CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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Here comes the last set of download sales for songs that aren’t part of original studio albums. Better late than never, we do get one real strong seller with Under Pressure at 3,4 million. No doubt the outstanding appeal of Queen songs from this format largely helped for that matter. In fact, Under Pressure is only one among many 3+ million sellers for the band while it is the only song at such level for David Bowie.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Orphan – 660,000 equivalent albums

Under Pressure – 3,400,000
Dancing in the Street – 200,000
Absolute Beginners – 200,000
This Is Not America – 100,000
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 300,000

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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