CSPC: NSYNC Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

NSYNC (1997) – 792,000 equivalent albums

I Want You Back – 1,270,000
Tearin’ Up My Heart – 610,000
For the Girl Who Has Everything – 160,000
Here We Go – 180,000
Together Again – 90,000
God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You – 290,000
Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy) – 40,000

Home for Christmas (1998) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – 10,000

No Strings Attached (2000) – 729,000 equivalent albums

Bye Bye Bye – 1,030,000
It’s Gonna Be Me – 780,000
This I Promise You – 480,000
I’ll Never Stop – 140,000

Celebrity (2001) – 363,000 equivalent albums

Pop – 280,000
Girlfriend – 720,000
Gone – 210,000

Orphan – 207,000 equivalent albums

Music of My Heart – 620,000
U Drive Me Crazy – 70,000

The late 90s were still good years for physical single sales, although majors had started to hold out various singles from that format in the US already. This is in part why NSYNC‘s sales are that irregular as their hits sold either about half a million units or zero in the US, depending on their availability.

The band was quite popular in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA) which provides them with some decent sales there. The 6 singles from their debut album which weren’t issued in the US sold nearly 90% of their units in GSA.

In total, they sold 7 million physical singles during their career including the million selling hits I Want You Back and Bye Bye Bye.

7 thoughts on “CSPC: NSYNC Popularity Analysis”

  1. So this puts NSYNC at less than half the backstreet boys, which totally makes sense. I always felt their music didn’t quite compare…it had a cheaper sound and seemed like they were just riding the boy band trend rather than leading it.

  2. I’m wondering about a similar comparison between Take That and Robbie Williams, at the moment. Who would have higher CSPC in your opinion?

  3. Hah. I knew right from the very beginning that Nsync was extremely local. I was right. Their sales was nowhere near Britney nor BSB. Justin did the right move by dating Britney. It gave him the opportunity to introduce himself to the world, and is very useful for the build up of his solo career.

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