Usher CAREER CSPC RESULTS
So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Usher album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Raymond v Raymond released in digital format sold the equivalent of 4,095,000 albums – 27,300,000 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 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)
Unsurprisingly, Confessions leads the pack of Usher‘s albums. Closing in 20 million equivalent album sales, it is a force in every format. Its songs are still heavily streamed as shown by the more than half a million sales from this avenue, which means the 20 million barrier will be soon broken. Among all the albums studied so far, only four released afterwards sold more, 21 and 25 by Adele, The Fame by Lady Gaga and American Idiot by Green Day.
20 million is also the combined total of My Way and 8701. Both albums are very strong, just over and just under 10 million respectively. While Here I Stand is a true drop from Confessions, the drop is slightly less drastic is CSPC terms. It sold less than 15% of its predecessors in pure album sales, but the overall tally of sales generated is up to 22%.
The most unexpected result is the one of Raymond v Raymond. Widely regarded as a real flop just like every post-Confessions album released by the R&B star, the huge digital success of its songs push it up to nearly 7 million sales. Incredibly enough, it isn’t that much less successful than 8701 and continues to grow faster.
Looking 4 Myself flopped, but nothing close to the massive bomb that has been Hard II Love. No matter how we look at it, this album failed to attract consumers in every front with pathetic results from the start to the end.
A small word on Orphan Album tracks. Those non-studio albums songs encapsulated together represent the strong total of 5 million.
The final indicator of value of Usher’s catalog is its total of 59,5 million equivalent album sales. Beyoncé, which has been successful for a longer period, is under 62 million, which proves the strong selling power of Usher still. As his past tracks retain a high pace on streaming platforms, a positive comeback for him isn’t out of question.
The following pages list the most successful songs by Usher, as well as 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, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.