CSPC: Aaliyah Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales

The market of physical singles was still quite healthy during the mid-90s in the US. Aaliyah hits from that period perfectly benefited from that background with 2 songs each selling upwards of half a million units there, although sales abroad were fairly low.

Getting into the 00s at the top of the game, her independent label Blackground wasn’t releasing all her songs as physical singles to improve album sales. Thus, the artist’s biggest hit Try Again wasn’t available on CD in the US, even becoming the first Hot 100 #1 ever on the back of radio airplay only. The song still sold past 1 million units thanks to solid success across Europe.

The discography total is up to 6,35 million units sold in this format.

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number (1994) – 480,000 equivalent albums

Back & Forth – 850,000
Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number – 100,000
Down with the Clique – 50,000
At Your Best (You Are Love) – 550,000
The Thing I Like – 50,000

One in a Million (1996) – 630,000 equivalent albums

If Your Girl Only Knew – 800,000
Got to Give It Up – 25,000
4 Page Letter – 50,000
The One I Gave My Heart To – 1,200,000
Come Over – 25,000

Aaliyah (2001) – 188,000 equivalent albums

We Need a Resolution – 125,000
Rock the Boat – 100,000
More Than a Woman – 400,000

Orphan – 608,000 equivalent albums

Try Again – 1,100,000
Don’t Know What to Tell Ya – 100,000
Miss You – 250,000
Are You That Somebody? – 350,000
Journey at the Past – 50,000
I Need You Tonight – 75,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

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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