CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis

Cranberries - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Original Album Sales – Comments

1993 Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? – 8,520,000
1994 No Need to Argue – 17,840,000
1996 To the Faithful Departed – 6,230,000
1999 Bury the Hatchet – 3,510,000
2001 Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – 1,390,000
2012 Roses – 160,000

With an Oasis-like trajectory the Cranberries enjoyed 3 fairly solid albums in as many years with one peak over 17 million before facing harder times. In total their 6 studio albums sold close to 38 million units.

Details are bizarre. Some 72,5% of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?‘s sales come from the US and the UK. From Bury the Hatchet, these countries forgot about them – a mere 18% of its sales were achieved in the two countries. The album sold for example more than 3 times more in Italy than in the UK. It was successful in continental Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The trend continued with Wake Up and Smell the Coffee which still did quite well in some areas but bombed hard in the main markets, leading to the band spltting. Their attempt at a comeback in 2012 with Roses failed completely.

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