CSPC: Data Collector

1983 - Thriller

Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

1. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
2. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
3. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
4. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours61,258,000
5. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
6. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
7. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
8. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
9. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
11. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
12. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree47,665,000
13. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
14. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction46,420,000
15. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
16. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous45,391,000
17. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over45,188,000
18. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
19. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
20. 2011 – Adele2141,716,000
21. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica41,040,000
22. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin39,664,000
23. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue36,552,000
24. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera35,718,000
25. 1976 – ABBAArrival35,098,000
26. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
27. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II33,774,000
28. 1965 – BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
29. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
30. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
31. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster32,237,000
32. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
33. 1967 – BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
34. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
35. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future31,365,000
36. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall30,954,000
37. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory30,949,000
38. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time30,842,000
39. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP30,102,000
40. 1963 – BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
41. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice29,727,000
42. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium29,549,000
43. 1980 – QueenThe Game29,481,000
44. 1967 – BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour28,792,000
45. 1977 – QueenNews of the World28,746,000
46. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston28,646,000
47. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back28,192,000
48. 1968 – BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
49. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show28,075,000
50. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big27,055,000
51. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me26,879,000
52. 1987 – George MichaelFaith26,767,000
53. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney26,560,000
54. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?26,552,000
55. 1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
56. 1994 – Green DayDookie25,759,000
57. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer25,403,000
58. 1975 – AerosmithToys In The Attic25,255,000
59. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger25,111,000
60. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I25,015,000
61. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya24,791,000
62. 1983 – U2War24,747,000
63. 1975 – ABBAABBA24,694,000
64. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby24,657,000
65. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II24,015,000
66. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
67. 1966 – BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
68. 1965 – BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
69. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again22,845,000
70. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love22,558,000
71. 2015 – Adele2522,511,000
72. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man22,490,000
73. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
74. 1971 – Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
75. 1982 – QueenHot Space21,468,000
76. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
77. 1969 – Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
78. 1980 – ABBASuper Trouper21,261,000
79. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
80. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night21,067,000
81. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind20,871,000
82. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
83. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
84. 1984 – QueenThe Works20,133,000
85. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
86. 2004 – UsherConfessions19,822,000
87. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
88. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black19,788,000
89. 1966 – Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
90. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
91. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.19,251,000
92. 1998 – CherBelieve19,238,000
93. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero18,955,000
94. 1978 – QueenJazz18,643,000
