Streaming Masters – Fugees

After a discreet first album, the Fugees exploded with their sophomore effort The Score to become one of the most iconic groups of the 90s.

How popular remain songs like Killing Me Softly, Ready or Not or Fu-Gee-La?



Fugees 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* : Xiami streams * 125/6.5 (Xiami has just over 5% of the Chinese streaming market)
– 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 in 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 + ( Xiami * 125/6.5 + YouTube ) / 11750

Fugees streaming review – the results

CSPC Fugees discography streaming statistics

Total: 869,436 EAS

Fugees most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Killing Me Softly [The Score]363,000
2. Ready or Not [The Score]208,000
3. Fu-Gee-La [The Score]100,000
4. No Woman, No Cry [The Score]56,000
5. Nappy Heads [Blunted on Reality]23,000
6. Zealots [The Score]20,000
7. How Many Mics [The Score]16,000
8. Boom Biddy Bye Bye [Orphan (Fugees)]11,000
9. The Score [The Score]10,000
10. Vocab [Blunted on Reality]8,000
11. Family Business [The Score]8,000
12. The Beast [The Score]6,000
13. Cowboys [The Score]5,000
14. The Mask [The Score]5,000
15. Red Intro [The Score]4,000
16. Manifest / Outro [The Score]4,000
17. Mista Mista [Orphan (Fugees)]2,000
18. Don’t Cry Dry Your Eyes [Orphan (Fugees)]2,000
19. Boof Baf [Blunted on Reality]2,000
20. Recharge [Blunted on Reality]2,000

Sources: SpotifyYouTube, AWA, Genie (app), Xiami.

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