That's very interesting - thank you for the context.idreamofpikas wrote: ↑15 Feb 2021, 17:00Both are now on 27.7 million. They are fantastic amounts for songs from the 90's that did not break America, still by the far the largest music listening audience. They'd make the top 5 of every other British 90's band apart from Oasis, Radiohead and the Verve (only one would make the top 5, the other would have to settle for 6th).
Lyla 21 million, The importance of Being Idle 24.4 million, The Hindu Times 11.7 million, Go Let It Out 15.6 million, All Around the World
24.3 million. All no1's by Oasis. By comparison the Universal and Beetlebum are doing well.
Now Blur's catalogue is hindered by the fact that Damon and Graham have moved on. Other acts are either still together or still performing on tour the songs that made them famous. Had there been more than one Blur tour or album in the spotify age (2012 onwards seems to be when it became mainstream) we'd probably see even bigger numbers, but right now 1.1 billion is pretty impressive.
I am puzzled why we have not seen a B-sides album or even another Greatest hits album, something to inject a bit of life into the Blur catalogue.
On a connected note, Beetlebum and the Universal sound so "fresh" compared to those Oasis songs you have listed, which (to my ears anyway) sound dated and not in just in an "of their time" way. They just don't sound like great songs outside of their context whereas I think Beetlebum and the Universal still stand up today.
A B-sides album would be a great idea. The last and only one of those they released was back in 94. There have been several fine B-sides since then and they inexplicably left out Young and Lovely from the 94 disc!