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 – 1964 Newest Hit Makers
With no song cracking 10 million Spotify streams as of now, the Rolling Stones 1964 albums aren’t record breakers on that area. Nevertheless, with all songs over 400,000 plays and many tracks in the million club, they are far from being bad performers considering they are more than 50 years old. The most played song from those R&B / Jazz covers years appears to be Time Is On My Side.
In terms of equivalent album sales, those results represent 29,000 and 36,000 units for The Rolling Stones and 12 x 5 respectively.