Understanding: Music Clubs #2 – The Eagles, Mariah Carey

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Here we go again! After establishing the main specificities of Music Clubs and presenting a couple of examples, it is time to go deeper into numbers and study additional artists performances at those atypical sellers.

There have been requests to study Madonna, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears – we will be doing so during next weeks, extending the latest one to her label Jive as they had a special relationship with Clubs. We won’t stop there as the Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana and a few more also deserve comments on this subject. Today we will focus on two of those acts – the Eagles and Mariah Carey.

Well, as me, I guess you prefer so good ol’ figures rather than long talks so let’s get this done!

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Luminator

I noticed that – against the analysis that you give in this article – that both Mariah’s “Merry Christmas” and “Rainbow” actually were available through the Columbia House music club. They even had regular catalog numbers: Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas (Columbia) – 112789 Available as of 1995: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/82467713/ As of 2001: https://archive.org/details/universityofmemp2001unse –> page 142 Mariah Carey – Rainbow (Columbia) 324608 Available as of October 2000: https://newspaperarchive.com/madison-wisconsin-state-journal-oct-22-2000-p-857/ As of 2001: https://archive.org/details/universityofmemp2001unse –> page 137 “Rainbow” is even presented with a picture, which sets it apart from less popular albums. How does that go together with your claim that both… Read more »

puffygucci

hello i dont really understand whats the unsold units?

Susie

Hey MJD, can you post a breakdown for Ariana Grande sales, please?

P.S.: I loved the new site <3

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

congratulations for the beautiful articles for Music Clubs 1 and 2. This weekend do you will realize CSPC analysis of some singer or groups ?
I hope you realize CSPC analysis of The Beatles !!!

Aurélien

Sting is about to release a new album, let’s hope he – along with his band, The Police – are among those who will be treated next!

Gustavo

Fantastic job, as usual. I would like to see how high “Merry Christmas” can get if Sony requests an audit for it + streaming inclusion… it could easily get 7 platinum.

I also wonder if Eagles’ “Greatest hits” can keep up the competition with “Thriller”… it seems unlikely now that streaming is a factor.

Luminator

I have one further remark: I totally agree with you on all your estimations, but i find Rainbow’s shipment of 3,5 million a tad bit too low. Isn’t it reasonable to estimate 3,6-3,7 million considering the inaccuracy of SoundScan and further shipments?

I would be very grateful if you’d have a word on this remark!

Thanks in advance!

Luminator

Thank you! I guess the 4,…. numbers were a typo! Of course we’re talking about the 3,…. -range 😉

Stephen

This is so well explained. Must have taken a lot of time too. Seriously, thank you!

Luminator

Thank you so much MJ! You really invested a lot of your time for Mariah and cleared up all the stupid discussion concerning her “fake diamond albums”!

I hope to see her overall CSPC article very soon! It’s about time 😉

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