Below table lists Spotify streaming of all songs from the five albums we are studying. The Comprehensive Streaming is reached by multiplying Spotify figures by 68/26. In fact, as shown in IFPI 2015 Report, there were 68 million paying subscribers to all streaming platforms by the end of 2015. While the exact count of Spotify paying subscribers by the end of 2015 is unknown, that figure reached 20 million in June 2015 and 30 million in March 2016, thus an estimated 26 million is used as of the end of 2015.
The equivalent album sales is the division of the comprehensive streaming figure by 1500 as it is now the norm in the new industry model.
Streaming Part 1 – Wham! Catalog
As expected, the duo debut album doesn’t do wonders with only Club Tropicana getting decent streaming numbers.
Make It Big contains two gigantic hits, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go at nearly 85 million and Careless Whisper closing in 60 million. The two other singles from its original era combine for 13 more millions. Those hits create a very healthy total of 278,000 equivalent album sales. This is way more than every catalog album of Madonna for example.
So is the total of Music from the Edge of Heaven which enjoys 235,000 equivalent album sales mostly on the back of the evergreen holidays classic Last Christmas.