CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales – Wham!

With huge hits in physical format, and although strong streaming forces as we will see later, Wham! songs have been surprisingly weak as digital sellers. No doubt the 7,2 million units sold so far will increase at a faster rate from now.

As those songs hardly charted anywhere during the last few years, with the obvious exception of Last Christmas, estimates can appear to be a bit off – although the impact on overall totals of the artist’s career will be minimal. Hopefully, if that is the case, the new information that will come out in the upcoming weeks should help with adjusting figures.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Fantastic (1983) – 68,000 equivalent albums

Club Tropicana – 350,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Make It Big (1984) – 510,000 equivalent albums

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – 900,000
Everything She Wants – 250,000
Freedom – 150,000
Careless Whisper – 2,000,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986) – 503,000 equivalent albums

I’m Your Man – 200,000
A Different Corner – 350,000
Last Christmas – 2,700,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

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…