Success Based On Album Sales Is Deceptive

Contributed by MusicHomme:

If they base on record sales to determine an artist’s future, then they have to be seriously mistaken. Every single artist experiences diminishing record sales after a smash album. Britney’s ‘Baby One More Time’ sold 23 million copies but ‘Britney’ only sold 4.5 million copies. ‘Stripped’ might have only hit the 3 million mark (her debut album sold 9 million copies) but it’s a mega hit by all means. If you think that it’s because they are bubble gum artists, what about Dave Matthew’s album ‘Under The Table and Dreaming?’, which sold four times more than the latest one? What about Radiohead’s ‘Hail to the Thief’ that barely moved one million whereas ‘The Bends’ sold a lot more. What about Nirvana, or even Santana? Are they over because they don’t sell progressively more with each album release? Santana’s album sales were virtually in slumber until he released ‘Supernatural’ and his latest ‘Shaman’ is not selling as many as ‘Supernatural’. And what about Eminem, pop’s biggest vigilante against pop music (ironic? Yes) also sold less with each new release.

I think Britney Spears and have the biggest and longest drive to succeed in the long run, simply because they are INTERESTING. Whether it is their personality or music. True that they are not the top-notch musicians but who would think that the same girl who sang ‘Baby One More Time’ would be doing something as funky as ‘Me Against The Music’? And Christina… which Christina do you want to talk about? the ‘Dirrty’ Christina or the ‘Beautiful’ Christina. These two ladies have a couple of personalities all wrapped up in their little bodies..

In short, the only people that determine the longevity of the artists is not even the artists themselves but the audience. If the audience want more, they are here to stay.

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12 thoughts on “Success Based On Album Sales Is Deceptive

  1. stan says:

    ^^ Very true. Finally someone with brain has spoken out. ‘Baby One More Time…’ sold 23 million copies worldwide. And ‘Christina Aguilera’ sold 13 million copies worldwide. But these days, getting 5x in USA is just so hard. Now you can’t base someone’s success just by their record sales. Britney and Christina are the two powerful ladies in the music business right now. You just can’t see them selling loads albums like they used to. Christina has vocal and Britney has stage-charisma. They are powerful whether you think differently.

  2. XtinaFighter says:

    This person has a point but people are not buying albums as much now because they can download the whole thing off the internet. that is one reason why album sales are decreasing!

  3. weebongo says:

    3 million is no mega hit. Especially when you consider her previous album sold 9 and Britney’s 2nd album sold much more than 3 mill. By the way this trend is going Xtina’s next album will sell 1 million then the one after 0.3 million. After that her career will be finished and she’ll join Mariah in the Has-Been Hall of Fame. ‘Britney’ sold a lot more than 4.5 million worldwide.

  4. rachel says:

    First of all people are downloading music because why buy it when you can get it for free. The economy is crap too so peeps are not going to buy the CD unless it is really good. I just bought the stripped album a year after it came out, I had it on my computer but I think its a very classic album so its best to own it eventually. There are too many artists coming out and its hard to find a good quality album because a lot of artist have 3 or 2 good songs on the whole album which sucks if you are going to spend $17.99 on it.

  5. rachel says:

    weebongo shut up. Britney sold 4.5 mill in the state and got 9 mil worldwide for her last album. Christina has sold 3 mil in the states and has 15 mil worldwide of Stripped. Just because you don’t like her that doesn’t mean you have to make about sh**

  6. MariahsMan says:

    It’s impossible to judge an artist’s entire success strictly on album sales. There is way too much file sharing going on. Think about it…singles used to sell gold and platinum status on a regular basis. Now, there isn’t much emphasis put on commercial singles anymore…because it’s so simple for people to hear a song, like it, then download it – ALL FOR FREE! Most of the people that buy singles now are the die-hard fans.

  7. XTremeKaos says:

    The reason why previous albums sell more is because they’ve had more time to gross that amount of sales. An album that came out in 1999 has had years to gain platinum status, while an album just recently released hasn’t. It’s common sense.

  8. Cicero says:

    Yeah, Christina is more famous abroad, I think, than Britney. It annoys me when people say Christina’s album flopped. She did really well when compared with other artists *nowadays.* You can’t compare it to years past. Anyway, some things bother me about Christina, but it’s not nice to make things up and to be rude for its own sake.

  9. StrippedForever says:

    To weebongo and Rachel, Christina’s Stripped has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide as of now. Britney’s previous album, ‘Britney’, has sold 10 million copies as of June 2002. Christina’s is getting closer to 9 million and maybe if she wins any Grammy next year she should reach 10 million. I’m pretty sure Britney’s ‘Britney’ has sold 11 million copies as of now. Get your facts straight before you speak.

  10. weebongo says:

    Stripped has not sold 15 million worldwide. You dumbasses are making up numbers worse than the retard lambs on here. Where’s your proof. . .Link. I didn’t think so. Britney is way more famous than Christina worldwide just like she is much bigger than Christina here in the states. Britney has always been and will always be more famous and sell more records than Xtina. You can’t blame everything on downloading. Maybe it’s the record companies own fault for charging ridiculously high prices for CD’s that people aren’t buying. What idiot is going to spend almost 20 dollars for a CD unless it’s of your absolute favorite artist. The record companies are more than half to blame for being greedy bitches and now they are paying the price.

  11. jazzprofounder says:

    I give respect to any artist that can just be different and original, such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Norah Jones, etc. to name a few. Honestly I don’t think Brit and Christina have done anything special to be called “fusion” artists, since it’s not really they themselves who actually fused different elements of pop and rock together (that’s the job of the new technology we have today), but I give them respect for at least taking the effort. I know what you mean about the rap and stuff as well, but the thing about those genres is just that it’s not meant to be a huge market industry, there’s not much pressure to having to be the “next big thing” or to be the next “king of pop” or whatever. Pop, however, HAS to keep on changing. People aren’t always going to want to listen to sappy ballads about boy meeting girl, girl meeting boy, boy girl falling in love, etc. etc. etc. That’s why pop keeps on changing, it’s a market industry, it’s highly based on popularity.

  12. Nana says:

    The biggest flop album of 2008 is definitely E=Mc2 by Mariah Carey..only managed to produce ONLY one hit single Touch My Body…worldwide and her biggest market- USA.

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