CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

George Michael

Full Length related record Sales

This category includes all non-studio albums plus all music videos of both George and Wham! In the case of Wham!, this contains the atypical The Final which contained studio songs first released on that compilation in various markets.

Part 1 – Wham! Years

How to understand this table? If you check for example The Best of Wham! compilation line, those figures mean it sold 2,400,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for 350,000 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many streams equivalent sales are coming from each original album plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us Make It Big songs are responsible for 44% of the The Best of Wham! tracklist attractiveness, which means it generated 1,056,000 of its 2,400,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

With the exception of the last two music videos, all compilations from Wham! are logically extensively fueled by Make It Big and Music from the Edge of Heaven albums. Thus, they register between them most of the 7,8 million sales achieved by those various packages.

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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…