CSPC: Maroon 5 Popularity Analysis

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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?

13 thoughts on “CSPC: Maroon 5 Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!!

    Congratulations again for your wonderful site, also analysis of Maroon 5 is very detailed, you are really a great expert, after the Maroon 5 I hope you will analyze the famous old groups that I have mentioned in previous posts,maybe in the next week.
    I believe that when you will analyze the Fab Four (The Beatles) I believe that there will be many detailed pages as Bob Dylan !!!

  2. Holy Moly, those numbers for Moves Like Jagger are massive.

    Overall, you can say what you want to say about the quality of their music nowadays, but can’t deny Maroon 5’s chart success.

  3. Makes Me Wonder – 5,300,000
    Wake Up Call – 3,100,000
    Won’t Go Home Without You – 3,100,000
    If I Never See Your Face Again – 1,800,000
    Nothing Lasts Forever – 1,100,000

    How do you know you sold all this?

      1. Oh sorry. I do not speak English and I had to use the translator. I wanted to know, how you know that “Makes Me Wonder” sold 5,300,000?

        1. No problem Dan – myself I’m French / Portuguese and do a lot of English lanaguage mistakes 🙂

          Download figures are estimates based on last known sales in each country, updated with linearity formulas and extrapolated WW as per market sizes.

          Makes Me Wonder for example included for large countries 3,15m from the US, 540k from Mexico, 400k from South Korea, 150k from the UK, 120k from Australia and 75k from Germany.

          1. Ah, so adding the sales of the countries you mentioned, gives 4,315,000, right? So it reaches 5.3 million with sales from other countries?

    1. They are estimations rather than official figures (which aren’t available) but they are by far the most reliable you can get online 😉

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