CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Wham!

So far, we have covered more than 330 albums from the biggest artists over our distinct CSPC articles. Among them, the artist’s album that generated the most physical singles sales combined is True Blue by Madonna at 12,2 million units. True Blue is only 1 of 5 artist’s albums that saw more than 10 million copies of its singles being sold, studied so far. Guess what? Not one but two Wham! albums are responsible for more than 10 million singles sold.

Make It Big’s total is an unreal 13,9 million units shifted overall thanks to four giant smashes, topped by the iconic Careless Whisper at 6,3 million. This easily tops True Blue’s total in spite of that album having one more single.

An extraordinarily massive 10,15 million singles were sold from Music from the Edge of Heaven too and even a much more modest record like Fantastic still moved an impressive 2,7 million units of its singles. In total, the duet sold 26,75 million singles over the course of only 3 years.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Fantastic (1983) – 813,000 equivalent albums

Bad Boys – 1,010,000
Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – 350,000
Club Tropicana – 500,000
Young Guns (Go for It!) – 630,000
Club Fantastic Megamix – 220,000

Make It Big (1984) – 4,167,000 equivalent albums

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – 3,650,000
Everything She Wants – 1,520,000
Freedom – 2,430,000
Careless Whisper – 6,290,000

Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986) – 3,045,000 equivalent albums

The Edge of Heaven – 1,400,000
I’m Your Man – 1,450,000
A Different Corner – 2,050,000
Where Did Your Heart Go? – 270,000
Last Christmas – 4,980,000

Orphan – 0 equivalent albums

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Cameron Tracy

Oh umm I remember listen without prejudice being at 2,475,000 not 2,415,000 did MJD Update it?

Nathan Abramson

In Switzerland, the total should be 950,000 not 95,000, right?


hello! i have 2 questions:
1. is the total aes of “don’t let the sun go down on me” including sales generated from duets by elton john and other elton compilations or just sales generated exclusively by michael’s work? if so what is it’s total

2. are physical, digital and streaming sales from the elton john tracks “wrap her up” and “nikita” included into george michael’s total, because i THINK wrap her up officially credits michael, but i don’t think nikita does despite michaels major contribution to the song, like stings contribution to money for nothing ?


i’m suprised “i knew you were waiting (for me)” with aretha franklin didnt reach 1m aes i always thought it was one of his biggest hits


Faith sales was around 20-25 million and Song from the last century was around 4 million.


Yes I thought this too


Coming back to this analysis, I’m still very confused as to why George Michael and Wham’s numbers are combined. This isn’t done for any other artists that can be seen as the face of the group. Saying that “Wham is George Michael” doesn’t prove anything. They’re two separate artists whose sales and charting counts as two separate positions. Just look at their respective discography pages and chart histories on Billboard, OCC, etc…