CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Robin Gibb, do Bee Gees, morre aos 62 anos

Digital Singles Sales

The standard misconception of digital singles sales is that they replaced physical single sales. It may be true for newly released hits, but not so for catalog ones. The fact anything is available anytime makes digital singles a product much closer to former catalog albums. When the public was looking for an artist’s big hits, they went after a best of, during the last 10 years they were capable of cherry-picking those big hits in downloads instead.

Thus, bands often flagged as “singles bands” in the old days aren’t necessarily the biggest sellers in the digital area as their catalog sales aren’t always that great. Something confirmed with the Bee Gees, as we will see.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Bee Gees’ 1st (1967) – 120,000 equivalent albums

New York Mining Disaster 1941 – 100,000
To Love Somebody – 600,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Horizontal (1968) – 128,000 equivalent albums

Massachusetts – 500,000
Words – 250,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Idea (1968) – 83,000 equivalent albums

I Started a Joke – 425,000
I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You – 100,000
Remaining tracks – 25,000

Odessa (1969) – 15,000 equivalent albums

First of May – 75,000
Remaining tracks – 25,000

Cucumber Castle (1970) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Don’t Forget to Remember – 75,000
Remaining tracks – 25,000

Years passed since the Bee Gees’ first hits. As mentioned in the introduction, their first international single reaches 50 years old this month. The singles unfortunately haven’t passed those years too well, as most of them are almost forgotten nowadays.

Only three of those songs have relevant download figures – To Love Somebody, Massachusetts and I Started A Joke, each selling roughly half a million units. Sales figures of their remaining songs are fairly low.

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Giovanni Cuozzo

Great job!
Any chance to also include solo albums from Barry and Robin?
For sure they sell lesser than Bee Gees album, but I have never seen any estimation.

Juan Cristobal Guzman

The Top 100 Most Streamed Songs, By Decade in the USA
Stayin Alive the most Streamed song of the 70s in the US.
1950s Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin 24.03 M
1960s Hey Jude. The Beatles 84.74 M
1970s Stayin Alive The Bee Gees 244.37 M
1980s Billie Jean Michael Jackson 450.72 M
1990s I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston 315.17 M
Source: On- Demand U.S Streams (Audio and video combined) According to Nielsen Music

Juan Cristobal Guzman

Stayin Alive has reached over 400 million views on YouTube since 2009

Joe Brennan

Collecting all the potential “feat” instances will be quite a task, so I will not expect it. You’ve already done a lot. Starters would be the Barry and Robin solo albums at least. Most of the “feat” I can think of would be just 1 or 2 brothers, so whether that counts as Bee Gees, I am just not sure. You have to draw a line somewhere. One thing I would have put in are the pre-1967 Australian albums, but since they were almost exclusive to Aus and sales were not much, they would not make much difference in what… Read more »

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