CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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From the rest of the 70s, Heroes happens to be just over 1 million units sold, the pop star only million seller of the decade. While songs from all albums up to Heroes retain some relevance moving more than 4 million units together, the track list of Lodger seems to be completely forgotten for years.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Pin Ups (1973) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Sorrow – 75,000
Remaining Tracks – 75,000

Diamond Dogs (1974) – 80,000 equivalent albums

Rebel Rebel – 600,000
Remaining Tracks – 200,000

Young Americans (1975) – 130,000 equivalent albums

Young Americans – 500,000
Fame – 650,000
Remaining Tracks – 150,000

Station to Station (1976) – 40,000 equivalent albums

Golden Years – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 200,000

Low (1977) – 40,000 equivalent albums

Sound And Vision – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 200,000

Heroes (1977) – 110,000 equivalent albums

Heroes – 1,000,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Lodger (1979) – 10,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 100,000

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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