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post Dec 29 2016, 10:24 AM
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over the course of the week Radio 2 have been counting down the top 100 best-selling artists, here's the chart so far, to be updated once all of the chart is announced.

1 The Beatles
2 Elvis Presley
3 Michael Jackson
4 Elton John
5 Madonna
6 Led Zeppelin
7 Cliff Richard
8 Rihanna
9 Pink Floyd
10 Mariah Carey

11 Celine Dion
12 AC/DC
13 Whitney Houston
14 Queen
15 ABBA
16 Rolling Stones
17 Taylor Swift
18 Garth Brooks
19 Eminem
20 Eagles

21 U2
22 Billy Joel
23 Phil Collins
24 Aerosmith
25 Frank Sinatra
26 Engelbert Humperdinck
27 Barbra Streisand
28 Status Quo
29 Kanye West
30 Bee Gees

31 Bruce Springsteen
32 Lady Gaga
33 Metallica
34 Katy Perry
35 Adele
36 Bruno Mars
37 Justin Bieber
38 JAY-Z
39 Rod Stewart
40 Bon Jovi

41 Lil Wayne
42 Britney Spears
43 Fleetwood Mac
44 Tom Jones
45 George Strait
46 Guns N' Roses
47 Backstreet Boys
48 Neil Diamond
49 Prince
50 Paul McCartney & Wings

51 Kenny Rogers
52 Janet Jackson
53 Julio Iglesias
54 Chicago
55 Carpenters
56 Bob Dylan
57 Dire Straits
58 Bryan Adams
59 Def Leppard
60 Cher

61 Lionel Richie
62 Genesis
63 James Taylor
64 Olivia Newton-John
65 Stevie Wonder
66 Tina Turner
67 Linda Ronstadt
68 Donna Summer
69 The Beach Boys
70 David Bowie

71 The Who
72 Barry White
73 The Supremes
74 Duran Duran
75 Iron Maiden
76 Depeche Mode
77 Deep Purple
78 The Dave Clark Five
79 Bing Crosby
80 Pet Shop Boys

81 Santana
82 Earth, Wind & Fire
83 Johnny Cash
84 Beyoncé
85 Shania Twain
86 R.E.M.
87 Coldplay
88 Van Halen
89 Spice Girls
90 Foreigner

91 The Doors
92 George Michael
93 Reba McEntire
94 Meat Loaf
95 Barry Manilow
96 Kylie Minogue
97 Tom Petty
98 The Black Eyed Peas
99 Enya
100 Robbie Williams

(list may be somewhat incorrect, as Radio 2 haven't put up #81-100 yet so I've guessed based on what their last.fm says they played. also I've no idea what is meant to be #41)
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post Dec 29 2016, 10:38 AM
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Wait, what? Jay-Z overselling Beyoncé by so much?!
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:03 AM
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I'm surprised Beyoncé is that low actually, if that is true (like I said I'm not sure about 81-100)

Radio 2 bias really kicking in though playing 'American Boy' to represent Kanye West and cutting nearly half of his rap off, yet playing three Bruce Springsteen songs drama.gif
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:05 AM
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Do they just play a random amount of tracks?

Thought Robbie Williams would have been higher!
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:06 AM
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Linda Ronstadt outselling David Bowie? 😵
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:07 AM
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They seem to be playing on average 2 per artist, or just the one if its an artist that doesn't usually get played on Radio 2.
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:20 AM
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No Christina Aguilera? ohmy.gif
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:42 AM
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no apparently she's too floppy even for this list ohmy.gif
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post Dec 29 2016, 11:55 AM
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Kanye West has outsold the Bee Gees?!
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE(JCM20 @ Dec 29 2016, 11:55 AM) *
Kanye West has outsold the Bee Gees?!

Yes.

Here's #21-40

21 U2
22 Billy Joel
23 Phil Collins
24 Aerosmith
25 Frank Sinatra
26 Engelbert Humperdinck
27 Barbra Streisand
28 Status Quo
29 Kanye West
30 Bee Gees

31 Bruce Springsteen
32 Lady Gaga
33 Metallica
34 Katy Perry
35 Adele
36 Bruno Mars
37 Justin Bieber
38 JAY-Z
39 Rod Stewart
40 Bon Jovi

The top 20 will be revealed tomorrow.
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:38 PM
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Is it based on units of albums and singles?

All English language?
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:40 PM
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Any guesses for top spot - Michael Jackson or Queen? Beatles should be about there too!
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post Dec 29 2016, 01:26 PM
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Was the Spice Girls album at #90 Spice World? Surely Spice sold more than that.
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post Dec 29 2016, 01:44 PM
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QUOTE(JCM20 @ Dec 29 2016, 11:06 AM) *
Linda Ronstadt outselling David Bowie? 😵
And Donna Summer, the Beach Boys, The Who, Duran Duran, the Pet Shop Boys and Wham! amongst others. There must surely be an error there as she's only had 2 top 10 hits and neither of them were massive sellers. Wham! probably sold more singles in 1984 alone than Linda has managed throughout the whole of her career in the UK. Most of her singles have failed to chart.
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Lil Wayne was 41 by the way but they refused to play him.
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QUOTE(sammy01 @ Dec 29 2016, 01:26 PM) *
Was the Spice Girls album at #90 Spice World? Surely Spice sold more than that.
It's not an albums list. It's a best selling artists list.

QUOTE(Robbie @ Dec 29 2016, 01:44 PM) *
And Donna Summer, the Beach Boys, The Who, Duran Duran, the Pet Shop Boys and Wham! amongst others. There must surely be an error there as she's only had 2 top 10 hits and neither of them were massive sellers. Wham! probably sold more singles in 1984 alone than Linda has managed throughout the whole of her career in the UK. Most of her singles have failed to chart.
My guess is Linda sold a lot more than those in other places in the world, remember it's not best selling in the UK it's best selling worldwide.

QUOTE(RobinJuanPersie @ Dec 29 2016, 01:51 PM) *
Lil Wayne was 41 by the way but they refused to play him.
thanks RJP.

hopefully they don't refuse to play Eminem when he comes up, that'd be really annoying.
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I've just read the title of the thread again, I never noticed at first it was a list of the world's best selling artists. Linda was very successful in the US in the 1970s.
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QUOTE(Dancember @ Dec 29 2016, 02:04 PM) *
It's not an albums list. It's a best selling artists list.

My guess is Linda sold a lot more than those in other places in the world, remember it's not best selling in the UK it's best selling worldwide.

thanks RJP.

hopefully they don't refuse to play Eminem when he comes up, that'd be really annoying.



Surely Lose Yourself would sound great on any channel?!
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Bruno Mars seems very high considering he's only on album 3 yet Kylie is 96. I wonder how they have worked out the list.
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Oh seems I was just as confused as everyone else on this list. It would be nice if they said how they worked this out. If it is going purely on certified sales then Rihanna could end up #1 as isn't she the most certified artist in US history.
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