CSPC: Data Collector

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Albums Ranking – CSPC – #1 per year

1962- Bob DylanBob Dylan1,447,000
1963- BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
1964- BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
1965- BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
1966- BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
1967- BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
1968- BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
1969- BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
1970- BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
1971- Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
1972- David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,212,000
1973- Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
1974- Bob MarleyNatty Dread13,639,000
1975- QueenA Night at the Opera35,718,000
1976- ABBAArrival35,098,000
1977- Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
1978- Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
1979- Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
1980- QueenThe Game29,481,000
1981- Rolling StonesTattoo You16,243,000
1982- Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
1983- U2War24,747,000
1984- Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
1985- Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston28,646,000
1986- Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
1987- Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
1988- Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
1989- MadonnaLike A Prayer25,403,000
1990- Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
1991- NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
1992- Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
1993- Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
1994- Green DayDookie25,759,000
1995- Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
1996- Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
1997- Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
1998- MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
1999- Britney Spears…Baby One More Time30,842,000
2000- Linkin ParkHybrid Theory30,949,000
2001- ShakiraLaundry Service16,638,000
2002- EminemThe Eminem Show28,075,000
2003- Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
2004- Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
2005- NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
2006- Amy WinehouseBack To Black19,788,000
2007- RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad17,452,000
2008- Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster32,237,000
2009- Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
2010- Katy PerryTeenage Dream18,237,000
2011- Adele2141,716,000
2012- Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox13,829,000
2013- Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
2014- Taylor Swift198915,880,000
2015- Adele2522,511,000
2016- DrakeViews9,239,000
2017- DrakeMore Life3,256,000

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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