CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis

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Streaming Sales

Below table lists Spotify streaming of all songs from the five albums we are studying. The Comprehensive Streaming is reached by multiplying Spotify figures by 68/26. In fact, as shown in IFPI 2015 Report, there were 68 million paying subscribers to all streaming platforms by the end of 2015. While the exact count of Spotify paying subscribers by the end of 2015 is unknown, that figure reached 20 million in June 2015 and 30 million in March 2016, thus an estimated 26 million is used as of the end of 2015.

The equivalent album sales is the division of the comprehensive streaming figure by 1500 as it is now the norm in the new industry model.

Streaming Part 1 – Blowin’ In The Biz

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It has been widely reported how the singer debut album Bob Dylan moved less than 5,000 units when first released way back in 1962. More than 50 years later, it sold more copies in streaming album sales equivalent, talk about an irony! Although it had no hit, the fact all album tracks are near or over half a million plays is impressive.

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and The Times They Are A-Changin’ are similar albums in a way that both are cult, both are never quoted among the artist Top 3 best albums though, but both contain some of the artist most well known songs. Very few 50+ years old songs made it to the 15 million streams level, still, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is home to three such hits, including Blowin’ In The Wind, one of the most covered songs ever.

The last album contains the cult title track which is close to 50 million plays by now. Both latter albums add for almost 250,000 album sales equivalent, a strong addition within’ a few years when you consider they sold 7 million units combined in album format with such a long period of availability.

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Mika

An old Dylan fan asks. How to react to Dylan complete collection where the total production of 47 CD also on vinyl. Publication 2013 price about 470 euros or so. If the collection has sold 100000 copies, then 4,7 million records have been sold and the price per copy is 10 euros. Cutting edge Limited edition (5000 pcs) cost 599 euros. Now Discogs is selling it for roughly 1000 euros. Probably starts from the idea that Dylan fans are already old (me too) and may have more money to buy these and other expencive stuff. And Nobel status is also… Read more »

Mika

50th anniversary album chart from Spain. Called “superventas LPs”. From 1st of April 1969 to March 2019. TOP ALBUM ARTISTS (points system) 1 Joan Manuel Serrat 2 Julio Iglesias 3 BOB DYLAN 6 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 7 BEATLES 10 QUEEN 12 Rolling Stones 15 Elton John 17 Madonna 18 Eric Clapton 21 Michael Jackson 25 Santana 26 Iron maiden 27 David Bowie 32 Pink Floyd 34 U2 35 Rod Stewart 36 Bee Gees ……. No Elvis Presley. But Spaniards like Dylan and Bruce. Live success is also at the same level. Queen is said to have sold 6,67 milloin albums in… Read more »

Mika

Dylan was 56 years old when he wrote The song “Make you feel my love”. First Billy Joel made his own version, then Garth Brooks his own. The song was The theme song in The movie “Hope Floats” and The soundtrack had 2 version of it. The other was sung by Thrisha Yearwood. The song was number one on The country chart performed Brooks. 2008 Adele made her own version and IS sure The most popular with over 500 milloin streams. The song is a modern era standard. Dylan’s creative season was 1965-66, when he made his best albums of… Read more »

Mika

Bob Dylan along with Keith Secor or rather separately wrote one of The best-selling country song in the world. Song called “Wagon wheel” singing by Darius Rucker. Originally Dylan made A song back in 1973 called “Rock me mama”. Dylan wasn’t happy and left song. Much later a Guy named Keith Secor heard it from The bootleg and made words into IT and now Rucker version 8 x Platinum RIAA and Secor version 2 x Platinum. The best selling country song is the “Cruise” from the band Florida Georgia Line. Funny, Dylan threw The song just to go. IT says… Read more »

Mika

One year has passed again. Bob Dylan turns 79 year 24.5 2020. A large portion of musician have died prematurely. Drug addictions, prescription drugs and so on. Elvis, Hendrix, Morrison, M. Jackson, big 27 club, Cobain… Dylan has been allowed to live to a mature old age. Bob likes to drink whiskey and it has been great addition to his voice. Dylan IS still working a full Power, 80-90 concerts per year around The world. New record IS coming and IT seems that IT may be one of his best. Huge creativity and hard work. Finally President Barack Obama sums… Read more »

Mika

Bob Dylan 78 year today and still going strong. Never ending tour continue. Nobel Prize literature Winner. Dylan did not to go to getThe Prize so he called Committee when he was on Sweden . The were so glad when they saw Dylan alive. Dylan doesnt need Nobel but Nobel needs Dylan. Bob Dylan IS at his own level. Living Genius, real Artist, no entertainer.

Mika

Bob Dylan 150 million CSPC. Covers knock heavens door by guns n roses, Eric Clapton and others, over 20 million EAS. Make you feel my love, Adele, Brooks almost 10 million. All along the watchtower by Hendrix 15-18 million EAS. (my estimate). Elvis, U2, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel..All covers and cover albums 70-80 million EAS. TOGETHER 220-230 million. Nobel prize winner, books, songbooks and books about Dylan, 1000 different books about Bob. Sorry bad language.

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No biggest tracks list?

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

more and congratulations for the web site.
Then it is very beautiful analysis for Bob Dylan, is very detailed even with the various live and many bootleg, you really are a very great scholarly and studious of these great artists (singers and groups). this week I hope you analyze some famous group that I mentioned to you earlier, they are (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen etc.), of course the four groups I mentioned I hope you analyze for first Fab Four (The Beatles).

skkywill

He is no doubt a great singer and song-writer!I can,t wait to read posts about another great jewish artist and of of Columbia’s Bs- Barbra Streisand

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