CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

2006 High School Musical – 9,000,000
2007 High School Musical 2 – 6,600,000
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year – 4,025,000

Bang! If airwaves were flooded with Rihanna and Nelly Furtado by then, the High School Musical albums were selling just as much. In fact, the first volume topped the IFPI Annual list of Worldwide top sellers for 2006. With 6 million album sales, it was just ahead of Stadium Arcadium by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The series replicated the feat in 2007 with the second volume topping the list at 6,3 million, with Amy Winehouse second at 5,6 million with the classic Back To Black.

This is where the total of 19,6 million albums sold is truly impressive – it happened in no time at all. During the three years from 2006 to 2008, no artist sold more albums than the High School Musical cast. To be comprehensive, they haven’t sold only 19,6 million albums as remix, karaoke and live sets quickly emerged too. We are going to meet them under the remaining long formats section.

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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