CSPC: Michael Bublé Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

2003 Michael Bublé – 7,250,000
2005 It’s Time – 8,850,000
2007 Call Me Irresponsible – 7,200,000
2009 Crazy Love – 8,650,000
2011 Christmas – 11,600,000
2013 To Be Loved – 3,300,000
2016 Nobody but Me – 950,000

As you can see this list doesn’t include his very first two LPs BaBalu and Dream that he released independently and locally only, getting irrelevant sales. Tracks from those records got repackaged afterwards on various true label albums which will be reviewed in later pages.

With five consecutive albums from 7,2 to 11,6 million, the first instinctive comment we think about is how incredibly consistent the artist has been. More than the consistency though, I would like to highlight the strength of those figures. During the last 13 years, there isn’t that many albums that topped 7 million units, yet all first five Michael Buble LPs did it.

How does that compare with other artists from the same era? The first five studio albums of Taylor Swift sold a combined 38,6 million, those from Rihanna moved 25,3 million copies. Michael Buble ones add for an impressive 43,5 million. Christmas is even stronger on his own as only Adele juggernauts 21 and 25 outsold it since its 2011 release. All together, his studio albums shipped as much as 47,8 million to date.

Obviously, album sales don’t represent the whole picture as Rihanna or Taylor Swift popularity is also shown through their digital sales. At first, we may expect Michael Buble singles sales to be rather low but sometimes feelings can be wrong…

5 thoughts on “CSPC: Michael Bublé Popularity Analysis”

  1. Nice work MJD! Buble’s total results are quite impressive, surprassing the likes of other big pop stars.

    Also, i noticed you haven’t done a CSPC analysis on one certain act-Female groups! Hence, i hope you will do one for TLC🙏🏽 CrazySexyCool was one of the biggest R&B albums of the 90’s with multiple successful singles. Moreover, Fanmail was a nice comeback after their 5-year hiatus. I also wonder how they compare to other R&B acts (eg. Alicia Keys)

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi everyone!

    Here are the 10 Michael Bublé’s tracks that have generated the most sales:
    1 2005 Home [It’s Time] – 4,000,000
    2 2007 Everything [Call Me Irresponsible] – 3,860,000
    3 2009 Haven’t Met You Yet [Crazy Love] – 3,650,000
    4 2005 Feeling Good [It’s Time] – 3,630,000
    5 2011 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas [Christmas] – 1,850,000
    6 2011 White Christmas [Christmas] – 1,750,000
    7 2003 Sway [Michael Bublé] – 1,650,000
    8 2003 Fever [Michael Bublé] – 1,530,000
    9 2007 Lost [Call Me Irresponsible] – 1,380,000
    10 2011 All I Want for Christmas Is You [Christmas] – 1,000,000

    An interesting thing there: “Christmas” is the biggest Bublé’s album, but no track from it is in his top4 most successful tracks.

    If you have any questions / remarks, do not hesitate to let a comment!

  3. Hi MJD,

    just wondering with various countries beginning to count streaming into their singles and albums certification, will there be double counting?


    1. Hi Jeff!

      No, I’m following as closely as possible every chart to avoid such issues. For example, when a single goes 4xP in Italy for 200,000 downloads plus streamings, I check the share of both formats in the country to extract an estimate of downloads only. As downloads are truly disappearing now and should be gone soon, it won’t be a problem for long.

      I do just about the same for albums. If you check my UK album sales for all artists, you will notice shipment figures I put for last Coldplay, Justin Bieber or Drake albums were much lower than OCC figures, because I removed streaming from them. This is of course to avoid double counting as I’m already factoring in streaming in the dedicated part of each article!

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