CSPC: Linkin Park Popularity Analysis

Linkin Park CAREER CSPC RESULTS

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So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Linkin Park album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Meteora released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,823,000 albums – 12,150,000 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 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

During this article, several questions emerged. The first one was how big their early albums really were. At 30,95 million, Hybrid Theory is pretty impressive, undoubtedly one of the biggest albums of the millennium. At 18 million and 11,4 million respectively, both Meteora and Minutes To Midnight are very solid successes to the surprise of nobody.

A second observation was about the downward spiral the band was facing album after album. While their popularity is clearly going down, CSPC figures tell us Living Things was actually a rebound from A Thousand Suns. As Streaming is clearly favorable to the later album, the gap is only going to grow. There is not much left to defend The Hunting Party though. At 1,5 million overall, the album is weak in all fronts with very low download sales and streaming appeal for a 2014 record.

One More Light isn’t starting strongly, but the immense popularity of the band in the streaming arena may help it top its predecessor in the long run.

A third question we raised in the past was the Coldplay vs Linkin Park debate. As a reminder the Yellow band generated 60,4 million equivalent album sales for their 00s outputs – with four albums – and 85,1 million in total. With only three albums in the 00s, Linkin Park top them at 60,3 million. The large majority of their Orphan Album sales came from their 00s material as well, thus pushing the group total for the decade to more than 66 million. Maybe surprisingly, those figures make Linkin Park the biggest band of the 00s, ahead of Coldplay.

At 78,2 million album sales equivalent, Linkin Park’s career total is quite solid as well, although their later material is increasing the cumulative number quite slowly. In any case, their catalog is going strong on streaming platforms. A situation poised to last for many years to come.

The following pages list the most successful songs by Linkin Park, as well as 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, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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Christian Smith

With the tragic death of Chester Bennington, a lot more people had been listening to Linkin Park after this event. Streaming numbers for all albums are vastly higher now on both Spotify & YouTube than they were when this was last updated in June 2017 Specifically, their last album One More Light (which was only around a month old at time of last update) has done very well in terms of streaming numbers in the over 3 years since. I think it’s quite rare for rock bands like Linkin Park to have an album from 2017 be this popular on… Read more »

Asher Salvatore

WHAT THE FUCK!!! This the stupidest estimations! You’ve ever done!! 😂😂
Honestly.. im disappointed

Anthony Blanchard

Arguments?
Oh… maybe you don’t have any?
You’re funny little boy!

César

arguments: i don’t like it 😎

RLAAMJR.

I’m disappointed in you.

Tony

It’s only because you don’t like the truth, rather the real, most accurate figures out there.

Jason potter

Hybrid theory has sold 30 million and meteora 27 million so your way off with your final total

Jason potter

Show me proof then mate, I got those figures from linkin parks website, and mjd I don’t believe everything I read you seem to know everything about everything pal

Donald Miller

Stop embarrassing yourself.

Jason potter

Donald mind your own business son, mine are facts son you believe this rubbish site I dont

Martin

Dinny make me laugh, yours are facts, thats one of the most hysterical things I’ve read on here. Sorry to say this pal, but you sound like some easily led muppet, who’ll believe anything as long as it comes from an “official” source. Next you’ll be telling us you believe everything a politician or a political party tells us or what some bank or banker tells us or what some oil company tells us, to be true facts, just because the information comes from them! Don’t be so bloody naive and taken in by misinformation. Just because an official source… Read more »

Donald Miller

When you post on a public forum, you make it everyone else’s business. Do you understand how that works?

Kaito

UPDATE – RIAA.com

Hybrid Theory – Platinum x 11
Meteora – Platinum x 7
Minutes to Midnight – Platinum x 4
A Thousand Suns – Platinum
Living Things – Platinum
The Hunting Party – Platinum

RLAAMJR

I think the reason of decrease on albums sales is because they release their album like every after 3 years which is too long that their fans might have found love to other music artists/bands when Linkin Park was out of the music scene.

But All the songs of their first album are great, I never imagined to love all of them.

I hope they’ll never stop making music. They should look for somebody to take (not replace) Chester’s part so their loyal fans will always be happy to continue to collect their albums.

The Dude

I agree! Along with John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Janis Joplin, Brad Delp, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, and to a less extent, Bon Scott, no one can truly replace Chester. He joined the ranks of all the deceased rock vocalist I’ve mentioned. If Linkin Park can get someone who sounds almost exactly like him with a very similar ability and range as a tribute, then. It would make me feel like if he was still around nostalgically. Alice In Chains have done that move before and it was… Read more »

Jordan

MJD can you do Lana Del Rey? I can’t find her total sales for Ultraviolence or Honeymoon, and estimates for BTD are probably outdated by now. She’s releasing a new album now so I guess it’s good timing.

Thanks a lot.

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