Thinking about yesterday's post, it occurs to me I can only speculate on which music is truly "semi-popular" and which music qualifies as "long-tail" obscure. Surely, "The OC" soundtracks are popular but does Mission of Burma's CD sell more than John Adams'? Using Amazon sales rank as a proxy, let's find out:
music sales rank 1-10:
11-100: Amadou & Mariam
101-1000: Music from the OC: Mix 1
1001-10000: Music from the OC: Mix 2 Slint
10001-100000: Kronos Quartet Frank Zappa Mission of Burma John Adams Charles Ives/Bernstein Eric Dolphy Alan Hovhaness/Shanghai Quartet
100001-1000000: The Anomoanon/Black Sabbath Henry Cowell/Anthony de Mare Robert Moran
Ok, so Mission of Burma only slightly outsells John Adams...