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AC/DC Beat Jacko


06/29/05
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(antiMusic) Jacko may have won his trial but the Thunder from Down Under, AC/DC, have put his King of Pop title in question. Plus Gene Simmons can not be pleased that he has been beat by the Carpenters and Sade. Want to add insult to injury? Motley Crue, a band that once was kicked out of an opening slot on a KISS tour beat Gene and Company too. This according the RIAA's latest best selling figures for albums in the U.S. In fact, KISS didn't even make the Top 100. Some other numbers that might be shocking; did you know that AC/DC has outsold The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and the so called King of Pop, Michael Jackson?

The RIAA list was updated last week and indicates collective album sales for artists in the U.S. Of course, The Beatles topped the list with combined unit sales of 168.5 million in the US. Elvis was a distant second with 116.5 million with Led Zeppelin rounding out the Top 3 with 107.5 million albums sold in the US.

Garth Brooks made a strong showing at No 4, beating out the Eagles who landed at No. 5. Piano man Billy Joel has moved a cool 78.5 million albums for 6th place with Pink Floyd coming in with 73.5 sales which was good enough to beat Barbara Streisand by 3.5 million albums (there is hope for the world after all).

Elton John came down at No. 9 with 69 million albums sold and AC/DC closed out the Top 10 with album sales of 66.6 million. (ok we added the .6 for effect, it should read 66.0).

Rank - Artists - Album unit sales(in millions)

1. Beatles 168.5 Million
2. Elvis Presley 116.5
3. Led Zeppelin 107.5
4. Garth Brooks 105.0
5. Eagles 89.0
6. Billy Joel 78.5
7. Pink Floyd 73.5
8. Barbra Streisand 70.5
9. Elton John 69.0
10. AC/DC 66.0
11. Aerosmith 65.5
12. The Rolling Stones 64.5
13. Bruce Springsteen 61.5
14. Madonna 60.0
15. Strait, George 60.0
16. Jackson, Michael 59.5
17. Carey, Mariah 57.5
18. Metallica 57.0
19. Van Halen 56.5
20. Houston, Whitney 54.0
21. U2 50.5
22. Rogers, Kenny 50.0
23 Fleetwood Mac 48.5
24. Kenny G 48.0
25. Diamond, Neil 47.5
26. Dion, Celine 47.0
27. Twain, Shania 47.0
28. Alabama 46.0
29. Santana 42.0
30. Journey 41.0
31. Jackson, Alan 39.5
32. Clapton, Eric 39.0
33. Prince 39.0
34. Simon & Garfunkel 38.5
35. Seger, Bob And The Silver Bullet Band 38.0
36. Chicago 38.0
37. Mc Entire, Reba 36.5
38. Guns 'N Roses 36.5
39. 2 Pac 36.5
40. Foreigner 36.5
41. Backstreet Boys 36.0
42. Dylan, Bob 35.0
43. Stewart, Rod 34.5
44. Nelson, Willie 34.0
45. Def Leppard 33.0
46. Collins, Phil 33.0
47. Denver, John 32.5
48. Taylor, James 32.0
49. Bon Jovi 32.0
50. Queen 31.5
51. Spears, Britney 31.0
52. Kelly, R. 31.0
53. Boston 31.0
54. Ronstadt, Linda 30.0
55. Doors, The 30.0
56. Matthews, Dave Band 29.5
57. Pearl Jam 29.0
58. Dixie Chicks 28.5
59. Osbourne, Ozzy 28.3
60. 'N Sync 28.0
61. Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers 28.0
62. Bolton, Michael 28.0
63. Mellencamp, John 27.5
64. Mannheim Steamroller 27.0
65. Boyz II Men 27.0
66. Mc Graw, Tim 26.0
67. Lynyrd Skynyrd 26.0
68. Bee Gees 26.0
69. Sinatra, Frank 25.5
70. Jackson, Janet 25.0
71. Eminem 25.0
72. Nirvana 25.0
73. ZZ Top 25.0
74. Rush 24.5
75. Manilow, Barry 24.5
76. Carpenters, The 24.5
77. Miller, Steve Band 24.0
78. Creed 24.0
79. Brooks & Dunn 24.0
80. Vandross, Luther 23.5
81. Cars, The 23.5
82. Earth, Wind & Fire 23.5
83. Hill, Faith 23.0
84. Motley Crue 22.5
85. Gill, Vince 22.5
86. Sade 22.5
87. Enya 22.0
88. Creedence Clearwater Revival 22.0
89. Tlc 22.0
90. Doobie Brothers 22.0
91 Beastie Boys 22.0
92. Police, The 22.0
93. R.E.O. Speedwagon 21.5
94 Buffett, Jimmy 21.5
95 Genesis 21.5
96 Jay-Z 21.0
97. Richie, Lionel 21.0
98 Beach Boys, The 20.5
99 Meat Loaf 20.5
100 Morissette, Alanis 20.5

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