CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Streaming Sales

Streaming is made up of two families – audio and video. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is Spotify and YouTube. As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 132 million of the 212 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:

Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Thus…

Equivalent Albums Sales = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Streaming Part 1 – Wham! Catalog

As expected, the duo’s debut album doesn’t do wonders with only Club Tropicana getting decent streaming numbers.

Make It Big contains two gigantic hits, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go at over 105 million and Careless Whisper on 83 million. Interestingly, their order is reversed in video streams with the latter on 337 million while the former has 180 million YouTube views. The two other singles from its original era combine for 18 more million audio streams. Those hits create a very healthy total of 274,000 equivalent album sales. This is way more than every catalog album of Madonna for example.

So the total of Music from the Edge of Heaven, which enjoys 187,000 equivalent album sales, is mostly on the back of the evergreen holidays classic Last Christmas

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Nathan Abramson

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

ojd

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 ?

oboe

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

GMFlop

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

OJD

Yes I thought this too

Isaiah

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…

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