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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 [email protected]
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.  
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* Means total is only counting since Soundscan went into affect in the middle / late part of 1991.  
 

 
 

Sludge Scans For June & July 2002

  As Of June 14, 2002 Abandoned Pools "Humanistic" 65,163 Andrew W.K. "I Get Wet" 87,584 Cherry St. "X-Rated" 61 Gilby Clarke "Swag" 1,280 Dio "Killing The Dragon" 11,250 Dokken "Long Way Home" 10,222 Dope "Life" 55,339 Enuff Z’Nuff "10" ...

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Sludge Scans For April & May 2002

As Of April 3, 2002 Andrew W.K. "I Get Wet" 13,942 Black Label Society "1919 Eternal" 20,916 Down "II" 31,298 Ill Nino "Revolution/Revolucion" 63,733 Injected "Burn It Black" 35,088 Iron Maiden "Rock In Rio" 8,301 Megadeth "Rude Awakening" 16,309 Ozzy ...

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Sludge Scans For January 2002

  As of January 12, 2002 Beautiful Creatures 29,288 Faster Pussycat 87,888* Faster Pussycat "Wake Me When It’s Over" 129,569* Faster Pussycat "Belted, Buckled & Booted" 22,120 Faster Pussycat "Whipped" 80,936 Faster Pussycat "Greatest Hits" 15,519 Faster Pussycat "Between the ...

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Sludge Scans For December 2001

  As Of December 3, 2001 Adema 220,812 Beautiful Creatures 25,490 Britny Fox 67,395* Britny Fox "Boys N Heat" 15,120* Britny Fox "Bite Down Hard" 37,328 Britny Fox "Best Of" 1,816 Col. Parker "Rock N Roll" 790 Alice Cooper "Dragontown" ...

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Sludge Scans For October 2001

  Updated On October 3, 2001 Alien Ant Farm "Anthology" 922,687 Beautiful Creatures 16,045 Betty Blowtorch "Are You Man Enough?" 3,569 Collective Soul "7 Year Itch" 38,521 Drowning Pool "Sinner" 791,759 Every Mother’s Nightmare "Smokin’ Delta Voodoo" 347 Every Mother’s ...

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