CSPC: Black Eyed Peas Popularity Analysis

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The Black Eyed Peas

Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between albums and digital singles.

Behind the Front (1998) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 100,000

Bridging the Gap (2000) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 100,000

Elephunk (2003) – 1,950,000 equivalent albums

Let’s Get It Started – 5,650,000
Hey Mama – 1,200,000
Shut Up – 1,300,000
Where Is the Love? – 4,200,000
Remaining tracks – 650,000

Monkey Business (2005) – 2,828,000 equivalent albums

Pump It – 5,750,000
Don’t Phunk with My Heart – 3,300,000
Don’t Lie – 1,800,000
My Humps – 7,200,000
Remaining tracks – 800,000

Cheap downloads and incredible success weren’t enough to provide the Peas‘ early songs with good sales. Their first two albums remained mostly unknown all throughout their career. The same can’t be said about Elephunk. Downloads were just getting started at the time, with the vast majority of sales of those 2003 songs happening when they had switched to catalog status. It doesn’t prevent Let’s Get It Started and Where Is the Love? to be on nearly 6 and over 4 million copies sold respectively.

While downloads were already relevant by 2005, they were still only a tiny fraction of what they were going to become by 2009, although ringtones helped considerably. Thus, seeing all Monkey Business singles perform so well in the digital field is outstanding. My Humps was both a download and ringtones monster in the US, moving above 7 million units in total. All together, songs from this album are up nearly 19 million copies sold, a tremendous amount for a 2005 LP.

10 thoughts on “CSPC: Black Eyed Peas Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank You for this. This is one of the ones I have been looking forward to the most and as I expected, their numbers are very impressive. Especially for the Elephunk/Monkey Business/END eras.

    This is kinda OT, but after seeing those massive numbers for I Gotta Feeling I started wondering, were there any other songs bigger than it in digital single sales?

  2. Thank You. This is one that I’ve been looking forward to the most. The had so much success with Elephunk, Monkey Business, and The End.

    Also Kinda OT, but I Gotta Feeling’s massive numbers have me wondering, were there any other songs that outside it in digital single sales?

    1. Hi Leon!

      I Gotta Feeling tops Uptown Funk, Poker Face, Love The Way You Lie, Someone Like You, Just Dance etc. It is tied with Rolling In The Deep and outperformed by Moves Like Jagger which stands at nearly 20 million.

      Obviously, all figures were estimated at distinct moments and the accuracy of formulas (most notably Asian sales and ringtones) have been increased over the last months, so possibly one or two of those songs would be just ahead if updated now. Let’s just say it belongs to an elite of about 10 songs that are the very top selling digital tunes ever.

  3. Your data is amazing and impressively precise. I would like to know if you could post the Popularity Concept of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead.

  4. Fantastic analysis. Thanks for providing the list of songs and albums, besides CPS all time artists.
    One comment: there’s a mistake in the “achievements” page where it says the streak of 26 consecutive weeks at #1 in Billboard Hot 100. It’s only because of 2 songs (Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling). “Meet Me Halfway” never reached the top position.

  5. I have guessed right that Black Eyes Peas were next. Love the band and their songs. I hope they release an album again. I really love their songs.

    And wow, My Heart Will Go On is the biggest song. Celibe Dion rules! 🙂

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