CSPC: Eagles Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Hotel California (1976) – 1,737,000 equivalent albums

New Kid In Town – 1,640,000
Hotel California – 3,500,000
Life In The Fast Lane – 650,000

The Long Run (1979) – 921,000 equivalent albums

Heartache Tonight – 1,490,000
The Long Run – 880,000
I Can’t Tell You Why – 690,000
Sad Café – 10,000

Long Road Out Of Eden (2007) – 0 equivalent albums

No physical single released.

Orphan – 420,000 equivalent albums

Please Come Home For Christmas – 740,000
Seven Bridges Road – 340,000
Get Over It – 70,000
Love Will Keep Us Alive – 40,000
Learn To Be Still – 60,000
Hole In The World – 150,000

By their 4th album the Eagles were still not managing to break most foreign markets. They were strong in the US, solid in remaining English-speaking countries plus the Netherlands, surprisingly great sellers in Japan, but then unknown in continental Europe or Latin America. New Kid in Town mostly followed those patterns although its #1 success in the US was enough to grant it more than 1 million sales. The song Hotel California was very different though. It was big everywhere.

Ironically, the track peaked at a shockingly low #60 position in Australia and at a modest #8 spot in the UK. The cannibalization factor worked the other way around this time: rather than a single that ate into sales of an album, the song Hotel California was so popular that it convinced music consumers to go after the LP. Despite this, the single still moved a healthy 3,5 million units. Life In The Fast Lane broke a string of 6 consecutive US Top 5 hits by stalling just outside at #11 due to the success of the album which reduced the number of possible buyers tremendously.

Heartache Tonight was one more US #1 hit while both The Long Run and I Can’t Tell You Why were Top 10 successes. They sold 3 million copies combined.

In terms of physical singles this was the last proper era of the Eagles as no song was released physically from Long Road Out Of Eden. From 1978 to 2003 new singles popped up here and there though. The most successful of them has been their Christmas tune Please Come Home For Christmas. 

Over their career the group sold 16,6 million singles. It may look disappointing for a band with 5 #1 hits plus 5 more Top 10 singles, but we need to keep in mind their huge airplay which fueled their US chart performances, as well as their lackluster results abroad during their entire career minus Hotel California, which remains their only Top 10 hit in countries as important as the UK, France and Germany.

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BrandonPenny

There are the facts and numbers, and yes, the RIAA agenda. Read the previous comments! Just compare this, some fake “methodology” from RIAA and how they have forgotten the album “Grease”, this article is dated to 2006: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/60098/ask-billboard You see, it’s not just about Michael Jackson, but that reminds me how Thriller between 1984 and 1990 have supposed to have sold just one million copy according the RIAA, the same thing now for “Grease”, fans of the soundtrack if I refer to wikipedia, add 8 millions from RIAA and 6 millions from Soundscan to have 14 millions for the USA,… Read more »

BrandonPenny

Eagles and RIAA should come clear why they are clearly faking numbers to ovetake Thriller. Soundscan does not support these outlandish numbers. Nor does streaming on the big streaming platform. They cannot explain how they found 9 million copies since 2006 when Eagles was not even in the Top 50 on the year end catalog charts. Now would you explain how the Eagles could sell 9 million between 2006 and 2018 without constantly being in the top 20-30 on Billboard 200 and leading the catalog chart more than just once during that period? Thriller 25 sold about 668 000 in… Read more »

BrandonPenny

And the people and media are ignoring the facts and spreading FAKE NEWS… The Eagles: Greatest Hits 71-75 by RIAA: February 1976 (1,000,000 (US) albums sold) 1976 – August 1990 (US) 11,000,000 more sales!!!??? (800,000 (US) sales each year!!!!????) 12 million (US) albums sold!!!??? 1990 – December 1993 (US) 2,000,000 more sales!!!??? (666,666 (US) sales each year!!!!????) 14 million (US) albums sold!!!??? 1993 – June 1995 (US) 8,000,000 more sales!!!?? (5,052,000 (US) sales each year!!!!???? (19 Months!!!)) 22 million (US) albums sold!!!??? REAL sales (Soundscan) between December 1993 – June 1995 was 919.000 sales (515,000 (US) sales each year!!!!???? (19… Read more »

BrandonPenny

How can you explain this, the FACT: the Eagles Greatest Hits Soundscan sales from the last 11 Years: 2007, May 5,054,548 2007, November 5,125,000 2007, December 8 5,149,433 2008, January 26 5,199,012 2010, June 6 5,374,694 2010, October 3 5,392,833 2010, November 6 5,395,835 2012, September 1 5,510,310 2012, October 27 5,517,347 2013, March 2 5,537,129 2013, March 16 5,543,596 2013, March 30 5,554,416 2013, June 15 5,585,933 2013, July 13 5,595,541 2014, April 5,690,000 2014, November 1 5,749,765 2016, October 29 6,103,000 2017, January 7 6,124,000 2017, January 14 6,132,000 2017, June 3 6,174,000 2017, August 12 6,194,000 2017,… Read more »

Martin

I’m completely bemused by those two most recent Eagles certifications and the sheer scale of the rises. When Warners applied for those huge shipment rises in the 1990’s Eagles – Eagles Greatest Hits: 14m (14/12/93) to 22m (05/06/95) Eagles – Hotel California: 10m (12/08/94) to 14m (05/06/95) Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV: 11m (18/12/92) to 16m (26/01/96) Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV: 17m (25/11/97) to 21m (15/11/99) AC/DC – Back In Black: 12m (26/01/96) to 16m (12/11/97) it seemed a mixture of soundscans, clubs, the allowance of freebies, military bases etc and “found/lost” shipments, was the answer. This… Read more »

vulcan

But how could they just miss millions of units through repeated certification and suddenly find them?
And why is that happening to Rhino albums? Greatest Hits was certified many times before 2006. Missing 7+ million units doesn’t sound too plausible.

vulcan

If those music club “sales” were in fact free and dirt cheap copies, which is why RIAA didn’t include them before 1994 and why SoundScan still doesn’t include them, can we call them sales?

BrandonPenny

The facts are coming… Fake news exposed! Digging deeper into the realm of RIAA magic, consider the treatment afforded the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975. Originally certified in 1976 as part of the promotional thrust around Platinum designation, 1971–1975 was inexplicably re-certified twelve times platinum in 1990, and in 1995, an inconceivable twenty-two times. This ballooned to twenty-six times in 1999, with a final certification of twenty-nine times platinum in 2006 — a broadly publicized crest, as it meant the compilation had overtaken Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the best-selling album of all time. According to the RIAA, Their Greatest Hits… Read more »

vulcan

Not saying you are wrong but why do you think RIAA cannot be biased?

Timothy Pernell

It would seem like the real reason “Their Greatest Hits” went from 29 million to 38 million may mostly be due to sales that weren’t accounted for since they last audited in 2006 (as far as I know), though in this site, they have “Greatest Hits” selling the same amount of albums in the U.S. as “Thriller” (30.2 million to Thriller’s 30.4 million). Also there is no “Hotel California” in “Greatest Hits” so I don’t know if there were that many single sales based off “Take It to the Limit” and “One of These Nights” and as mentioned, their streaming… Read more »

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