Understanding: Music Clubs #2 – The Eagles, Mariah Carey


Album – Certification – Date – Soundscan – Unsold units – Gap
Daydream – 6xP – 01/02/1996 –  3,900,000 – 1,800,000 – 300,000
Daydream – 9xP – 03/04/1997 –  6,900,000 – 100,000 – 2,000,000

Daydream – 10xP – 12/18/1998 –  7,450,000 – Irrelevant – 2,550,000

Just like Music Box, Daydream moved outstanding numbers at Clubs end. A huge #1 smash during 1995 Christmas season, it shipped 6 million units in spite of 3,9 million Soundscan sales for the year, with strong expectations for it to quickly reach that target. This album is the perfect illustration that Club sales happened when an album was also hot on retailers, mostly from the third month to the third year.

During its first 18 months, Daydream sold undoubtedly faster than Music Box. Nevertheless, it faces worst the test of time and only added about 200,000 units all included since the last award.

Please notice the album gained 1,1 million sales from March 1997 to December 1998 with a 50:50 split between Soundscan and Clubs. Although this one was fresher, this proves Music Box did sell some copies on Clubs between its November 1997 certification and the collapse due to #1’s release one year later, some 150,000 units if the ratio to Daydream is the same.

10 thoughts on “Understanding: Music Clubs #2 – The Eagles, Mariah Carey”

  1. Thank you so much MJ! You really invested a lot of your time for Mariah and cleared up all the stupid discussion concerning her “fake diamond albums”!

    I hope to see her overall CSPC article very soon! It’s about time 😉

  2. I have one further remark: I totally agree with you on all your estimations, but i find Rainbow’s shipment of 3,5 million a tad bit too low. Isn’t it reasonable to estimate 3,6-3,7 million considering the inaccuracy of SoundScan and further shipments?

    I would be very grateful if you’d have a word on this remark!

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Luminator!

      As you can see there is slightly more than 4,4 million units confirmed. As the album is dead now, hardly stocked anywhere, nearly all copies shipped have either been sold – and track on its Soundscan tally – or returned. Also, in 1999 Soundscan was way more reliable than in the first half of the 90s.

      This being said, nobody – except owning all Sony bills related to the album – can know the to date net shipment number with less than a 2% margin. Considering known information and the lack of later certs to refine non-Soundscan sales I decided to stick with a round up figure of verified data but I would definitely consider a 4,6 million estimate fully acceptable. From 4,7 million, e.g. an addition of nearly 300,000 units, I would start to rate the estimate as an optimistic one. Higher would be a wished figure rather than a reasoned one!

  3. Fantastic job, as usual. I would like to see how high “Merry Christmas” can get if Sony requests an audit for it + streaming inclusion… it could easily get 7 platinum.

    I also wonder if Eagles’ “Greatest hits” can keep up the competition with “Thriller”… it seems unlikely now that streaming is a factor.

  4. Hi dear MJD !!!

    congratulations for the beautiful articles for Music Clubs 1 and 2. This weekend do you will realize CSPC analysis of some singer or groups ?
    I hope you realize CSPC analysis of The Beatles !!!

    1. Hi Anthony!

      There is two classic male acts CSPC studies in the making, plus two relatively recent bands which will be treated next. As we are nearing Christmas, I’ll try to drop such an article for every major act releasing a new album. I’m already collecting various information about The Beatles at the same time, as soon as I have a free week spot I’ll post their article!

      1. Sting is about to release a new album, let’s hope he – along with his band, The Police – are among those who will be treated next!

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