CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis

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Dolores O'Riordan

Full Length related record Sales – Part 1

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

How to understand this table? If you check for example the Stars: The Best of 1992-2002 line, those figures mean it sold 2,660,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 583,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the No Need to Argue album are responsible for  52% of the Stars: The Best of 1992-2002 track list attractiveness. This means it generated 1,383,000 of its 2,660,000 album sales and so forth for the other records.

Since very few songs represent the overwhelming majority of the catalog strength, the distribution pattern of sales is almost always the same with the first two albums accounting for 85% of all sales.

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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