CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Wham!

So far, we have covered more than 330 albums from the biggest artists over our distinct CSPC articles. Among them, the artist’s album that generated the most physical singles sales combined is True Blue by Madonna at 12,2 million units. True Blue is only 1 of 5 artist’s albums that saw more than 10 million copies of its singles being sold, studied so far. Guess what? Not one but two Wham! albums are responsible for more than 10 million singles sold.

Make It Big’s total is an unreal 13,9 million units shifted overall thanks to four giant smashes, topped by the iconic Careless Whisper at 6,3 million. This easily tops True Blue’s total in spite of that album having one more single.

An extraordinarily massive 10,15 million singles were sold from Music from the Edge of Heaven too and even a much more modest record like Fantastic still moved an impressive 2,7 million units of its singles. In total, the duet sold 26,75 million singles over the course of only 3 years.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Fantastic (1983) – 813,000 equivalent albums

Bad Boys – 1,010,000
Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – 350,000
Club Tropicana – 500,000
Young Guns (Go for It!) – 630,000
Club Fantastic Megamix – 220,000

Make It Big (1984) – 4,167,000 equivalent albums

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – 3,650,000
Everything She Wants – 1,520,000
Freedom – 2,430,000
Careless Whisper – 6,290,000

Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986) – 3,045,000 equivalent albums

The Edge of Heaven – 1,400,000
I’m Your Man – 1,450,000
A Different Corner – 2,050,000
Where Did Your Heart Go? – 270,000
Last Christmas – 4,980,000

Orphan – 0 equivalent albums

17 thoughts on “CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you very much for those figures. “Make it big” is very underrated, it’s crazy.
    There’s another reason why no one should doubt about Wham!’s figures being included into George Michael’s total sale numbers : he wrote and co-produced 90% of each Wham! album. Unfortunately, most people tend to think Wham! was a teen-pop band a la Spice Girls whereas they were closer to bands like Take That for the leading singer (that was George Michael) was a real artist who wrote and produced the band’s songs. Sadly enough, his death is the occasion to consider the quality and real dimension of George Michael’s talent.

  2. Thanks for those interesting figures. May I dare to think that Wham Japanese sales are underestimated.
    From oricon’ stats alone “Music From The Edge Of Heaven” is over 180.000 in 2004.

    1. Hi Grendizer,

      Thanks for spotting out! Going across my Excel spreadsheet, someway I glitched out non-LP sales for its original run. I’ll update the article as it should be 🙂

      Thanks again!

  3. Older was certified 7x platinum in Denmark recently. Do you know if this means 350,000 (since many associations certify according to the release date) or 140,000 (looks like IFPI Denmark are certifing platinum when records sold 20,000 since 2012…)? Thank You. 😉

      1. Exactly, George did 90% of the wham work on his own therefore makes it HIS, even Billboard counts the wham hits as George’s, so even they the tea.

  4. I hope you combine genesis/phil collins ………….and
    Rod Stewart/Faces/Jeff Beck (Truth/Beck Ola albums)
    Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac (starting in 1975 with “Fleetwood Mac”) the same way 🙂

  5. What I find impressive, even tho he fell off in the states, he was still selling amazingly everywhere else, proving…you can still be global without trumps’s america… 🙂

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