CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

High School Musical (2006) – 42,000 equivalent albums

Breaking Free – 120,000
We’re All in This Together – 20,000

High School Musical 2 (2007) – 153,000 equivalent albums

What Time Is It? – 440,000
You Are the Music in Me – 30,000
Gotta Go My Own Way – 20,000
Remaining Singles – 20,000

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) – 6,000 equivalent albums

Now or Never – 20,000

By 2006, the physical single format was dead in the US and songs from High School Musical 3 barely charted in Europe and Australia, the very places where physical singles were still being sold. This is forgetting the strength of the teens market.

The CD single What Time Is It? was released to much fanfare in the US, a country where singles weren’t topping 200,000 units for years. It went on to sell more than 370,000 units there to make it easily the highest selling physical single of 2007. The entire market was up to 2,4 million singles sold that year, meaning What Time Is It? amounted for 15,4% of all US sales for 2007.

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