CSPC: Foo Fighters Popularity Analysis

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Foo Fighters #2

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Foo Fighters achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from In Your Honor released in digital format sold the equivalent of 765,000 albums – 5,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

        • As a reminder:

      • Studio Album: sales of the original album
      • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
      • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
      • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
      • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

The Colour and the Shape is the biggest album of all. It is up to 8,5 million units, a strong sophomore effort which more than doubles the debut LP. The most impressive aspect is the consistency though, as every album from the first 7 is well over 3,4 million. All those albums have decent catalog sales and push Greatest Hits close, with their noteworthy streaming results we can say that their future is really bright.

The negative conclusion is that the band is slowly but surely going down. Every album that came out after In Your Honor was less successful than its immediate predecessor. Concrete and Gold will need a serious hit to reverse this trend which isn’t looking likely as of now.

Nevermind (no pun intended), the band amassed 39,3 million equivalent album sales so far. That’s roughly half that of A-League bands like Coldplay, Green Day and Linkin Park which by itself is really good for a band that never had a hit crossing over the pop spectrum.

The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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
    Duran Duran

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