Original Album Sales – Comments
2002 Come Away With Me – 23,900,000
2004 Feels Like Home – 11,500,000
2007 Not Too Late – 4,400,000
2009 The Fall – 2,200,000
2012 Little Broken Hearts – 1,150,000
2016 Day Breaks – 400,000
There is two ways to look at those figures. The positive eye will mention how 43,55 million album sales from 6 albums only is extraordinary. The negative one will notice each album struggles to sell half of its predecessor and the trend doesn’t seem to reach its end. A dip in popularity had to be expected after such a monster debut album but it was still faster than forecasted. In fact, an album like Not Too Late never managed to sell to consumers all advance orders of retailers in various countries like in the US which shows a really disappointing result from a commercial point of view.
No doubt, Day Breaks isn’t the best selling album from 2016 with 400,000 units shipped to date and possibly not many more to be shipped in the future. It is not necessarily that bad if Norah Jones has been able to compensate the pure album sales collapse with strong digital results in both singles downloads and streaming as others like Maroon 5 or Justin Bieber did.
Our goal is to get a real understanding of sales figures. Obviously, a 23,9 million selling album can’t be define as something else than a massive success. Still, while Come Away With Me is the biggest selling studio album of the 00s, is it really the most successful one? In our to date CSPC summary, the leading pack was the one below.
1 2000 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP – 29,577,000
2 2000 Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – 29,366,000
3 2008 Lady Gaga – The Fame / The Fame Monster – 28,697,000
Will Come Away With Me happen to be the biggest album out of this list after factoring in all information?