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Carpenters charts information*

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by adam, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    USA Charts: Christmas Portrait....upward bound....#78 today and climbing....
    Album: Carpenters Gold - 35th Anniversary Edition

    #23 Thailand (NE)

    Album: Carpenters: Gold - Greatest Hits

    #36 Philippines (+8)
    #47 Vietnam (+28)
    #119 Hong Kong (+14)
    #170 Taiwan (+15)
    #185 Ireland (+3)

    Apple Music:
    #57 Cayman Islands (NE)
    #66 Philippines (-21)
    #137 Hong Kong (NE)
    #142 Vietnam (-49)
    #155 Saudi Arabia (NE)
    #178 United Arab Emirates (NE)
    #183 Thailand (-40)

    Album: Christmas Portrait

    #78 United States (+28)
  2. Today Christmas Portrait

    #69 +9
    Carpenters - Christmas Portrait (The Special Edition) :eek::goodie:

    (US iTunes Top Albums )
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  3. Yamaguchi

    Yamaguchi Member

    On Dec. 13, 2017, the Christmas Portrait album (Special Ed.) had reached No. 51 on the US iTunes album chart. Good to see this great album is still so popular.
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  4. Yamaguchi

    Yamaguchi Member

    Now it's No. 48. May be that all the exposure on the PBS promotions is having a positive effect and exposing the album to a larger potential audience.
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  5. michiganguy

    michiganguy Member

    The final week of Christmas music in 2017 saw "Merry Christmas, Darling" at #57 on Billboards Holiday 100, and "Christmas Portrait" #20 on Billboards Holiday Albums.
  6. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

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  8. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

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  9. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    In my quest to find out whether 'Top of the World' was released as a single first in Australia or Japan, (it spent four weeks at Number One in Australia at the beginning of 1973), I found this information about Japanese sales and chart information of Carpenters' singles:-

    'Yesterday Once More' released July, 1973, peaked at No. 5, sold 592,000 copies.

    'I Need to Be in Love' / 'Top of the World' released July, 1976, peaked at Number 5, sold 569,050 copies.

    'I Need to Be In Love', released November 1995, peaked at Number 5, sold 419,200 copies in 1996.

    'Please Mr. Postman' released December, 1974, peaked at Number 11, sold 315,000 copies.

    'Superstar', released October 1971, peaked at Number 7, sold 271,000 copies.

    'Only Yesterday' released April 1975, peaked at Number 12, sold 236,000 copies.

    'Jambalaya', released November 1973, peaked at Number 28, sold 186,000 copies.

    I'm not sure which Japanese chart was used. (I know there's one called the Oricon chart).

    I didn't get any closer to finding out whether Australia or Japan was first with 'Top Of The World'.
  10. adam

    adam Active Member Thread Starter

    Top of the world. Charted on 5th february 1972 in Australia.
    Charted 5th November 1972 in Japan peaked at no 21 and charted for 22 weeks.
    Charted again in Japan on 5th December 1973 peaked at 52 charted for 12 weeks.
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  11. adam

    adam Active Member Thread Starter

    Sorry i ment charted 5th February 1973 in Australia
  12. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    Thanks for the info, Sam. That settles it, then. :)
  13. "The Nations Favourite Carpenters Songs" is currently at #20 in the UK on the ITunes (Apple) charts.

    In an hour 3 hours of Carpenters tv will start with "Karen Carpenter: Goodbye To Love" followed by "Carpenters: Their Greatest Hits"
    Lets see if that pushes it up.
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  14. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    Sorry....I meant Adam, not Sam.
  15. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    This will be because the KC documentary aired again on UK television last night.
  16. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  17. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Record World Magazine
    Japan Album Charts
    December 1973 :
    Carpenters Gem #3
    Carpenters Now & Then #5

    July 13, 1975
    Japan and UK Album Charts:
    Horizon #1

    1974 World Disk Grand Prix Golden Prize,
    Single Of The Year: I Won't Last A Day Without You
    Artist of the Year, Group: Carpenters

    November 19, 1977:
    Passage #9

    Here is something interesting for the recording business (Record World, March 27,1976):
    "...we have 20 years in which to amortize our recording costs."
  18. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  19. Yamaguchi

    Yamaguchi Member

    The above info from Record World way understates the Carpenters' actual extraordinary album success in Japan and UK in the 1973-75 timeframe. See Splashing Rocks: WHEN CARPENTERS WERE ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- OF MUSIC . For example, Carpenters had the #2 and #4 albums in Japan for the entire year of 1974 ("Golden Prize #2" was No. 2 for that entire year and "Now and Then" was #4; both of those albums also peaked at No. 1 in either 73 or 74 or both). As the linked article demonstrates with lots of data, Carpenters were almost certainly the best-selling pop or rock group internationally during their peak period of 1973-75, mainly because they were so superior in Japan and UK, the world's No. 2 and No. 3 record markets, respectively, while they were also near the top in the U.S., the No. 1 market.
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