led zeppelin CAREER CSPC RESULTS
So, after checking all figures, what’s the most successful album by Led Zeppelin and how many overall albums sales equivalent have they achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Presence singles released in physical format sold the equivalent of 30,000 albums – 100,000 sales with a 10 to 3 weighting.
Led Zeppelin is often ranked with the likes Metallica and AC/DC, meaning bands enjoying large catalog sales thanks to the lack of proper compilation albums. This is just untrue with a huge 44 million sales of such records. The fact those sales got spread over several compilations, box sets, live albums and strong music videos concludes on the absence of a very big selling greatest hits, but their overall total is strong.
Out of this total, Led Zeppelin IV is easily the main contributor and as such got fairly rewarded nearly 40% of those sales. If its single segment accounts for less than 1,5 million units all formats considered, the full length records sold on the back of Led Zeppeling IV songs amount for a gigantic 55 million units. Overall this 1971 blockbuster cracks Nirvana‘s Nevermind which was the leading CSPC album out of all those which got studied so far.
While such outstanding results may eclipse the discography of many acts, the rest of Led Zeppelin catalog is equally impressive. In fact, each of their 8 studio albums generated the average of 24,35 million equivalent album sales. If some artists did so over a 3-4 albums discography, doing it over a 8-albums list is massive.
All in all, the cumulative tally of Led Zeppelin is up to 198,9 million album sales equivalent. Considering their yearly sales rate, it won’t be so long before they get into the 200-million territory. You can clear all your doubts, Led Zeppelin is definitely in the A-League of all-time top sellers.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.