CSPC: Linkin Park Popularity Analysis


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So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Linkin Park album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Meteora released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,823,000 albums – 12,150,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

    • As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

During this article, several questions emerged. The first one was how big their early albums really were. At 30,95 million, Hybrid Theory is pretty impressive, undoubtedly one of the biggest albums of the millennium. At 18 million and 11,4 million respectively, both Meteora and Minutes To Midnight are very solid successes to the surprise of nobody.

A second observation was about the downward spiral the band was facing album after album. While their popularity is clearly going down, CSPC figures tell us Living Things was actually a rebound from A Thousand Suns. As Streaming is clearly favorable to the later album, the gap is only going to grow. There is not much left to defend The Hunting Party though. At 1,5 million overall, the album is weak in all fronts with very low download sales and streaming appeal for a 2014 record.

One More Light isn’t starting strongly, but the immense popularity of the band in the streaming arena may help it top its predecessor in the long run.

A third question we raised in the past was the Coldplay vs Linkin Park debate. As a reminder the Yellow band generated 60,4 million equivalent album sales for their 00s outputs – with four albums – and 85,1 million in total. With only three albums in the 00s, Linkin Park top them at 60,3 million. The large majority of their Orphan Album sales came from their 00s material as well, thus pushing the group total for the decade to more than 66 million. Maybe surprisingly, those figures make Linkin Park the biggest band of the 00s, ahead of Coldplay.

At 78,2 million album sales equivalent, Linkin Park’s career total is quite solid as well, although their later material is increasing the cumulative number quite slowly. In any case, their catalog is going strong on streaming platforms. A situation poised to last for many years to come.

The following pages list the most successful songs by Linkin Park, as well as the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far, to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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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