CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis

Coldplay ;D

Currently enjoying one more hit with Hymn For The Weekend, Coldplay is a clear candidate for the crown of the biggest band on earth.

U2 claimed this title in early 00s after other acts like Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi or Nirvana pretty much retired – voluntarily or not – from radio stations with their new songs. In their side, the Irish rock stars were living an incredible resurgence with a couple of albums published in 2000 and 2004.

At that same period though various groups came out. Linkin Park, Coldplay, Evanescence, Nickelback, Muse, Maroon 5 and Black Eyed Peas broke the main audience in incredible fashion while Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers made unexpected comebacks to the first plan. Some 15 years later yet, is there still a band seriously challenging Chris Martin guys?

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 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 Coldplay career results.

Let’s go!

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis”

  1. Please update
    1. A Head Full of Dreams is now 3x Platinum in France
    2. In Brazil, A Head Full of Dreams already sold 100,000 copies (at least)
    3. In UK, A Head Full of Dreams has sold 875,000 copies.

    1. Hello Sambuu,

      You need to keep in mind figures you are quoting include a good share of streaming converted to sales. As Streaming figures refer to Worldwide streaming, we need to first remove it from countries were it gets counted to avoid double counting.

      As for later updates of ‘new’ ongoing sales, I’ll not be reflecting them on articles as they are dated. It will create confusion and push people to inflate figures if they read figures updated in Sept 2016 on an article dated for example March 2016. I’ll possibly re-do a CSPC Coldplay article when the total will have significantly changed, but in-between I’ll not be updating this one.

      About sales equivalence logic, I suggest you to read this introduction article.

  2. Hello dear MJD and Hernàn, I am curious to know which artist or group you analyze this week.
    Answer me please, I am very curious !!!

  3. HI MJD

    since you wrote this article.

    A Head Full of Dreams

    UK : 3x Platinum (900,000)
    New Zealand : Platinum (15,000)
    Poland : 2x Platinum (40,000)
    France : 3x Platinum (300,000)

    1. Hello Sambuu,

      You need to take into account that those certifications involve a huge amount (25-50% of the total) of streaming, thus you are double-counting their numbers by sticking with them.

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