CSPC: Shakira Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales

During the 90s, album sales were fairly healthy in Latin America but singles sales were almost non-existent. Most Shakira earlier singles only sold a few units in the US. By the time Whenever, Wherever got issued, the North American market had collapsed too. This being said, she did wonders in Europe, selling almost 1 million units of that song in each France and Germany.

All together, Shakira sold close to 11 million physical singles. It surely doesn’t look that impressive. In reality, Whenever, Wherever is one of the very top selling post-2000 songs in this format. What’s more, Hips Don’t Lie is just as well placed among post-2005 songs. It isn’t all as very few songs released since 2010 can challenge Waka Waka in that field. Each of those three singles got historical sales in the format with their figures being limited only due to market constraints. Of course, when making those statements I’m not taking into account Japanese singles from artists like AKB48 which are very specific.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Pies Decalzos (1995) – 45,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 150,000

Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Ojos Así – 150,000
Remaining Singles – 150,000

Laundry Service (2001) – 2,025,000 equivalent albums

Whenever, Wherever – 4,200,000
Underneath Your Clothes – 1,600,000
Objection (Tango) – 750,000
The One – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005) – 210,000 equivalent albums

La Tortura – 650,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005) – 480,000 equivalent albums

Don’t Bother – 200,000
Hips Don’t Lie – 1,300,000
Illegal – 100,000

She Wolf (2009) – 45,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 150,000

Sale el Sol (2010) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Loca – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Orphan Album – 330,000 equivalent albums

Beautiful Liar – 500,000
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – 550,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

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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