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    After Adele’s smash album 21 won Album of the Year at the Grammys, I was curious to see how it ranked among all AOTY winners in terms of sales. Here are all of the winners, sorted by RIAA certification:

    29.0 Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
    19.0 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)
    17.0 Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard (Soundtrack) (1992)
    16.0 Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)
    15.0 Bee Gees & Various Artists – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack) (1977)
    15.0 Santana – Supernatural (1999)
    12.0 Phil Collins – No Jacket Required (1985)
    11.0 The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    11.0 Celine Dion – Falling Into You (1996)
    11.0 OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
    10.0 Carole King – Tapestry (1971)
    10.0 Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
    10.0 Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down (1983)
    10.0 U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
    10.0 George Michael – Faith (1987)
    10.0 Eric Clapton – Unplugged (1992)
    10.0 Norah Jones – Come Away with Me (2002)
    08.0 Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
    08.0 Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
    08.0 Various Artists – O Brother Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack) (2000)
    07.0 Billy Joel – 52nd Street (1978)
    07.0 Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…with Love (1991)
    07.0 Adele – 21 (2011)
    06.0 Taylor Swift – Fearless (2008)
    05.0 Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross (1979)
    05.0 Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
    05.0 Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (1989)
    04.0 Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1968)
    03.0 John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy (1980)
    03.0 Toto – Toto IV (1982)
    03.0 Ray Charles & Various Artists – Genius Loves Company (2004)
    03.0 U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
    02.0 Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way (2006)
    01.0 Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music (1965)
    01.0 Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967)
    01.0 Quincy Jones & Various Artists – Back on the Block (1989)
    01.0 Tony Bennett – MTV Unplugged (1994)
    01.0 Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind (1997)
    01.0 Steely Dan – Two Against Nature (2000)
    01.0 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)
    00.5 Henry Mancini – The Music from Peter Gunn (1958)
    00.5 Frank Sinatra – Come Dance with Me! (1959)
    00.5 Bob Newhart – The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1960)
    00.5 Judy Garland – Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
    00.5 Vaughn Meader – The First Family (1962)
    00.5 Barbra Streisand – The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
    00.5 Stan Getz & João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto (1964)
    00.5 Frank Sinatra – September of My Years (1965)
    00.5 George Harrison & Various Artists – The Concert for Bangladesh (1971)
    00.5 Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
    00.5 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)
    N/A Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973)
    N/A Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
    N/A Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (2007)

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    PoweR
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    It would be easier to find Soundscan numbers. Figures for albums that came before the Soundscan era are harder to find, so labels and publications use certifications for those. Someone like Paul Grein may be able to help you with some of these since he reports Soundscan figures weekly. I do know that The Bodyguard is 17x Platinum but has actually sold around 11.7 million in Soundscan sales. Jagged Little Pill is at around 14.5 million the last time I checked, which was last week.

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    Boidiva02
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    I get so confused figuring out what is soundscan and what is RIIA certification. It’s confusing.

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