Here comes a new piece of the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept! After focusing on several female superstars, I’ll be switching gears to a cult Rock band now, Guns N’ Roses.
Considering the huge majority of their successful singles came out within’ a four years window from mid-1988 to mid-1992, the cumulative sales reached by the band is outstanding. In terms of strict album sales, their 1987 classic Appetite For Destruction is one of the 22 albums in the 27-33 million units range worldwide, good for a spot just under the all-time Top 10 best selling albums. Their career total album sales challenge the biggest US groups ever like Aerosmith, the Beach Boys or Bon Jovi, just under the two highest rollers the Eagles and Metallica, an incredible feat since they dropped way less albums than most of them.
Unsurprisingly, the band success is truly visible in the digital world too with massive download sales and streaming results. Thus, let sum up all their achievements from every format to determine a clear picture of their success over the various albums of new music they issued.
As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea you do not need to worry, it is quite simple as it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Guns N’ Roses album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, digital and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will study sales of the all compilations, live albums and music videos they dropped. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of Guns N’ Roses career results.