Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between albums and digital singles.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010) – 8,055,000 equivalent albums
Just The Way You Are – 16,190,000
Grenade – 12,470,000
The Lazy Song – 8,230,000
Marry You – 8,470,000
Count On Me – 2,930,000
Runaway Baby – 1,660,000
Remaining Tracks – 3,750,000
Unorthodox Jukebox (2012) – 5,261,000 equivalent albums
Locked Out Of Heaven – 10,850,000
When I Was Your Man – 9,950,000
Treasure – 7,180,000
Gorilla – 2,190,000
Young Girls – 2,290,000
Remaining Tracks – 2,610,000
It is hard to find a list of singles from one artist which is so packed with gigantic hits. Runaway Baby wasn’t even a global single and it still sold 1,66 million units. Low-key songs like Count On Me, Gorilla and Young Girls all sold in excess of 2 million downloads and ringtones. What about the hits then? Well, it’s simple, they all sold 7 million copies or more!
As many as 7 songs topped that threshold with only two eras, an immense result. Just The Way You Are tops 16 million thanks to 7,1 million US downloads, more than 2,8 million in South Korea and over 1,33 million in the UK. It was also strong by 2010 standards in the ringtones segment with 850,000 sales in the US alone. Grenade sold similar amounts in English-speaking countries, although it was 2 million short in South Korea. Ironically, the top selling song from this album in this latter country is neither of the aforementioned songs. That accolade goes to Marry You which is now up to 2,85 million sales there.
Locked Out of Heaven and When I Was Your Man are two 5-million sellers in the US. They combined for 1,5 million sales in the UK. The latter along with Treasure sold around 1,5 million copies in South Korea. I could continue to wax lyrical for a while. The amount of unreal numbers is so big that figures like 1 million in South Korea or 5 million in the US seem commonplace. They are not.
The total shows how unusual those sales are.. Tracks from Doo-Wops & Hooligans sold 53,7 million units. That’s the third greatest success ever for an album in this format, topped only by Lady Gaga‘s The Fame and Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream, two albums which surge ahead thanks to the additional hits from their reissues. There is more positivity with singles from Unorthodox Jukebox having now crossed the 35 million mark. That’s 88 million singles from just two albums. Incredible!