CSPC: Alanis Morissette Popularity Analysis


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 The Collection sold 1,710,000 units worldwide. Then, the second statistics column means streams of all the songs included on this package add for 454,952 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 Jagged Little Pill songs are responsible for 77% of the The Collection tracklist attractiveness. In other words, it generated 1,316,000 of its 1,710,000 album sales. Eventually, we apply this methodology to all compilations.

Since Jagged Little Pill is so overwhelming over the singer’s catalog, it is no surprise to see that its tracks fueled the major part of The Collection sales. We will list all her compilation-like records to see how sales are distributed into her studio albums.

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