Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept career breakdown #5! After completing the case of the Guns N’ Roses, this time we will checking their old rivals, Nirvana.
Taking account there have been a mere two years and a half from Nevermind release until lead singer Kurt Cobain suicide, the impact of this Seattle band in music industry history is unparalleled.
In total, Nirvana released only three albums including one before their cross over. With such a tiny discography and the fact that even Nevermind is not higher than the all-time Top 40 best selling albums, many millions behind other rock albums like Led Zeppelin IV, AC/DC Back In Black, Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon or even Guns N’ Roses own Appetite For Destruction among various others, one may put Nirvana real popularity under a shadow of doubt. The early passing of Kurt Cobain led Geffen Records label to extensively milk the group existing material, inclusively issuing two major live sets and later several compilations. All those records took catalog sales away from the band original albums which end up being lower sellers than there popularity would justify. Thus, applying the CSPC method will bring back a real meaning to numbers, illustrating how popular their albums really are.
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 Nirvana 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 the classic rock band career results.