The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its updated list of the 150 best selling artists of all time this week. No less than five of the top 20 are former participants of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias and ABBA have all sold in excess of 150 million units, earning them a place amongst the elite of pop music makers. The top 20, detailing the artist name and the number of albums sold to date, looks like this:
Only two of the five artists actually won the Eurovision Song Contest, Celine Dion taking the prize for Switzerland in 1988 and ABBA winning for Sweden in 1974. Nana Mouskouri flew the flag for Luxembourg, rather than her native Greece in 1963, and came eighth. Cliff Richard came second for the UK in 1968, then third in 1973. Julio Iglesais came joint fourth place for Spain in 1970.