CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

David Bowie TRIBUTE, London Fields

Streaming Sales

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.

NB: as we now switched to 2017, Chartmasters.org is going to update the ratio used on this methodology as soon as official market information from IFPI gets published in order to maintain the relevancy of all figures.

Streaming Part 1 – Breaking Over

The consistency of most of those three early albums tracks is very respectable, almost all of them topping 100,000 plays and almost all as well being over 500,000 from 1969 album. Nevertheless, only two songs top 2,5 million, although they do it in great fashion.

The first is Nirvana-covered hit The Man Who Sold The Wold at 17 million while the breakthrough smash Space Oddity is up to an impressive 61 million, easily enough to make it one of the Top 100 most streamed song from the 60s. This brings a nice 124,000 album sales equivalent to its parent album.

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El Jolito

The Greatest solo artist in history.

Tony

That will be Michael Jackson

Mikko

Best selling solo artist of all time, but not most important or most influential solo artist of all time.

Tony

That’s just your opinion, mine is he is very overrated and his sales are poor considering he is supposed to be that good. Half a dozen very good songs doesn’t make you the greatest.

Martin

Yes, Jacksons sales and popularity are amazing and his influence immense but Bowie was way, way more diverse than Jackson.

Nick

It’s so irritating when people can’t wrap their heads around the fact that sales aren’t everything. Sales are great but they don’t indicate how inventive, creative, influential, etc. an artist was/is.

Jazz

Who cares. Musical diversity and critical acclaim is so overrated.

Martin

Lots of people care, lots of people don’t want to listen to an artist who just releases the same sounding stuff over and over again.

As for critical acclaim, I couldn’t give a toss about it either.

Last edited 2 months ago by Martin
Analord

“That’s just your opinion”

It’s all about opinions, except if you believe that talent should be measured by success, which would be very dumb.

Speed of Life

Also the version of All The Young Dudes with Ian Hunter and Bowie on vocals on the Mott The Hoople page doesn’t show up on his features.

Speed of Life

Just noticed that a number of Bowie songs have recently been been greyed out on spotify and their totals no longer show on the spotify tool report.They’re all on the albums Platinum Collection and Sound + Vision.
Also for some reason the songs credited to Bowie and the Spider on the Bowie at the Beeb album have a separate artist id??