Full Length related record Sales
It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.
All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.
Remaining Long Format
How to understand this table? If you check for example the Paradise EP line, those figures mean it sold 550,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 337,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.
The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from Born to Die are responsible for 92% of the Paradise track list attractiveness. This means it generated 507,000 of its 550,000 album sales.
Since it is a real EP of only 4 songs, sales of Lana Del Rey are worth 0,5 units. On its side, Paradise has 8 tracks making it eligible for full units once converted into equivalent album sales.