CSPC: Ed Sheeran Popularity Analysis

Ed Sheeran Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all figures, you must be looking for how many overall album sales equivalent each Ed Sheeran record 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, singles released in download format sold the equivalent of 2,610,000 albums – 26,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.


Ed Sheeran is an artist from our era. As summarized in this table, he sold no physical singles nor did he sell other full length releases like live albums or compilations to boost his studio albums CSPC totals. In spite of this situation, + already eclipsed the 8 million mark while x is closing in 16 million, a massive tally. This is more than every album ever released by Katy Perry, Rihanna and Taylor Swift despite all of them getting way more coverage by Medias. Incredibly, 16 million album sales equivalent is also more than all albums issued by Coldplay, Eminem or Britney Spears post-2002. You got it, x is an absolute blockbuster.

Just a small word about other releases of Orphan Album. Considering the low amounts of 50,000 units sold I haven’t detail them, but they relate mostly to early EPs issued by the artist.

In total, Ed Sheeran sold 26,3 million album sales equivalent,  exactly the same total as Amy Winehouse. With a third album rumored for 2016 fall, this figure may climb dramatically faster than we think!

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

4 thoughts on “CSPC: Ed Sheeran Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you for this article!

    Do you plan to study P!nk? Even though there’s no word about a new album, it would be interesting to see her CSPC results given she’s been active since 2000.

  2. Hi everyone!
    I reversed MJD’s formulas to determine the CSP for each track. We could interpret this as the CSP total “due to” a track, so its success.

    I have calculated the top 5 below:
    Song [Album] = CSP total (millions sales equivalent)

    Thinking Out Loud [x] = 4,25
    Photograph [x] = 2,61
    The A Team [+] = 1,96
    I See Fire [x] = 1,87
    Don’t [x] = 1,68

    4.25 millions equivalent sales is quite big. To give an idea, it’s more than any track released by Rihanna (please see here: http://chartmasters.org/2016/06/cspc-rihanna-popularity-analysis/#comment-1348).

    If you have any question/remarks about the method/calculation I used to obtained these numbers, I will be pleased to answer you.

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