Spice Girls CAREER CSPC RESULTS
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Spice Girls album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Spice singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 350,000 albums – 3,500,000 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 extracted from the album
- Download Singles: sales of digital singles extracted from the album
- Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks
While Spiceworld someway managed to follow the pace of sales of Spice in various markets, once considering all other formats the group debut album appears to be the incontestable winner. Even if it is climbing slowly at the moment, that’s only a matter of time before it crosses the magical 30-million barrier.
Never getting a second life thanks to a compilation or a live set and still being a fairly terrible catalog seller in spite of this absence of competition, Spiceworld total of 16,4 million is huge giving the very short life it had.
The same can’t be done about Forever. Released at the all-time peak of the music industry and after all not that long after the first two albums, it should have done way, way more than 1,45 million equivalent album sales overall. Even the absence of Geri Halliwell isn’t a good enough of a justification to explain such chaotic sales. Ironically, all subsequent members – Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham – remained strongly followed and managed various hit singles after that bomb.
The ultimate total of the Spice Girls amounts to 48,2 million equivalent album sales. While some may rate this final total as disappointing, reminding that the huge chunk of that figure came in within’ 24 months makes it fairly impressive. Last but not least, in the famous “Who’s the biggest selling female group ever” debate, this result puts them ahead of the 45,16 million achieved by the Destiny’s Child. Obviously, R&B legends TLC as well as the Supremes have yet to be studied. Maybe more than sales, the real feat of the Spice Girls is found on their insane impact on popular culture, a territory where those remaining female groups come nowhere near to them.
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 the Spice Girls in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, EMI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.