CSPC: Fleetwood Mac Popularity Analysis

Fleetwood Mac Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all figures, how many overall equivalent album sales each Fleetwood Mac album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Tusk singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 360,000 albums – 2,400,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500)

You read it well – Rumours becomes the very first album among all discographies we studied so far to cross the 60 million barrier. What is even more unreal is that this album success wasn’t equal everywhere. It ended as a great seller everywhere, but not that huge in many areas like in Asia, Latin countries and others. In the other side, its success in English-speaking markets is out of this world. With more than 75% of their sales coming from the US-UK-Canada-Australia, this album generated more than 46 million units in those countries alone. That figure is so outstanding that in spite of the relatively lower sales elsewhere, globally the album still has a nearly 10 million units lead over Grease Soundtrack or Nirvana‘s Nevermind, a 15 million units lead over Guns N’ Roses monster album Appetite For Destruction.

Elsewhere, Tango In The Night, which on its side failed to truly succeed in the US, achieves more than 21 million CSPC sales. Completing a strong podium is Fleetwood Mac at 17,2 million. Tusk and Mirage are always referred to as hardcore flops, the fact is that only the historical success of Rumours make them look so weak. At 9,7 million and 8,3 million respectively, they perform rather well everything considered. Their standalone hits from the 60s created a very solid Orphan Album too.

Apart from those records, the rest of their discography isn’t that big with no album reaching even 3 million album sales equivalent. Worst, eight of their albums seem completely inexistent, plus a couple more close to that situation. I often mention how CPSC articles highlight each era added value to the music industry in a pure way, this is a very telling example as those records are truly dead, bringing no value at all to Fleetwood Mac, the complete opposite of Rumours. It sounds almost impossible that an album like Heroes Are Hard To Find, released less than 3 years before an all-time blockbuster album, is so much ignored today. Obviously, the band line-up notably changed in-between but that situation is still quite atypical.

As for the band overall total, the cumulative tally of Fleetwood Mac is up to 144,8 million album sales equivalent. In other words, non-Rumours albums are worth 83,6 million album sales equivalent, more than careers of Nickelback or Green Day. The point being, even if Rumours’ magnitude of success would overshadow all remaining albums of anyone’s discography, the band Fleetwood Mac is very far from being a one-album wonder, indeed, they have been a major force in the music industry for nearly 50 years now.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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Mike

My first time on this site. Not arguing, just curious. How is it most lists I view online have Rumours at 50M copies, and this list is well under 40M?

Martin

Because none of those lists have actually dissected Rumours sales, to see if it actually could have sold 50m, they just regurgitate record company press releases, which are always overstated, either due to their wording being misleading or using dubious and undehanded counting methods.

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jeff

Hi MJD,
Guardians of the Galaxy has propelled Chains to popularity and the volume 2 mix tape album is still selling great. Just wondering how u going to credit it to Fleetwood? Like if e album sells 500k, how much album eq u gg to credit to them?

Sinny

I was wondering where you got some of this sales data. Some albums, like Fleetwood Mac (1968), Penguin, Heroes are Hard to Find, Fleetwood Mac (1975), Tusk, and Mirage seem to have higher sales than expected. You list Heroes at 1,000,000 units in the US, yet it hasn’t received a certification.

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Guillaume!
Can you please post the detail per country for Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits?
Thank you very much in advance!
Tony

James

This is fantastic and very accurate. Can this be done for Stevie Nicks please?

Teresa Turner

Not as well known as Abba or The Police? Lol!!!!!! Be real!!!

Teresa Turner

Highly unlikely? Well, what is your study based on? Lol! I’m not putting down Abba or The Police but cmon? I don’t even know the names of the people in Abba! I bet all these countries have heard of let’s say for instance, STEVIE NICKS? Just saying. Then they would of course associate her with the band Fleetwood Mac.

Innocent Eyes

Errr I’m also from France and most people definately don’t know who Fleetwood Mac are, let alone Stevie Nicks. Everybody knows Abba and The Police though.

Teresa Turner

OK Thank You 😁

Gus

I am from Argentina. ABBA was super massive here. My mother was a big fan in the 70s (she bought some albums)… If I ask her about Fleedwood Mac… she would say: “What is that?”
MJD is completely right about that.

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

Your articles and your detailed analysis are always fantastic, even for Fleetwood Mac, really compliments, I visit your site every day to see if there are new artists analyzed, I hope you analyze as soon as the Fab Four (The Beatles), I’m a big fan of the four legendary musicians from Liverpool !!!

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!! Thank you for answering me. I also believe that The Beatles are still the first artists to have sold more records than all, in fact, in your old website that was “fan of music” you show in your graph that six albums of The Beatles were present in the top 100 best-selling albums of all time. Albums that were present The Beatles 1, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, 1962-1966 (The Red Album), 1967-1970 (The Blue Album), The Beatles (White Album). I hope that by the end of October you realize CSPC analysis of… Read more »

Raffi

Nice work again MJD! Quite a big number for a band who is often considered a one-album wonder!

By the way, MJD, you made a slight (probably irrelevant) mistakes on page 20. Firstly, the release year for Tango in the Night says 1977, but it should be 1987. Moreover, on Orphan albums, those singles add up to 4,3m, so the album equivalent should be 1,29m, 60K less than what you’ve typed.

Looking forward for your next post!

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