Soundscan (US) Top 50 Album Artists Of The Decade

Elvis is exactly half way the list:

01 Eminem 32,241,000
02 The Beatles 30,182,000
03 Tim McGraw 24,769,000
04 Toby Keith 24,469,000
05 Britney Spears 22,969,000
06 Kenny Chesney 22,034,000
07 Linkin Park 21,421,000
08 Nelly 21,232,000
09 Creed 20,594,000
10 Jay-Z 20,424,000
11 Nickelback 19,817,000
12 Rascal Flatts 19,408,000
13 Josh Groban 19,348,000
14 Alan Jackson 18,857,000
15 N'Sync 18,303,000
16 Dixie Chicks 18,178,000
17 Johnny Cash 18,143,000
18 Kid Rock 17,614,000
19 Metallica 17,403,000
20 Celine Dion 17,363,000
21 George Strait 17,275,000
22 Michael Jackson 17,261,000
23 Norah Jones 17,087,000
24 U2 16,817,000
25 Elvis Presley 16,486,000
26 Usher 16,329,000
27 Dave Matthews Band 16,025,000
28 AC/DC 15,935,000
29 50 Cent 15,868,000
30 Alicia Keys 15,561,000
31 Rod Stewart 15,561,000
32 Santana 14,975,000
33 Destiny's Child 14,878,000
34 Coldplay 14,604,000
35 Mariah Carey 14,341,000
36 Pink Floyd 14,164,000
37 Shania Twain 13,850,000
38 Ludacris 13,442,000
39 Enya 13,422,000
40 Green Day 13,363,000
41 Andrea Boccelli 13,353,000
42 Outkast 13,277,000
43 R. Kelly 13,234,000
44 Faith Hill 12,899,000
45 Mary J. Blige 12,614,000
46 3 Doors Down 12,551,000
47 Christina Aguilera 12,380,000
48 Limp Bizkit 12,378,000
49 Bon Jovi 12,378,00
50 Frank Sinatra 12,221,000

Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Updated: Dec 12, 2009 
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Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 15, 2009report abuse
It's fantastic to see our King here in 25. But what really stunned me is that The Fab Four are in #2 place only 2 millions away from Eminem. That proves the not only the endless quality of The Beatles music (but not better than Elvis music, for sure) but mainly the fantastic job that is done, year after year, with the Beatles catalogue, something that Elvis music never had. That catalogue management is what makes all the difference, between Elvis and The Beatles sales, since in the music field you don’t have any.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 14, 2009report abuse
A little cranky aren't we. Sounds like somebody didn't have a good time on the cruise. Was it the food or the Elvis impersonators?
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 14, 2009report abuse
One thing is certain in this world (along with Elvis continuing to sell well). One can take a break from this site for a while and, upon re-entering, one can always find the top negativity guru still at it. Some of us do care about Elvis 20 yrs from now
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 14, 2009report abuse
I find it amazing that Elvis is still out selling modern day artists like Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Rod Stewart and the Dave Matthews Band and I don't believe this includes FTD releases and of course
bootleg sales. Johnny Cash makes sense at #17 being he died this decade and he has nearly doubled his sales total since his death. Good to see Old Blue Eyes still selling extremely well too.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
This is US sales only. If it were worldwide sales, The Beatles would be #1 and Elvis would be higher.
pomm01 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
These are US only album sales. it may be that Elvis's sales are quite a bit higher than reported, as I do recall reading that soundscan do not cover the following areas. 1. Sales via Christian stores. 2. Graceland. 3. Record clubs and 3rd party liscenced sales. It is my understanding that Elvis sells significantly in these areas, wherein most of the other artists on this list have no market in these areas. I stand to be corrected and perhaps someone else has more information on this.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
I believe this is over-the counter sales at retail outlets, accounts for close to 90% of album sales in the US. Does anyone know if internet sales are included? I know many of the specialist retailers would not be included. Also, it is album sales not disc sales, so multi-disc albums will count as 1 in this list, where as RIAA would multiply the sales by the number of discs. I am surprised that U2, Rod Steward and a few others have not fared better. The MJ figures also seem low considering sales in recent months. Is this list really from soundscan?
ElvisDayByDay (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
He Dixieland Rock, check out #50 :-)
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
Is this one based on Us sales only? A lot of people on this list I (I'm from Holland, Europe) don't know. Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney. Never heard off. Still not bad.
lvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
This is not an opinion poll. It is actual retail sales figures for these aretist for the last 10 years. Actually amazing for someone that's been gone over 30 years to have sold over 16 million.
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
I think it's amazing to see two guys who originally came from Sun records & also from the Million Dollar Quartet session from 1956 making it on this list. Not bad. Even one of the Rat Pack guys made the list. Pretty cool.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2009report abuse
Oh my. Now all the winers from this site will come out in mass complaining of the injustice of the above listing. There will be the usual protests & put downs of the artists that have come out on top of Elvis. They do not realise this poll in no way diminishes the King & his many accomplishments. It's just an opinion poll & more fans of these other artists have come out in force, nothing more nothing less. The more time goes by the more Elvis fan base erodes. Twenty years from now & the King may not even be on such a list. Does it really matter?

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