CSPC: Black Eyed Peas Popularity Analysis


Black Eye Peas

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Black Eyed Peas album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from The E.N.D. released in digital format sold the equivalent of 7,785,000 albums – 51,900,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

    • As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

The linearity of the Peas’ results is atypical. From 2003 to 2009, their success was insanely consistent. All three of Elephunk, Monkey Business and The E.N.D. surpass 13 million equivalent album sales with ease, recording 40 million equivalent album sales together. The E.N.D. reached an amazing 17,6 million. On a less eventful point, their first two albums are incredibly low. Catalog sales alone should have raised their totals far higher. As this didn’t happen, it highlights very well the complete absence of adoption of the Fergie-less band by the general public.

The Beginning shows the natural decline in sales of the band that has been ongoing for more than 5 years. This decline is far less dramatic than upon first inspection. Digital formats grant it more sales than its album sales format to compensate partially the sharp drop, in fact its overall 6,4 million sales are fairly solid.

In total, the Black Eyed Peas moved 52,6 million equivalent album sales, almost exclusively on the back of only four albums.

Interestingly, if we factor in The Dutchess era, itself responsible for nearly 12 million equivalent album sales, the Peas end up as one of the top acts of the 00s, challenging even Coldplay and Linkin Park, both of which are over 60 million for that period. Nowadays though their golden days seem long gone and their solo members are struggling to make it big again. Only time will tell if they will be able to record a successful comeback.

The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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I have guessed right that Black Eyes Peas were next. Love the band and their songs. I hope they release an album again. I really love their songs.

And wow, My Heart Will Go On is the biggest song. Celibe Dion rules! 🙂


Lady Gaga sold 45 million albums now, but, with your new method, will she bigger than Black eyed peas??


Hey MJD, waiting for Ariana Grande 🙂


Fantastic analysis. Thanks for providing the list of songs and albums, besides CPS all time artists.
One comment: there’s a mistake in the “achievements” page where it says the streak of 26 consecutive weeks at #1 in Billboard Hot 100. It’s only because of 2 songs (Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling). “Meet Me Halfway” never reached the top position.


Your data is amazing and impressively precise. I would like to know if you could post the Popularity Concept of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead.


Thank You. This is one that I’ve been looking forward to the most. The had so much success with Elephunk, Monkey Business, and The End.

Also Kinda OT, but I Gotta Feeling’s massive numbers have me wondering, were there any other songs that outside it in digital single sales?


From what I know, it is the best-selling digital song of all time!


Thank You for this. This is one of the ones I have been looking forward to the most and as I expected, their numbers are very impressive. Especially for the Elephunk/Monkey Business/END eras.

This is kinda OT, but after seeing those massive numbers for I Gotta Feeling I started wondering, were there any other songs bigger than it in digital single sales?

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