Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Alan Cross


Pearl Jam’s Ten Finally Sells Ten Million in the US

Pearl Jam’s debut album appeared in stores on August 27, 1991. By selling 4,000 copies last week, Ten has officially moved 10 million units of Ten.  This gives the album Diamond status in the US.  If you’re counting, that’s just shy of 21 1/2 years.

This is a rare thing and getting more rare by the day.  Only 21 other albums have sold that many copies since the industry began using Soundscan as its official tracking system (which, by the way, began in the US on March 1, 1991).  

The most recent release to sell 10 million is Adele’s 21.  Before that, it was Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, which came out in 2000.  The next album to hit that mark should be Let’s Talk About Love (1997) from Celine Dion. Its official sales count is sitting at about 9.6 million.

(Via Spin)

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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