CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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#12 NIRVANA – 87,573,000

Nirvana discography is pretty close to the one of Adele. First, a low profile album. Second, an incredible blockbuster. Third, a solid success and… end of story. Indeed, the Seattle classic rock band released as few as three albums that were still enough to generate 87,6 million equivalent album sales to date.

Biggest Album – Nevermind – 51,570,000
Weakest Album – Bleach – 9,331,000

Number of Albums – 3
CSPC Album Average – 26,768,000
Orphan Album Sales – 7,269,000

Studio Albums Sales – 44,600,000
Studio Albums Ranking- #15

Remaining Full Length Records Sales – 37,699,000
Remaining Full Length Records Ranking- #8

Physical Singles Sales – 4,350,000
Physical Singles Ranking- #13

Download Singles Sales – 23,300,000
Download Singles Ranking- #23

Streaming Sales – 1,639,000 (in album sales equivalent)
Streaming Ranking- #16

The situation of Nirvana is very atypical. Their remaining full length records sold almost as much their original studio albums – 37,7 million to 44,6 million –  although their first compilation came out in 2002 only and hasn’t sold that many copies. This shows how extraordinary sales of the band live albums have been. Of course, the main appeal provider of those records was Nevermind which features among the most successful albums ever. This appeal remains just as strong as shown by the #16 position. It may not seem that impressive but artists ahead of them own several contemporary hits. Among catalogs artists, the likes U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion or Billy Joel are all well under Nirvana in the streaming area despite their much larger catalogs.

Detailed article link available below.

CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis

19 thoughts on “CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for your website and also for all the twenty-five artists analyzed and studied.
    What singers or groups will you analyze in the next week ?
    I hope that you will answer me soon !!!

      1. Hi dear MJD !!!

        If we speak of a famous very flashy group from the 70s, I think they are the Queen.
        Did I guessed ? I believe are Queen because The Rolling Stones,The Beatles and Pink Floyd came out a decade earlier then the sixties.
        Then after this flashy group, I hope you finally will analyze The Fab Four (The Beatles) !!!

          1. Hi both!

            Mat got it right 😉

            Anthony, I’m working on the Beatles at the same time as other artists. I would say I have 30% complete by now. Giving their importance, I’m really getting very, very deeply into every information which obviously takes time, but I don’t want to rush an article about them!

    1. Hello Patrick!

      I edited Led Zeppelin article after the Bob Dylan one. Recently, we discussed with Hernan the case of box sets containing original albums a case which wasn’t stated in CSPC introduction. As for boxes eat catalog sales of stand alone albums, in a CSPC logic we felt logical to attribute 100% of such box sets sales into each individual album part of the package. Thus, rather than spreading the 500,000 units sold by Led Zeppelin set The Complete Studio Recordings, those sales were fully awarded to each of its 9 albums, which created a 4 million increase of their CSPC total.

      1. so the boxed sets had the whole albums and each one unit sale was a whole sale for each album that was in the box set? if that is the case then yeah it only makes sense to do so.

  2. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Certainly I understand dear,but how long do you think you can analyze The Beatles ? for example a week or a month.
    Ah congratulations, as I understand, he guessed Mat, the famous flashy group are ABBA !!!

    1. Hello Lucy!

      Mariah has not been studied yet, that is why she does not appear in this article.
      But do not worry, she will also be studied soon, like all big sellers.

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