CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis

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Streaming Sales

Streaming is made up of two families – audio and video. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 132 million of the 212 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:

Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Thus…

Equivalent Albums Sales = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Streaming Part 1

As incredible as it may seem, even tracks like About A Girl or In Bloom are higher than anything Madonna released prior streaming years. This fact highlights how strong Nirvana‘s discography is on the Spotify platform. The song Smells Like Teen Spirit is the third biggest pre-2000 song overall at 278 million, a terrific achievement. Come As You Are is up to 180 million, while Lithium cracks 100 million too. Every track from the original Nevermind album is well over 10 million Spotify streams.

The band’s views on YouTube are just as extraordinary. They are also led by Smells Like Teen Spirit at a massive 689 million.

In terms of equivalent album sales, Bleach‘s streams  result in a solid 166,000 equivalent album units sold, while Nevermind has a monster result in more than 1 million units!

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divinedhammer

Streaming 6,316,000 (12/15/21) is right?

Bill

One of best catalogs ever. Even bands who have sold more don’t have Nirvana’s legacy. It will take time ,but one day will touch 100 million

Divinedhammer

Mtv Unplugged in New York is now 8 x platinum certification by RIAA. (24/02/2020)

Divinedhammer

So is there anybody who predict this band’s future will be bright???

Matrix

There is no bright side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark

divinedhammer

What do you mean?

Poppie

Why was the fall between nevermind and in utero so big? More than 60 percent. And in utero he had a great sales boost with the death of Kurt Cobain …

Nick

Poppie, it’s because Kurt Cobain really wasn’t happy with the success of Nevermind so he made a record that was intentionally more abrasive and un-mainstream.

SHH

I have a question for volume of With The Light Out.

I can remember some source with different soundscan Number of it. that number are 925,000(Wrong)-625,000 in Jan. 2007. 10 years have passed but still Soundscan may not collect whole box set format.

MJD, would you tell me the reason you know please. thanks.

Thomas Christiansen

Great job!

With only 3 regular studio albums and a bunch of post mortem releases it must have been some task to figure out which songs were orphans 🙂

Nevermind is a monster! I just finished my own update of Nirvana Spotify streaming figures and Nevermind is possibly the biggest pre-2000 Spotify album ever! It’s just a question of days before it crosses 1 billion plays ( 982.9 million on my count). Bigger than Metallica, Appetite for Destruction and even Thriller.

Thomas Christiansen

The smallest figure for a Nevermind track (not counting bonus tracks) is Stay Away: 13,624,000! This is insane. All 3 albums mentioned above have tracks <10,000,000. In fact Metallica and GnR each has a track <7,000,000 plays – half of Stay Away!!!
Back in Black looks pale with 4 tracks <6,000,000.
One factor could be the short career of Nirvana. Listeners of MJ, Metallica and AC/DC has sooo many eras to dig into, unlike Nirvana (and GnR…)

SHH

I think it’s depend on popularity. usually we would click our favorite things. Nirvana relese various albums with different songs.

Michael Munro

So, I think I understand most of the methods used here but there are two things that I require explaining. Firstly, on the Physical Singles Page (page 8) the song “About a Girl” has been listed under the Bleach studio album – there was no physical single of the Bleach version of this song. The physical single of the song “About a Girl” came from the Unplugged album. Secondly, on the same page physical sales are listed for the song “You Know You’re Right” and again there was never any physical retail single for the song “You Know You’re Right”,… Read more »

Pelvis

Well, I see that with the new update the Nirvana have increased by about 2 million albums sold equivalent, in fact last year were 87 million and today are 89 million.
Then I would like to know if U2 with the new updates the sales of their albums will be increased or decreased.

Marlon Serpa

MICHAEL JACKSON

Trish

What does MJ have to do with this? Annoying.

RyanS

Must agree it’s a little frustrating seeing Thriller in so many articles but still not having its CSPC! It must be over 80M, far and away the biggest ever!

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