CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

wham! and george michael CSPC Results

George Michael

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales do all Wham! & George Michael albums achieve? Well, at this point we don’t need to combine all the figures found in this article.

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Older released in digital format sold the equivalent of 110,000 albums – 1,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.

    • As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

Never mentioned anywhere among top sellers or the most successful albums, the terribly underrated Make It Big concludes on a gigantic 26,9 million equivalent album sales overall. An incredible all around performer, it generated solid numbers from every avenue.

Faith is a very close second at 26,6 million. That result makes George Michael the 9th artist only with multiple albums over 25 million out of the 50 studied so far, joining Madonna, the BeatlesLed Zeppelin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys and Eminem.

He is not only about two albums though as he recorded five consecutive albums close or over 10 million.

Cumulatively, Wham! and George Michael sold 103,9 million equivalent albums. This may not sound like too much for such a legendary singer but one needs to consider his catalog features only 124 songs, while someone like Beyoncé already has 162 tracks without counting songs from Destiny’s Child. Speaking of them, you may wonder why I mentioned their numbers individually – solo and group – while I put the combined number for Wham! and George Michael. The fact is that there is really no such thing as “Wham! sales” as even their albums include various George Michael solo songs, among which some of their biggest hits like Careless Whisper and A Different Corner.

The following pages list the most successful songs of the artist, as well as the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far, to better gauge the place of George Michael in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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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