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.

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Matrix

Pink Floyd released 2011 box set ‘Discovery’. 16 discs. Why it isn’t included here? Or it’s just my mistake and I can’t found it…

Martin

No, you are correct Matrix. It seems to have been overlooked, as I can’t see it placed in any section of the analysis.

Matrix

You didn’t added Zabriskie Point soundtrack in the Pink Floyd CSPC, but on the other hand you added a lot of Zabriskie Point soundtrack songs in the Pink Floyd streaming list(Streaming Part 7). A bit weird, isn’t it?

Martin

The album is not a Floyd album but the songs are Floyd songs.

Matrix

Here on the Neptune the Zabriskie Point soundtrack is considered as Pink Floyd album. It was released under the name ”The Dark Side of the Zabriskie Point”. 🙂

XSWL

Where did you get the 2m figure for TDSOTM in Italy?

Lorrane

Do you have Pink Floyd Numbers in Norway? I wonder who sold more in Norway: Bruce Springsteen or Pink Floyd

Lance

I don’t see specific mention for the Experience and Immersion sets for Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. Seemed these each sold relatively well on Amazon when they came out, and thought the might show up in the box set section. Are these numbers accounted for somewhere in the total? If so, is there a specific breakout somewhere for these extended sets of these albums. I’m always been curious how well these sets sold. Thanks.

Rell

Oh I see. I thought Elton sang the whole soundtrack, nevermind. Obviously, only his songs should be taken into account.

QueenBarbra

Exclude CYFTLT, I perform her songs’s voices version in the film

Rell

At the end of the day, the songs people listen to when they give the Lion King soundtrack a listen are Elton John’s songs anyway, aren’t they ? I mean, whether they intend to listen to an artist or not shouldn’t matter as long they listen to their songs …

Daydreamer

It’s interesting because of I remember MTV played video for the ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ with Elton all the frigin time in the few months!

Martin

I feel for sake of argument, why not provide the figures for soundtracks, charity singles etc show the figures but enter caveats.

On a similar but slightly different note, I don’t think Wham/GM or Beyonce/DC should be merged.

Daydreamer

Destiny’s Child and Beyonce are not merged.

Daydreamer

Is not Careless Whisper co-written by GM’s bandmate Andrew Ridgeley as well?

QueenBarbra

Could I ask when.the article will come. I cant wait to read your newone great analysis, especially Bestseller artist like Elton

Daydreamer

MJD, What’s your take on the album “Zabriskie Point” ? It’s a soundtrack album originally released in the 1970. Pink Floyd contributied to the album with the four songs (+ 3 more PF songs on the bonus disc released 1997). This album maybe belongs to the Pink Floyd CSPC discography as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zabriskie_Point_(album)

Daydreamer

I understand you, and I’m inclined to agree with you on this MJD. p.s: as side note, when you wrote this ….”with her name in the cover as big as the movie title…” I just remember an interesting story about the Pink Floyd album sales, I read some years ago. The Pink Floyd albums Atom Herat Mother, Meddle and Obscured By The Clouds were all originaly released without a band name, or the album titles on the front cover. It contributed to much less album sales. Meny people att that time simply just didn’t notice it was a new Pink… Read more »

Pelvis

Hi MJD !!!

I do not see the image or cover of the album Ummagumma is not visible, it is written “afficher l’image d’origine”.

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