CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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Green David Bowie

During the 90s the cult status of David Bowie got more and more confirmed with his past songs being often used in TV shows and ads plus his influence visibility increasing year after year. His new material was still failing to impress though. No song from below batch sold more than 100,000 units in download format.

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

Tin Machine (1989) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 20,000

Tin Machine II (1991) – 0 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 0

Black Tie White Noise (1993) – 8,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 50,000

1. Outside (1995) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Earthling (1997) – 23,000 equivalent albums

I’m Afraid Of Americans – 75,000
Remaining Tracks – 75,000

Hours (1999) – 15,000 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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