CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

George Michael

Full Length related record Sales

This category includes all non-studio albums plus all music videos of both George and Wham! In the case of Wham!, this contains the atypical The Final which contained studio songs first released on that compilation in various markets.

Part 1 – Wham! Years

How to understand this table? If you check for example The Best of Wham! compilation line, those figures mean it sold 2,400,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for 350,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many streams equivalent sales are coming from each original album plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us Make It Big songs are responsible for 44% of the The Best of Wham! tracklist attractiveness, which means it generated 1,056,000 of its 2,400,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

With the exception of the last two music videos, all compilations from Wham! are logically extensively fueled by Make It Big and Music from the Edge of Heaven albums. Thus, they register between them most of the 7,8 million sales achieved by those various packages.

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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