Streaming is made up of two families – audio and video. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 132 million of the 212 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:
Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit
Equivalent Albums Sales = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750
Streaming Part 1
The reputation of Queen being a singles band appears to be clearly wrong with their streaming numbers. The album Queen, arguably their least remembered, still has plenty of album tracks with 2 million streams on Spotify. The lack of big hits limits the overall equivalent album sales from streams at 38,000. At 46,000, Queen II does slightly better with similar patterns.
Sheer Heart Attack repeats those same patterns too, but with one key difference, Killer Queen. With more than 50 million streams on both Spotify and YouTube it boosts the equivalent album sales impressively for the album, with a total of 199,000.