CSPC: Titanic Popularity Analysis

titanic

You’rree heere, there’s nooothing I feaarr
And I knoooow that my heart will.. go oonnn
We’llll staay foreeeever this way
With these lyrics in our mind and the song will go on and on

It has now been 20 years since the release of the earthquake titled Titanic. The movie, its actors, the VHS, the DVD, the Soundtrack, its theme song, everything about it was utterly massive. During 4 months the entire World kept watching a ship sinking.

James Horner was naturally elected to compose the Soundtrack of this juggernaut project. The American conductor passed away in a plane crash 3 years ago this week. Before the sad event, he rose to fame thanks to his works on Star Trek, Aliens, Braveheart and Apollo 13 among others.

At first, the composition of the Titanic Soundtrack was given to Enya, who refused it. The Irish theme of the album made her an obvious first choice. Music tainted with Irish and Celts sounds was also incredibly popular at the time thanks to diverse acts like the aforementioned Enya but also the Corrs, ERA, the Cranberries and the huge Riverdance show. Horner perfectly translated these influences into the soundtrack. He was assisted by Norwegian legend Sissel who contributes with background vocals all along the record. Horner also added lyrics to one song and recorded it with the biggest global singer of the time: Céline Dion. The rest is history.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge its results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for Titanic‘s soundtrack, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine its true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

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Jord

Hey MJD,

Do you know why MHWGO didn’t go #1 in Japan? It wasn’t released in New Zealand but how do you explain it in Japan? Thank you, your job is amazing.

SkkyWill

It’s released as two EP with a remix, both cer-ed over 0.3 m

Lucia

So,would Celine’s total physical single sales look something like that -36,500,000/37,000,000?
I have seen that MHWGO has sold 600,000+ digital copies the last 22 months.This is a good result.

Lucia

My heart will go has sold a bit more than 600,000 digital copies the last 22 months.

RLAAMJR.

Hi MJD, I am sorry for bringing this up again. I am really ok with Titanic album sales not added to Celine cos it isn’t a Celine Dion album. Your explanation on your comment on this article is clear. But when I think about “The Bodyguard”, isn’t it because of the movie people bought the album? A movie soundtrack album is called a movie soundtrack album because it is for the movie, not for Whitney. It is to sell the movie, not to sell Whitney. The album was made for the movie, not for Whitney. As you have said ,… Read more »

RLAAMJR.

Hi MJD,

Thanks for the explanation. 🙂

Nathan

I feel (and this is just a suggestion) that you should seperate the lists of artists and soundtracks (“Titanic sold more than Lorde”……..seems kind of silly) and also add a list of artist totals that include work they did with bands or other projects………for example the list with Eagles and Led Zeppelin, but a different list with say Don Henley + Eagles total and Robert PLant + Led Zeppelin total, MJ, Paul MCcartney, etc………………It could be a 1 page companion piece and would take you only a couple hours to put it together. I think it would be fun, What… Read more »

RLAAMJR.

Hi MJD, I’m referring only to the EAS of the Titanic’s movie theme song/single My Heart Will Go On which is 29,310,000 million EAS. I would understand if the song is a duet/collaboration but MHWGO is not a duet so The EAS of the single should be credited to Celine and added to her total EAS as a music artist. Unless you’re telling me that you treat the same to other music artists who have movie theme songs, the EAS part sold through the movie has not been added yet like for example. The EAS of Can’t Stop The Feeling… Read more »

XM

Hey MJD,Are there some problems about Madonna’s physical single sales which you posted last year?You said that it should decrease because of overestimation.

François

Hey MJD, can you explain why Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore was listed as the best selling single of all time in Canada by the Guinness Book in 2018?

Michael

I noticed you didn’t mentioned physical single sales from Canada. I think their singles market back then should be stronger than Australia right? Not sure about this, just a guess. And I am sure being a Canadian, Celine must’ve sold very big number for the song in Canada.

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