Below table lists Spotify streaming of all songs from the five albums we are studying. The Comprehensive Streaming is reached by multiplying Spotify figures by 68/26. In fact, as shown in IFPI 2015 Report, there were 68 million paying subscribers to all streaming platforms by the end of 2015. While the exact count of Spotify paying subscribers by the end of 2015 is unknown, that figure reached 20 million in June 2015 and 30 million in March 2016, thus an estimated 26 million is used as of the end of 2015.
The equivalent album sales is the division of the comprehensive streaming figure by 1500 as it is now the norm in the new industry model.
NB: as we now switched to 2017, Chartmasters.org is going to update the ratio used on this methodology as soon as official market information from IFPI gets published in order to maintain the relevancy of all figures.
Streaming Part 1 – Golden Years
We start this section with their strongest albums, all above 100,000 equivalent albums sold. In fact, Millennium is up to almost 340,000 sales and Backstreet’s Back at 265,000.
A combined 700,000 for their golden period, proving their biggest hits maintained a great status and are still remembered by the general public. Their leading force is I Want It That Way which has a huge 120 million plays at Spotify, but it isn’t their lone success as Everybody at 81 million and As Long As You Love Me at 49 million perform very well too.