CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Please find below the comprehensive list of all CSPC totals of artists studied up to this date.

ARTISTS RANKING- CSPC OVERALL SALES

1 The Beatles – 403,978,000 (update: Mar 2017)
2 Madonna – 244,062,000 (update: Jun 2016)
3 The Rolling Stones – 234,825,000 (update: Dec 2016)
4 Led Zeppelin – 198,856,000 (update: Aug 2016)
5 U2 – 192,494,000 (update: Aug 2016)
6 Celine Dion – 192,088,000 (update: Sep 2016)
7 Mariah Carey – 164,642,000 (update: Apr 2017)
8 Bee Gees – 156,011,000 (update: Apr 2017)
9 ABBA – 155,728,000 (update: Nov 2016)
10 Whitney Houston – 149,980,000 (update: May 2017)
11 Eminem – 147,086,000 (update: Aug 2016)
12 Billy Joel – 145,645,000 (update: Oct 2016)
13 Fleetwood Mac – 143,239,000 (update: Oct 2016)
14 Bon Jovi – 142,172,000 (update: Nov 2016)
15 Bob Dylan – 140,767,000 (update: Oct 2016)
16 Metallica – 137,628,000 (update: Aug 2016)
17 David Bowie – 124,790,000 (update: Jan 2017)
18 Guns N’ Roses – 115,171,000 (update: Jun 2016)
19 George Michael & Wham! – 103,903,000 (update: May 2017)
20 Britney Spears – 96,942,000 (update: Aug 2016)
21 Backstreet Boys – 93,281,000 (update: Feb 2017)
22 Nirvana – 87,573,000 (update: Jul 2016)
23 Coldplay – 83,237,000 (update: Sep 2016)
24 Shania Twain – 79,944,000 (update: Dec 2016)
25 Green Day – 78,926,000 (update: Mar 2017)
26 Janet Jackson – 76,462,000 (update: Apr 2017)
27 Linkin Park – 74,119,000 (update: Oct 2016)
28 Adele – 72,937,000 (update: Jul 2016)
29 Rihanna – 65,734,000 (update: Jun 2016)
30 Beyoncé – 61,942,000 (update: Dec 2016)
31 Michael Bublé – 60,395,000 (update: Dec 2016)
32 Taylor Swift – 55,647,000 (update: Jun 2016)
33 Shakira – 52,686,000 (update: Dec 2016)
34 Enrique Iglesias – 50,278,000 (update: Sep 2016)
35 Norah Jones – 49,393,000 (update: Nov 2016)
36 Drake – 48,790,000 (update: Nov 2016)
37 Spice Girls – 48,198,000 (update: Mar 2017)
38 Maroon 5 – 47,286,000 (update: Oct 2016)
39 Christina Aguilera – 47,234,000 (update: Mar 2017)
40 Justin Bieber – 46,632,000 (update: Aug 2016)
41 Destiny’s Child – 45,163,000 (update: Dec 2016)
42 Lady Gaga – 45,037,000 (update: Aug 2016)
43 Alicia Keys – 44,433,000 (update: Nov 2016)
44 Miley Cyrus – 35,454,000 (update: May 2017)
45 Katy Perry – 32,492,000 (update: Jul 2016)
46 Bruno Mars – 32,459,000 (update: Jul 2016)
47 Ed Sheeran – 26,329,000 (update: Sep 2016)
48 Amy Winehouse – 26,280,000 (update: Sep 2016)
49 Aaliyah – 17,780,000 (update: Feb 2017)
50 The Weeknd – 17,215,000 (update: Dec 2016)

16 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 🙂

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