Streaming is made up of two families – audio and video. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 157 million of the 272 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:
Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit
Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 272/157 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750
Streaming Part 1
All tracks from each of these 3 albums register at least 1 million streams on Spotify. The biggest hit from them is obviously The Sound of Silence. The song has 181 million streams on Spotify and 377 million YouTube views, spread with the 28,6%-71,4% ratio between the first two LPs.
It isn’t the only hit through. Scarborough Fair and Homeward Bound are both close to 30 million on Spotify while The 59th Street Bridge Song, Kathy’s Song, April Come She Will and I Am A Rock are all over 10 million. These streams are worth nearly 460,000 EAS combined.