CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

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Since 1973, one part of the Moon has been shaking the entire World. The British band Pink Floyd are the ones responsible for this event, and nearly half a century later they are still producing new music as Is This the Life We Really Want?, the first studio album by founding member Roger Waters in 25 years, came out just a few days ago.

Among music legends, some have been incredible sellers like the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Others are nowhere near their stellar achievements a la Janis Joplin or Frank Zappa. So, just where do Pink Floyd stand?

The album Dark Side of the Moon is widely praised for its consistent sales since it spent decades charting on the Billboard US rankings. The 1979 double album The Wall was a long-standing #1 in various countries. On the minus side though, the band rarely issued singles. They also sold relatively few compilations. This means their studio albums have been catalyzing the largest part of their discography appeal. Thus, how does the band perform overall considering their lack of sales in several key formats? Are their pure album sales enough to put them among the A-List of the most popular artists of all-time?

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 the Pink Floyd’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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Trond Grønvold

Why didn’t you include Roger Waters solo-album in this article??

As always, great work.

Pelvis

Well, I see that you updated CSPC Pink Floyd with 400,000 copies of the box set (Shine On) for each album. Only I wanted to know why some albums like Meddle and The Dark Side of the Moon sold 575,000 copies instead The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here they sold 600,000 copies

Pelvis

Very well, if my calculations are correct CSPC PInk Floyd is 228,257,000 equivalent album sales considering that you must add 400,000 copies for each album of the box set (Shine On)

Pelvis

It’s incredible to see albums like The Dark Side of the Moon sold less than half of its 43 million in the first year of publication (1973) and then over time it sold so much, a more unique and rare case, then we must also say that it still continues to be sell as evidenced by its sales in the US that the RIA declares it sold 15 million until 1995, but many sources including you MJD know with certainty that The Dark Side of the Moon has sold 21,800,000 copies sold only in US.

Pelvis

Thank god t hat there are people like you MJD who update these albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) and The Joshua Tree (U2); If we only evaluate the RIAA certifications we will always say that The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) and The Joshua Tree (U2) have sold 15 million and 10 million respectively in the US. Instead, thanks to experienced people like you, we know that The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) sold 21,800,000 copies sold in US and The Joshua Tree (U2) sold 12,400,000 copies sold in US.… Read more »

Pelvis

Sorry again MJD, I know that Shine On (box set) does not include The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but here you include it.
Then always inheriting this box, I would like to know how its sales are not counted individually
like the box set (Led Zeppelin).

Danny

Great analysis. Can’t wait to see if Queen outsold them.

SkkyWill

time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s records

pat200

outstanding numbers! it is worth mentioning that they are the second artist on your list to have two 40+ million CSPC albums after Celine. Of course in their case, they almost have both their albums over 50 million which is a ridiculous result. Do you reckon any other artist of those left apart from Michael Jackson to have 2 albums generate over 40 million CSPC units (let alone 50 million!!)?

Stephen

Wonderful job as always!

skkywill

Great article! I have a question, is it the THE WALL and Moon era the biggest era of all time ? Or Michael’s Thillir era 1983-1985 or Beatles’ 1965-1969 or Celine’s 1996- 1999?

koerenas_albelia

time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s record

Mark

Pardon, which live albums did PF issue in the 73-79 time frame ?

Martin

You’ve misunderstood what was said. He’s not meaning live albums from 73-79, he’s meaning live albums from the 80s,90s etc that included tracks from their 73-79 studio albums.

Raffi

Hi MJD! Glad you’re back! It’s been a long wait and it was quite worth it! Regarding Pink Floyd’s sales, I have to say their album sales are excellent! 80m+ in both the US and Europe is mind-blowing! They also managed huge sales in almost everywhere except Asia, but that can be explained by the weak market during their peak. Still, I was rather disappointed with their performance on other formats. 8,8m physical singles is very low compared to acts of the same time frame, especially since the singles market was huge at the time. I guess not releasing so… Read more »

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