CSPC: Data Collector

1996/1997 - History Tour, Billie Jean

Albums Ranking – Raw sales – Studio albums

1. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller65,800,000
2. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon43,300,000
3. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard41,100,000
4. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease38,100,000
5. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV36,800,000
6. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours35,500,000
7. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever34,800,000
8. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad33,600,000
9. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over33,500,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall31,300,000
11. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction30,900,000
12. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica30,400,000
13. 2011 – Adele2129,900,000
14. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love29,800,000
15. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous29,550,000
16. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.29,300,000
17. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You28,100,000
18. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind27,750,000
19. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree26,800,000
20. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road26,700,000
21. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box26,100,000
22. 1967 – BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band24,800,000
23. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me23,900,000
24. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium23,800,000
25. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time23,725,000
26. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet23,600,000
27. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP22,900,000
28. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue22,550,000
29. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here22,300,000
30. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II21,900,000
30. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston21,900,000
30. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice21,900,000
33. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show21,400,000
34. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin21,250,000
35. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory20,800,000
36. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream19,900,000
37. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney19,800,000
38. 1994 – Green DayDookie19,750,000
39. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall19,425,000
40. 2015 – Adele2519,300,000
41. 1968 – BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)19,000,000
42. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again18,930,000
43. 1987 – George MichaelFaith18,850,000
44. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II18,800,000
45. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future18,625,000
46. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I18,100,000
47. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy17,700,000
48. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby17,500,000
49. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love16,600,000
50. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster16,200,000
51. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light16,000,000
51. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me16,000,000
53. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I15,800,000
54. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All15,500,000
54. 2004 – UsherConfessions15,500,000
56. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger15,300,000
57. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot15,250,000
58. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black14,900,000
59. 1965 – BeatlesRubber Soul14,400,000
60. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer14,275,000
61. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey14,050,000
62. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big14,000,000
63. 1997 – Spice GirlsSpiceworld13,950,000
64. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey13,900,000
65. 1988 – U2Rattle And Hum13,800,000
66. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head13,700,000
66. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III13,700,000
68. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti13,400,000
68. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas13,400,000
70. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora13,300,000
70. 1978 – Billy Joel52nd Street13,300,000
72. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall13,000,000
72. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man13,000,000
74. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera12,800,000
75. 2001 – ShakiraLaundry Service12,700,000
76. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.12,600,000
76. 2001 – Alicia KeysSongs In A Minor12,600,000
78. 1966 – BeatlesRevolver12,450,000
79. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets12,300,000
79. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind12,300,000
81. 1977 – Pink FloydAnimals12,150,000
82. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero12,050,000
83. 1998 – Céline DionThese Are Special Times11,900,000
83. 2005 – ColdplayX&Y11,900,000
83. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be11,900,000
86. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons11,850,000
87. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane11,800,000
87. 1998 – CherBelieve11,800,000
89. 1996 – MetallicaLoad11,700,000
89. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown11,700,000
91. 2011 – Michael BubléChristmas11,600,000
92. 2001 – P!nkMissundaztood11,575,000
93. 1994 – Pink FloydThe Division Bell11,550,000
94. 2000 – Backstreet BoysBlack & Blue11,500,000
94. 1979 – Led ZeppelinIn Through The Out Door11,500,000
94. 1984 – MetallicaRide The Lightning11,500,000
94. 2004 – Norah JonesFeels Like Home11,500,000
98. 2004 – EminemEncore11,400,000
98. 2002 – Shania TwainUp!11,400,000
100. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night11,300,000
100. 1978 – Rolling StonesSome Girls11,300,000

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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