CSPC: Mariah Carey Popularity Analysis

Dramatic performance of Mariah Carey

Physical Singles Sales – Part 1

Even if Mariah Carey got extensive airplay during the entire 90s, largely boosting her US Singles Hot 100 results, she still sold her share of units, in the US but also abroad too. How much? It is time to found out!

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Mariah Carey (1990) – 1,025,000 equivalent albums

Vision of Love – 1,380,000
There’s Got to Be a Way – 15,000
I Don’t Wanna Cry – 370,000
Someday – 740,000
Love Takes Time – 910,000

Emotions (1991) – 591,000 equivalent albums

Emotions – 860,000
Can’t Let Go – 580,000
Make It Happen – 520,000
If It’s Over – 10,000

Music Box (1993) – 1,941,000 equivalent albums

Dreamlover – 1,370,000
Hero – 1,930,000
Anytime You Need a Friend – 750,000
Without You – 2,420,000

Merry Christmas (1994) – 651,000 equivalent albums

All I Want for Christmas Is You – 2,160,000
Joy to the World – 10,000

The Mariah Carey album was huge in North America, but failed to be as big elsewhere. This is well represented in its singles sales with figures around 800,000 units a piece, a common figure for a US smash that failed to do so well in Europe.

Continuing that way with the Emotions era, the diva then stepped up, reaching a whole new dimension with Music Box. Dreamlover, Hero and Without You were Top 10 hits in most relevant markets with the latter topping charts in several countries. With well past 6 million singles sold this era was definitely huge.

The era of Merry Christmas was naturally short, but still noteworthy. As All I Want for Christmas Is You smashed past the 2 million units mark in spite of not being released in the US. This was made possible by an incredible 1,4 million units shifted in Japan alone!

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RIAA is doing fake certification for mariah carey!
MTV Unplugged certified 4 x platinum as SHORT FORM ALBUM in 1994.
500,000 copies for a platinum unit.

Now they change the SHORT FORM ALBUM to STANDARD.

Now the album was shift from 2 million to 4 million without any update!
That’s rediculous

Ashlly Ferriols

This is not accurate because in 2003, Mariah Carey was awarded with Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in honor of over 150 million albums sales worldwide during physical sales era prior to the digital sales era (2004). Confirmed by Sony and EMI. That means she has already sold that much albums at that time therefore, some figures for her other albums are incomplete. Below is the breakdown of sales per album as of 2003: Mariah Carey  – 17 Million Emotions – 12.25 Million MTV Unplugged – 9.5 Million Music Box – 27 Million Merry Christmas – 15.8 Million… Read more »


Awards and record labels orchestrate flattering stats for their artists, that’sbeen happening for years, it’s a promotional too. It’s like Elvis’ record label falsely claiming he’d sold 1 billion records for years now. It’s not based on the reality of the receipts. Not to mention, Carey blew up in the Soundscan era, so records for her total sales are quite accurate. She hasn’t sold 150 million albums by any metric.


The last data shows that Caution sold 100000 copies in the United States,18000 copies in China and 8000 copies in Japan


Caution sale:
US 110k
China 18k
Japan 9k
UK 8k
Canada 4k
Austria 2k
Others 5k
Total 156k

Alexandra P

I dont mind so much to get a full update, but it would be interesting to see how much Caution has sold after quite an underperformance.


Billboard reported 250000 physical sales only but no clue about the rest of the world


It’s not reported 250,000 physical sales.
It sold nearly 100,000 copies by May 2019.
Then it drop out of the album sales chart


Probably is the worldwide figure after all

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