CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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Since his Tin Machine years, David Bowie never got relevant physical singles sales again. Already past his 40s by that time, the age of his target audience as well as the ever-decreasing market inevitably pushed figures from this format to go down and down era after era. As a result, his last 10 albums combined aren’t enough to add for 2 million physical singles sales of all their releases combined.

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

Tin Machine (1989) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Under the God – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Tin Machine II (1991) – 45,000 equivalent albums

You Belong in Rock n’ Roll -100,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Black Tie White Noise (1993) – 105,000 equivalent albums

Black Tie White Noise – 50,000
Jump They Say – 200,000
Miracle Goodnight – 50,000
Real Cool World – 50,000

1. Outside (1995) – 127,500 equivalent albums

The Hearts Filthy Lesson – 175,000
Hallo Spaceboy – 200,000
Strangers When We Meet – 50,000

Earthling (1997) – 105,000 equivalent albums

Little Wonder – 75,000
Seven Years In Tibet – 25,000
Dead Man Walking – 50,000
Telling Lies – 25,000
I’m Afraid Of Americans – 175,000

Hours (1999) – 45,000 equivalent albums

Thursday’s Child – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Heathen (2002) – 30,000 equivalent albums

Everyone Says ‘Hi’ – 50,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Reality (2003) – 15,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 50,000

7 thoughts on “CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis”

  1. Great articel! I know the legend because Barbra covered her classic Life on mars. I still waiting for articels abou France Sales and CSPC for Barbra

  2. Bowie did well for the kind of act he was.

    I really like this series. Can you do wholr popularity analyses for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Little Mix, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and Queen?

    Thanks =)

  3. David’s total is quite good, amazing considering he doesn’t have a hugely successful album but surpassed those who have one (Britney, Guns and Roses etc.) He is definitely up there among the most successful artists in history, despite going against the typical music industry rules and being highly risky and innovative.

    Anyway, i don’t know if you know this, but January 16 would mark Aaliyah’s 38th Birthday! I hope you would do a CSPC analysis on her as it would be quite fitting. I don’t expect her to have a huge result, but as an R&B artist who only released 3 albums, i’m quite curious into how she would rank among her peers.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi – thanks for a very comprehensively researched article.One question what about the sales of Under Pressure on Queen albums – Greatest hits and Platinum Collection?? Regards

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