Below table lists Spotify streaming of all songs from the five albums we are studying. The Comprehensive Streaming is reached by multiplying Spotify figures by 68/26. In fact, as shown in IFPI 2015 Report, there were 68 million paying subscribers to all streaming platforms by the end of 2015. While the exact count of Spotify paying subscribers by the end of 2015 is unknown, that figure reached 20 million in June 2015 and 30 million in March 2016, thus an estimated 26 million is used as of the end of 2015.
The equivalent album sales is the division of the comprehensive streaming figure by 1500 as it is now the norm in the new industry model.
Streaming Part 1 – Maybe irresponsible, surely successful
Out of those three albums that got released years before the streaming era we can extract three kind of songs.
First, there is some impressive hits. Feeling Good, Home and Everything are all over 50 million streams, a fairly solid showing. Those songs do not have much to envy pop stars big catalog hits. Second, there is moderate hits which include Sway, Save the Last Dance for Me, Me and Mrs. Jones and Lost. Third, there is all remaining album tracks. Each and every song from those three albums crack the 2 million mark, way better than results of various classic rock albums. Those figures testify that streaming isn’t only for pop stars, a Jazz crooner can perfectly achieve a sizeable success there.