CSPC: Norah Jones Popularity Analysis

Norah Jones “Sunrise”

Every year thousands of albums are released. Only a few of them, from the pop stars we all know, have a good shot of selling truly well. Albums off the popular radio stations radar like Classical or Jazz records aren’t supposed to be part of them. In 2003, Norah Jones broke the rules to crush every competition in a completely unexpected fashion.

2002 album Come Away With Me and to a lower extent Feels Like Home marked an era. They were the trademark of the end of the teen mania happening just before with the likes Britney Spears, N Sync or Backstreet Boys. She also happens to be the original flagship of the second generation of divas, less controversial than Madonna & Cie and closer to past singers songwriters a la Katie Melua, Amy Winehouse, Amy McDonald, Duffy and, of course, Adele.

More than a decade later, what’s left of Norah Jones? A few weeks ago, she issued her already sixth album, Day Breaks. At the same time, the general public likely think she hasn’t released a record since Feels Like Home way back in 2004. Is she just a silent superstar as she has been at her very beginning or is success fully gone for her? As someone that seems to be more of an album seller, how is the move into streaming era impacting the singer? Some answers are needed!

As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea you do not need to worry, it is quite simple as it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Norah Jones album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, digital and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will study sales of the all compilations, live albums and music videos they dropped. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of the Jazz icon career results.

Let’s go!

6 thoughts on “CSPC: Norah Jones Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for the website, well after just two days you have published CSPC analysis Norah Jones I’m really very fast, quick, I’d appreciate if you post every 2 days some singer or group, that would be great. I am very astonished by your great wisdom, you are an encyclopedia of music.
    Then as you did for the compilation Gold (ABBA) that you analyzed in detail for each country with the respective image or album cover; could you do the same with the three famous and important compilations of Beatles that are The Beatles 1 (One); 1962-1966 (The Red Album); 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) ? I would be really grateful !!!
    Then after Norah Jones what singer or group do you analyze ?

    1. Hello Anthony,

      I think that by now everyone got that you are expecting a Beatles analysis ;p

      It will take a couple of months from now to get everything done the good way. Norah Jones is an easy case with a few albums only and released recently with data fully accessible. It still takes roughly 3 hours per album to complete such a study, while I also have a job outside handling Chartmasters.org plus I’m off several weekends a year like this present one.

      From now I’ll be posting compilations breakdowns as soon as they topped the 10 million mark, which obviously includes the three Beatles sets you mentioned.

      In the pipeline is the Rolling Stones too as I want to post their article before the release of their new album. Drake, Alicia Keys, Robbie Williams and Sia will be coming too plus David Bowie and Whitney Houston for the 1 & 5th ‘anniversary’ of their passing. I do not have a frozen schedule as depending on the free time I have I’ll go for an artist with a softer or a deeper discography!

      1. Certain dear MJD, indeed I apologize to you for my insistence, I also ask why the Beatles are the artists who have sold more ‘discs of all but I do not think they sold more’ than a billion records as many sources cite type wikipedia. I think between albums and singles have sold about 500-600 million records. I believe that the Beatles will not be analyzed before Christmas.
        Then as I understand the next artists analyzed are the Rolling Stones. Did I guess ?

  2. Hi everyone!

    Here are the 10 Norah’s tracks that have generated the most sales:
    1 2002 Come Away with Me [Come Away with Me] – 6,990,000
    2 2002 Don’t Know Why [Come Away with Me] – 6,550,000
    3 2004 Sunrise [Feels Like Home] – 5,770,000
    4 2002 Turn Me On [Come Away with Me] – 2,790,000
    5 2002 Seven Years [Come Away with Me] – 1,480,000
    6 2002 Feelin’ the Same Way [Come Away with Me] – 1,320,000
    7 2002 Shoot the Moon [Come Away with Me] – 1,190,000
    8 2004 What Am I to You? [Feels Like Home] – 1,120,000
    9 2004 Creepin’ In [Feels Like Home] – 940,000
    10 2002 The Nearness of You [Come Away with Me] – 900,000

    If you have any questions / remarks, do not hesitate to let a comment!

  3. Hi everyone !!!

    Hello dear friends of ChartMasters, as already mentioned in many previous post on your website, your site is wonderful, is the site that most ‘often look at, I would like to know if this week
    you analyze some singer or group.
    I hope you answer me and sorry for my too much curiosity and insistence !!!

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