Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. 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
Incredibly inconsistent but also truly impressive. The first records of Aerosmith all contain tracks that are under 1 million streams on Spotify, which is quite weak. Streams of Dream On, Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion are insane still. The former is the biggest. As I’m writing these lines, it has now topped 200 million on Spotify alone. Walk This Way is nearly as strong while Sweet Emotion is closing in 100 million.
In terms of equivalent album sales from streams, Toys in the Attic leads at 357,000 units. Aerosmith comes second at 254,000. Then, the lack of hits from Get Your Wings damages it a lot as it stands at 19,000 units only.