95. 1983 – MadonnaMadonna18,537,000
96. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
97. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
98. 1978 – Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
99. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me18,307,000
100. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
101. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream18,237,000
102. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head18,029,000
103. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
104. 2010 – Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans17,943,000
105. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall17,931,000
106. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas17,896,000
107. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All17,842,000
108. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane17,757,000
109. 2013 – Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
110. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
111. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
112. 1980 – Bruce SpringsteenThe River17,545,000
113. 1989 – Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 181417,523,000
114. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
115. 2007 – RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad17,452,000
116. 2009 – Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.017,288,000
117. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
118. 1996 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys17,042,000
119. 2008 – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce16,935,000
120. 1964 – BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
121. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera16,881,000
122. 1988 – U2Rattle And Hum16,822,000
123. 1978 – Billy Joel52nd Street16,670,000
124. 2001 – ShakiraLaundry Service16,638,000
125. 1965 – Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited16,592,000
126. 1997 – Spice GirlsSpiceworld16,518,000
127. 1981 – Rolling StonesTattoo You16,243,000
128. 1965 – Rolling StonesOut of Our Heads16,060,000
129. 1980 – Bob MarleyUprising16,027,000
130. 2004 – EminemEncore15,991,000
131. 2001 – P!nkMissundaztood15,936,000
132. 2014 – Taylor Swift198915,880,000
133. 2002 – Eminem8 Mile15,762,000
134. 1968 – Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet15,683,000
135. 2003 – BeyoncéDangerously In Love15,561,000
136. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets15,477,000
137. 2008 – Taylor SwiftFearless15,269,000
138. 1972 – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,212,000
139. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance15,180,000
140. 2014 – Ed Sheeranx15,166,000
141. 1986 – Janet JacksonControl14,963,000
142. 1980 – Billy JoelGlass Houses14,930,000
143. 2001 – Alicia KeysSongs In A Minor14,873,000
144. 2005 – ColdplayX&Y14,836,000
145. 1998 – Whitney HoustonMy Love Is Your Love14,749,000
146. 2010 – EminemRecovery14,708,000
147. 2011 – Michael BubléChristmas14,650,000
148. 1998 – Céline DionThese Are Special Times14,504,000
149. 2001 – Destiny’s ChildSurvivor14,498,000
150. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races14,400,000
151. 1963 – BeatlesWith the Beatles14,149,000
152. 2014 – Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour14,125,000
153. 2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends14,066,000
154. 2005 – Black Eyed PeasMonkey Business14,017,000
155. 1984 – MetallicaRide The Lightning13,928,000
156. 2012 – Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox13,829,000
157. 2000 – MadonnaMusic13,776,000
158. 1974 – Bob MarleyNatty Dread13,639,000
159. 1991 – QueenInnuendo13,555,000
160. 2002 – Shania TwainUp!13,530,000
161. 1992 – Bon JoviKeep the Faith13,523,000
162. 2000 – ColdplayParachutes13,457,000
163. 2000 – Backstreet BoysBlack & Blue13,336,000
164. 1997 – Mariah CareyButterfly13,320,000
165. 2001 – NickelbackSilver Side Up13,298,000
166. 1969 – Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 513,281,000
167. 1986 – QueenA Kind of Magic13,272,000
168. 1994 – Pink FloydThe Division Bell13,191,000
169. 1991 – Mariah CareyEmotions13,161,000
170. 1984 – U2The Unforgettable Fire13,156,000
171. 2010 – RihannaLoud13,102,000
172. 2005 – MadonnaConfessions Of A Dancefloor13,070,000
173. 1996 – MetallicaLoad13,047,000
174. 2003 – Black Eyed PeasElephunk13,041,000
175. 1979 – Led ZeppelinIn Through The Out Door13,023,000
176. 1977 – Pink FloydAnimals13,000,000
177. 2001 – Britney SpearsBritney12,976,000
178. 1974 – ABBAWaterloo12,878,000
179. 1989 – Billy JoelStrom Front12,859,000
180. 2015 – Justin BieberPurpose12,716,000
181. 2006 – BeyoncéB’Day12,585,000
182. 2002 – Christina AguileraStripped12,552,000
183. 1990 – MadonnaI’m Breathless12,504,000
184. 2008 – P!nkFunhouse12,429,000
185. 1999 – EminemThe Slim Shady LP12,400,000
186. 2004 – Norah JonesFeels Like Home12,395,000
186. 1995 – Céline DionD’Eux12,395,000
188. 1987 – Pink FloydA Momentary Lapse of Reason12,334,000
189. 1989 – CherHeart of Stone12,163,000
190. 2000 – Bon JoviCrush12,134,000
191. 1973 – Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup12,130,000
192. 2011 – One DirectionUp All Night12,066,000
193. 2005 – Michael BubléIt’s Time12,018,000
194. 2006 – FergieThe Dutchess11,954,000
195. 2003 – Britney SpearsIn The Zone11,912,000
196. 2006 – High School MusicalHigh School Musical11,907,000
197. 2011 – Lady GagaBorn This Way11,866,000
198. 2012 – Taylor SwiftRed11,826,000
199. 1990 – Whitney HoustonI’m Your Baby Tonight11,747,000
200. 2001 – Enrique IglesiasEscape11,733,000

