CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

wham! and george michael CSPC Results

George Michael

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales do all Wham! & George Michael albums achieve? Well, at this point we don’t need to combine all the figures found in this article.

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Faith released in digital format sold the equivalent of 480,000 albums – 3,200,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

    • As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

Never mentioned anywhere among top sellers or the most successful albums, the terribly underrated Make It Big concludes on a gigantic 27 million equivalent album sales overall. An incredible all around performer, it generated solid numbers from every avenue.

Faith is a very close second at 26,8 million. That result makes George Michael the 9th artist only with multiple albums over 25 million out of the 50 studied so far, joining Madonna, the BeatlesLed Zeppelin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Backstreet Boys and Eminem.

He is not only about two albums though as he recorded five consecutive albums close or over 10 million.

Cumulatively, Wham! and George Michael sold 104,7 million equivalent albums. This may not sound like too much for such a legendary singer but one needs to consider his catalog features only 124 songs, while someone like Beyoncé already has 162 tracks without counting songs from Destiny’s Child. Speaking of them, you may wonder why I mentioned their numbers individually – solo and group – while I put the combined number for Wham! and George Michael. The fact is that there is really no such thing as “Wham! sales” as even their albums include various George Michael solo songs, among which some of their biggest hits like Careless Whisper and A Different Corner.

The following page lists his most successful songs . Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge his position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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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…

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