CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 3 – Compilations #2

As incredible as it seems, by 1989 album Sound + Vision cult hits like Starman and Life On Mars? were still purely ignored in spite of the package containing 42 songs!

At last with Changesbowie, the winning formula was found. The Singles Collection improved the content even more by adding on top of all David Bowie best remembered songs the duet Under Pressure, which powers the Orphan Album to the largest share among all sales generators.

With those two good selling career spanning compilations, we can identify the real pattern of the artist discography. 1969 David Bowie, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes and Let’s Dance all represent from 8 to 15% of the catalog strenght. This absence of truly dominant record distributes sales through all albums quite equally. The likes Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station and Scary Monsters also claim some decent parts of various compilations.

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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