Aaliyah Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Aaliyah album achieved? Well, at this point we don’t need to combine all the figures found in this article.
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Aaliyah released in digital format sold the equivalent of 75,000 albums – 500,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.
As a reminder:
- Studio Album: sales of the original album
- Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
- Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
- Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
- Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500)
Mind-blowing? Definitely not. Good? For sure. A lot can be said about Aaliyah’s artistic talents as well as about her impact over R&B and Pop music too. Many popular singers do quote her as a key influence. Most of what is said about her album sales though – figures repeated often a la 24, 32 or even 80 million – are insanely exaggerated.
She definitely sold well as an urban artist, but all figures point out that she never crossed over to a mainstream audience. Basically, kids born in the late 80s may have been big fans of her, but their parents have most likely never heard her name. Not all artists should be A-List stars though. A trio of consistent albums from nearly 4 million to over 6 million equivalent album sales each, plus various successful singles outside of them, is already a very nice showing. If the mess around her discography availability gets cleared up in the future, the diva’s catalog sales pace will get much better..
Overall, Aaliyah moved 17,9 million equivalent albums. This tally is not at the level of most artists studied so far – most of them were absolute monsters though. Although, you would be surprised at how many well known singers are under that mark.
Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Last.fm, Chartmasters.org.