CSPC: Bruce Springsteen Popularity Analysis

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Records & Achievements

  • His 157 million CSPC sales represent the highest tally ever achieved by a solo artist who never achieved a #1 single in the US and in the UK
  • At 3,1 million album sales, The Boss is far and away the biggest selling international artist ever in Sweden. He sold almost twice as much as Pink Floyd (1,7 million) and the Beatles (1,6 million).
  • With some 2,2 million album sales in Norway, he is also the all-time leader in the country among non-Scandinavian acts. The country has 5,2 million inhabitants against 321 million in the US, so per capita, his Norwegian sales equal nearly 136 million albums sold in his homeland.
  • Springsteen is one of the rare artists to top both the US and the UK Album charts in four consecutive decades.
  • He is the 5th biggest album seller of all-time in Europe among US artists
  • Born in the U.S.A. holds the record for the most Top 10 hits ever from a single album, tying Michael Jackson‘s Thriller which first achieved the feat.
  • Born in the U.S.A. reached Diamond status in November 1985 in the US, only the fourth album ever to reach this milestone at the time after Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours and the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
  • Born in the U.S.A. was the fourth album in music history to break 20 million global sales when passing the mark in 1987, following Michael Jackson‘s Thriller and both Soundtracks Saturday Night Fever and GreaseFleetwood Mac‘s Rumours and Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon followed suit the same year.
  • Born in the U.S.A. sold over 1 million units in Scandinavia, topping even Michael Jackson‘s Thriller

Springsteen‘s love story with Scandinavia started a long time ago. Here is an unbelievable moment of him performing live in the street, in spite of being a mega-star by that time.

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Innocent Eyes

You know me too well haha 😉

Well, I must admit that I found that 9xP cert. a bit fishy at first, particularly since it came so soon after the 4xP. I thought though that it may have been due to unaudited sales (a bit like how John Farnham’s Whispering Jack jumped from 17 to 24x Plat. from 1997 to 2006).

But your explanation does make sense and would perhaps explain why Greatest Hits has never been re-certified in the 2017 audit when Sony even updated his singles certs.

Innocent Eyes

Fantastic job MJD!

I was wondering though. Didn’t you make a slight mistake for Greatest Hits in Australia? You have it at 420,000 units but it was certified 9 x Platinum in 2009 (630,000 units). Given it’s been a solid catalog seller Down Under, I would expect it to be very close to 770,000 units.

What do you think?

Anon.

This is very off-topic sorry, but what is your opinion on the new trend of claiming Chinese sales?

Like here
https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=121586&p=6501788&hilit=china#p6501788
https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=121586&p=6517071&hilit=china#p6517071

Are those real and reliable sales? Seems sketchy.

borderwolf

Hi! You wrote “With some 2,2 million album sales in Norway, he is also the all-time leader of the country among non-Scandinavian acts.”
Do you have a list of Best Selling “non-Scandinavian acts” in Norway?

borderwolf

Mmmhhhh… I can never to cheat you!
Ahahah! 🙂

In any case, great job, my friend!

Trond Grønvold

You’re doing a great job.
Love reading this kind of articles.

But, why don’t you post Norwegian stats??

Dan

One King, one Prince, one King of Pop, one Voice, one The Boss and one Queen.

Brianna

Hey MJD,

Along with successful male artists, are you planning on studying Garth brooks? I’m pretty sure he has the most diamond certified albums in the US. It would be interesting to see how the country singer performed worldwide

Raffi

Hey MJD! Great Job on this analysis of The Boss! I always wanted to know how big Born In The USA was since it produced 7 Top 10 hits in the US! Regarding that 1984 album, I expected album sales in the US higher (20m+). 16m is similar to what Prince sold there with Pruple Rain, right? Its sales outside that market, most notably Europe, is fantastic though! I never expected 8m+ in that continent! It did wonders in Oceania as well! Speaking of Europe, I’m positively surprised by how well Springsteen did there! Almost 50m+ albums sold is higher… Read more »

Gary Hudson

This is interesting as far as it goes, and represents a lot of hard work, but it’s not a measure of popularity, as claimed. It’s a sales chart, which does an admirable job of weighing the value of different formats, but there are other factors determining popularity, many of them subjective: for example, many people who bought Born in the USA believing (in a misguided Reagan/Mondale way) that it was tub-thumping patriotism rather than a more nuanced critique (!) don’t like Bruce any more because of his politics. The biggest factor missing from this analysis though is live ticket sales.… Read more »

Kurt m

Springsteen is 3rd in box office, behind only the Rolling Stones and possibly U2. Springsteen total concert gross is approximately $1.8 billion , not including over $100 million from broadway.

Yog

Please do prince.

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