Spice Girls CAREER CSPC RESULTS
So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Spice Girls album achieved? 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, Spice singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 525,000 albums – 3,500,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 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 1,5/10)
- Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500
While Spiceworld someway managed to follow the pace of sales Spice managed in various markets, once considering all other formats, the group’s debut album appears to be the incontestable winner. Even if it is climbing slowly at the moment, it’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 the absence of competition, Spiceworld’s total of 16,5 million is huge given its very short lifespan.
The same can’t be said 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 much, much better than 1,45 million equivalent album sales overall. Even the absence of Geri Halliwell isn’t a good enough justification to explain such chaotic sales. Ironically, all subsequent members – Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham – remained strong and managed various hit singles after that bomb.
The ultimate total of the Spice Girls amounts to 48,5 million equivalent album sales. While some may rate this final total as disappointing, remembering that a huge chunk of that figure came 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 Destiny’s Child. Obviously, R&B legends TLC, as well as the legendary Supremes, have yet to be studied. Maybe more than sales, the real feat of the Spice Girls is found in their insane impact on popular culture. Such territory the above mentioned female groups come nowhere near replicating.
The following pages list his most successful songs as well as his records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge his position in the history of the music industry.
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- Sources: IFPI, EMI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.