CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

Part 2 – George Michael Compilations & Live albums

If one checks in detail the pattern of sales generators for those various packages they will not be able to identify a real logic. The reason? Compilations of George Michael are a mess. His discography is a nightmare for a label.

The first Wham! studio album included remixes of its own tracks. The second album had hits from both Wham! but also from George Michael. Their third album included two versions depending on the market, with or without past hits, plus new hits from both acts plus one stand-alone Christmas song. Then came George Michael’s solo discography that was more standard, but the fact his songs’ popularity differ extremely depending on the market, the US or Europe, make tracklist choices impossible. Several of the his biggest hits from his solo career were duets outside of his albums too. Add to that different labels involved and you get the perfect combo to prevent commercials from sleeping.

Still, Ladies & Gentlemen was quite a heavy seller with 11 million units registered. The album left out Wham! songs, indeed both Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas are missing which explains why Faith ends up being the main sales provider of that package, responsible for 3,2 million of its sales. However, the TwentyFive album does include main Wham! hits resulting in a very different pattern more favorable to the pair 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…