CSPC: Aaliyah Popularity Analysis


Full Length related records Sales

Just one year after her passing, Aaliyah’s label dropped a career spanning compilation, I Care 4 U. One more compilation came out in 2005, Ultimate, but it was only released in a few countries with no promotion. Both records are studied below.

As you will know if you have already read CSPC analysis in the past, sales of compilations are added into the original studio albums by using Spotify streams distribution. As all Aaliyah’s albums haven’t been continuously available, it would create a flawed picture of each song’s popularity. Thus, rather than Spotify, Last.fm figures have been used.

Remaining Long Format Part 1 – Compilations #1

How to understand this table? If you check for example I Care 4 U’s compilation line, those figures mean it sold 3,100,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for almost 1,5 billion streaming plays on Last.fm.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many streams are coming from each original album plus the share it represents on the overall package streams. Thus, streaming figures tell us One In A Million songs are responsible for 16% of the album’s attractiveness, which means it generated 505,000 of its 3,100,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

Considering the smash hit Try Again – by far her most streamed song, with a more than 2 to 1 lead over One In A Million – wasn’t part of the singer’s original albums, the Orphan Album folder gets assigned the largest part of the compilations. Each studio album contributed to their sales in a solid way though.

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Aaliyah Popularity Analysis”

  1. Oh My God! MJD, I knew you were gonna do a CSPC analysis on Baby Girl, but not this soon! Thank you so much!!!

    I would like to comment on some few things though. Firstly, about her album sales, do you mind posting her Soundscan sales? I can’t find them anywhere! I only know she sold 8m albums through Soundscan back in 2006. Also, her overall album sales are quite low, though still impressive considering the audience she was catering to.

    For her digital sales, MJD, would you mind giving us your most logical estimation on how her songs from her OIAM and self-titled album would have performed if they were available for downloads.

    Finally, i would like to point out that you made a little mistake with the I Care 4 U page. You used the One In A Million album cover for that page.

    Once again, thank you so much, as well as Hernán and Anthony for your hard work and dedication. Looking forward for your future projects!

    1. Hi Raffi!

      Hehe copy/paste spotted I guess! The cover is now correctly updated 🙂

      Her 8,1 million soundscan sales are spread as 1,4 / 2,4 / 2,6 / 1,7 million in chronological order. The first two albums got incorrectly credited with 3m Soundscan sales each when Billboard posted that figure in 2001, but that tally was in reality the combined total for both. All those Soundscan sales are valid as of 2006, after which the albums pretty much stopped selling due to lack of availability.

      Had her catalog been widely available as for other artists, realistically she would have:
      – sold roughly 2 million more albums Worldwide
      – sold in the 2 to 2,5 million range of OIAM songs in downloads and 3 to 4 million for Aaliyah songs, plus a bit more Orphan songs
      – been in the 150-200,000 range of equivalent album sales for OIAM from streaming and 250,000 units for Aaliyah, plus a bit more Orphan units
      – been at about 3,9 / 6,1 / 7,1 / 4,2 million CSPC sales for each 3 studio albums plus Orphan one, so over 21 million in total

      Obviously this can’t be verified as it just hasn’t happen, but giving available indicators that sounds like a very good gauge of what it would have been.

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