70 thoughts on “CSPC: Data Collector”

  1. I really congratulate you very much for your excellent work, so perfect, meticulous, it is a really brilliant site, sincere congratulations to all three.
    I just have a question to ask:
    I just wanted to know if the artists you have updated today, then there will also be integration of YouTube video views and for some artists already analyzed such as Lady Gaga and Rolling Stones beyond YouTube integration, will be added their 2 respective albums “Joanne” and “Blue & Lonesome”!!

    1. Also do you mind pinning this article on the side bar so it is easy to access when browsing around? Maybe under the “Categories” section?

      Thanks for all your hard work! Much appreciated. Looking forward to Elvis and the Chili Peppers!

    2. Hi Kris!

      Thanks for the help 🙂 Nirvana’s link is fixed, so are Lady Gaga’s figures. A widget is added to the sidebar too, “Useful Links”, with both the Data Collector and the requests’ article. Hope it helps 🙂

  2. Why don’t update Katy’s sales figures?Why just use 1.5:10 ratio to update TEA?She has 6 singles with over 10m downloads WW and Teenage Dream is the best selling digital era of all time!

  3. By the way,your sales figures are pretty fake.Prism had not sold 2m in US as of 2016.It had sold 1.7m in US according to Billboard as of February this year

    1. Clearly you don’t know what a shipment means. The RIAA certified PRISM 2x Platinum before streaming was included for albums.

    2. Hi LMAO,

      There is obviously a ton of things you are unaware of in the charts & sales area. I would suggest you to learn first before claiming someone is fake. Soundscan doesn’t collect 100% of sales, especially some special offers. Prism was officially certified 2xP in the US before the inclusion of SPS, so that’s every claim under the 2 million mark which is obviously fake.

      1. If you’re counting Katy Perry’s Prism’s shipments over sales for her overall total, shouldn’t you do the same for Britney’s Femme Fatale, which you have down as having 850,000 sales even though it has a platinum certification from the RIAA for one million copies?

        1. Hi Jase!

          The case of Prism and Femme Fatale are very different. The Platinum award of Britney Spears arrived just 1 month after the release of the album, the minimum required time frame to apply for a certification. It is a clear case of an album hitting a certification with the initial shipment and then fail to reach it.

          Prism’s 2xP award was certified in mid-2015, nearly two years after the release of the album. Very few copies were still available on retailers at that point meaning that indeed 2 million copies were sold. When I built Katy’s article, I still hadn’t identify which sales were excluded by Soundscan to explain this gap between its Soundscan total and its shipment so the natural process in that case is to give it the benefit of the doubt.

          In the meantime, I identified why several albums, including Ariana Grande’s My Everything and Lorde’s Pure Heroine, had high RIAA certifications. It was due to Google Play offering them for free during one week.

          Thus I just ended to search if Prism received that promotion as well. Guess what? It did! This will be fixed when Katy’s article is updated, we also now have the reason of this discrepancy – Prism did sell over 2 million units (most likely around 2,2m giving the number of users of Google Play / results of Lorde / Ariana), but half a million of them were for free.

    3. TD and TF have simiar digital tracks sales(and TD sold more in US),check on wiki.I think there’s nearly no difference between TD’s digital tracks sales and TF’s.TF digital tracks did sold more except US,but TD sold more in US,and they have similar certified numbers,so I think WW numbers would be similar

    1. Hi Jake!

      It is the same figures, from the same date, with the new formula in order to put all acts on par. Several acts still have the old ratio for streaming, but it isn’t a relevant different since streams achieved since then make up for the gap.

  4. Pink Floyd & Michael are the two that really impress me. Michael in a way is obvious, he’s a truly global icon and the furore about his releases post Thriller was immense but Floyd, a kind of underground act in many respects, I think is more impressive, the sustained popularity of their two (maybe three) biggest albums is amazing and while I’m no fan of Celine Dion, respect to her and having two albums above 40m.

    Another two acts that impress me are The Eagles and Garth Brooks, certainly in the US, fantastic certification totals, although Garths label seems to know how to play the game well & are one of the few that are fastidious at updates.

