CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis

Missing piece of the puzzle

Full Length related records Sales

Although Coldplay compilation discography remains empty, they issued three live albums plus one notable EP, which is considered here as an album as it contains eight tracks.


How to understand this table? If you check for example Live 2003 line, those figures mean it sold 2,400,000 units worldwide which includes all formats. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for 717 million streaming plays on Spotify as of September 3 2016.

The second part at the right of the table shows how many streams are coming from each original album plus the share it represents on the overall package streams. Thus, streaming figures tell us Parachutes songs are responsible for 39% of the Live 2003 track list attractiveness, which means it generated 928,000 of its 2,400,000 sales and so on for the other records.

Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head are the biggest winners since they were almost fully responsible of Live 2003 sales. Distribution of sales of Live 2012 highlights very well how consistent the discography of Coldplay is.

9 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.

  4. i love Coldplay!
    Caught them last night in concert in Manila.
    What an experience!
    They are are definitely one of the BEST bands out there!

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