CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 3 – Compilations #2

As incredible as it seems, by 1989 album Sound + Vision cult hits like Starman and Life On Mars? were still purely ignored in spite of the package containing 42 songs!

At last with Changesbowie, the winning formula was found. The Singles Collection improved the content even more by adding on top of all David Bowie best remembered songs the duet Under Pressure, which powers the Orphan Album to the largest share among all sales generators.

With those two good selling career spanning compilations, we can identify the real pattern of the artist discography. 1969 David Bowie, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes and Let’s Dance all represent from 8 to 15% of the catalog strenght. This absence of truly dominant record distributes sales through all albums quite equally. The likes Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station and Scary Monsters also claim some decent parts of various compilations.

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