CSPC: One Direction Popularity Analysis

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Michael Jackson, George Michael, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake… the tradition of a former young boy-band singer morphing into a massive pop star has a long history. Given their immense popularity during this decade, eyes are now focused on former One Direction members. Zayn (Malik) was the first to test the market with mixed fortunes. This week, Harry Styles is looking to sit a top the chart throne with his self titled debut album.

Can one of them really become a huge pop star ? After all, heavily hyped bands like the Backstreet Boys or the New Kids On The Block failed to produce strong solo singers. In all fairness, none of their members were as charismatic as several One Direction singers. Examples mentioned at the start of this article prove that the high popularity of a band can make it easier for their members to do well afterwards. How big have One Direction really been? How many album and singles have they sold?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all One Direction‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures. Let’s go!

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Emmett

MJD. Are you ever planning on doing a CSPC for Nsync. I heard that Nsync was very2 big in the US and Canada, but did very2 poor worldwide. Would love to have a confirmation. Tq.

RLAAMJR

Westlife is bigger than One Direction.

Adriana

One direction are bigger than backstreet boys? 43 million since 2012 is more than 92 million since 1996?

directioner

Great job, MJD!!!! One question: What is more impressive, 42 million since 2011 (one direction) or 93 million since 1996 (backstreet boys)?

directioner

Great jobe, MJD!!!! One cuestion: What is more impressive, 45 million since 2011 (one direction) or 93 million since 1996 (backstreet boys)?

Matheus

little mix & selena gomez pls

Sambuu

Muse next please

Trish

Great job once again! I’m impressed by their stats, I knew they were big but not that big. I also thought their success was mostly limited to Europe for some reason, but it seems like they’re equally massive everywhere.

I also wanted to ask you, when can we expect updates for the Britney Spears and Rihanna articles? I’m looking forward to them! 🙂

carlos

wow at the inflation of their asia sales D:
made in the A.M doesn’t sold 190k in japan, purpose sold 150k there and it was the best selling (western) album there in 2016.

carlos

purpose was the best physical western album (120k) and clearly he sold more digital sales, even he still is top 5 in itunes japan.. then if they sold 190k, purpose sold like 250k or more? even the album recently peaked #1 in japan itunes
i’m confused bc i’m comparing both albums wich dropped the same time, but you put for purpose japan sales 125k, so??

carlos

it’s ok, but then for comparison.. purpose sold more than 125k, then? purpose was #1 (itunes) when ed released divide and he sold that week 5k or more (digitally)
you have a error in bieber sales, my worlds sold 5.5M, not 4.9M but i think you missed 2009 sales for my world EP

carlos

when jb was touring in japan (september) the album re entered to the top of oricon. it reached 110k, suppose to date is in 120k-130k, with digital sales is around of? how many do you think he did? i think total (digital + physical) sales in japan are 180k-190k or more .
with 1d, 130k prediction is accurate, considering they reached 100k physical.

thanks for answer me, you are so nice.

carlos

btw 1D sold really impressive in venezuela, midnight memories sold 100k (diamond), tbh i think are 100% pure because venezuela doesn’t count streaming services.. you take it in considering to total ww sales?

Jake

Wow this is super interesting, O never knew they were such huge album sellers. 24m pure album sales this decade is so impressive haha, (I think only Adele’s ahead? Although that’s without catalogue sales)

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