CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis

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Remaining Long Format – Part 2 – Lives & Videos

Nevermind continues to be the major contributor of all records. MTV Unplugged In New-York is one of the few Video / Live / Compilation from Nirvana in which less than half of its sales are generated by the 1991 blockbuster. This is the consequence of both the absence of Smells Like Teen Spirit and the presence of various new and popular songs, giving a solid part of this record to the Orphan Album.

In total, four records Nevermind it from 2 to 7 million sales each. We have already studied various mega albums from the 90s so far, the biggest of all being Whitney Houston‘s Bodyguard, which banked in 53 million CSPC sales. Nevermind is responsible for more than 20 million of sales from albums listed on those two previous tables, an unreal total which coupled with the original album sales, will definitely make it onto the biggest albums of all-time list.

11 thoughts on “CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis”

    1. Must agree it’s a little frustrating seeing Thriller in so many articles but still not having its CSPC! It must be over 80M, far and away the biggest ever!

  1. Well, I see that with the new update the Nirvana have increased by about 2 million albums sold equivalent, in fact last year were 87 million and today are 89 million.
    Then I would like to know if U2 with the new updates the sales of their albums will be increased or decreased.

  2. So, I think I understand most of the methods used here but there are two things that I require explaining. Firstly, on the Physical Singles Page (page 8) the song “About a Girl” has been listed under the Bleach studio album – there was no physical single of the Bleach version of this song. The physical single of the song “About a Girl” came from the Unplugged album. Secondly, on the same page physical sales are listed for the song “You Know You’re Right” and again there was never any physical retail single for the song “You Know You’re Right”, it was only available as a download commercially. So I am guessing it has something to do with the “equivalent albums” figures.

    1. Hi Michael!

      “About A Girl” being displayed under Bleach is due to the concept. We focus on albums that created the value, About A Girl was created at that time so independently on when it got promoted, its sales go under that album only!

      As for You Know You’re Right I need to go throughout my files as I can’t locate the source of that figure. Since my old template from 1 year ago had both physical and download sales on the same page, it looks like that song sales glitched from one section to an other when separating everything! I’ll fix that, thanks for noticing 😉

  3. Great job!

    With only 3 regular studio albums and a bunch of post mortem releases it must have been some task to figure out which songs were orphans 🙂

    Nevermind is a monster! I just finished my own update of Nirvana Spotify streaming figures and Nevermind is possibly the biggest pre-2000 Spotify album ever! It’s just a question of days before it crosses 1 billion plays ( 982.9 million on my count). Bigger than Metallica, Appetite for Destruction and even Thriller.

    1. The smallest figure for a Nevermind track (not counting bonus tracks) is Stay Away: 13,624,000! This is insane. All 3 albums mentioned above have tracks <10,000,000. In fact Metallica and GnR each has a track <7,000,000 plays – half of Stay Away!!!
      Back in Black looks pale with 4 tracks <6,000,000.
      One factor could be the short career of Nirvana. Listeners of MJ, Metallica and AC/DC has sooo many eras to dig into, unlike Nirvana (and GnR…)

      1. I think it’s depend on popularity. usually we would click our favorite things. Nirvana relese various albums with different songs.

  4. I have a question for volume of With The Light Out.

    I can remember some source with different soundscan Number of it. that number are 925,000(Wrong)-625,000 in Jan. 2007. 10 years have passed but still Soundscan may not collect whole box set format.

    MJD, would you tell me the reason you know please. thanks.

  5. Why was the fall between nevermind and in utero so big? More than 60 percent. And in utero he had a great sales boost with the death of Kurt Cobain …

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