CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

Last Christmas I gave you my heart.

Digital Singles Sales – Wham!

With huge hits in physical format, and although strong streaming forces as we will see later, Wham! songs have been surprisingly weak as digital sellers. No doubt the 7,2 million units sold so far will increase at a faster rate from now.

As those songs hardly charted anywhere during the last few years, with the obvious exception of Last Christmas, estimates can appear to be a bit off – although the impact on overall totals of the artist’s career will be minimal. Hopefully, if that is the case, the new information that will come out in the upcoming weeks should help with adjusting figures.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Fantastic (1983) – 45,000 equivalent albums

Club Tropicana – 350,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Make It Big (1984) – 340,000 equivalent albums

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – 900,000
Everything She Wants – 250,000
Freedom – 150,000
Careless Whisper – 2,000,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986) – 335,000 equivalent albums

I’m Your Man – 200,000
A Different Corner – 350,000
Last Christmas – 2,700,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Orphan – 0 equivalent albums

14 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.

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