CSPC: Data Collector


Tracks Ranking – CSPC – #1 per year

1961 – BeatlesMy Bonnie [Orphan]1,030,000
1962 – BeatlesLove Me Do [Please Please Me]11,040,000
1963 – BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan]15,690,000
1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]9,820,000
1965 – Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]14,770,000
1966 – Rolling StonesPaint It Black [Aftermath]15,590,000
1967 – BeatlesAll You Need Is Love [Magical Mystery Tour]7,900,000
1968 – Rolling StonesSympathy For The Devil [Beggars Banquet]12,420,000
1969 – Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II]14,670,000
1970 – BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]15,420,000
1971 – Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV]26,320,000
1972 – David BowieStarman [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars]4,720,000
1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man]15,020,000
1974 – Bob MarleyNo Woman, No Cry [Natty Dread]9,770,000
1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]29,660,000
1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]24,490,000
1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]31,660,000
1978 – SoundtrackYou’re the One That I Want [Grease]17,680,000
1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall]16,700,000
1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]20,500,000
1981 – QueenUnder Pressure [Hot Space]20,740,000
1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]41,580,000
1983 – U2Sunday Bloody Sunday [War]16,800,000
1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]15,210,000
1985 – Whitney HoustonHow Will I Know [Whitney Houston]11,350,000
1986 – Bon JoviLivin’ on a Prayer [Slippery When Wet]23,460,000
1987 – U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree]23,430,000
1988 – MetallicaOne […And Justice For All]9,510,000
1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer [Like A Prayer]18,550,000
1990 – MadonnaVogue [I’m Breathless]11,790,000
1991 – Michael JacksonBlack or White [Dangerous]18,760,000
1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]33,620,000
1993 – Mariah CareyHero [Music Box]14,130,000
1994 – Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You [Merry Christmas]14,190,000
1995 – Mariah CareyAlways Be My Baby [Daydream]12,220,000
1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]20,670,000
1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love]36,560,000
1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]17,920,000
1999 – Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way [Millennium]18,360,000
2000 – U2Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind]14,770,000
2001 – NickelbackHow You Remind Me [Silver Side Up]11,080,000
2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]14,800,000
2003 – BeyoncéCrazy in Love [Dangerously In Love]7,920,000
2004 – UsherYeah! [Confessions]7,660,000
2005 – ColdplayFix You [X&Y]7,710,000
2006 – BeyoncéIrreplaceable [B’Day]3,720,000
2007 – Alicia KeysNo One [As I Am]5,030,000
2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]7,320,000
2009 – Black Eyed PeasI Gotta Feeling [The E.N.D.]6,410,000
2010 – AdeleRolling in the Deep [21]11,230,000
2011 – AdeleSomeone like You [21]9,330,000
2012 – P!nkJust Give Me a Reason [The Truth About Love]4,580,000
2013 – SoundtrackLet It Go [Frozen]7,850,000
2014 – Taylor SwiftShake It Off [1989]5,270,000
2015 – AdeleHello [25]16,190,000
2016 – DrakeOne Dance [Views]2,750,000
2017 – DrakeFake Love [More Life]790,000

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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