CSPC: Spice Girls Popularity Analysis

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Full Length related record Sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical single, downloads and streams to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, instead they exploit the value originated from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge how valuable the studio album is, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains it all.

Remaining Long Format

How to understand this table? If you check for example the Greatest Hits compilation album line, those figures mean it sold 1,350,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for 242 million streaming plays on Spotify.

The second part at the right of the table shows how many streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package streams. Thus, streaming figures tell us Spice songs are responsible for 76% of the Greatest Hits tracklist attractiveness. This means it generated 1,032,000 of its 1,350,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

Considering the insane domination of Wannabe in their catalog – it has quite simply more streams alone than all other Spice Girls songs combined! With 139 million against 121 million, it comes as no surprise to see Spice as the driving force of their compilations and music videos.

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RENÉ BRUNES-DE-MONTLOUET

They’re at number 99? that sounds wrong and very low, but at the same time it doesn’t and I’ll explain why. The fact is that most of the Spice Girls success and big global success was only based on 2 albums! They literally were only together as 5 for 2 years and only recorded 2 albums as a group of 5. Spice Mania was mega explosive but very short lived. They perhaps could have lasted longer, but they were overworked, probably more than other big artists, they released Spice and Spice World within a year from each other or even… Read more »

Andrea Semenzato

Ho! This year will be the Spice Girls’ 25th! Can I suggest a new post with updated numbers?

And the sales for each solo spice maybe? I’m so curious!! 🙏

Think about it!
Anyway, love your site!

bruh

How much would Spice and Spiceworld have sold on BMG and Britannia Music Clubs if you could extrapolate from the rest of their sales?

Martin

Hi Bruh, There was no BMG music club in the UK. At one point there were numerous music clubs in the UK but all had folded by the late 90s, with only Britannia remaining, it eventually folded sometime around 2007. In all truth though, it had been dying a death from the turn of the century. I do not have music club figures for Spiceworld but I have exact music club shipments for Spice, which are; 1996  — 2,749 1997  — 154,094 1998  — 41,636 1999  — 8,844 2000  — 1,431 2001  — 679 2002  — 203 2003  — 81… Read more »

Bruh

Thanks Martin.

Sorry, I made a mistake in my question. I meant BMG and Columbia House. I was asking about potentially lost US sales.

Thanks again.

Andrea Semenzato

Hi! Very interesting page! Said that, in 2019 they toured the world to an IMPRESSIVE 700,000k tickets sold from just 13 dates, thsi means that they’re not only remembered by now 30somethings, but they are still very much considered as iconic even from youngsters of this generation. When you wrote this article figures were, yes, a bit low but i think they had a pretty good resurgence in these last 3 years, new GH album sales and Wannabe figures literally exploded taking it near the 460 million mark, while many others singles jumped too: Stop reached 70 million mark and… Read more »

Kris

The streaming numbers indicate that for the younger generation, the Spice Girls are very much a one-hit wonder. “Wannabe” is the song that lasted. The rest of the streaming numbers are quite poor compared to say the Backstreet boys, who also have one enormous hit (I want it that way) but then several other songs above 200 M or 100 M plays.

Andrea Semenzato

Sorry but i absolutely don’t agree! A One hit wonder will never sell 700,000 tickets IN A HEARTBEAT like they did last summer, c’mon. The super youngsters maybe just know Wannabe, that’s true, but i can absolutely bet they can recognize they’re just absolutely big and if they don’t know other songs it’s just cause they belong to a different generation and aren’t particularly interested in hearing them. I know Beatles, titles of the song (cause i’m very passionate about music) but i don’t listen to them and i bet LOADS of youngsters will recognize some songs because they’re still… Read more »

Dan

I think “Spice” has already reached 30 million CSPS, this needs an update 🔥

Dan

Dude…

dhhd

https://pro-musicabr.org.br/home/certificados/?busca_artista=Spice+Girls&tmidia=1
Why I only see multiple gold certifications instead of platinum?

Marcus André

Put the mouse in the gold discs and you’ll read (in portuguese): Platinum, double platinum, etc . This new PMB website is terrible.

dhhd

Before 1xP=50k, it was 1xP=75k in Indonesia,right?I saw it on Billboard. I wonder when it changed to 1xP=50k.And When Korea changed 1xP=100k to 1xP=60k, Thailand changed 1xP=50k to 1xP=40k.

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