20 years ago today, nirvana released ‘nevermind’. one month later, they played off the record in hillcrest.
nevermind by the numbers
46,521: Number of copies of Nevermind originally shipped to retailers by Geffen Records, which hoped the album would eventually sell 200,000 copies.
144: Nevermind’s debut position on the Billboard Top 200.
9: Number of weeks after its release that Nevermind was certified platinum (for shipment of 1 million units) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1: Nevermind’s position on the Billboard Top 200 during the week of January 11, 1992, when it overtook Michael Jackson’s Dangerous to become the nation’s highest-selling album.
253: Total number of weeks Nevermind spent on the Billboard Top 200.
30 million: Number of copies Nevermind has sold, worldwide. In the U.S., it’s certified as diamond by the RIAA, for shipment of 10 million copies.
0: Number of Grammys Nevermind won (it was nominated for two).
4:30: Total length of first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The album version runs 5:01, making it the second-longest song on Nevermind (after aptly named hidden track “Endless, Nameless”).
9: Number of times Kurt Cobain shouts “a denial” at the end of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
6: Highest position “Smells Like Teen Spirit” held on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
$670 million: Amount, in cash and stock, Colgate-Palmolive paid to acquire Mennen, manufacturers of Teen Spirit anti-perspirant, in February 1992, six months after the release of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
2: Fragrances of Teen Spirit currently available: “Sweet Strawberry” and “Pink Crush.” During the height of the brand’s popularity, there were as many as 10.
$30,000-$50,000: Estimated budget of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.
$7 million: Estimated budget of Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream” video, widely reported to be the most expensive of all time.
18-25: Age of extras in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, according to the casting call. Extras were instructed to “adapt a high-school persona, i.e. preppy, punk, nerd, jock” and “be prepared to stay for several hours.”
4: Number of nominations “Smells Like Teen Spirit” received at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. It won two, for Best Alternative Video and Best New Artist in a Video.
1: Number of nominations “Weird” Al Yankovic’s “Smells Like Nirvana” received at the same show.
$50,000,000: Amount earned by the Kurt Cobain Estate in 2006, when he topped Forbes magazine’s annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list 12 years after his suicide.
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