Nu Guinea

The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of October 2018

Neapolitan duo Nu Guinea continue their dominance on the top 50 in 2018, this time all the way at the number one spot. Even before our big change from master releases to release variants, their album Nu Guinea was hanging around month after month. Already on its fourth repress, who knows how long it can stick around?

And hey, remember back in October when Pitchfork savaged Greta Van Fleet for, well, everything about the band? It generated more headlines than Pitchfork had in years. However, it turns out that Fleetheads (let’s just assume that’s what their fans are called) didn’t care. Their latest album and their last album both made the list this time around.

Then of course there’s Tracy Chapman at number 12. Always Tracy Chapman.

Nu Guinea - Nuova Napoli

#1 – Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli

LP, Album, RP, 3rd & 4th Repress

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army

#20 – Greta Van Fleet – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army

LP, Album, Ltd, M/Print, Yellow Translucent

Saâda Bonaire - Saâda Bonaire

#26 – Saâda Bonaire – Saâda Bonaire

2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RE, Clear

Queen - Greatest Hits

#29 – Queen – Greatest Hits

LP, Comp, No Barcode, Round Cornered Innersleeve

Michael Jackson - Thriller

#30 – Michael Jackson – Thriller

LP, Album, Pitman Pressing, No Co-Producer Credits, Gatefold

Ryo Fukui - Scenery

#33 – Ryo Fukui – Scenery

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180

Madonna - Erotica

#36 – Madonna – Erotica

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, White, Gatefold

The Devil Wears Prada - With Roots Above And Branches Below

#39 – The Devil Wears Prada – With Roots Above And Branches Below

LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Dark Blue/Yellow Merge [Night Sky Swirl]

Sade - Diamond Life

#40 – Sade – Diamond Life

LP, Album, Blue Labels, Gatefold

Eagles - Hotel California

#41 – Eagles – Hotel California

LP, Album, SP – Specialty Pressing

Queen - A Night At The Opera

#48 – Queen – A Night At The Opera

LP, Album, Embossed Gatefold

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  • Jan 9,2019 at 00:31

    A compromise could be: Having three charts.
    First one reflecting each variation of a release even if this will lead to a domination of an artist.
    Second one reflecting masters only.
    Third one reflecting artists only.
    In my opinion charts are always interesting, but there shouldn’t be too many. Music should be a listening pleasure and not a mathematical problem.

  • Dec 24,2018 at 00:34

    Tatsuro Yamashita needs US re-releases; these albums are amazing!

  • Dec 17,2018 at 22:41

    For most part I subscribe your vision [u=willyrobinson], Only I disagree with you about “Greta van Fleet” and Ed Sheeran. All variants from one artist should be able to enter. Some relases are from the US and others from Europe, or Asia. Which is preferable, US? or European? or Asian version?? And when 37 versions of Ed Sheeran are the most selling records, than he has the right to be in 37 places. That would be annoying, but accurate and fair. (Let’s prey that will never occur).

    PS. Greta van Fleet entered with 2 different records, one EP #12 and one LP (3 variants #20, #35 & #43).

    But I’m glad that the master release isn’t leading anymore.

  • Dec 14,2018 at 11:21

    The change from master release to release variants throws up a much more interesting chart. Good work. It would be even better if second and third release variants were automatically excluded from the list – in this case Greta Van Fleet would have one entry rather than four. Yes, the list would be less statistically pure, and would not reflect the broad popularity of an artist, but it would avoid, say, 37 versions of Ed Sheeran’s latest dominating the chart. That kind of chart domination could be measured elsewhere perhaps, and we’d get a slightly wider view of what’s going on.

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