MADONNA Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, what’s the most successful album by Madonna and how many overall album sales equivalent has it achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, True Blue singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 270,000 albums – 2,700,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
This is it! We started this article mentioning Madonna has no album among the very best selling female studio albums of all-time, wondering how high would True Blue feature in terms of real popularity. In the end, the dark horse Like A Virgin appears to be the singer biggest album. Surprising? Well, not that much. True Blue was clearly the fastest seller out of both, up to 15,5 million by the end of 1987 while Like A Virgin, with two more years of sales, was on 13 million by the same time. By mid-1988 yet Like A Virgin was already the one selling the most and started to slowly catch True Blue album sales. Considering The Immaculate Collection shot down catalog sales of those two albums soon after, Like A Virgin never completed its come back in terms of original album sales, but did generate more sales to all subsequent compilations and is still her most appealing record as shown by both catalog digital sales and streaming results.
Apart from the ranking, the volume of sales is very interesting. Like A Virgin is now close to 40 million album sales equivalent in total. This puts it ahead of many other female albums that sold more copies in original album format, including Britney Spears, Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman debuts, Carole King Tapestry, Whitney Houston first two albums, Mariah Carey Music Box / Daydream and… Adele 21 blockbuster. This makes Like A Virgin the #6 most successful female album ever while True Blue just scrap into the Top 10.
In the same way, Like A Prayer tops Ray Of Light album. Considering the 1,4 million lead of the latter record in original album format, this isn’t that surprising as without The Immaculate Collection the former would have filled this gap easily.
In the other end of the jigsaw, we can notice how little added value MDNA or Rebel Heart brought to the artist catalog.
Everything considered, Madonna totals 244 million albums equivalent, twice more than Taylor Swift (55 million) and Rihanna (65 million) combined. While the pop star is well known as the most successful female artist ever, this comparison is still worth it to best illustrate the magnitude of her success.
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Sources: IFPI, Warner, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.