CSPC: Ariana Grande Popularity Analysis

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So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Ariana Grande achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from My Everything released in digital format sold the equivalent of 4,074,000 albums – 27,160,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

It is always harder to gauge the results of a recent artist. Legends have had their status settled for long, however we don’t know how things will evolve for youngsters. For example, who would have thought that artists who became as irrelevant as Tiffany and Debbie Gibson sold way more records than Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion in their respective first four years of their careers? 

Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that Grande is starting strong. The album Yours Truly was the perfect debut to prove that she was able to switch from acting to singing. It has recorded 2,5 million equivalent album sales so far.

My Everything confirmed the expectations placed upon her. This album improved Grande‘s status from a social media phenomenom to one of the most successful pop stars in the World. It’s up to an immense 9,1 million equivalent album sales and counting.

The commercial reception of Dangerous Woman was often considered cold. Its 4,6 million equivalent album sales to date surely prove otherwise. Sure, it is lower than My Everything, but it was easily strong enough to grant a heavy anticipation for her upcoming era which keeps her hey-days well alive.

With the solid contribution of her orphan songs too, Grande has now amassed 18,36 million equivalent album sales. It’s a wonderful total for a singer who has only been around since 2013. It must be noted that 41% of her sales come via streaming, the highest share of this format among all artists studied so far. It is far from being a negative indicator. Streaming figures are the most representative of what’s truly hot at the moment, which is highly promising for her future.

The following pages list her most successful songs as well as her records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

10 thoughts on “CSPC: Ariana Grande Popularity Analysis”

  1. Why her mexican sales are so low? She’s big there, she sold out 3 arena date in that country. 80k-100k is more accurate. I know her certifications are after they included sps but still seems low.

    DW sold 180k units in the UK, even big streaming artist like ed sheeran and justin bieber “streams” only represents 30-25% to his UK album, why with Ariana is +65%?? . 110k looks accurate.

    I think DW reached the 1,2M mark sales ww!

    1. Hi Generis!

      You can’t compare albums from different years considering how fast streaming is evolving. Then, a big difference between Ariana and the others you quoted (Bieber, Sheeran, Selena) is that she started after appearance of streaming. The remaining 3 artists have a fanbase used to buy her records, from a generation that did buy records. The huge majority of Ariana’s fans never bought an album in their lifetime. The UK figure is accurate as it is, it has been worked out thanks to weekly ranking inside the streaming chart. In all countries, she always performed insanely better on streams than on sales.

      It is obvious and 100% safe and official that DW is nowhere near 1,2m WW – it shipped less than 900k units in 2016 and added only 10% to its shipments in 2017.

      1. Even drake his streams in the UK doesn’t represent +60% of his sales, but to be honest this time i doesn’t have receipts.
        I read you use streams to calculate sales (selena) in Asia but isn’t better touring? Also, Ariana is a bigger touring/singles sales/streaming than selena in the UK, Ariana selling only 20k more than her in the UK seems weird.

  2. No way revival sold more than DW in brazil/mexico and almost the same in asia when ariana is by far bigger than her in those markets.
    America: 625k
    US: 400k
    Canada: 50k
    Mexico: 85k
    Brazil: 50k
    Argentina: N/A

    Asia/Japan: 250k
    Australia/NZ: 30k

    Europe: 250k
    UK: 110k
    Rest: 100k
    Total: 1,150,000

  3. Hi MJD! I would like to know how far the album dangerous woman is to sell 1 million pure ww, and how far it is to earn the 2x platinum in US? how much her albums has sold in US with TEA & SEA?

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