CSPC: Eagles Popularity Analysis

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Full Length related record Sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

Part 1 – Compilations

How to understand this table? If you check for example the Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 line, those figures mean it sold 37,450,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 281,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the Desperado album are responsible for 21% of the Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 track list attractiveness. This means it generated 7,902,000 of its 37,450,000 album sales and so forth for the other records.

This compilation is the biggest anomaly ever of the music industry. Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 is the best selling compilation album of all-time… and it misses the signature song of its artist. The success of Hotel California, which happened some months after the release of the best of, boosted it incredibly well. Casual buyers that bought the two records had the perfect companion to each other. The Volume 2 issued in 1982 included Hotel California and sold a stunning 14,4 million, which is insane considering 85% of its appeal come from tracks of the 1976 album which was itself a major seller.

To sell a large number of one compilation it is needed to let it be the main set of a catalog for many years. The Eagles contradict what’s natural for others. The five career-spanning compilations released from 1985 to 2003 sold a massive 16 million units. This is all the more insane since four of them weren’t released in North America. This explains why 46 million out of the 52 million copies sold by Their Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2 come from North America as elsewhere they were quickly replaced. The final total is unbelievable: the band’s main greatest hits albums sold 68 million units.

In terms of distribution patterns we notice that all compilations released after 1976 have more than half of their sales powered by Hotel California‘s songs. The debut album Eagles is a distant second. Distant among post-1976 compilations, but the main driving force of Their Greatest Hits 1971-75, which isn’t a small thing to point out since we are speaking of a 37 million seller. In fact, Eagles is responsible for an out of this World 15 million of its sales.

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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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