Destiny’s Child & Beyonce CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé album achieved? Who’s ahead overall? Is the diva the highest selling artist since she first came out? Let’s summarize everything together!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, B’Day singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 2,630,000 albums – 26,300,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
Leading all the three categories made of physical sales / long formats, The Writing’s on the Wall remains the biggest album of the comprehensive career of both artists. Its lead is far from being large though as a trio of albums follow with very close numbers, all in the 14,2-14,8 million range, Survivor, Dangerously In Love and I Am… Sasha Fierce. As the strongest catalog album, this latter should ultimately solely claim the runner up spot.
B’Day comes next with a very solid 11,15 million while Destiny Fulfilled, Beyoncé and 4 stand around 7/8 million a piece. Beyoncé is still going very strong in streaming so topping the last effort from the Destiny’s Child isn’t out of reach.
While no album really crack all-time lists numbers, the fact no album from their 1999 true breakthrough until 2016 Beyoncé set Lemonade dropped below 6,8 million is very impressive.
Cumulatively, the Destiny’s Child catalog is up to 45,2 million equivalent albums units through all formats. On her side, Beyoncé claims 61,9 million equivalent album sales. This is the perfect illustration of the less dominant position of the album format lately as the similar number of albums sold by both acts is strongly contradicted by the 16 million gap when all formats are took into consideration.
As for the question about Beyoncé being the highest selling artist right now, the answer is no. Adele, at 73 million as of last July 2016 or Rihanna, at 65 million as of June 2016, are examples of artists that first came out years after Beyoncé who are already well past her total. At 55 million Taylor Swift is coming to her heels too. Her sales are easily enough to make Beyoncé one of the biggest artist of the last 15 years still.
Over the next pages, you will first find the same information exploded into each singles rather than albums to define the most successful ones. To complete the study, the ranking of all CSPC totals of artists studied so far is displayed to see where exactly both Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé compare to other acts.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Hits Daily Double, Chartmasters.org.