CSPC: Miley Cyrus Popularity Analysis

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It is hard to believe that at just 24 years old Miley Cyrus has been around for more than a decade now. Ten years ago, the daughter of the famous Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was the main character of the highly popular Disney franchise Hannah Montana. Rumors are starting to grow of a return for the ever-evolving artist. While we await a potential comeback, it’s time to review her career from her debut in 2006 to now!

The transition from Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus was perfectly handled. After a very successful debut album serving as the Soundtrack of the TV show, the second season’s album included an additional disc to introduce Miley herself, aptly titled ‘Meet Miley Cyrus’.

Miley’s transition from teen to pop music was huge. The video for her 2013 single Wrecking Ball showed just how big this transition was. This led the pop star to find huge fame in mainstream media, especially in as a subject for gossip magazines. It is always difficult to fairly evaluate the real selling power of such music acts that are as popular as popular for their controversy as their singing.

So, what are Miley Cyrus’ sales figures? And, how does she rank against pure music sellers?

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 of Miley Cyrus’ albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine her true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free skip the video and get into the figures. Let’s go!

16 thoughts on “CSPC: Miley Cyrus Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hey MJD!

    Wasn’t expecting this analysis to come so soon! Miley is definitely an interesting case to study, so thank you for analyzing her popularity!

    First of all, I’m glad you finally remember to add the page for total album sales😊 It’s a great addition and I don’t have to go back page to page to calculate the total. Regarding Miley’s total, 25m albums is fantastic for someone who debuted not only as a Disney artist, but during the mid 00’s when album sales were starting to plummet.

    Secondly, I wasn’t expecting Miley to be so consistently successful! She has 5 albums over 4m units, with the most successful one almost at 7m. Not a bad showing! I was surprised that Bangerz wasn’t her most successful album though. Moreover, her digital results is outstanding! 70m downloads is totally unexpected, and her streaming, most notably the Youtube figures, are quite massive!

    I also loved that you added video streaming to the CSPC analysis! When will you update previously analyzed artist using this new formula? I hope you start with Rihanna considering she was the first artist you’ve analyzed and she’s a beast within Youtube streaming! No doubt she’ll be above 70m album equivalents now after the huge Anti era has finished!

    Moreover, regarding your update on physical singles sales, when and which artists are you going to do that with?

    Finally, are you going to update the artist poll and remove all the previously analyzed artist on the poll, as well as add new ones? Some great new additions I would recommend: Sade, Tupac, Prince, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Kelly Clarkson, Toni Braxton etc.

    Job well done to everyone at Chartmasters and seriously looking forward for your upcoming projects!

    1. Hi Raffi!

      I’m not setting a schedule for now, the plan is to continue with new artists and update former ones in background, putting articles in sticky for a few days when they get updated for everyone to see. I’ll be using the fixing log and Twitter to communicate on that!

      I doubt Rihanna will increase yet as the streaming ratio is much less favorable now. Possibly, she will go down. Her along with Britney and Whitney are among priorities for the update.

      I’m concerned in having a full set information consistent, in concrete words as soon as I’ll adjust physical single sales for one artist, I’ll adjust streaming formulas too, and add new albums if some came out. At each artist update, 100% of the content will be reviewed.

      For a few weeks I’ll be posting CSPC articles based on popular artists releasing new albums, I don’t want to flood the site with divas only :p

      A new poll will be done after that yet, although I may separate acts by gender! hehe

    1. Hi Heidi!

      By experience, the order in streams and sales for album tracks is always pretty much the same. Do My Thang is the highest in streams at over 40 million followed by FU, I estimate both on half a million sales give or take a few. Drive follows them.

  2. Salut MJD, je voulais savoir si tu pouvais ajouter les deux albums: Best of Both Worlds Concert et Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party qui ont vendu pas mal malgré le fait qu’ils soient pas des albums studios à part entière.

    Merci pour le boulot ^^

  3. Hello.

    With the modern sales decline and the sucess of streamimg, what do you think of the current Billboard Hot 100 formula? How would You formulate it for the most accurate reflection of song popularity? Do you think airplay should be included in such charts, as the songs which are played aren’t directly chosen by the listeners?

  4. at the end of the article on the that top miley has 35M records sold but in fact she has 95M records sold ww. i don`t understand

    1. He is using CSPC to gauge the overall popularity of each record. Streams, single sales + sales from various compilations and videos are weighted. It is not 35 million records sold but 35 million album equivalents. Check page 2 for more information.

  5. Salut MJD

    (Oublie mon commentaire, j’avais pas fait attention que tu avais bien inclus les autres albums/dvd ^^)

    J’aurais une question: quand tu donnes, par exemple, 8 million pour PITUSA, qu’est ce que ça représente ? Les ventes US auxquelles sont ajoutées d’autres données ou une estimation mondiale ?
    Je penchais plus pour la deuxième hypothèse dans la mesure où tu soulignes qu’elle a vendu 70 millions de singles (donc pas seulement aux USA ?)

    Merci à toi.

    1. Hello JRDN!

      Oui les chiffres sont des estimations de ventes mondiales et comme tu peux l’imaginer, pour un cas comme PITUSA elles viennent principalement des US mais pas uniquement!

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