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post Aug 20 2017, 12:11 PM
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The Best Selling Boyband in Britain at year end with both singles/albums sales combined since 1988 are:

1988: Bros - 2,003,000
1989: Bros - 637,000
1990: New Kids on the Block - 2,100,000
1991: Color Me Badd - 556,600
1992: Take That - 983,500
1993: Take That - 2,137,000
1994: East 17 - 1,933,400
1995: Take That - 2,020,000
1996: Boyzone - 2,070,000
1997: Backstreet Boys - 1,670,000
1998: Boyzone - 3,100,000
1999: Boyzone - 3,186,860
2000: Westlife - 3,084,643
2001: Westlife - 2,360,000
2002: Blue - 2,200,000
2003: Busted - 2,069,000
2004: Busted - 1,190,000
2005: Westlife - 1,630,000
2006: Take That - 1,850,000
2007: Take That - 2,416,521
2008: Take That - 2,711,766
2009: Take That - 2,238,970
2010: Take That - 3,015,311
2011: JLS - 1,387,700
2012: One Direction - 1,975,400
2013: One Direction - 2,651,750
2014: One Direction - 1,048,500
2015: One Direction - 1,132,500
2016: One Direction - 701,500

Biggest Boyband in Britain by years:

Take That: 8 years
One Direction: 5 years
Boyzone: 3 years
Westlife: 3 years
Bros: 2 years
Busted: 2 years
Backstreet Boys: 1 year
Blue: 1 year
Busted: 1 year
Color Me Badd: 1 year
East 17: 1 year
JLS: 1 year
New Kids on the Block: 1 year

It's interesting to see the balance between some mainstay boyband leaders over years and also the newcomers who throw a spanner in the works every few years!!

Top 10 biggest years:

1.Boyzone - 3,186,860 (1999)
2.Boyzone - 3,100,000 (1998)
3.Westlife - 3,084,643 (2000)
4.Take That - 3,015,311 (2010)
5.Take That - 2,711,766 (2008)
6.One Direction - 2,651,750 (2013)
7.Take That - 2,416,521 (2007)
8.Westlife - 2,360,000 (2001)
9.Take That - 2,238,970 (2009)
10.Blue - 2,200,000 (2002)

Peak boyband years in Britain since 1988: 1998 - 2002 and then again 2007 - 2010.

Lowest 10 years:

1.Color Me Badd - 556,600 (1991)
2.Bros - 637,000 (1989)
3.One Direction - 701,500 (2016)
4.Take That - 983,500 (1992)
5.One Direction - 1,048,500 (2014)
6.One Direction - 1,132,500 (2015)
7.Busted - 1,190,000 (2004)
8.JLS - 1,387,700 (2011)
9.Westlife - 1,630,000 (2005)
10.Backstreet Boys - 1,670,000 (1997)

By Decade:

90's

Boyzone/Take That: 3 years

00's

Take That: 4 years

10's

One Direction: 5 years

Years by nationality (note One Direction count for both UK/Ireland)

UK: 18
Ireland: 11
USA: 3

To throw it in here are the second biggest boyband acts per year (1990 onwards) some were miles behind whilst others missed being top by a whisker!

1988: Brother Beyond - 631,000
1989: New Kids on the Block - 592,000
1990: Bros - 200,000
1991: New Kids on the Block - 220,000
1992: Boyz II Men - 537,300
1993: East 17 - 725,000
1994: Take That - 1,340,500
1995: Boyzone - 1,550,000
1996: Take That - 1,740,000
1997: Hanson - 1,220,000
1998: Five - 1,560,000
1999: Westlife - 2,202,814
2000: Backstreet Boys - 712,165
2001: Blue - 1,290,000
2002: Westlife - 1,790,000
2003: Westlife - 1,229,000
2004: McFly - 910,000
2005: McFly - 931,500
2006: Westlife - 1,420,000
2007: Westlife - 1,395,233
2008: Westlife - 441,004
2009: JLS - 1,873,500
2010: JLS - 1,903,958
2011: The Wanted - 1,342,000
2012: Lawson - 421,500
2013: The Vamps - 237,750
2014: 5 Seconds of Summer - 604,000
2015: Take That - 360,000
2016: The Vamps - 200,000


* For TT solo Fans Gary, Mark and Robbie's top solo combined sales year are below:

2013: Gary Barlow: 749,750
1996: Mark Owen: 306,165
1998: Robbie Williams: 3,633,000


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Color Me Badd needn't worry though as it's looking like this year will be the lowest highest selling boyband act since 1991. In the UK charts last year One Direction reached that tally with a farewell single and few album sales of their last album.
5 Seconds of Summer have never really taken off outside of their debut year (2014) and unless there is a sudden boom of acts waiting in the wings and preparing to launch I don't see anyone taking One Direction's spot.


