CSPC: Alanis Morissette Popularity Analysis

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

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

*Pure sales figures updated on 06/05/18.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


Morissette is one of these artists who released accidentally an album bigger than her. The discreet diva is unlikely to dislike this fact since she never went after success. Jagged Little Pill was just too big to remain unnoticed. As of now, it stands at a whopping 41,5 million EAS. That makes it the 6th most successful female album of all-time.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is much lower at 8 million across all formats and releases. That represents a monster fall of 80,6% in comparison to its predecessor, enough to put it among the biggest flops we studied up to now at Chartmasters. While it is always difficult to call a flop an album that sold so much, we need to take into consideration investments and expectations. Given the success of Jagged, Supposed was highly promoted upon release. A lot of people were expecting her new album. As a matter of fact, the album went quickly 3xPlatinum in the US, a mark it never reached in retail sales.

Collapses continued for Morissette. Under Rug Swept stopped its way at 3,6 million while So-Called Chaos failed to go higher than 1,7 million. The next two albums missed the million and the half a million mark, respectively. She has the sad record of 4 consecutive eras with less than 50% sales of their immediate predecessor. Her next release will face the risk of selling less than 1% of her peak record.

After 8 albums, the singer is closing in 57 million EAS. She will struggle to climb much higher in the future unless a major turnaround happens.

To go deeper…

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that their sales represent 32.6 million times the purchase of their full catalog. Coupled with her total sales, it translates into an ASR score of 244. She is just higher than Enya.

Additionally, the following pages list her most successful songs as well as her 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.

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

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

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Great article! It’s a shame Alanis hasn’t seen much success after Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, it’s also very curious and impressive how much Jagged Little Pill still stands up the test of time. I’m curious to see if her new album will, at least, generate higher numbers than Havoc and Bright Lights. I’d love to, it’s a very good album!

On a sidenote: can you analyze Nelly Furtado’s career? Considering she went indie a few years ago I think it’d be an interesting study case.

Thomas Christiansen

2020 is the year Alanis will release her first studio album in 8 years. It also marks the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough smash album “Jagged Little Pill”. Looking at Spotify the album still holds up well: All I Really Want – 16.8M You Oughta Know – 99.2M Perfect – 9.0M Hand In My Pocket – 78.8M Right Through You – 9.4M Forgiven – 7.1M You Learn – 61.3M Head Over Feet – 51.5M Mary Jane – 7.0M Ironic – 205.9M Not the Doctor – 7.3M Wake Up – 5.1M Your House – 7.2M Total – 565.7M The big one… Read more »


Alanis Morissette announces new album. ‘Such Pretty Forks in the Road’ will be released on May 1, 2020′. I would really like to see a major turnaround happening for Alanis.


According to Korea’s local magazine, JLP shipped 150k in 1996 (article in 11/12/1996). Although catalog sales may be tiny, it would also end up a bit higher than 150k, right? Also, Falling Into you (Korean name: Because You Loved Me) shipped 300k in 1996 according the the same article, and Let’s Talk About Love shipped 310k in 1998 (article in 11/12/1998). Maybe you already have some of these figures, what is your eventual estimates for these albums there?


Music Box by Mariah Carey actually reached 1 million in South Korea by 11/12/1996.The same article that onfirmed Daydream sold 600k, Because You Love Me sold 300k, JLP sold 150k, etc. Other articles also can be found on chosun.com.

[…] femininas mais bem sucedidas da História, tendo o seu álbum de estreia internacional movido mais de 40 milhões de unidades equivalentes a álbuns. Tais números tornaram Jagged Little Pill num dos maiores e mais bem sucedidos títulos de sempre. […]


It would be great to seeTina Turner “chartmasters” analys.

Jorge Neto

The sales of Now is the Time are different on page 5 and 12, which one is the correct?