CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis

Saturday Night Fever

CSPC OVERALL SALES – Albums Ranking

1 1977 Bee GeesSaturday Night Fever – 67,110,000
2 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours – 60,508,000
3 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 56,573,000
4 1973 Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon – 55,796,000
5 1992 Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard – 53,744,000
6 1991 NirvanaNevermind – 52,930,000
7 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 51,899,000
8 1979 Pink FloydThe Wall – 50,309,000
9 1986 Bon JoviSlippery When Wet – 49,377,000
10 1984 Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. – 47,373,000
11 1987 U2The Joshua Tree – 47,050,000
12 1997 Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love – 45,849,000
13 1987 Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction – 45,435,000
14 1997 Shania TwainCome On Over – 44,888,000
15 1969 BeatlesAbbey Road – 42,928,000
16 1996 Céline DionFalling Into You – 41,605,000
17 1991 MetallicaMetallica – 40,460,000
18 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 39,664,000
19 1975 Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run – 39,363,000
20 2011 Adele21 – 39,321,000
21 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 36,552,000
22 1976 ABBAArrival – 34,855,000
23 1993 Mariah CareyMusic Box – 33,985,000
24 1975 QueenA Night At The Opera – 33,680,000
25 1969 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II – 33,449,000
26 1965 BeatlesHelp! – 33,058,000
27 1970 BeatlesLet It Be – 32,754,000
28 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here – 32,462,000
29 1967 BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 31,335,000
30 1995 Mariah CareyDaydream – 31,152,000
31 2000 Linkin ParkHybrid Theory – 30,949,000
32 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time – 30,842,000
33 1963 BeatlesPlease Please Me – 29,930,000
34 1996 Spice GirlsSpice – 29,727,000
35 2000 EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP – 29,577,000
36 1999 Backstreet BoysMillennium – 29,224,000
37 2008 Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster – 28,697,000
38 1967 BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour – 28,664,000
39 1985 Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston – 28,646,000
40 1968 BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album) – 27,895,000
41 1997 Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back – 27,882,000
42 2002 EminemThe Eminem Show – 27,265,000
43 1984 George Michael & Wham!Make It Big – 27,055,000
44 1987 George Michael & Wham!Faith – 26,767,000
45 1987 Whitney HoustonWhitney – 26,560,000
46 2002 Norah JonesCome Away With Me – 26,349,000
47 1964 BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night – 25,803,000
48 1994 Green DayDookie – 25,419,000
49 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer – 25,403,000
50 1975 AerosmithToys In The Attic – 25,055,000
51 1977 Billy JoelThe Stranger – 24,886,000
52 1991 Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I – 24,655,000
53 1983 U2War – 24,622,000
54 1975 ABBAABBA – 24,566,000
55 1991 U2Achtung Baby – 24,407,000
56 1991 Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II – 23,705,000
57 1969 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I – 23,628,000
58 1966 BeatlesRevolver – 23,571,000
59 1965 BeatlesRubber Soul – 22,967,000
60 2000 Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again – 22,845,000
61 1993 Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love – 22,438,000
62 1973 Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy – 22,350,000
63 1983 Billy JoelAn Innocent Man – 22,320,000
64 2015 Adele25 – 21,886,000
65 1971 Rolling StonesSticky Fingers – 21,537,000
66 1998 MadonnaRay Of Light – 21,197,000
67 1980 ABBASuper Trouper – 21,146,000
68 1969 Rolling StonesLet It Bleed – 20,991,000
69 1987 Fleetwood MacTango In The Night – 20,797,000
70 1979 ABBAVoulez-Vous – 20,559,000
71 2000 U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind – 20,536,000
72 2004 Green DayAmerican Idiot – 20,481,000
73 1970 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III – 20,018,000
74 2004 UsherConfessions – 2004 – 19,822,000
75 1990 Mariah CareyMariah Carey – 19,736,000
76 1988 Bon JoviNew Jersey – 19,399,000
77 1966 Rolling StonesAftermath – 19,369,000
78 1993 Janet JacksonJanet. – 19,251,000
79 1998 Cher Believe – 19,238,000
80 1993 NirvanaIn Utero – 18,955,000
81 2006 Amy WinehouseBack To Black – 18,928,000
82 1983 MadonnaMadonna – 18,537,000
83 1977 ABBAThe Album – 18,313,000
84 1995 Shania TwainThe Woman in Me – 18,252,000
85 1979 Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown – 18,241,000
86 1978 Rolling StonesSome Girls – 18,195,000
87 1973 Billy JoelPiano Man – 18,159,000
88 2002 ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head – 18,029,000
89 2003 Linkin ParkMeteora – 18,005,000
90 1999 Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall – 17,791,000
91 1988 Metallica…And Justice For All – 17,692,000
92 2009 Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. – 17,605,000
93 1980 Bruce SpringsteenThe River – 17,545,000
94 1989 Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 1814 – 17,523,000
95 2005 NickelbackAll the Right Reasons – 17,495,000
96 1975 Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti – 17,468,000
97 1994 Mariah CareyMerry Christmas – 17,296,000
98 1975 Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac – 16,966,000
99 1996 Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys – 16,907,000
100 1964 BeatlesBeatles for Sale – 16,896,000

