CSPC: Red Hot Chili Peppers Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – Part 2

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) – 603,000 equivalent albums

Give It Away – 340,000
Under the Bridge – 1,540,000
Breaking the Girl – 70,000
Suck My Kiss – 50,000
If You Have to Ask – 10,000

One Hot Minute (1995) – 111,000 equivalent albums

Warped – 90,000
Aeroplane – 120,000
My Friends – 110,000
Coffee Shop – 10,000
Shallow Be Thy Game – 40,000

Californication (1999) – 174,000 equivalent albums

Around the World – 60,000
Scar Tissue – 250,000
Otherside – 120,000
Californication – 100,000
Road Trippin’ – 50,000

By the Way (2002) – 159,000 equivalent albums

By the Way – 340,000
Universally Speaking – 30,000
The Zephyr Song – 100,000
Can’t Stop – 60,000

Give It Away was a minor hit upon release. It peaked at #76 in the US and failed to chart in the UK, but it went on to become a Top 10 hit in 1994 when Warner Bros started to understand the potential of the band there. It sold a third of a million copies globally and paved the way for their true breakthrough hit, Under The Bridge. The iconic track went to #2 in the US, ranking among the Top 10 songs of 1992 in Billboard sales ranking. While it went to #1 in Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium, the song was unreleased in France, failed the Top 10 in Germany and peaked at #26 in the UK. This one too was reissued in 1994, outpeaking its original performance at #13. At 1,54 million copies, this remains easily their highest selling physical single to date.

In fact, later hits haven’t sold that much in this format. Their big hits Californication, Scar Tissue, Otherside, By the Way and The Zephyr Song are all in the 100,000-350,000 sales range while Can’t Stop hasn’t even got there. Most of them had limited releases with expensive formats (Maxi Singles, 7″, 12″) for collectors which explains their low sales.

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“Other releases” on page 35 also include ep and video albums ?

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What do you think of valance? If cds weight goes light then it will be changed? right? I still believe physical values are heavy but who knows?

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