Exactly 20 years ago, the music industry was living one of the most hyped era that ever happened. The Girls Power phenomenon was everywhere thanks to their unstoppable flagship, the iconic Spice Girls. Wannabe was concluding its run at #1 in the US, the album Spice was on its way to climb at the top too. In the UK, both this album and the single Mama / Who Do You Think You Are? were dominating, the latter being their fourth #1 hit in their native country. Less than one year before they were unknown. This was the Spice Girls – an utterly massive dominant group from the very first day.
As usual – we already met the case with the Beatles or ABBA – when a music act destroys charts like no one else myths quickly start surrounding it. Some are true, others aren’t. Their countless #1s were all over the place, so were their record breaking sales in each field – album, singles and videos. The legend tells Spice album sold over 30 million units while Spiceworld moved 22 million, while the group as a whole set the mark in 85 million physical records. As you can guess, this includes a good share of exaggeration. With the Spice Girls, the case is quite easy in reality – all their official album sales are known and you will be finding them right here. As they did well in various formats, we need to check the complete picture to accurately rate their success yet.
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. The concept will not only bring you sales information of all Spice Girls albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude on meaningful popularity indicators. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video, I fully recommend you to check it before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to jump to the following pages. Let’s go!