Backstreet Boys Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Backstreet Boys 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, Millennium singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 650,000 albums – 6,500,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
If the average sales per studio album was already great, as seen above, the final CSPC’s figures look naturally stronger as the Backstreet Boys also managed big cumulative sales from other full length releases, especially compilations and music videos, plus other formats, amongst them physical singles, digital downloads songs and streaming.
All in all, the first two albums get the strongest benefit due to their second self-titled album, Backstreet Boys, released only in the USA and featuring tracks from its predecessors. It sold over 14 million in the biggest worldwide market and all those, naturally, are split between the first self-titled album and Backstreet’s Back.
Backstreet Boys – the original studio album – jumps 7,9 million to a more fittingly massive 16,9 million, whereas Backstreet’s Back gets an extra 17 million to nothing less than 27,9 million CSPC’s sales.
Despite such strong figures, Millennium remains their biggest album ever, their signature LP. At 29,2 million, this is firmly established in the upper side of their catalogue, albeit not by such a strong margin as on pure albums sales.
After their biggest album, they lost ground as already mentioned. Black & Blue, however, still generated 13,2 million unit sales overall and Never Gone almost 3 million. This Is Us and In A World Like This, their last two outputs, failed to reach 1 million. The most striking fact pointing out the incredible meltdown after their first split is the cumulative tally of 5,6 million from their last 4 albums combined, all together they reach barely 40% of their weakest seller among the first part of their career, e.g. Black & Blue.
Nevermind, Backstreet Boys amassed the impressive total of 93,3 million equivalent album sales. A total that puts them alongside some of their peers like Britney Spears who was up to 96,9 million by last August. The bad thing is that, at current trends, it will take long before they reach 100 million CSPC sales. Such a huge result is nothing to feel shy about yet.
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 Backstreet Boys in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.