List of best-selling albums in the Philippines

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Sarah Geronimo (left) and Kitchie Nadal (right) hold the record for OPM solo artists who have the best-selling debut albums for their work Popstar: A Dream Come True which was the fastest-selling album of 2003 and Nadal's fastest-selling eponymous debut album of 2004-05

This is a list of best-selling albums in the Philippines. This list can contain any types of albums, including studio albums or extended plays, live albums, greatest hits or compilations, various artists, and soundtracks, both from domestic and international artists. The Philippine Association of the Record Industry or PARI is the organization responsible for awarding record certifications in the Philippines. PARI is a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Album certifications include both physical and digital sales.

Music certifications before 1990 were only awarded by record labels of their artists through their own guidelines until PARI took the obligation. PARI's early policy at that time was that released albums in the country can only be certified Platinum if they were sold at least 40,000 copies, eventually they would receive Diamond award when they reach ten times, at 400,000. This rule was granted until 2006 when PARI changed it down to 30,000 units.[1] It was not until October 2007 that thresholds for albums were distinguished between the local and international repertoire. In local release, PARI made it into 30,000 copies, same that of the previous rule, but parted away from the international release, decreased it into 20,000 copies.[2] On February 2008, PARI again decided to change the guidelines. This time, they made 25,000 copies for local albums and 15,000 for international albums.[3] This latter did not take until December 2009 when PARI decreased five-thousand copies for local albums for a requirement as a Platinum-certified album when they made it to 20,000, while still remained 15,000 for international-released albums, same from the previous one.[4]

Currently, domestic repertoire again shares the same thresholds along with the international repertoire, same that of the 1999—2006/2007 rule. As the album could be one of the best-sellers, a new criteria was told that the figure must be published by a reliable or acceptable source and that the album must have sold at least 150,000 units for both domestic and international albums in the country which was already implemented on March 2012.[5] This is the reason why album(s) such as Fearless, although considered, has not been fully included on this list.

On the list, Thalía's Nandito Ako is the best-selling album of all time in the Philippines, and it is estimated to have sold one million copies nationwide. The two albums of Jose Mari Chan, Constant Change and Christmas in Our Hearts, are still remaining the best-selling albums by a local artist in the country with the estimated sales of 800,000 copies of each of these albums (16 million copies in total).

Regine Velasquez currently has the highest number of albums on the entry with five (along with her soundtrack album Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw). Other artists such as Eraserheads and Rivermaya have three albums on the list, while Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Jolina Magdangal, Jose Mari Chan, MYMP, Smokey Mountain and Westlife each have two.

Best-selling albums[edit]

Mexican singer and actress Thalía's work Nandito Ako is the best-selling album in the Philippines. To date, she is the first artist to receive the highest certification album award in the country until Bruno Mars in 2014.
Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez is currently the best-selling artist in the Philippines. She holds the record for an OPM artist who has maximum number of best-selling albums in the country.
Asia's Soul Siren Nina holds the record for best-selling live album with Nina Live!, which is also the best-selling "certified" album by a female OPM artist.
Irish boy band Westlife are the only one of the international acts who had two consecutive released albums featured on the entry.
Along with Thalía, Bruno Mars also received the maximum certification for his work Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
The 2004 greatest hits album of Eraserheads, The Eraserheads Anthology is the best-selling compilation album in the Philippines to date.
The late Francis Magalona is the only OPM hip hop/rapper artist who has the best-selling album on the entry.
Legend
pink Released before PARI began awarding certifications
purple Released since PARI began awarding certifications
Disregarded but still included on the list as its sales are adjusted for inflation
Best-selling albums in the Philippines
No. Album Artist Year of release Number of copies sold Certification Ref.
1 Nandito Ako Thalía 1997 1,000,000 2× (Diamond) [6][7]
2 Christmas in Our Hearts Jose Mari Chan 1990 800,000 23× [8][9]
3 Constant Change[nb 1] Jose Mari Chan 1989 800,000 20× [10]
4 Westlife Westlife 2000 500,000 25× [11]
5 Cutterpillow Eraserheads 1995 400,000 11× [12]
6 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010 300,000 2× (Diamond) [13]
7 Nina Live! Nina 2005 300,000 10× [14]
8 Jaya Jaya 1996 280,000 [15]
9 Coast to Coast Westlife 2000 270,000 [11]
10 Forevermore Side A 1995 265,000 [16]
11 Paraiso Smokey Mountain 1991 260,000 [17]
12 Born for You: His Best & More David Pomeranz 1999 255,000
(to)
500,000

(or)
10×
[18][19]
13 Isn't It Romantic? Sharon Cuneta 2006 250,000 10× [20]
14 Smokey Mountain Smokey Mountain 1989 245,000 [17]
15 Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw Original soundtrack 2000 240,000 [21][22]
16 R2K Regine Velasquez 1999 240,000 [21][23]
17 Popstar: A Dream Come True Sarah Geronimo 2003 310,800 10× [24][25]
18 Halik Aegis 2000 226,000 [17]
19 Ten Years Together APO Hiking Society 1980 224,000 [17]
20 Just Can't Help Feelin' Jessa Zaragoza 1997 223,000 [26]
21 Pagdating ng Panahon Aiza Seguerra 2001 220,000 [26]
22 Habang May Buhay Donna Cruz 1995 210,000 [17]
23 Freeman Francis Magalona 1995 219,000 [26]
24 Rivermaya Rivermaya 1994 217,000 [26]
25 Atomic Bomb Rivermaya 1997 216,000 [26]
26 Kitchie Nadal Kitchie Nadal 2004 215,000 [27]
27 CiRcuS Eraserheads 1994 214,000 [27]
28 Trip Rivermaya 1996 214,000 [27]
29 Versions / Beyond Acoustic[nb 2] MYMP 2005 211,000 [27]
30 Eraserheads Anthology Eraserheads 2004 209,000 [27]
31 A Wonderful Christmas Christian Bautista 2010 200,000 10× [28][29]
32 In The Raw Jaya 1997 200,000 [15]
33 Regine Live: Songbird Sings the Classics Regine Velasquez 2001 200,000 [23]
34 Covers, Vol. 1 Regine Velasquez 2004 200,000 [21]
35 Revive Gary Valenciano 2001 180,000 [30][31]
36 Jolina Jolina Magdangal 1999 180,000 [32]
37 Greatest Hits Gary Valenciano 1997 160,000 [33]
38 On Memory Lane Jolina Magdangal 2000 160,000 [32]
39 Retro Regine Velasquez 1996 160,000 [23]
40 Araw Oras Tagpuan Sponge Cola 2011 150,000 10× [34][35]
41 Fearless Taylor Swift 2008 135,000 [36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Constant Change was released on May 25, 1989, the album had received certification by PARI on November 10, 1990.
  2. ^ Two albums of MYMP, Versions and Beyond Acoustics were combined together for certification since they were both released consecutively on a same year.

Sources[edit]

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  3. ^ "Feb. 2008 - Dec. 2009 International Certification Award levels". IFPI. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dec. 2009 - Mar. 2012 International Certification Award levels". IFPI. Archived from the original on February 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "International Certification Award levels as of March 2013". IFPI. 
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