CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – George Michael

I previously mentioned how Wham! joined an elite group of artists that sold more than 10 million physical singles from the same album. As a solo artist George Michael came very close as well with 9,1 million units sold from hits from Faith. As he was on such a long hiatus, we tend to forget he is one of the very rare artists that got 10 or more #1 hits in both the US and the UK.

Both Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 and Older as well as the Orphan Album category own multiple million selling singles too. From his solo material, George Michael sold 23,1 million units in that format – a total almost cracking the 50 million plateau when adding Wham! material.

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

Faith (1987) – 2,718,000 equivalent albums

Faith – 2,220,000
Father Figure – 1,250,000
I Want Your Sex (Parts I & II) – 2,010,000
One More Try – 1,720,000
Monkey – 1,100,000
Kissing a Fool – 760,000

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990) – 903,000 equivalent albums

Praying for Time – 1,360,000
Freedom! ’90 – 1,060,000
Cowboys and Angels – 70,000
Waiting for That Day – 290,000
Mother’s Pride – 180,000
Heal the Pain – 50,000

Older (1996) – 1,152,000 equivalent albums

Jesus to a Child – 1,360,000
Fastlove – 1,410,000
Older – 180,000
Spinning the Wheel – 410,000
Star People – 270,000
You Have Been Loved – 210,000

Songs from the Last Century (1999) – 0 equivalent albums

No single.

Patience (2004) – 141,000 equivalent albums

Amazing – 150,000
Round Here – 30,000
Shoot the Dog – 50,000
Flawless (Go to the City) – 80,000
Freeek! – 160,000

Orphan – 2,025,000 equivalent albums

I Knew You Were Waiting – 1,510,000
Heaven Help Me – 500,000
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – 2,240,000
Too Funky – 970,000
Killer/Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – 120,000
If I Told You That – 130,000
Waltz Away Dreaming – 80,000
Outside – 330,000
As – 240,000
Somebody to Love – 380,000
This Is Not Real Love – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 150,000

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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