UPDATE: This post will remain featured for a week in tribute to the band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, who passed away today, July 20, 2017. May he rest in peace.
Please note all figures have been updated as of June 3, 2017.
The band Linkin Park were a huge part of the musical landscape during the 00s. In recent years, the hype slowed down but their newly issued album One More Light proved there is still a fan base for them around the world.
Music acts in the middle of the road are often the most difficult to evaluate success-wise. For veterans, the situation has been is clear for a long time as decades of catalog sales settled their position among their peers. For new artists, you only need to turn on the radio to know who’s hot. However, artists with careers that started 10 to 20 years ago don’t belong to any of these categories.
So, where do Linkin Park stand in the all-time list of most successful bands? Are they on the scale of the Gorillaz?, (who’s sales stand around 20 million equivalent album sales) or on the level of Guns N’ Roses? ( with sales well past 100 million?) Or do they stand somewhere between these pair?
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all of Linkin Park‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.