Igor wrote:Not sure how they count things like the KISS solo albums, that shipped gold but got returned en masse and ended up in the cutout bin. I imagine there is a certain amount of creative accounting in those situations too, if for no other reason than to keep an artist or executive from looking bad.
explains that pretty much everything
Casablanca records said or did was a put-on.* They lied about sales and popularity and basically stayed afloat by betting on the success of their next hit record. Not sure if they even cared how many records they were selling, it was just about the coke, the parties, and the publicity. But I'm guessing most record companies weren't run that way.
*My fave story is about how they bought thousands of copies of Creem and had their entire staff fill out the readers polls, guaranteeing Kiss high honors. I mean, seriously. (From the 1977 list):
Top Group: 1) Led Zeppelin 2) Fleetwood Mac 3) Kiss
Top Live Group: 1) Led Zeppelin 2) Kiss 3) Aerosmith
Best Male Singer: 1) Robert Plant 2) Mick Jagger 3) Paul Stanley
Best Guitarist: 1) Jimmy Page 2) Ace Frehley 3) Keith Richard
Best Bassist: 1) John Paul Jones 2) Gene Simmons 3) Paul McCartney
Best Drummer: 1) John Bonham 2) Peter Criss 3) Carl Palmer
Most Valuable Player: 1) Jimmy Page 2) Brian May 3) Gene Simmons
Best Songwriter: 1) Page/Plant 2) Stanley/Simmons 3) Jagger/Richard