CSPC: Shakira Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

1995 Pies Descalzos – 3,700,000
1998 Dónde Están los Ladrones? – 4,500,000
2001 Laundry Service – 12,700,000
2005 Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 – 3,650,000
2005 Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 – 5,000,000
2009 She Wolf – 1,800,000
2010 Sale el Sol – 2,700,000
2014 Shakira – 900,000

At almost 35 million over 8 albums, the average sales of Shakira albums isn’t among the very top ones. Obviously, we can’t ignore four of them where Spanish records yet. An interesting result is that those records haven’t sold that much less than the English ones. At 14,55 million, they stand up well against the 20,4 million units sold by the four English sets.

They are also more stable with all of them sitting between 2,7 million and 4,5 million units sold. This enables me to point out an element I rarely mentioned in all past articles, the fact A-League artists have sales much more secured than one-time smash acts or B-League artists. In English-speaking countries or in Asia for example, Shakira belongs to the latter category. As a result, she needs big hits to benefit from the highest level of exposure. In Hispanic countries, she is an A-League star, meaning she will be promoted at the highest possible scale no matter what. That’s how last Adele album 25 crushed albums from anyone else so effortlessly, because in our day and age she is the only global A-League artist.

We studied Enrique Iglesias previously, finding out his first two Spanish albums from mid-90s sold slightly more than 4 million units, making them some of the biggest Spanish albums ever. Shakira‘s first two did just about the same. Just like him, the turn of the century gave her the opportunity to confirm this status in the world, what she did incredibly well with Laundry Service. While she had various up and downs since, it feels like the Colombian star can still drop a giant smash anytime.

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Shakira Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi everyone!

    Here are the 15 Shakira’s tracks that have generated the most sales:

    1 2001 Whenever, Wherever / Suerte [Laundry Service] – 8,880,000
    2 2005 Hips Don’t Lie / Sera Sera [Oral Fixation, Vol. 2] – 6,380,000
    3 2001 Underneath Your Clothes [Laundry Service] – 3,890,000
    4 2005 La Tortura [Fijación Oral, Vol. 1] – 3,010,000
    5 2010 Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) / Waka Waka (Esto for Africa) [Sale el Sol  ] – 2,470,000
    6 1998 Inevitable [Dónde Están los Ladrones?] – 1,990,000
    7 2001 Objection (Tango) / Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango) [Laundry Service] – 1,750,000
    8 1998 Ojos Así / Eyes Like Yours [Dónde Están los Ladrones?] – 1,630,000
    9 1995 I Am Here / Estoy Aquí [Pies Descalzos] – 1,570,000
    10 2009 She Wolf / Loba [She Wolf] – 1,490,000
    11 1998 Ciega, Sordomuda [Dónde Están los Ladrones?] – 1,390,000
    12 1995 Antología [Pies Descalzos] – 1,120,000
    13 1998 Si Te Vas [Dónde Están los Ladrones?] – 1,020,000
    14 2014 Can’t Remember to Forget You / Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte [Shakira] – 960,000
    15 2010 Loca [Sale el Sol  ] – 900,000

    The top 2 shows huge results. Here are other tracks from their respective year (among studied artists):
    Alicia Keys – Fallin’ [Songs in A Minor] – 9,620,000
    Shakira – Whenever, Wherever / Suerte [Laundry Service] – 8,880,000
    Enrique Iglesias – Hero [Escape] – 6,900,000
    Coldplay – Fix You [X&Y] – 7,660,000
    Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie / Sera Sera [Oral Fixation, Vol. 2] – 6,380,000
    Madonna – Hung Up [Confessions On A Dance Floor] – 5,960,000

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

  2. Nice to see a Shakira analysis! Her total is pretty solid, higher than her peers (eg. Alicia Keys) and even Enrique Iglesias!

    I have to admit, i expected Laundry Service to be higher, but i guess it suffered the same fate as Songs In A Minor (etc. lack of relevant releases) though Laundry Service’s physical singles sales are quite impressive!

    I’m more impressed by Dónde Están los Ladrones though! 8,5m is huge for a Spanish album. That’s higher than every Spanish release by Enrique!

    Which artists are you going to analyze next, MJD? I remember you saying you’d do one for David Bowie and Whitney Houston for their anniversaries of their deaths, so looking forward for that!

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Do Kylie Minogue next! Her stans always claim that she is global, yet I’d like to see if she sold more albums than Rihanna (an artist who debuted in the digital era).

    1. I think Kylie’s sale are gonna be lower than her fans expect. I simply cannot see her selling 70 million of albums. Her numbers in the UK and in Australia are very solid. But other than that… well, even Shakira who sings 50% of her music in spanish is above her in places like France and Germany.

    1. Hello RyanS,
      You can be sure that Michael Jackson will be studied soon!
      You’re right, The Beatles are the best selling act. I am not sure that Jackson (as a solo singer, not counting the Jackson 5) is the second, Elvis is a very serious candidate to this rank too.
      The answer will be given in the next few months, when these two legendary singers will be studied!

  4. Hello Anthony Blanchard Merry Christmas !!!
    Apart Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé, you know that if you will analyze some famous group just like the Beatles ?

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