Various singers have got many myths floating around them. One typical such case is R&B Princess Aaliyah. Already owner of a very loyal fanbase before it happened, her dramatic passing in 2001 at only 22 made her the icon of many.
Artistically, she had been widely acclaimed way before her death. In spite of issuing her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number at barely 15, critics praised her efforts right from the start. The public was soon to follow with the star in the making first single Back & Forth climbing the US Hot 100 all the way to #5.
A meteoric rise to fame, Medias on her side, an iconic status… surely Aaliyah must have sold bucket loads. Well, everything is not always a given, especially for her. Out of all myths largely repeated over the internet about her sales, we will clean things a bit today to restore some accuracy. Thanks to the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, we will be able to perfectly visualize her real popularity without being corrupted by urban legends.
As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea you do not need to worry, it is quite simple as it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Aaliyah album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, download and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will study sales of the all compilations, live albums and music videos she dropped. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of the legendary R&B singer career results.