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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 Scan For September 2001

  As Of September 20, 2001 Anthrax "Sound Of White Noise" …8/28/01 Beyond re-issue 510,438 773 Anthrax "Stomp 442" …8/28/01 Beyond re-issue  114,912 711 Anthrax "Attack Of The Killer A’s"  46,308 Anthrax "Attack Of The Killer A’s Video"  8,157 Beautiful ...

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Sludge Scans For August 2001

  As Of August 3, 2001 Aerosmith "Nine Lives" 2,039,634 Aerosmith "Just Push Play" 993,586 Aerosmith Tribute (Perris Records) "Aerosmithsonian" 1,219 Black Label Society "Stronger Than Death" 44,356 Black Label Society "Alcohol Feuled Brewtality Live" 11,565 Betty Blowtorch "Are You ...

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Sludge Scans For July 2001

  As Of July 28, 2001 Buckcherry "Timebomb" 94,078 The Cult "Beyond Good And Evil" 110,220 Enuff Z’Nuff "10" 2,848 Every Mother’s Nightmare "Smokin’ Delta Voodoo" 314 LA Guns "Man In The Moon" 7,067 Monster Magnet "God Says No" 35,655 ...

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Sludge Scans For May 2001

  As of May 2, 2001 Bon Jovi "Crush" 1,682,136 Buckcherry "Time Bomb" 65,039 Enuff Z’Nuff "10" 2,518 Fear Factor "Digimortal" 37,209 Firehouse "O2" 6,529 Halford "Live Insurrection" 6,894 LA Guns "Man In The Moon" 2,292 SR-71 "Now You See ...

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Sludge Scans For April 2001

  Sorry it’s been so long since my last SludgeScan Update.  I’ve been following Lizzy Borden around on tour, but since it’s been cancelled here are some scans. XOXO, Lita As Of April 27, 2001 Aerosmith "Just Push Play" 692,273 ...

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Sludge Scans For February 2001

  As Of February 9, 2001 Backyard Babies "Total 13" 2,392 Cold s/t 39,778 Cold "13 Ways To Bleed Onstage" 81,046 Alice Cooper "Hey Stoopid" 346,115 Alice Cooper "The Last Temptation" 105,854 Alice Cooper "Classicks" 213,101 Alice Cooper "A Fistful ...

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