CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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Grease is a very interesting case. As it can’t be eaten by a compilation since it belongs to no real music act, its sales in original physical formats are massive. It came out when physical single sales were gigantic too, thus achieving an unreal total of 24,4 million singles sold. Madonna is obviously very strong in this ranking, even more impressive since she was also selling large amounts of albums.

Physical Singles Sales

1 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 24,400,000
2 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 12,200,000
3 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 12,100,000
4 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time – 11,100,000
5 1997 Celine DionLet’s Talk About Love – 11,000,000
6 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer – 8,200,000
7 1975 QueenA Night At The Opera – 8,000,000
8 1983 Billy JoelAn Innocent Man – 7,550,000
9 1996 Celine DionFalling Into You – 7,050,000
10 1998 MadonnaRay Of Light – 6,750,000
11 1993 Celine DionThe Colour Of My Love – 6,300,000
12 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours  – 5,900,000
13 1977 Billy JoelThe Stranger – 5,550,000
14 1990 MadonnaI’m Breathless – 5,200,000
15 2000 EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP – 5,150,000
16 2000 MadonnaMusic – 5,000,000
17 1987 Fleetwood MacTango In The Night  – 4,850,000
18 2000 Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again – 4,750,000
19 1978 Billy Joel52nd Street – 4,700,000
20 1980 Billy JoelGlass Houses – 4,600,000

19 thoughts on “CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for your website and also for all the twenty-five artists analyzed and studied.
    What singers or groups will you analyze in the next week ?
    I hope that you will answer me soon !!!

      1. Hi dear MJD !!!

        If we speak of a famous very flashy group from the 70s, I think they are the Queen.
        Did I guessed ? I believe are Queen because The Rolling Stones,The Beatles and Pink Floyd came out a decade earlier then the sixties.
        Then after this flashy group, I hope you finally will analyze The Fab Four (The Beatles) !!!

          1. Hi both!

            Mat got it right 😉

            Anthony, I’m working on the Beatles at the same time as other artists. I would say I have 30% complete by now. Giving their importance, I’m really getting very, very deeply into every information which obviously takes time, but I don’t want to rush an article about them!

    1. Hello Patrick!

      I edited Led Zeppelin article after the Bob Dylan one. Recently, we discussed with Hernan the case of box sets containing original albums a case which wasn’t stated in CSPC introduction. As for boxes eat catalog sales of stand alone albums, in a CSPC logic we felt logical to attribute 100% of such box sets sales into each individual album part of the package. Thus, rather than spreading the 500,000 units sold by Led Zeppelin set The Complete Studio Recordings, those sales were fully awarded to each of its 9 albums, which created a 4 million increase of their CSPC total.

      1. so the boxed sets had the whole albums and each one unit sale was a whole sale for each album that was in the box set? if that is the case then yeah it only makes sense to do so.

  2. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Certainly I understand dear,but how long do you think you can analyze The Beatles ? for example a week or a month.
    Ah congratulations, as I understand, he guessed Mat, the famous flashy group are ABBA !!!

    1. Hello Lucy!

      Mariah has not been studied yet, that is why she does not appear in this article.
      But do not worry, she will also be studied soon, like all big sellers.

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