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post Aug 20 2017, 05:07 PM
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Just as a side note to the above post I've also done a UK #1's tally (albums/singles) by decade below: I've only posted top three for each decade.

90's

Take That: 11
Boyzone: 10
Westlife: 4

00's

Westlife: 17
McFly: 9
Blue: 6

10's

One Direction: 9
JLS: 4
Take That: 3
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post Aug 22 2017, 10:25 PM
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What stands out is Take That have two successful era's - during the 90s and 00s when they sold consistently well. None of the other groups have managed to achieve that and are unlikely to ever do so.
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post Aug 28 2017, 07:30 PM
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Using the data it would seem that this is Take That's sales per year (lower catalogue sales outside active years 97-04 unknown plus 2013 and 2016):

1991: 50,000 (estimate as only Do What U Like #82 and Promises #38 were released this year and based upon 1991 sales patterns)
1992: 983,500
1993: 2,137,000
1994: 1,340,500
1995: 2,020,000
1996: 1,740,000
2005: 754,862
2006: 1,850,000
2007: 2,416,521
2008: 2,711,766
2009: 2,238,970
2010: 3,015,311
2011: 1,146,700
2012: 65,000
2014: 579,000
2015: 360,000

Total records sold in Britain = 23,409,094

Top 10 Take That Years:

1.2010: 3,015,311
2.2008: 2,711,766
3.2007: 2,416,521
4.2009: 2,238,970
5.1993: 2,137,000
6.1995: 2,020,000
7.2006: 1,850,000
8.1996: 1,740,000
9.1994: 1,340,500
10.2011: 1,146,700


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The comeback era really has helped them to stand out greatly from all the others.
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Just for any one who may be interested here are the top yearly girlband all sales act since 1988:

1988: Bananarama - 1,036,000
1989: The Bangles - 892,000
1990: Wilson Philips - 200,000
1991: Wilson Philips - 200,000
1992: En Vogue - 300,000
1993: SWV - 288,000
1994: Eternal - 1,454,900
1995: Eternal - 990,000
1996: Spice Girls - 4,740,000
1997: Spice Girls - 4,610,000
1998: Spice Girls - 2,390,000
1999: TLC - 1,205,178
2000: All Saints - 1,456,265
2001: Destiny's Child - 1,700,000
2002: Atomic Kitten - 1,530,000
2003: Sugababes - 1,061,000
2004: Girls Aloud - 780,000
2005: Sugababes - 1,090,000
2006: Girls Aloud - 1,140,000
2007: Sugababes - 1,046,000
2008: Girls Aloud - 1,848,722
2009: Girls Aloud - 1,078,708
2010: The Saturdays - 790,660
2011: Little Mix - 390,600
2012: Little Mix - 817,000
2013: Little Mix - 823,500
2014: Little Mix - 300,000
2015: Little Mix - 1,067,500
2016: Little Mix - 1,800,000

Top 10 biggest years:

1. Spice Girls - 4,740,000 (1996)
2. Spice Girls - 4,610,000 (1997)
3. Spice Girls - 2,390,000 (1998)
4. Girls Aloud - 1,848,722 (2008)
5. Little Mix - 1,800,000 (2016)
6. Destiny's Child - 1,700,000 (2001)
7. Atomic Kitten - 1,530,000 (2002)
8. All Saints - 1,456,265 (2000)
9. Eternal - 1,454,900 (1994)
10. TLC - 1,205,178 (1999)

Peak girlband years in Britain since 1988: 1996 - 2002


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Interesting post once again from you nirvanamusic.

