CSPC: Arctic Monkeys Popularity Analysis

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs acoustic @ KEXP Studios - Seattle, WA 2011-08-10 - DSC_5560-1.jpg


So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Arctic Monkeys achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from AM released in digital format sold the equivalent of 729,000 album albums – 4,860,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

Disappointing? After all, we can’t argue the Arctic Monkeys were a A-League band with their first 4 albums. The band’s fame in the UK wasn’t translated in full abroad. Nevertheless, Whatever and Favourite are solid sellers at nearly 8 million EAS across all formats. With Humbug and Suck It and See the hype vanished. They sold poorly with around 1,3 million EAS a piece.

In the meantime, the band went on to record their biggest album ever with AM. The LP is up to 5,7 million EAS, a tremendous figure. At last, they turned into one of the biggest bands of the World.

Obviously, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is just getting started. In general, albums issued with no single rarely do well. We will have to wait and see to check if a track from it takes off on streaming.

Until now, the Arctic Monkeys moved 16,8 million equivalent album sales. While it may not sound that impressive, a point often overlooked is the ongoing strength of a catalog. Even if they don’t release albums anymore, their numbers will be significantly higher in, say, 10 years of time.

To go deeper…

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that their sales represent 4,65 million times the purchase of their entire discography (equivalent discography sales). Coupled with their total sales, it translates into an ASR score is 50, almost on par with Lorde.

The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Discogs, Chartmasters.org.

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Kinda sad how their worst album is the 2nd best selling.. Well, guess it’s just how pop industry works


Please can we have Tool or Smashing Pumpkins or Marilyn Manson that sold a lot more than AM?


I don’t know them but I recognized their biggest track. Ill check on the rest time.

But im actually wondering why Arctic Monkeys and not other music artists that are more requested. Im not complaining though.


Arctic Monkeys have just released their new album.

Love the new design btw 🙂


This is cool………but why not focus on the biggest acs of all time as a priority?


Great article! But I don’t understand how their sales stand at 65,000 in Spain while AM sold 110,000 copies there alone, I’m pretty sure the latter is the one that’s wrong 😉

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