DEF LEPPARD Vs. POISON: Who Has Sold More Records In The U.S.?

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POISON and DEF LEPPARD are the subject of the March 12, 2010 "Ask Billboard" column of the online version of Billboard magazine. A fan wrote in asking who has totaled more record sales — DEF LEPPARD or POISON.

"The careers of [DEF LEPPARD and POISON] each predate the advent of Nielsen SoundScan sales data in 1991, but let's look at how each has sold since then," Gary Trust of writes in his response.

"POISON has sold 6,058,000 albums in the U.S. in that span. Its top seller is 1996's 'Greatest Hits 1986-1996', with 2,017,000.

"Since 1991, DEF LEPPARD has sold more than twice that of POISON: 16,566,000 albums. Its best-selling title in that period is also a best-of collection, 1995's 'Vault - Greatest Hits 1980-1995', with sales to date of 4,908,000.

"According to the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), DEF LEPPARD handily leads POISON in album sales, 35 to 14.5 million, sums which encompass the bands' entire careers."

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