Do you have the sales information on Gary and Marks solo work?
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Gary Barlow

1996: 300,000
1997: 590,000
1999: Would be a low estimate based on chart year patterns
2010: 185,300
2011: 43,700
2012: 514,200
2013: 749,750
2014: 357,000

Total records sold in Britain = 2,739,950

Mark Owen

1996: 306,165
1997: 180,000
2003: 80,000
2004: Would be a low estimate based on chart year patterns
2005: Would be a low estimate based on chart year patterns
2013: Would be a low estimate based on chart year patterns

Total records sold in Britain = 566,165
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Marks overall sales are very disappointing and he he has released some really good stuff.
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This is who I believe to be the top 5 biggest selling boybands in Britain since 1988

1. Take That

1991: 50,000
1992: 983,500
1993: 2,137,000
1994: 1,340,500
1995: 2,020,000
1996: 1,740,000
2005: 754,862
2006: 1,850,000
2007: 2,416,521
2008: 2,711,766
2009: 2,238,970
2010: 3,015,311
2011: 1,146,700
2012: 65,000
2014: 579,000
2015: 360,000

Total records sold in Britain = 23,409,094

2. Westlife

1999: 2,202,814
2000: 3,084,643
2001: 2,360,000
2002: 1,790,000
2003: 1,229,000
2004: 810,000
2005: 1,630,000
2006: 1,420,000
2007: 1,395,233
2008: 441,004
2009: 636,455
2010: 476,437
2011: 423,200
2012: 78,600

Total records sold in Britain = 17,977,386

3. Boyzone

1994: 376,600
1995: 1,550,000
1996: 2,070,000
1997: 1,150,000
1998: 3,100,000
1999: 3,186,860
2000: 230,917
2003: 155,000
2008: 309,200
2009: 119,000
2010: 602,500
2013: 159,000
2014: 74,500

Total records sold in Britain = 13,083,577

4. One Direction

2011: 1,128,400
2012: 1,975,400
2013: 2,651,750
2014: 1,048,500
2015: 1,132,500
2016: 701,500

Total records sold in Britain = 8,638,050

5. JLS

2009: 1,873,500
2010: 1,903,958
2011: 1,387,700
2012: 303,200
2013: 82,500
2014: 17,500

Total records sold in Britain = 5,568,358
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Had no idea boring manufactured cheesecoverband Westlife in 00 were as big as the much better Take That with their revival or that Boyzone were bigger back in t day!!$
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When Westlife where big they were big. Credit to Westlife for staying together so long as usually all the boybands break much sooner than they did. Id say its only a matter of time before they do a reunion tour at the least as none of them have had big solo success.

Take That, they would have had a lot of mileage had they not split but looking back it was good as it paved the pay for the almighty return.
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Westlife were definitely a force in their day and I've always said they were a good pop band 99-02 however all those covers and covers albums really were lazy throughout their career and not much variety from them for me.

The year Take That overtook Boyzone first and then Westlife to become the biggest boyband in Britain are below:

Take That - 13,292,383: 2007 (They were a fraction below Boyzone end of 2006 sales)
Boyzone - 11,819,377: 2007

Maybe this in part inspired the 2008 comeback of Boyzone?

Take That - 18,243,119: 2009 (They were a fraction below Westlife end of 2008 sales)
Westlife - 16,999,149: 2009

So counting from their 2005 return it took them 3 years to overtake Boyzone and 5 years to overtake Westlife and then put distance between them.

People are always surprised Boyzone were the highest selling boyband in Britain for the 90's and I think it's because they were initially primarily known as being very much in Take That's shadow for the first few years of their existence.
They rose alongside the international late 90's boyband boom of Backstreet Boys, Hanson and NSYNC in America and Boyzone and Westlife in Britain. People also forget that 'No Matter What' outsold 'Back For Good' and that Boyzone also had two albums sell higher than Take That's highest seller in 1998 and 1999.
Without sounding biased (!) I knew Boyzone and Westlife were huge in record sales however I don't think they had the same hysteria or acclaim that Take That did. The Spice Girls majorly burst new ground for pop sales from 1996 onwards and Boyzone and Westlife being the premier boybands benefitted from this although with far less sales. Boyzone year sales peak 3.1 million, Westlife 3 million however the Spice Girls rose to 4.7 million in 1996. Robbie's highest yearly solo records tally was 3.6 million in 1998.
I believe this is when the sales for pop acts rose in Britain as a result of the Spice Girls dominance and tally possibly. By the late 90's boybands were also a well oiled and marketed machine able to capitalise from first singe like Westlife and no mistakes like in Take Take and East 17's initial floundering beginnings.


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Extremely interesting! Thanks so much for this Nirvana - greatly appreciated
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