CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

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Please find below the comprehensive list of all CSPC totals of artists studied up to this date.

ARTISTS RANKING- CSPC OVERALL SALES

1 The Beatles – 403,978,000 (update: Mar 2017)
2 Madonna – 244,062,000 (update: Jun 2016)
3 The Rolling Stones – 234,825,000 (update: Dec 2016)
4 Pink Floyd – 225,457,000 (update: Jun 2017)
5 Led Zeppelin – 198,856,000 (update: Aug 2016)
6 U2 – 192,494,000 (update: Aug 2016)
7 Celine Dion – 192,088,000 (update: Sep 2016)
8 Mariah Carey – 164,642,000 (update: Apr 2017)
9 Bee Gees – 156,011,000 (update: Apr 2017)
10 ABBA – 155,728,000 (update: Nov 2016)
11 Whitney Houston – 149,980,000 (update: May 2017)
12 Eminem – 147,086,000 (update: Aug 2016)
13 Billy Joel – 145,645,000 (update: Oct 2016)
14 Fleetwood Mac – 143,239,000 (update: Oct 2016)
15 Bon Jovi – 142,172,000 (update: Nov 2016)
16 Bob Dylan – 140,767,000 (update: Oct 2016)
17 Metallica – 137,628,000 (update: Aug 2016)
18 David Bowie – 124,790,000 (update: Jan 2017)
19 Guns N’ Roses – 115,171,000 (update: Jun 2016)
20 George Michael & Wham! – 103,903,000 (update: May 2017)
21 Britney Spears – 96,942,000 (update: Aug 2016)
22 Backstreet Boys – 93,281,000 (update: Feb 2017)
23 Nirvana – 87,573,000 (update: Jul 2016)
24 Coldplay – 80,395,000 (update: Jun 2017)
25 Shania Twain – 79,944,000 (update: Dec 2016)
26 Green Day – 78,926,000 (update: Mar 2017)
27 Janet Jackson – 76,462,000 (update: Apr 2017)
28 Linkin Park – 74,470,000 (update: Jun 2017)
29 Adele – 72,937,000 (update: Jul 2016)
30 Rihanna – 65,734,000 (update: Jun 2016)
31 Beyoncé – 61,942,000 (update: Dec 2016)
32 Michael Bublé – 60,395,000 (update: Dec 2016)
33 Taylor Swift – 55,647,000 (update: Jun 2016)
34 Shakira – 52,686,000 (update: Dec 2016)
35 Enrique Iglesias – 50,278,000 (update: Sep 2016)
36 Norah Jones – 49,393,000 (update: Nov 2016)
37 Drake – 48,790,000 (update: Nov 2016)
38 Spice Girls – 48,198,000 (update: Mar 2017)
39 Maroon 5 – 47,286,000 (update: Oct 2016)
40 Christina Aguilera – 47,234,000 (update: Mar 2017)
41 Justin Bieber – 46,632,000 (update: Aug 2016)
42 Destiny’s Child – 45,163,000 (update: Dec 2016)
43 Lady Gaga – 45,037,000 (update: Aug 2016)
44 Alicia Keys – 44,433,000 (update: Nov 2016)
45 One Direction – 41,617,000 (update: May 2017)
46 Miley Cyrus – 35,454,000 (update: May 2017)
47 Katy Perry – 32,492,000 (update: Jul 2016)
48 Bruno Mars – 32,459,000 (update: Jul 2016)
49 Ed Sheeran – 26,329,000 (update: Sep 2016)
50 Amy Winehouse – 26,280,000 (update: Sep 2016)
51 Gorillaz – 19,842,000 (update: May 2017)
52 Aaliyah – 17,780,000 (update: Feb 2017)
53 The Weeknd – 17,215,000 (update: Dec 2016)
54 Demi Lovato – 10,145,000 (update: May 2017)

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi MJD!

    Glad you’re back! It’s been a long wait and it was quite worth it!

    Regarding Pink Floyd’s sales, I have to say their album sales are excellent! 80m+ in both the US and Europe is mind-blowing! They also managed huge sales in almost everywhere except Asia, but that can be explained by the weak market during their peak.

    Still, I was rather disappointed with their performance on other formats. 8,8m physical singles is very low compared to acts of the same time frame, especially since the singles market was huge at the time. I guess not releasing so many singles led to their extraordinary album sales, but The Wall is a perfect example of both huge album sales and singles sales. If they had relased more singles, they probably would end up having slightly less album sales, but much higher album sales equivalents from singles sales.

    I’m not sure how to judge their digital results though. While 23m downloads is quite good considering that the band is already quite old, it pales a lot compared to their album sales. I even find their streaming results more impressive than their download results.

    Lastly, with nearly 170m coming from studio album sales, this format takes up 75% of their total results. What other artists have such a huge proportion of their total results belonging to this format?

    The only acts i can think of right now that would be above Pink Floyd’s are Elvis, Michael Jackson and Queen. Not sure about Sir Elton John though. That means Pink Floyd is most likely in the Top 10.

    What other analysis/updates/projects are you planning to do next?

  2. Great article! I have a question, is it the THE WALL and Moon era the biggest era of all time ? Or Michael’s Thillir era 1983-1985 or Beatles’ 1965-1969 or Celine’s 1996- 1999?

    1. Hi Skkywill!

      I’m not sure to fully understand your question, how do you define ‘era’? Are you referring to a period time-frame or a set of consecutive albums?

      1. time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s record

  3. outstanding numbers! it is worth mentioning that they are the second artist on your list to have two 40+ million CSPC albums after Celine. Of course in their case, they almost have both their albums over 50 million which is a ridiculous result. Do you reckon any other artist of those left apart from Michael Jackson to have 2 albums generate over 40 million CSPC units (let alone 50 million!!)?

  4. time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s records

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