Has Green Day really allready sold 75 m copies?
I allways thought it were 65
This being the official WIkipedia number... it was recently updated based on a dubious source. I find it a little maddening that we can't find any absolute, official sales numbers... I have seen a wide range of estimations from 45 million to 125 million
Interesting to note that when Wikipedia had them at 65 million in sales they were on the best-selling artists of all time list (in the bottom category), but now that they are up to 75 million, they are no longer on the list... it seems more and more pop artists (and I suppose artists of the past) are also catching up and selling in the very high numbers. For example, Rihanna and Lady Gaga have already outsold Green Day, which isn't all that interesting or surprising, but they are much newer artists.
It will be interesting to see how Green Day's back catalogue, in particular AI and Dookie, continue to sell in the long-run. Obviously these things do continue to gain appreciation as new generations become lucky enough to discover Green Day, but that is also pretty dependent on their continued relevance. I bought Dookie after I heard American Idiot and I'm so glad I did, as I'm sure many people here did.
yeah...the 65 million were after 21st Century Breakdown, but now they're released 3 new albums, so it's really about 75 million
To be fair, I don't think either the total sales of 21CB + the trilogy actually adds up to another 10 million albums sold... maybe half of that can be attributed to the last 4 albums... most of those sales are probably continued revenue from their more popular albums.