CSPC: Aaliyah Popularity Analysis

Madonna

Please find below the comprehensive list of all CSPC totals of artists studied up to this date.

ARTISTS RANKING- CSPC OVERALL SALES

1 Madonna – 244,062,000
2 The Rolling Stones – 234,825,000
Led Zeppelin – 195,656,000
U2 – 192,491,000
Celine Dion – 192,088,000
ABBA – 155,728,000
7 Whitney Houston – 151,051,000
Eminem – 147,086,000
Billy Joel – 145,645,000
10 Fleetwood Mac – 143,239,000
11 Bon Jovi – 142,172,000
12 Bob Dylan – 140,767,000
13 Metallica – 137,628,000
14 David Bowie – 124,790,000
15 Guns N Roses – 115,171,000
16 Wham! & George Michael – 104,617,000
17 Britney Spears – 96,942,000
18 Backstreet Boys – 93,280,000
19 Nirvana – 87,573,000
20 Coldplay – 83,237,000
21 Shania Twain – 79,944,000
22 Linkin Park – 74,119,000
23 Adele – 72,937,000
24 Rihanna – 65,334,000
25 Beyoncé – 61,702,000
26 Michael Bublé – 60,395,000
27 Taylor Swift – 55,647,000
28 Shakira – 52,686,000
29 Enrique Iglesias – 50,278,000
30 Norah Jones – 49,393,000
31 Drake – 48,790,000
32 Maroon 5 – 47,286,000
33 Justin Bieber – 46,632,000
34 Destiny’s Child – 45,163,000
35 Lady Gaga – 45,037,000
36 Alicia Keys – 44,433,000
37 Katy Perry – 32,492,000
38 Bruno Mars – 32,459,000
39 Ed Sheeran – 26,329,000
40 Amy Winehouse – 26,280,000
41 Aaliyah – 17,780,000
42 The Weeknd – 17,215,000

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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