CSPC: Mariah Carey Popularity Analysis

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Its arrived. The one many of you wanted to be studied. For various months many of you have been requesting to add Mariah Carey among the studied acts. After completing career-listings of Madonna, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston this demand increased even more. From the mid-80s to early 00s these four singers sold so many records that talks about those iconic divas started to gain ground and haven’t stopped since.

So who sold the most? In reality, wondering which one did the best out of those four females is kind of a rich person’s problem. In fact, the first thing that needs to be said is that they all did insanely well. They all broke various records here and there and they all have no competition at all in their respective leagues – well, sorry Barbra Streisand, I haven’t forgotten about you but your career is too different to fairly include you inside this Madonna – generation legends battle.

Among Mariah Carey’s achievements feature her 18 US #1 hits, a tally putting her on par with Elvis Presley and runner up to the Beatles. She did so in a relatively smooth period for singles sales and the Hot 100 heavily factored Airplay during this era. So has she really sold that well? Let’s not forget she owns several of the very top selling foreign albums of all-time in Japan so surely she moved some units. How many though? Her 90s decade was undoubtedly intense, but that is still only 10 years. Can she really challenge the all-time top sellers within such a short period of high sales?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. The concept will not only bring you sales information for all Mariah Carey albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude the truth 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 out before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to get straight into the sales figures. Let’s go!

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RIAA just recertify The Emancipation of Mimi as 7 millions copies in the USA and We belong together at 6 millions


Please update Mariah’s – she may have surpassed 200M mark by now. Thank you in advance!!!


Don’t think so, acts like Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Abba and Rolling Stones were updated longer ago and would probably have a bigger leap as streaming is already updated


She is pretty up to date, as her streaming figures are regularly updated, which is every artists main source of “sales” these days. While she will obviously have added some physical sales since her last update, they will not be very significant.


wasn’t the formula used to update her streams outdated? She’s also updated several of her certifications lately, I’d think she’d be well over 180m with an update.

Last edited 5 days ago by fancybytwice

Since the 2017 Mariah Carey analysis on this website, the RIAA alone has certified an additional 44 million units (37 million singles plus 7 million albums sold), along with more updates in the UK, Australia and elsewhere. The figures reported on this site’s analysis for Mariah are wildly out of date and/or were always incorrect. One glaring example is that “We Belong Together” is certified in the US alone for 6 million and is actually her second biggest single when combining her Universal and Sony catalogs, but it’s reported ranking here is #10 with 5.22 million globally. Sony Music’s Certified… Read more »

Last edited 20 hours ago by usernameneeded

She may be at 180m in a few months

Why in this section of Mariah Carey's Facebook does it say that TEOM sold more than 15 million Copies.



Why does her Spotify Tool not include the “Big Energy Remix”?

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