CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of the own studio album sales on those releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

The final number of such releases sales generated by Saturday Night Fever is an insane 24,8 million units.

Let’s focus on other releases though as we will come back to 1977 Soundtrack later. The band first three albums sold each a bit more than 1,2 million pure album sales, they moved a combined 14 million compilations yet. The conclusion is a real statement – pure album sales are near irrelevant for very old LPs which came out in a singles era and got replaced by compilations.

The ultimate demonstration of a flop album is when a label completely ignores it in all its compilation / live / box packages. Please notice how Life in a Tin Can, Living Eyes or Staying Alive created zero value for those releases. It shows well that selling compilations isn’t granted, hits must be rated as valuable by the general public.

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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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