164 2002 Christina AguileraStripped – 12,157,000
165 2011 One DirectionUp All Night – 12,066,000
166 1973 Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup – 12,035,000
167 2006 FergieThe Dutchess – 11,954,000
168 2003 Britney SpearsIn The Zone – 11,912,000
169 2006 High School MusicalHigh School Musical – 11,907,000
170 2000 Bon JoviCrush – 11,894,000
171 1990 Whitney HoustonI’m Your Baby Tonight – 11,747,000
172 2012 Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox – 11,623,000
173 2005 Michael BubléIt’s Time – 11,603,000
174 1996 George MichaelOlder – 11,501,000

4 thoughts on “CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you for doing this! I was just wondering, was the fourth movie (spin-off) “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” that much of a flop in terms of sales?

  2. Hi MJD!

    I have to say, this is a very interesting read. The 3 soundtracks show similarities to both Frozen soundtrack (Disney movies) and teen acts (eg. Miley, Justin)

    Firstly, the HSM soundtracks sold impressively well in South America, just like 1D did. I remember you saying that that particular region has a large influence from visuals and imagery, hence artists with TV shows or movies sell bucketloads there (Whitney with Bodyguard, Miley Cyrus)

    Another thing similar is what you mentioned, download sales linear for the entire tracklist.

    Finally, a comment about the HSM trilogy sucess: while 25m+ for 3 albums in 3 years is impressive, there was no denying the project was becoming less and less successful, with the last project at barely 5m. Another thing is that album sales are the main provider for their CSPC sales. They achieved tremendous numbers in that format, but underperformed in other formats, the most disappointing one are downloads, as those 3 albums were released when the download market was still healthy.

    Still, the first project was quite successful, matching the success of mega albums of the same period (eg. B’day by Beyonce, Loose by Nelly Furtado, Futuresex/Lovesounds by JT). The 2nd project was also a decent follow up, though highly front loaded compared to its predecessor, as album sales only added 0,3m for the former in their first year, while the first one added a nice 3m after its first year.

    Can you give us any hints on who will be up next for analysis? Thanks and keep uo the good work you all!

  3. Hey! I’ve been browsing your popularity analysis for a while, and I have a question to make. It seems that you’re using the formula of 1500 streams = 1 album sale, but isn’t that a method used only in the USA? For example, if a song has 500,000,000 total streams, it is unrealistic to assume 100% of them are based on the USA to apply this formula to reflect on total album sales, especially that the streaming data seemingly are private and are sent exclusively to Billboard (in the USA).

    If that’s not the case, I hope you can elaborate as I’m confused on your usage of the formula :).

    1. Hi Alfonso!

      I’m not sure to really understand your question. The streaming method is not supposed at all to concern the US only, in fact all streaming numbers are global. Both Spotify and YouTube provide streams of their audio/video tracks.

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