CSPC: Data Collector

Whitney Houston

Tracks Ranking – Raw sales – Physical singles

1. 1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]10,560,000
2. 1978 – SoundtrackYou’re the One That I Want [Grease]10,400,000
3. 1968 – BeatlesHey Jude [Orphan]8,200,000
4. 1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love]8,100,000
5. 1963 – BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan]7,800,000
6. 1998 – CherBelieve [Believe]7,020,000
7. 1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]6,470,000
8. 1984 – Wham!Careless Whisper [Make It Big]6,290,000
9. 1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]6,090,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall]5,750,000
11. 1978 – Bee GeesToo Much Heaven [Spirits Having Flown]5,640,000
12. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]5,520,000
13. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance [Let’s Dance]5,500,000
14. 1963 – BeatlesShe Loves You [Orphan]5,400,000
15. 1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]5,350,000
16. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]5,330,000
17. 1969 – BeatlesGet Back [Let It Be]5,300,000
18. 1965 – Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]5,200,000
19. 1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]5,050,000
19. 1979 – Bee GeesTragedy [Spirits Having Flown]5,050,000
21. 1984 – Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven]4,980,000
22. 1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]4,920,000
23. 1964 – BeatlesI Feel Fine [Orphan]4,900,000
23. 1978 – SoundtrackSummer Nights [Grease]4,900,000
25. 1977 – Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever]4,890,000
26. 1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]4,870,000
27. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]4,750,000
28. 1983 – Michael JacksonSay Say Say [Orphan]4,570,000
29. 1983 – Jackson 5That’s How Love Is [Orphan]4,430,000
30. 1982 – Michael JacksonBeat It [Thriller]4,410,000
31. 1965 – BeatlesHelp! [Help!]4,400,000
32. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]4,360,000
33. 1967 – BeatlesHello, Goodbye [Magical Mystery Tour]4,300,000
33. 1964 – BeatlesCan’t Buy Me Love [A Hard Day’s Night]4,300,000
35. 2001 – ShakiraWhenever, Wherever / Suerte [Laundry Service]4,200,000
36. 1976 – ABBAFernando [Orphan]4,100,000
36. 1978 – SoundtrackGrease [Grease]4,100,000
38. 1979 – ABBAChiquitita [Voulez-Vous]4,000,000
39. 1980 – QueenCrazy Little Thing Called Love [The Game]3,910,000
40. 1969 – Rolling StonesHonky Tonk Women [Let It Bleed]3,900,000
41. 1994 – Bon JoviAlways [Orphan]3,800,000
42. 1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]3,750,000
42. 1973 – Rolling StonesAngie [Goats Head Soup]3,750,000
44. 1967 – BeatlesAll You Need Is Love [Magical Mystery Tour]3,650,000
44. 1984 – Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big]3,650,000
46. 1999 – Christina AguileraGenie in a Bottle [Christina Aguilera]3,550,000
47. 1983 – Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man]3,500,000
47. 1966 – BeatlesYellow Submarine [Revolver]3,500,000
49. 1978 – Rolling StonesMiss You [Some Girls]3,400,000
49. 1965 – BeatlesYesterday [Help!]3,400,000

50 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?

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