Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984) – 15,000 equivalent albums
Get Up and Jump – 50,000
Freaky Styley (1985) – 18,000 equivalent albums
Hollywood (Africa) – 60,000
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987) – 27,000 equivalent albums
Fight Like a Brave – 70,000
Behind the Sun – 20,000
Mother’s Milk (1989) – 78,000 equivalent albums
Higher Ground – 200,000
Knock Me Down – 20,000
Taste the Pain – 40,000
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were nobodies during the 80s. They got various releases but they all sold poorly. The first song which gained some kind of attention was Higher Ground from their fourth album Mother’s Milk.
After these albums, the band left EMI to sign with Warner Bros. The former label released plenty of cheap compilations of those recordings once the band became popular.