CSPC: Phil Collins Popularity Analysis

Part 1 – Live Recordings

We use to start the full length section with the list of main compilations. This time we start with live recordings since this is how the discography of Collins was exploited. Serious Hits… Live! from 1990 was his first greatest hits-like package. It sold a terrific 15 million units, the 3rd highest selling live album of all-time and the biggest non-Unplugged live record. It was the perfect product to replace former LPs and to get all the hits of the pop star in one CD.

The biggest strength on that record comes from Face Value‘s recordings, mainly In The Air Tonight. The package also includes the appeal of Hello, I Must Be Going!, No Jacket Required and …But Seriously which all bring 15-20% of its strength. On top of these songs, it includes orphan tracks like Against All Odds. These distribution patterns are representative of the entire discography of the artist.

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Just one question, how do you guys measure ASR?


I think it’s would be a very good idea to do the same work for Peter Gabriel and, first, for Genesis…
We’ read here that Phil Collins and Paul McCartney are the only artists who are above the 100 million sales for their work with their solo career AND for their main band. For Macca, the work has been done, and well done, IMO.
But for Phil Collins, we just have a part of the picture… Hope for Genesis CSCP in the next future… Fingers crossed !


Genesis is top 10 on the requests list. You can vote for them here.


“But for Phil Collins, we just have a part of the picture”

I couldn’t agree more, basically half of his career hasn’t been studied, which is a little strange considering we have Sting/The Police, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Neil Young/CSNY, Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel…etc.

His total with Genesis would be around 255 million EAS, i.e. more than Madonna. I think he deserves a complete study of his career.