Japan copy there in 1994!

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