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Abba's Gold overtakes The Beatles to become 2nd biggest-selling album in UK history

Tim Ingham
Abba's Gold overtakes The Beatles to become 2nd biggest-selling album in UK history

ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits has surpassed lifetime sales of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to become the UK’s second biggest selling album of all time.

According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, both albums have now sold over 5.1 million copies in the UK - but the Swedish band’s 1992 Best Of collection has nudged ahead of The Beatles’ iconic 1967 album by nearly 15,000 copies.

Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album remains the UK’s biggest selling album of all-time with 5.9 million sales.

Adele’s landmark 2011 album, 21, and Oasis’ 1995 second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, complete the Top 5.

An estimated one in five British households owns a copy of either Gold or Sgt Pepper’s.

Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot, said “The British people took Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-frid to their hearts from the night that they won the Eurovision Song Contest on British soil, in Brighton, 39 years ago. So it is perhaps apt that their huge Gold hits album has reached such heady heights, all these years later.”

Gold features all nine of the Swedish band’s Official Singles Chart Number 1s – including Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Take A Chance On Me, The Winner Takes It All and Super Trouper – and has spent a total of eight weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Meanwhile, ABBA star Agnetha Faltskog who also looks set to score her highest charting solo album of her career later this evening (Sunday). According to Wednesday’s Official Chart Update figures, her new offering, A, could go Top 10 when the new Official Albums Chart Top 100 is announced at 7pm tonight.

The Official Top 5 Biggest Selling Albums Of All-Time are as follows*:

 

ALBUM

ARTIST

YEAR OF RELEASE

SALES

1

GREATEST HITS

QUEEN

1981

5.9 MILLION

2

GOLD - GREATEST HITS

ABBA

1992

5.1 MILLION

3

SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

BEATLES

1967

5.1 MILLION

4

21

ADELE

2011

4.6 MILLION

5

(WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY?

OASIS

1995

4.6 MILLION

© 2013 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved. *Sales rounded to the nearest 100k.

 

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Tags: The Beatles, ABBA, Official Charts, Abba Gold

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