CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis

Beatles

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

CSPC OVERALL SALES – Artists Ranking

1 The Beatles – 403,978,000 (update: Mar 2017)
2 Madonna – 241,135,000 (update: Aug 2017)
3 The Rolling Stones – 234,825,000 (update: Dec 2016)
4 Pink Floyd – 229,426,000 (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 Bruce Springsteen – 157,024,000 (update: Jul 2017)
10 Bee Gees – 156,874,000 (update: Apr 2017)
11 ABBA – 155,728,000 (update: Nov 2016)
12 Whitney Houston – 151,693,000 (update: May 2017)
13 Eminem – 147,086,000 (update: Aug 2016)
14 Billy Joel – 145,645,000 (update: Oct 2016)
15 Fleetwood Mac – 143,239,000 (update: Oct 2016)
16 Bon Jovi – 142,172,000 (update: Nov 2016)
17 Bob Dylan – 140,767,000 (update: Oct 2016)
18 Metallica – 137,628,000 (update: Aug 2016)
19 David Bowie – 124,790,000 (update: Jan 2017)
20 Guns N’ Roses – 115,171,000 (update: Jun 2016)
21 George Michael & Wham! – 104,743,000 (update: May 2017)
22 Britney Spears – 99,833,000 (update: Jun 2017)
23 Backstreet Boys – 93,281,000 (update: Feb 2017)
24 Nirvana – 89,182,000 (update: Jul 2017)
25 Coldplay – 85,075,000 (update: Jun 2017)
26 Shania Twain – 79,944,000 (update: Dec 2016)
27 Green Day – 78,926,000 (update: Mar 2017)
28 Linkin Park – 78,156,000 (update: Jun 2017)
29 Janet Jackson – 77,131,000 (update: Apr 2017)
30 Adele – 72,937,000 (update: Jul 2016)
31 Cher – 72,435,000 (update: Aug 2017)
32 Rihanna – 65,734,000 (update: Jun 2016)
33 Beyoncé – 61,942,000 (update: Dec 2016)
34 Michael Bublé – 60,395,000 (update: Dec 2016)
35 Usher – 59,493,000 (update: Sep 2017)
36 Drake – 56,880,000 (update: Aug 2017)
37 Taylor Swift – 55,647,000 (update: Jun 2016)
38 Nickelback – 53,300,000 (update: Jun 2017)
39 Black Eyed Peas – 52,721,000 (update: Aug 2017)
40 Shakira – 52,686,000 (update: Dec 2016)
41 Enrique Iglesias – 50,278,000 (update: Sep 2016)
42 Norah Jones – 49,393,000 (update: Nov 2016)
43 Spice Girls – 48,458,000 (update: Mar 2017)
44 Maroon 5 – 47,286,000 (update: Oct 2016)
45 Christina Aguilera – 47,234,000 (update: Mar 2017)
46 Justin Bieber – 46,632,000 (update: Aug 2016)
47 Destiny’s Child – 45,163,000 (update: Dec 2016)
48 Lady Gaga – 45,037,000 (update: Aug 2016)
49 One Direction – 44,467,000 (update: May 2017)
50 Alicia Keys – 44,433,000 (update: Nov 2016)
51 Miley Cyrus – 38,969,000 (update: May 2017)
52 Katy Perry – 32,492,000 (update: Jul 2016)
53 Bruno Mars – 32,459,000 (update: Jul 2016)
54 Ed Sheeran – 26,329,000 (update: Sep 2016)
55 Amy Winehouse – 26,280,000 (update: Sep 2016)
56 High School Musical – 25,227,000 (update: Sep 2017)
57 Gorillaz – 20,792,000 (update: May 2017)
58 Aaliyah – 17,780,000 (update: Feb 2017)
59 The Weeknd – 17,215,000 (update: Dec 2016)
60 Lana Del Rey – 15,459,000 (update: Aug 2017)
61 Fergie – 12,981,000 (update: Jul 2017)
62 Demi Lovato – 11,934,000 (update: May 2017)
63 Will.i.am – 10,903,000 (update: Jul 2017)
64 Lorde – 8,336,000 (update: Jun 2017)

4 thoughts on “CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you for doing this! I was just wondering, was the fourth movie (spin-off) “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” that much of a flop in terms of sales?

  2. Hi MJD!

    I have to say, this is a very interesting read. The 3 soundtracks show similarities to both Frozen soundtrack (Disney movies) and teen acts (eg. Miley, Justin)

    Firstly, the HSM soundtracks sold impressively well in South America, just like 1D did. I remember you saying that that particular region has a large influence from visuals and imagery, hence artists with TV shows or movies sell bucketloads there (Whitney with Bodyguard, Miley Cyrus)

    Another thing similar is what you mentioned, download sales linear for the entire tracklist.

    Finally, a comment about the HSM trilogy sucess: while 25m+ for 3 albums in 3 years is impressive, there was no denying the project was becoming less and less successful, with the last project at barely 5m. Another thing is that album sales are the main provider for their CSPC sales. They achieved tremendous numbers in that format, but underperformed in other formats, the most disappointing one are downloads, as those 3 albums were released when the download market was still healthy.

    Still, the first project was quite successful, matching the success of mega albums of the same period (eg. B’day by Beyonce, Loose by Nelly Furtado, Futuresex/Lovesounds by JT). The 2nd project was also a decent follow up, though highly front loaded compared to its predecessor, as album sales only added 0,3m for the former in their first year, while the first one added a nice 3m after its first year.

    Can you give us any hints on who will be up next for analysis? Thanks and keep uo the good work you all!

  3. Hey! I’ve been browsing your popularity analysis for a while, and I have a question to make. It seems that you’re using the formula of 1500 streams = 1 album sale, but isn’t that a method used only in the USA? For example, if a song has 500,000,000 total streams, it is unrealistic to assume 100% of them are based on the USA to apply this formula to reflect on total album sales, especially that the streaming data seemingly are private and are sent exclusively to Billboard (in the USA).

    If that’s not the case, I hope you can elaborate as I’m confused on your usage of the formula :).

    1. Hi Alfonso!

      I’m not sure to really understand your question. The streaming method is not supposed at all to concern the US only, in fact all streaming numbers are global. Both Spotify and YouTube provide streams of their audio/video tracks.

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