  5. Barbra is “lost” in the list, some of other female’s stans use this list to claim fake top3, top5, top10… I think she must be above Whitney even Mariah

  6. It would also be nice if there was a page posting each screenshot of an artist’s CSPC results. Since as you said there has been 69 artists done, one doesn’t have time to read every single artist’s analysis entirely. It’s a bit tiring sometimes to scroll through each artists CSPC analysis to find their screenshot breakdown, especially if you’ve actually read it before but are just going back to look at something specific!

  7. Hi everyone!

    The singles ranking have been added earlier today, and a table of content is now available in page 2.
    A new list will be added tomorrow, so stay tuned !

  8. Hi @MJD.

    I’m just a little bit confused by the artists ranking – overall sales/CSPC.

    Rihanna’s rank has been lifted from 65M+ to 75M+ but it still has old the date of when you last updated her profile – june 2016.

    Is the jump she now made her final total, or will she even rank higher once you update her profile which is 14 months out of date. I suspect she may be over 80M by now considering her gargantuan streams (Spotify especially, YouTube)? I could be very wrong though.

    1. Hi Cara!

      The article still has the old date (June 2016) because all figures are valid as of June 2016. In all likelihood she is indeed several millions higher by now!

  9. Hey @MJD.

    This is just a general question and off topic to this particular post but who would you say are your favourite artists both male and female – top five? (Esp. of the ones you’ve done on this page). 😀

    Also, when are you going to update Rihanna and Adele’s CSPC rank? Anytime soon? 😀

    1. Hi Lennox!

      To be honest, making a Top 5 per gender wouldn’t make sense for me. My #1 female (let say PJ Harvey) would most likely not even feature inside the Top 20 male artists, so putting two Top 5s on par would be misleading more than anything. The big ones for me are Sufjan Stevens, Bowie, MJ, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder. Among bands Radiohead, the White Stripes/Jack White, the Beach Boys. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is likely the international album I listened to the most in my lifetime while this year I streamed Kendrick Lamar’s Damn way more than anything else. I played a lot for various years some French acts too, mostly Saez and Francis Cabrel, the former one I would most likely rank him as the most talented artist out of all.

      As for updates, I’m hoping all big ones will be done before the end of the year!

  10. In regards to the #1 Albums per year page, you have Drake’s “More Life” as #1 of 2017. Shouldn’t that spot go to Ed’s “Divide”?

    1. Hi Rod!

      You are probably right about “Divide”, but Ed Sheeran has been analyzed in 2016, so we haven’t studied his last album so far.
      You can be sure it will be done in the next days/weeks!

      1. Oh okay, awesome. That’s good to know.

        I wonder if by then X will replace 1989 as the album of 2014. I love this list, it’s very interesting.

  11. I really want to see CSPC’s for Elvis Presley and Elton John now! Only these two stars can still enter the top 10 IMHO.

  12. Celine Dion’s total should be over 194m by now. And next year, she will release a new album and that would also increase the sales of her previous albums and hopefully sells another 6 million by the end of 2018 so she would reach a total of 200 million. 🙂

  13. Wonderful work you have done here. As a fan of raw album sales, I was wondering if you would add a page to this of top selling artists in terms of raw albums, including compilations. Would be interesting to see how this list compares to the CSPC list. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lance!

      You’re right, this kind of list is very interesting, that’s why I’ve just added the list “Raw sales – Studio albums” in page 5!

      1. Thank you very much for the “Raw sales – Studio albums” list! It’s very interesting, really. But I’m surprised Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill isn’t on the top 100 list ?!

        1. Hi Daydreamer!

          “Jagged Little Pill” is not in this list because Alanis has not been studied for the moment. Its sales should be between 32-35m.
          Other big albums are missing for the same reason, like “Back In Black” (AC/DC), “Brothers In Arms” (Dire Strait) or “Hotel California” (The Eagles), all above 30m.

