Jimi Hendrix Has Sold Fewer Records Than Creed and Other Depressing Rock Facts
Ready for a bum out, rock fans? We've got a whole mess of facts regarding rock band record sales in relation to pop stars and acts that'll have you hurtling towards the medicine cabinet for some Prozac if you are a diehard. Here's the first stat: Guitar deity Jimi Hendrix has sold less records than bombastic rock band Creed. Not enough to sink your mood? Wait, there's more.
The Beatles share a distinction with rapper Flo Rida. His hit single 'Low,' a club banger, if you will, sold as many copies as 'Hey Jude,' which is not a club banger but one of the most revered songs in the rock canon. But it sold the same amount of copies of a song that was very of the moment. Hiding under the covers with the shades down due to full scale depression yet?
There's even more, courtesy of Buzzfeed's list.
Led Zeppelin have never had a No. 1 single but Rihanna has had 10. Actually, it's 11 now, since her new tune 'We Found Love' landed at the top of the pop charts. We know, we just drove the stake even further into rock's heart but we had to do so in favor of factual correctness and in light of new information.
Kesha's sassy (and sorta phonetically spelled) single 'Tik Tok' has sold more than any Beatles single. Ever. We'll give her a pass, since she rocks out with Alice Cooper and has cred courtesy of that association.
We're sorry if we ruined your day, rock fans. However, it's called pop music for a reason – because it's popular and digestible by the masses who aren't as discerning with their music choices, which is an okay way to be. However, rock music prevails and has a canon that endures, is studied, respected and understood by its fans. Being a tried 'n' true rock fan is like earning membership in an elite fraternity. So don't be too bummed by these facts.