Monday, April 21, 2014

TOP FIVE BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

Pinoys are certified music lovers and we have a bunch of incredible singers that we should be very proud of. When it comes to music, Filipinos have their own standard. Most of our OPM songs will either fall into a powerful ballad or a slow rock song. Unfortuntely, Pinoys nowadays are embracing most of the foreign music leaving our OPM industry hanging by a thread. On top of that, internet and digital downloading made the industry even more devastating which makes it hard for any Pinoy music artist to earn any music recording sales certification. Have you ever wonder which is the best selling Pinoy album ever made? Listed below are five of the highest grossing and best selling Pinoy Albums of all time. Have fun.
TOP FIVE BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
Editor's Note: Just to set some expectations, I excluded Foreign albums from the list made by PARI (Philippine Association of the Record Industry). 
TOP 5 BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUM OF ALL TIME
"JAYA"
(BY JAYA)
Interestingly, Jaya started her career in the US where she was given an opportunity to finish an album that was already started by another artist. Her Album "Jaya" was released in US in 1989 making Jaya the first Filipino artist to chart in the US through her single "If You Leave Me Now" which peaked at 44 at the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Her US career however, didn't do so well until 1996 where she was invited by Pilita Corales to record an album in the Philippines which also served as Jaya's turning point. Her 1996 album entitled "Jaya" made her a successful OPM singer. The album is composed of classic hits including "Dahil Tanging Ikaw". The album sold 280,000 copies.

TOP 4 BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUM OF ALL TIME
"NINA LIVE!"
(BY NINA)
Nina Live! is the third album of Nina which was released on February 2005. Nina has released two successful albums but despite of the success, she is still performing regularly in different bars and gigs and her label wanted to show this side of her , thus, the concept of making a live album was made. Nina Live! is merely composed of cover songs from 70's to 90's. Initially, critics are in doubt whether the album will become a success or not because despite of Nina's incredible talent, showcasing cover songs is not really a wise idea for them. Surprisingly, the album was commercially successful and in fact it earned certified Platinum three weeks after its release. It was a rare feat at that moment considering that during that time, fewer people are purchasing compact discs and cassette tapes. The album remarkably sold 300,000 copies which made Nina Live!, the biggest selling by a local female artists of all time. 

TOP 3 BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUM OF ALL TIME
"CUTTERPILLOW"
(BY ERASERHEADS)
Cutterpillow is also the third studio album by Eraserheads which was released on December 1995. It was extremely successful and hs a huge cultural impact because most of the songs from this album became common staples in video bars and used in some advertisements and movies. The album debuted number one of the chart and sold more than 125,000 copies on its first week which made the album the highest record set by the band in their entire career. The album became a certified 4X platinum which makes it the fastest selling album in 90's. It is also considered as the biggest selling album by a local band of all time. It includes iconic songs like "Ang Huling El Bimbo", "Overdrive" and "Torpedo". 

TOP 2 BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUM OF ALL TIME
"CONSTANT CHANGE / CHRISTMAS IN OUR HEARTS"
(BY JOSE MARI CHAN)
Technically, Jose Mari Chan is the holder of second and third place respectively as two of his albums were incredibly successful critically and commercially. Constant Change is Jose Mari Chan's sixth album which is entirely composed of iconic love songs including "Beautiful Girl", "Please Be Careful in My Heart", "My Girl, My Woman, My Friend" and more. It was recognized as the Best Album in Awit awards the same year and also the first OPM album to reach Diamond status. Christmas In Our Hearts, on the other hand, became the first OPM album to surpass the Double Diamond status. Both album sold over 800,000 copies making them the biggest selling album of a local artist of all time. 

THE BEST SELLING PINOY ALBUM OF ALL TIME
"NANDITO AKO"
(BY THALIA)
Surprised? Well, I actually felt the same way but technically, Thalia has the biggest selling album in the Philippines. She is not a local artist indeed but her album "Nandito Ako" is purely made for Filipinos. Nandito Ako is a song that is originally sung by Ogie Alcasid and was covered by many artists like Lea Salonga (1993), Sharon Cuneta (2006) and even David Archuleta (2012). But it was Thalia's version that makes it even more successful (commercially). The album was exclusively released in the country due to the success of her telenovelas including Marimar. The songs were recorded after her first major concert in the Philippines. Aside from Nandito Ako, it also features Tagalog version of  "Maria La Del Bario" (Mariang Taga Bario), "El Venao (Chika Lang), and Juana. She also made her own versions of the songs "Tell Me" and "Hey, It's Me" . The album , however, is not included in PARI as it is released prior to the time where they start giving certifications. It sold over 1 million copies. 
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For those who are looking for Regine Velasquez' "R2K", sorry but Wikipedia has some sort of discrepancy in terms of the records but upon checking the official PARI site (pari.com.ph), R2K's record that is stated on wiki site is somehow presented in an exaggerated way.  Regine Velasquez, however, holds the record for having the most number of best selling albums including the R2K, Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw, Retro, Drawn, Regine Live and more.
Source: Wiki, Pari, Pep
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