          1. Oops my bad…:-(

            Alanis Morissette has not been studied, of course. It was a momentary lapse of reason(to quote Pimk Floyd) from me.

  14. Just a small thing – if Beyonce and Destiny’s Child are combined for a single stat for Beyonce, shouldn’t Michael Jackson’s total then become some 380M+ to include J5/Jacksons stats?

  15. Where is Uptown Funk on the “TRACKS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES” list on Page 5? I’m also surprised to see Rolling in the Deep rank so low considering.

    1. Hi Geoffrey!

      The ranking on page 5 refers to top singles in terms of equivalent album sales generated. Uptown Funk sold so well as a stand-alone single because it was big, but also because it was part of a weak album. It has less than 4 million EAS.

      Rolling In The Deep is part of a big selling album, but it shares the merit with other big songs like Someone Like You and Set the Fire to the Rain, sales of 21 are spread over several songs.

  16. Hey, Rolling in the Deep is not wrong? You wrote here Rolling in the Deep has around 18kk and it was the best female selling single all the time

    1. Hi Nardo!

      Those two figures are not inconsistent:
      – 17.7m is the figure for digital singles (in units).
      – 11.23m is the figure for all sales combined (in equivalent album sales), including digital singles, streaming, a part of the studio album…

    1. Hi Pedro!

      The total for “Hips Don’t Lie” is 6.84m equivalent albums sales, so ironically its ranking is #201 🙂

  17. How do you deal with catalog tracks suddenly getting a new life?

    Take Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” for example. A hit song in 1981 it was one of many important tracks on their 1988 megaselling GH album (also “Faithfully”, “Open Arms”, “Who’s Cryin’ Now”, “Lights”, “Wheel in the Sky”, “Seperate Ways”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” and “Anyway You Want It” )
    But since 2007 it almost seems “Don’t Stop Believin'” has been the only important track in their catalog. Especially due to the Sopranos finale, then the Glee version as well as a bunch of other covers. The Rock band video game. The Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages. The song has been everywhere the past 10 years. Generating the lion share of GH sales and other compilation albums – and I’m sure your streaming research will reflect this. BUT, from 1988-2007 I’m not so sure the song fueled more sales than some of the other songs I mentioned above. Any thoughts on this issue?

    On a completely different subject, are exclusive streaming rights to specific artists causing problems for your CSPC? Some artists may be exclusively on Spotity or one of the other platforms.

    1. Hi Thomas!

      I actually answered this exact same question about this exact same song some time ago at SHF, here is the text 🙂

      Your point is absolutely valid but the impact is much softer than you may think for various reasons:

      1) The streaming ratio on compilations is used only for that compilation part which is only 1 out of the 5 sales avenues. For the huge majority of albums, the largest sales avenue is the original album itself, so those calculations won’t impact too much.
      2) All figures are albums-axed rather than singles-axed. Thus, no matter if it is Open Arms, Don’t Stop Believin’ or Who’s Cryin’ Now, sales will be assigned to Escape. While it happens that successful singles get even bigger with time like Don’t Stop Believin’, you will rarely get a flop single / era of a successful artist suddenly getting big. If I do a CSPC analysis on Journey, I can cut Don’t Stop Believin’ streams by 2, the distribution between albums will remain almost identical.
      3) Time frame both sides. Pre-side, in general compilations get released various years after original albums covered so the appeal distribution of its tracks are already pretty established. Post-side, if streaming over last 10 years show that Don’t Stop Believin’ is being much bigger, then it is the one driving the compilation for 10 years. This means that while the track got issued 35 years ago, there is already at least 6+10 ‘valid’ years, with no flaw.
      4) Popularity evolution impacts ongoing sales. When a song suddenly gets bigger, then the compilation will also increase its sales, which will quickly soften the effect. From 1995 to 2007, Journey’s Greatest Hits only had 7 weeks Top 5 inside the Catalog Chart, it ranked there 10 or more weeks every year from 2007 to 2011 thanks to Don’t Stop Believin’
      5) Popularity changes are not as sudden as we may think. If a song takes off thanks to one TV show or so, it often got used very precisely due to its potential. You will be surprised to know that from 1998 to 2007, Don’t Stop Believin’ was aired way more in the US radio than Who’s Crying Now? and Seperate Ways combined. By week 15 of 2007, before the alleged boost, it had scanned 728,822 downloads, already the most popular pre-2000 song not by Journey but out of all artists, ahead of Eye of the Tiger. Thus, Greatest Hits has been selling on the back of that song for much longer than we can think. Most streamed tracks since 2012 for all acts were also the best selling downloads in 2004-2012 which were also the most played on radio since 1998, quite simply because airplay is responsible for everything. Playlists do not change often and when they do its because there is demand for it, which means consumers are also going to purchase the record more than for other songs.
      6) Time operates. Even if such a case happens, time will always end up linearizing it.

