Dolly Parton’s career biggest-selling album is likely at or past the 3 million sales mark, sales figures for the perennial holiday favorite “Once Upon A Christmas” with Kenny Rogers show.
The album, originally released in 1984, sold its first million copies in a couple of weeks, earning a simultaneous gold and platinum certification, and its second million over the next five years, snagging double platinum status in 1989. SoundScan sales figures for its current chart run showed 3,397 copies sold last week, a 28 percent increase from the 2,664 copies sold the week before.
Since the tracking service began counting albums on March 1, 1991, it has sold 792,397. Given that it was a higher-selling title for the period not covered by that number between its 1989 double platinum certification and the 1991 start of the SoundScan genesis than it has been for the past several years, it’s likely close to passing the cumulative 3 million mark for U.S. sales.
The sales allowed the album to rise 32 places last week, in second this year on the top 200 pop albums chart, to reach No. 148, its 15th week on the tally since release, also gaining three to No. 23 pop catalog albums in its second week this year there as well, its 11th since release. The title moved up five to No. 6 country catalog albums in its 77th week on that tally, although it dipped five to No. 26 in its 46th week on the holiday albums chart.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.