Original Album Sales – Comments
2002 Songs About Jane – 11,800,000
2007 It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – 4,800,000
2010 Hands All Over – 2,800,000
2012 Overexposed – 3,500,000
2014 V – 2,800,000
Not as strong as the likes Eminem, Green Day or Linkin Park top albums, Songs About Jane achieves a more than good 11,8 million albums sold still.
With their second album selling only 40% of the debut and Hands All Over on its way to sell under 1 million units by the end of its run, their career was going downhill by early 2011. Then came Moves Like Jagger, a new song added to a newly version of the album in mid-2011. This huge smash was a huge turnaround for the band which not only saved that album, but also defined their way for their following albums.
Considering the ever-lower share of pure album sales in recent years music industry market, the consistency in sales of both Overexposed and V highlights strong successes. The question is either or not their sales from newly introduced formats can fill the gap created by the album sales market drop?
At 25,7 million, their total studio album sales aren’t record breaking but still pretty solid. An interesting point is the distribution of the group sales. Their last four albums averaged an awful 240,000 units in continental Europe while their Asian and Latin American sales are pretty incredible. As an example, the most recent album V struggled to hit Gold in most European countries despite going from 3 to 5 times Platinum in almost all Latin American markets. No need to say that the form for international artists is pretty exactly the opposite. Does this atypical success distribution impact their singles sales?