It has been 19 months since I introduced to you the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, nicknamed CSPC, in March 2016. During this timeframe I, with the precious help of Hernan Lopez and Anthony Blanchard, studied 69 artists, 639 albums plus countless singles and stand-alone tracks worth a gigantic 6,5 billion equivalent album sales combined!
Many of you praised the effort and the ongoing results which really makes us feel great about the website. One recurrent form of negative feedback though has been the difficulty to navigate the blog to collect the information needed. While I can advise you to use the search function at the top-right, which works really well, an article grouping together the main data was definitely needed. So, here it is, please say hi to the Data Collector!
This article lists five rankings for now (please see the details on page 2). Various more lists will come from time to time. Top selling singles / albums / artists, per format, per year, per artist type, etc… everything is possible!
Thanks to this Data Collector it isn’t necessary anymore to repeat the comprehensive rankings at the end of each article. It will solve an issue by removing some pages and letting you reach always the same final pages for all acts – CSPC totals, the artist’s singles ranking and their records & achievements. This article will be kept updated which will also prevent us from having lists updated at different moments here and there.
Since many of you are incredible followers, you are already aware of the CSPC specificities and its evolution through the months. A big one was the change of ratio for digital singles. To avoid listing totals resulting from different methodologies, today I updated all the articles of artists which were still based on the old 1:10 ratio, switching to the more fitting 1,5:10 weight. Thus, lists presented here include updated data for all acts.
Anthony will handle the updates of this thread from now on and try to answer your questions the best he can. We won’t be answering to lists requests on comments though as it will be impossible to maintain. Instead, when you request something, and if it is relevant for many people, we will add a page to the article with the said list.
Once most of you, the regular readers, take note of this introduction to know what this change is about and how we will proceed, we will remove this introduction and put the CSPC introduction in its place instead to enable the casual readers to understand what it is all about. I hope you will enjoy this formatting re-organization, you can now jump on the rankings to see the impact of all the updates that have been done!