Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.
Stadium Arcadium (2006) – 2,444,000 equivalent albums
Dani California – 7,410,000
Snow ((Hey Oh)) – 4,890,000
Tell Me Baby – 1,690,000
Remaining tracks – 2,300,000
I’m with You (2011) – 251,000 equivalent albums
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie – 950,000
Remaining tracks – 720,000
The Getaway (2016) – 84,000 equivalent albums
Dark Necessities – 440,000
Remaining tracks – 120,000
Orphan – 191,000 equivalent albums
Soul to Squeeze – 720,000
Remaining tracks – 550,000
The Red Hot Chili Peppers jumped into the digital era with the 2006 effort Stadium Arcadium. They did it in great fashion as Dani California quickly became a million seller in the US in a time of low digital sales. It is also one of the few million selling digital single in Japan from an international artist. It has go on to sell more than 7 million units. Snow (Hey Oh)‘s success wasn’t so immediate but the song became a real favorite among the band’s fans, it sold nearly 5 million copies to date.
I’m with You came out close to the peak of downloads, but its singles bombed hard. The lead single The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie failed to break 1 million which was a fairly easy target back then and subsequent singles did even worse. Taking into account its context, Dark Necessities did someway better for The Gateway but still bad overall. Songs from both albums combined account for a mere 5% of the band’s 44 million digital sales, a disastrous result considering the market size during their promotional days.