CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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As it had to be expected, songs from Let’s Dance perform much better than anything else from the artist 80s catalog. This is still nothing sensational as the scale of 1 million-ish for his very top sellers and around half a million for his other classic gems remains true, a scale fairly low in comparison to other artists.

At 2,5 million, the total of all songs from below four albums is indeed disappointing with the one of Never Let Me Down being really very, very down from his standards.

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

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980) – 50,000 equivalent albums

Ashes To Ashes – 300,000
Fashion – 100,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Let’s Dance (1983) – 180,000 equivalent albums

Modern Love – 350,000
China Girl – 300,000
Let’s Dance – 950,000
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) – 150,000
Remaining Tracks – 50,000

Tonight (1984) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Blue Jean – 75,000
Remaining Tracks – 75,000

Never Let Me Down (1987) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 30,000

6 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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