CSPC: Aerosmith Popularity Analysis

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Full Length related record Sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

How to understand this table? If you check this example, these figures mean Greatest Hits sold 14,470,000 units worldwide. Then, the second statistics column means streams of all the songs included on this package add for 622,202 EAS.

The second part at the right of the table shows how many streams are coming from each original album as well as the share they represent. Thus, streaming figures tell us Aerosmith songs are responsible for 39% of the Greatest Hits tracklist attractiveness. In other words, it generated 5,596,000 of its 14,470,000 album sales. Eventually, we apply this methodology to all compilations.

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Jsak

Hi MJD, in Asia Aerosmith outside Japan sell this way less than Metallica?

Jsak

Aerosmith:
Asia – 9,780,000
Japan – 7,065,000

Metallica:
Asia – 8.380.000
Japan – 3.785.000

Aerosmith in Japan have sold far more, but there is no history outside.

Wayne

Except this is inaccurate. Aerosmith has more than 150 million world wide in album sales. And if you rank them by platinum album sales Aerosmith is ranked 14th above metallica, Bon jovi, van halen, the who, Michael Jackson. And Aerosmith has still sold more units in America than bon jovi or metallica.

Greg Hermann

Join the discussion…I heard on a 60 minutes episode of Steve Tyler on an interview and they said Aerosmith had sold 160 million albums world wide back in 2013. Obviously 7 years later their even higher now.

Al

You get about 160m if you add all album and single sales together unweighted.

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