CSPC: Foo Fighters Popularity Analysis

Foo Fighters

Original Album Sales – Comments

1995 Foo Fighters – 3,350,000
1997 The Colour and the Shape – 4,825,000
1999 There Is Nothing Left to Lose – 3,200,000
2002 One by One – 3,775,000
2005 In Your Honor – 4,050,000
2007 Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace – 2,925,000
2011 Wasting Lights – 2,525,000
2014 Sonic Highways – 1,550,000
2017 Concrete and Gold – 550,000

Up to 26,75 million studio albums sold, the Foo Fighters proved their consistency long term. In fact, they achieved this total with no album breaking the 5 million mark. Their first 7 albums all sold past 2,5 million copies, a tremendous showing.

If we get into the details, those figures appear to be even more impressive. The group sold pretty poorly in various markets like France and Spain, which makes their total all the more solid.

The French market proves the band is absolutely not a Nirvana-side project. Cobain‘s band was massive there. Thanks to that, the self-titled debut of the Foo Fighters did OK there with 150,000 units sold. Their next 8 outputs sold an average of 30,000 copies. Clearly, fans of the older band aren’t buying copies of the new group. In the same range of ideas, the consistency points out how the Foo Fighters kept building their own fan base.

Please be aware that as Concrete and Gold remains recent, a large chunk of those units, some 40%, are still not sold as of this day.

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Foo Fighters Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hey MJD,

    I am very impressed with your works after reading several analyses. Keep up the excellent work. I have several requests, which are:

    1. I think it would be better if you put an extra page about the total album (all types) sales per country. I don’t know if you have included this particular page on every artist as I’ve only seen it on Nirvana and Pink Floyd. It is fascinating to add this page since the readers can see which country generates the most sales and primary markets for the artists.

    2. I would like to see the analyses of these following artists:

    – AC/DC
    – Elton John
    – Pearl Jam
    – Queen
    – Oasis
    – Radiohead
    – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    I know it’s a lot of work, but it will be great to find out how the published artists compete with their contemporaries. I look forward to reading the in-depth analyses of the artists mentioned above. Good luck!

    1. Hi Hagai!

      The page with totals is now a recurrent on all articles. Only the oldest ones do not have it and as they are being updated it is added!

      As for the artists you mention, two of them are among the next 7 artists planned so far but you will have to wait to know which ones 😉

  2. I would like to see the CSPC for:

    The Who
    The Doors
    The Moody Blues
    Simon & Garfunkel
    Deep Purple
    Kiss
    Duran Duran
    Eurythmics

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