Bon Jovi Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Bon Jovi album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, New Jersey singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 330,000 albums – 3,300,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
As the band continued to release good selling efforts for long, it comes as a surprise to see Slippery When Wet with such a terrific domination among the group catalog. When I compiled all CSPC articles published so far a few weeks ago, this was the listing of biggest 80s albums. A pair of rock albums from the same era as Slippery When Wet ended up at #1 and #2, U2 set The Joshua Tree and Guns N’ Roses classic Appetite For Destruction, both at 46 million give or take half a million. Believe it or not, Bon Jovi 1986 smash steals the throne, dislodging them by a few millions. With overall CSPC sales close to 50 million, among all albums studied so far the only later album which tops it is Nirvana‘s Nevermind at 51,6 million. Impressive, I know.
With such a juggernaut in the middle it is tough to shine. This being said, at 19,4 million New Jersey appears to be a strongly successful record too while both Keep The Faith and Crush easily crack 10 million. This later album is poised to climb at fast rate in the future thanks to It’s My Life. This hasn’t happened already only because Greatest Hits, the first real best of containing that hit, came out as late as in 2010 fall. Maintaining a 3 million plus level during several decades, the band last three albums are showing a real drop in popularity of the band in recent years.
In total, the group sold 142,2 million equivalent album sales through all formats. This compares with 137,8 million for Metallica and 143,2 million for Fleetwood Mac. While a good 50 million behind the likes U2 and Led Zeppelin, this total is quite mind-blowing nevertheless. Obviously, as the pair of Jon Bon Jovi albums managed 10 million CSPC sales on their own, pure Bon Jovi numbers stand at 132,2 million equivalent album sales. I’ll let all of you decide either or not you include those two albums into the band tally.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.