Soundscan/RIAA Certifications



Thanks to kglee for the 10/03 figures (from the KO BBS) and HEH from the Sludge boards for the 3/06 figures. Math errors by the author. Note, the first numerical column is a representation of the currently recognized RIAA certifications for each KISS album. These are hotly contested, particularly in the case of "Alive!" which is only currently recognized as having attained Gold status (500,000). One should also note that RIAA awards are based on shipment units.

In the USA 500,000 = Gold, 1,000,000 = Platinum, etc. The third column represents the SoundScan figure for the reporting period 5/1991 through 10/2003, or other date indicated within the first set of brackets. The fourth number is the accumulated SoundScan figure 5/1991 through 03/2006, thus for albums that had the majority of their sales prior to 1991 those figures are not reflected. The fifth column is the SoundScan figure from February 2007. The final column represents the rough number of units scanned in the period 10/2003 through 2/2007. Totals for each can be found at the bottom of the table.

Nielsen SoundScan(tm) "is an information system that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (on-line stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts" (Nielsen SoundScan PR). It is NOT all-inclusive so it should be remembered that not all sales "scans" are reported to the SoundScan system as only reporting member's can be counted.

Remember the old quote about statistics and lies? Well, take this data with a grain of salt. It is anything but all inclusive or "carved in stone," and should be considered roughly illustrative at best. Best selling "Originals" album, 2003-7 = "Destroyer" (49,114) Best selling non-makeup album, 2003-7 = "Smashes Thrashes, & Hits" (31,866). Ace still leading the solo album race...

OK, What does this mean? In reality, not a bloody thing. However, it is obvious that there will be more KISS compilations as they're still selling. The "Very Best Of KISS" has sold a respectable 433,000 copies in the four year period noted (it probably *would* have attained Gold status, but was deleted from Universal's catalog for a while before being re-released win a new UPC). Even the "Millennium Collection Volume I" has shifted 311,000 units, a figure better than "Alive IV." The sad reality for those who complain about compilation is that they sell. And serve a purpose.

Title RIAA NSS 10/03 NSS 03/06 NSS 02/07 NSS 2009+ NSS 03/12
KISS 500,000 163,593 172,000 174,000 189,000 217,000
Hotter Than Hell 500,000 145,680 152,000 153,000 164,000 185,000
Dressed To Kill 500,000 156,410 164,000 166,000 179,000 214,000
Alive! 500,000 235,643 254,000 258,000  ? 274,000
Destroyer 2,000,000 530,886 568,000 580,000 623,000 726,000
Rock And Roll Over 1,000,000 172,373 181,000 183,000 198,000 227,000
Love Gun 1,000,000 182,359 191,000 193,000 208,000 229,000
Alive II 2,000,000 281,796 292,000 295,000  ? 304,000
Double Platinum 1,000,000 481,613 506,000 510,000  ? 522,000
Gene Simmons 1,000,000 28,160 no data 31,000  ? 93,000
Ace Frehley 1,000,000 37,542 no data 46,000  ? 142,000
Peter Criss 1,000,000 19,863 no data 23,000  ? 71,000
Paul Stanley 1,000,000 27,163 no data 33,000  ? 89,000
Dynasty 1,000,000 148,487 156,000 157,000  ? 167,000
Unmasked 500,000 166,836 170,000 171,000  ? 177,000
Music From "The Elder" n/a 105,836 109,000 110,000  ? 116,000
Kiss Killers n/a n/a 10,000 n/a  ? 15,000
Creatures Of The Night 500,000 140,452 147,000 148,000  ? 161,000
Lick It Up 1,000,000 85,856 90,000 92,000  ? 101,000
Animalize 1,000,000 85,999 92,000 93,000  ? 103,000
Asylum 500,000 75,845 80,000 81,000  ? 88,000
Crazy Nights 1,000,000 87,433 93,000 104,000  ? 110,000
Smashes, Thrashes, & Hits 2,000,000 778,134 804,000 810,000  ? 830,000
Hot In The Shade 500,000 108,915 111,000 112,000  ? 116,000
Revenge 500,000 591,586 595,000 596,000  ? 602,000
Alive III 500,000 538,180 550,000 552,000  ? 588,000
KISS My Ass 500,000 n/a n/a n/a  ? 324,000
MTV Unplugged 500,000 296,625 299,000 300,000  ? 305,000
You Wanted The Best 500,000 328,197 329,000 329,000  ? 330,000
Greatest KISS n/a 388,512 392,000 394,000  ? 413,000
Carnival Of Souls n/a 165,384 172,000 175,000  ? 181,000
Psycho Circus 500,000 475,141 479,000 479,000  ? 481,000
Detroit Rock City OST n/a 74,691 n/a n/a  ?  ?
Box Set 500,000 121,383 139,000 141,000  ? 145,000
The Very Best Of KISS 500,000 208,179 394,000 433,000 644,000 739,000
Symphony - Alive IV n/a 102,819 133,000 134,000  ? 137,000
Millennium Best Of Vol. 1 500,000 22,694 193,000 311,000 330,000 397,000
Symphony - Alive IV SDE n/a n/a 17,000 n/a  ? 19,000
Millennium Best Of Vol. 2 n/a n/a 64,000 n/a  ? 97,000
KISS Gold (Sound+Vision) n/a n/a  ?  ?  ? 11,000
KISS Gold (1974-82) n/a n/a 66,000 100,500  ? 149,000
KISS Chronicles n/a n/a  ?  ?  ? 10,000
Millennium Best Of Vol. 3 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 11,000
Kiss Alive 1974-2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 49,000
Kiss Plus n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 23,000
Kiss Playlist Your Way n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 13,000
Kiss Ikons n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 13,000
Sonic Boom n/a n/a n/a n/a 237,627 294,000
Icon n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 76,000
Totals: 24,500,000 7,561,051 8,164,000 8,467,500 915,926 10,684,000


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