Streaming Masters – Billy Joel

Billy Joel - streaming statistics

Since 50 years and the release of his first album Cold Spring Harbor, Billy Joel has released lot of very famous songs like Piano Man and Uptown Girl. How do the pianist singer tracks and albums perform on streaming platforms?

PS: Updated on November 3, 2021. These values are used for the automatic updates of artists and albums total instead of former ones from CSPC analysis.

Billy Joel streaming review – the method

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube.

To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea : Genie streams * 3.05 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan : AWA streams * 100/5.5 (AWA has 5.5% of the Japanese streaming market)– Elsewhere : Spotify streams * (370 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 33 – 9) / 207 (370 million global subscribers minus 8.5 million from South Korea minus 9.5 million from Japan minus 33 million from China divided by the number of Spotify only users minus 9 million more Asian users) + Genie streams * 3.05 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams– China* : QQ video streams * 50 if the song is available for audio stream, QQ video streams * 5 elseway (scale built based on known figures for several major artists)– Elsewhere : Youtube views

*since 96.4% of Chinese streaming platforms are free users, that paid-for users pay less than $2 a month and that they are also used as video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted on par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream value – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 310/207 + Genie * 3.05*2 + AWA * 100/5.5 ) / 1500 + ( QQ views* 50(or 5) + YouTube ) / 11750

Billy Joel streaming review – the results

CSPC Billy Joel streaming discography numbers Spotify YouTube

Total: 3,384,915 EAS

Billy Joel: Most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Piano Man [Piano Man]585,000
2. Uptown Girl [An Innocent Man]494,000
3. We Didn’t Start the Fire [Storm Front]291,000
4. She’s Always a Woman [The Stranger]198,000
5. Vienna [The Stranger]186,000
6. Just the Way You Are [The Stranger]152,000
7. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me [Glass Houses]121,000
8. My Life [52nd Street]117,000
9. Only the Good Die Young [The Stranger]114,000
10. The Longest Time [An Innocent Man]97,000
11. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) [The Stranger]73,000
12. New York State of Mind [Turnstiles]66,000
13. The River of Dreams [River Of Dreams]64,000
14. Honesty [52nd Street]59,000
15. You May Be Right [Glass Houses]51,000
16. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant [The Stranger]43,000
17. The Downeaster ‘Alexa’ [Storm Front]32,000
18. Zanzibar [52nd Street]28,000
19. Tell Her About It [An Innocent Man]28,000
20. She’s Got a Way [Cold Spring Harbor]27,000

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