Aaliyah Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Aaliyah album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Aaliyah singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 50,000 albums – 500,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
Mind-blowing? Definitely not. Good? For sure. A lot can be said about Aaliyah 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 – is insanely exaggerated still.
- She definitely sold well as a urban artist, but all figures point out that she never crossed over the main audience. Basically, kids born in late 80s may have been big fans of her, but their parents 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 in the future, the diva catalog sales pace will get much better too.
Overall, Aaliyah moved 17,8 million equivalent albums. This tally is not at the level of most artists studied so far – most of them were absolute monsters through. You would be surprised at how many well known singers are under that mark.
Following pages list the most successful songs of the artist as well as the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge the place of Aaliyah in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Last.fm, Chartmasters.org.