CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis

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Cranberries - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Original Album Sales – Comments

1993 Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? – 8,520,000
1994 No Need to Argue – 17,840,000
1996 To the Faithful Departed – 6,230,000
1999 Bury the Hatchet – 3,510,000
2001 Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – 1,390,000
2012 Roses – 160,000

With an Oasis-like trajectory the Cranberries enjoyed 3 fairly solid albums in as many years with one peak over 17 million before facing harder times. In total their 6 studio albums sold close to 38 million units.

Details are bizarre. Some 72,5% of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?‘s sales come from the US and the UK. From Bury the Hatchet, these countries forgot about them – a mere 18% of its sales were achieved in the two countries. The album sold for example more than 3 times more in Italy than in the UK. It was successful in continental Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The trend continued with Wake Up and Smell the Coffee which still did quite well in some areas but bombed hard in the main markets, leading to the band spltting. Their attempt at a comeback in 2012 with Roses failed completely.

10 thoughts on “CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hello. You have different numbers for the “Roses” album in the breakdown and summary pages (140k and 160k). Just thought I should point that out.

  2. Thank you very much! How much were they popular in Ireland ? I heard they sold huge amounts of records back in the day. How do they rank among Ireland’s most popular acts and singers ?

    1. I belive the U2 and Enya must be more popular in Ireland than Cranberries. Then, I’m not sure about Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Thin Lizzy.. But of course that’s just my guess and I don’t know for sure.

    2. I have heard that the Irish and British are very big huge fans of rock songs. I guess they must have done very well there too.

  3. I heard the Cranberries were massively boycotted by british radios when their third record came out in order to promote british rock bands instead. That would explain why their sales in the UK are not that big.

  4. He has seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, and 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100.

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