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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

On This Day in 1988…

posted by on April 23 at 13:21 PM

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon did not make it on the Billboard 200 after spending a record 741 consecutive weeks on the chart.

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The Dark Side of the Moon is the 6th best-selling album of all time worldwide, and the 20th-best-selling album in the United States. Though it held the No. 1 spot in America for only one week, it spent a total of 741 consecutive weeks, approximately fourteen years, on the list until April 23, 1988 only to be removed by a rule change. To this day, it occupies a prominent spot on Billboard's Pop Catalog Chart, reaching №1 when the 2003 hybrid CD/SACD edition was released and sold 800,000 copies in the U.S. alone. On the week of May 5, 2006, The Dark Side of the Moon achieved a combined total of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard 200 and Pop Catalog charts.

Sales of the album worldwide total over forty million as of 2004, with an average of 8,000 copies sold per week and a total of 400,000 in the year of 2002 — making it the 200th best-selling album of that year nearly three decades after its initial release. It is estimated that one in every fourteen people in the U.S. under the age of fifty owns or owned a copy of this album. According to an August 2, 2006 Wall Street Journal article, although the album was released in 1973, it has sold 7.7 million copies since 1991 in the U.S. alone and continues to log 9,600 sales per week domestically.

Posted by NaFun | April 23, 2008 2:09 PM

alas, with all the sales it's still not better than Piper.

Posted by nipper | April 23, 2008 5:05 PM

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