CSPC: Linkin Park Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between albums and digital singles.

Hybrid Theory (2000) – 2,190,000 equivalent albums

One Step Closer – 1,550,000
Crawling – 1,550,000
Papercut – 1,650,000
In The End – 5,750,000
Points Of Authority – 800,000
Remaining Tracks – 3,300,000

Meteora (2003) – 1,823,000 equivalent albums

Somewhere I Belong – 1,250,000
Faint – 1,750,000
Numb – 4,600,000
From The Inside – 700,000
Breaking The Habit – 1,450,000
Remaining Tracks – 2,400,000

Minutes To Midnight (2007) – 2,655,000 equivalent albums

What I’ve Done – 6,800,000
Bleed It Out – 3,200,000
Shadow Of The Day – 3,150,000
Given Up – 900,000
Leave Out All The Rest – 1,650,000
Remaining Tracks – 2,000,000

Although Linkin Park never truly had a big digital hit, the catalog appeal of their early tracks, plus Minutes To Midnight’s singles, generated a healthy tally of 44 million digital singles sold.

What I’ve Done, which is the only track that had both advantages – favorable market context upon release and strong catalog appeal – ends up as their best selling hit at 6,8 million, followed by various cult tracks including In The End, Numb and Numb / Encore remix, which will come in the Orphan category.

17 thoughts on “CSPC: Linkin Park Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi everyone!
    I reversed MJD’s formulas to determine the CSP for each track. We could interpret this as the CSP total “due to” a track, so its success.

    I have calculated the top 10 below (All songs):
    Song [Album] = CSP total (millions sales equivalent)

    In The End [Hybrid Theory] = 11,18
    Numb [Meteora] = 6,45
    Numb / Encore [Collision Course] = 4,58
    One Step Closer [Hybrid Theory] = 3,25
    What I’ve Done [Minutes To Midnight] = 3,17
    Papercut [Hybrid Theory] = 3,08
    Crawling [Hybrid Theory] = 2,82
    Faint [Meteora] = 2,54
    Bleed It Out [Minutes To Midnight] = 2,41
    Breaking The Habit [Meteora] = 1,76

    None of the titles in the top 10 is released after the release of “Minutes to Midnight”. This confirms that, for almost ten years, the group can not meet the success of their careers start.

    If you have any question/remarks about the method/calculation I used to obtained these numbers, I will be pleased to answer you.

  2. Hello, My name is Guilherme, I’m your ”xará” (”Xará” in my language means a person who has the same name as your). I’m from Brazil.

    I need to say that your job about charts and sales is amazing, I love that, congratulations and thank you.

    And that like a Evanescence’s fan, after read this article, I’m anxious by the CSPC about Evanescence, please.

    Sorry for my bad english.

    Once again, thank you very much and love from Brazil!

    1. Hello Guilherme!

      Também posso falar Português 😉

      To not disturb other users, just answering you that Evanescence is on the pipe as they feature among 00s biggest acts! Thanks a lot for all your nice words 🙂

  3. Hello dear MJD congratulations for the CSPC analysis of Linkin Park ; then as I said in the old posts, I’d be very curious about the CSPC analysis on The Beatles especially after all their remastered albums of 2009-2010 have returned in the ranking of the most ‘sold albums as Biliboard.
    I hope you answer me my dear friend, please !!!

  4. Amazing job! I hope to see Linkin Park return to form on their upcoming album which is due for early 2017. Also, THP wasn’t meant to be a commercial success since the beginning. The band stated that they knew it wasn’t going to sell millions but they wanted to go against what was being played on Alternative/Rock radio today. Hopefully, their next album brings them back into the mainstream because I think they still have the fanbase and power to do so if they really want.

  5. So would this make Coldplay the best selling band of the 21st century so far and Linkin Park the 2nd best selling band of this century?

    1. Hello Nick!

      On my articles I focus on created value rather than units sold and in fact Coldplay is the band that created the most value since 2000 to date, followed by Linkin Park.

      In terms of albums equivalent sold since 2000, catalog bands, most notably The Beatles, would need to be considered as well. Then, in terms of unweighted units sold, one would have to check the case of the Black Eyed Peas as they moved a ridiculous amount of digital singles.

      Obviously and as highlighted by the CSPC, I’m 100% inclined to believe the first category makes the most sense.

  6. I’m sorry again for disorde dear friend MJD, but I’d be really curious to know when you analyzed the Beatles, also because many sites say that is the best selling album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while others say that apart the collection the Beatles 1 (ONE), is the biggest selling album Abbey Road. Sorry again for the insistence, but I hope you will answer me !!!

  7. C’mon, give us Queen! Pretty please? I know it’s a lot of work, with a million albums, singles, videos and compilations, but pretty please?

  8. It is tragic that the singer hung himself.
    May he rest in peace.

    I will add, that as you have JUST finished assessing LINKIN PARKS sales
    we have a rare opportunity to see how a band/artists sales shift at the untimely death of the main member.

    Please keep us updated.

    Once again………a moment of silence for Chester………one of the best of the past 20 years

  9. Why does he have to? There are billions of people who never got fame, who had bigger problems and have a rougher life…

    My favorite rock band.

    Rest in peace Chester. 🙁

  10. MJD can you do Lana Del Rey? I can’t find her total sales for Ultraviolence or Honeymoon, and estimates for BTD are probably outdated by now. She’s releasing a new album now so I guess it’s good timing.

    Thanks a lot.

  11. I think the reason of decrease on albums sales is because they release their album like every after 3 years which is too long that their fans might have found love to other music artists/bands when Linkin Park was out of the music scene.

    But All the songs of their first album are great, I never imagined to love all of them.

    I hope they’ll never stop making music. They should look for somebody to take (not replace) Chester’s part so their loyal fans will always be happy to continue to collect their albums.

    1. I agree! Along with John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Janis Joplin, Brad Delp, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, and to a less extent, Bon Scott, no one can truly replace Chester. He joined the ranks of all the deceased rock vocalist I’ve mentioned. If Linkin Park can get someone who sounds almost exactly like him with a very similar ability and range as a tribute, then. It would make me feel like if he was still around nostalgically. Alice In Chains have done that move before and it was passable for them.

      In the next few years or so, LP will be considered as a classic rock band. They gotta focus a little more on nostalgia these days. That’s what makes people buy/stream music and go to concerts.

  12. UPDATE – RIAA.com

    Hybrid Theory – Platinum x 11
    Meteora – Platinum x 7
    Minutes to Midnight – Platinum x 4
    A Thousand Suns – Platinum
    Living Things – Platinum
    The Hunting Party – Platinum

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