      Take all that into account and as mentioned, I’m sure a CSPC analysis on Journey wouldn’t have total album results vary by more than 10% if I use 2017 Spotify data or 1998 Mediabase figures. While your point is a very valid theorical case, in concrete terms this will rarely impact much.

      About specific rights, they can be an issue but we can fall back on our feats thanks to external data like the RIAA. It happened with Beyonce’s recent albums, I used BuzzAngle data to get exact streams rather than Spotify data 🙂

      1. Hi MJD

        Vow! That was a thorough reply. Thank you very much 😊
        I did not know that Don’t Stop Believin’ was already the most downloaded pre-2000 song before the Sopranos. Impressive!

        Keep up the excellent work 👍

  18. With the passing of Johnny Hallyday………..I’d like to see what the “French Elvis” has accomplished.

    I’ve never heard a single song of his………….but would be curious to see
    (after Rod Stewart of course {Faces/Jeff Beck})

  19. I’m been streaming music for quite some years already. Not so much on Spotify. I have a TIDAL subscription via my moblie phone (formerly WIMP).
    So it wasn’t until yesterday I found out you can see streaming figures from Spotify (thanks MJD).

    After the obvious initial joy I soon found the complications many of you are likely dealing with too.
    Some recordings/versions of a certain song might be added together, and then maybe not for another song.

    Take Whitesnake for example. Their song Here I Go Again was a 1982 hit in the UK, but was re-recorded in 1987 and became an international smash. That 87 recording was also released as a radio mix. All 3 versions are tracked seperately on Spotify (41.9m/30.6m/29.6m). Then there’s a 2008 remastered version on a compilation album (1.4m) for a total of 103.5m not counting live versions.

    Now then, same band did the same thing two years later. In 1989 they re-recorded the 1980 classic Fool For Your Lovin’. The 1980 version is included on the 2008 remastered compilation mentioned earlier. BUT these 3 versions of the song are all tracked as 1 by Spotify (5.9m).

    With the Scorpions it is the same. Their “Comeblack” album is rerecordings of their old hits (+a few new cover songs). While generally these new recordings are tracked seperately from the original versions, for some reason Rock You Like A Hurricane is not!?

    I’m not saying one way is wrong and the other is right, but I don’t understand why it’s done differently!


  20. Would it be possible to extend the featured lists to include some or all of the following or any other valuable lists?

    Top Selling Albums per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Artists per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Singles per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Albums Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Singles Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Music Videos
    Top Selling Music Video Artists
    Most Streamed Artists
    Most Streamed Tracks

    Also, although I appreciate this might be very time consuming, could the artists that were studied earlier in the process, be updated with all the measurements that have been included subsequently?

  21. Why are Beyoncé albums sales so low?
    On other websites they are higher. She is also under certified. Did you take that into account?

    1. Hi Reader123,

      All figures are educated with updated data. There is no impact from the lack of certifications. Other sites are simply not accurate.

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