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Sludge Scans

Hey, I’m Lita Love, and here are some of the latest Sludge Scans, or as they say in the business, Sound Scans.  Sound Scan only started in 1991, so some of these releases are only counting sales from 1991 till today.  
The bands listed below are some of the requests we’ve gotten.  Now for once, you can see what bands are selling and which bands are bombing!
SLUDGE SCAN NOTES – Read This Stuff First!
Some of you might see some numbers and say, "But so and so went Gold and you don’t have them listed as such."  Well certifications (such as Gold and Platinum) are based on shipments to retail accounts from the label, not actual over the counter sales.  The figures I get come from Soundscan, which is the recognized source for ACTUAL sales to consumers. 
Many of the stores that report to Soundscan are weighted in order to make up for those that don’t have Soundscan.  For example, let’s assume Tower Records Las Vegas is weighted 9 times.  That means that if some knucklehead walks in and buys 1 copy of Slaughter’s "Back To Reality", it counts for 9 albums sold in Soundscan.  I believe this more than makes up for the mom and pop stores that don’t report.  The system is not perfect, but it’s the recognized industry source for actual sales.  After all, this is what the Billboard charts are based on.
There is no website or magazine I’m getting this info from.  You can only get it if you have access to the Sludge Scan computer.  Basically, you have to be in the business.  And as far as I know, Metal Sludge is the only website spitting out Sound Scan numbers.  Worship us!
These figures are for the U.S. only.  
Send all requests or questions to SludgeScan@metal-sludge.com
Please be reasonable when asking for a request.  If you want a band’s album looked up, give me the title.  Don’t just say, "Hey, I want you to do some Metallica."  If you are too lazy to give me the title, I’m too lazy to look if up for you.  So give me the titles.  
* Means total is only counting since Soundscan went into affect in the middle / late part of 1991.  


Sludge Scans For May 2003

  As Of May 1, 2003 Audioslave 1,121,876 Bangalore Choir "On Target" 7,166 Black Label Society "The Blessed Hellride" 19,231 Bon Jovi "Bounce" 637,039 Bowling For Soup "Drunk Enough To Dance" 135,653 Gilby Clarke "Swag" 1,757 Def Leppard "X" 224,424 ...

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Sludge Scans For February 2003

  As Of February 17, 2003 Audioslave 682,187 Black Label Society "1918 Eternal" 63,150 Bon Jovi "Crush" 1,918,968 Bon Jovi "One Wild Night Live" 427,354 Bon Jovi "Bounce" 528,761 Jon Bon Jovi "Destination Anywhere" 205,876 Bowling For Soup "Drunk Enough ...

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Sludge Scans For December 2002

  As Of December 20, 2002 Adema 626,145 Adema "Insomniac’s Dream" 15,575 Andrew W.K. 171,611 Audioslave 346,520 Bon Jovi "Bounce" 404,932 Bowling For Soup "Drunk Enough To Dance" 38,105 Brand New Sin 8,703 CKY "Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild" 59,630 Gilby Clarke ...

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Sludge Scans For October 2002

  As Of October 31, 2002 Andrew W.K. "I Get Wet" 153,999 Beautiful Creatures 34,243 Bon Jovi "Bounce" 254,547 Bowling For Soup "Drunk Enough To Dance" 23,973 The Color Red "Clear" 4,353 Alice Cooper "Brutal Planet" 59,354 Alice Cooper "Dragontown" ...

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Sludge Scans For September 2002

  As Of September 15, 2002 Aerosmith "Get A Grip" 4,595,371 Aerosmith "Nine Lives" 2,086,567 Aerosmith "A Little South Of Sanity" 677,523 Aerosmith "Just Push Play" 1,234,357 Aerosmith "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" 483,276 Bowling For Soup "Drunk Enough To ...

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Sludge Scans For August 2002

  As of August 19, 2002 Brand New Sin 4,931 Breaking Point "Coming Of Age" 13,727 Black Label Socity "Sonic Brew" 59,343 Black Label Society "Stronger Than Death" 59,829 Black Label Society "1919 Eternal" 46,031 Def Leppard "X" 99,824 Dio ...

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