CSPC: Mariah Carey Popularity Analysis

Mariah Carey

Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Daydream (1995) – 705,000 equivalent albums

Fantasy – 1,500,000
One Sweet Day – 900,000
Always Be My Baby – 1,900,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

Butterfly (1997) – 218,000 equivalent albums

Honey – 400,000
Butterfly – 100,000
My All – 500,000
Breakdown – 150,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

Rainbow (1999) – 210,000 equivalent albums

Heartbreaker – 600,000
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 500,000

Glitter (2001) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 20,000

Charmbracelet (2002) – 45,000 equivalent albums

Through the Rain – 125,000
Remaining tracks – 175,000

Interestingly, songs from Daydream appear to be easily bigger in download sales than Music Box’s hits. Both Always Be My Baby and Fantasy are her top two selling catalog songs – Christmas tunes apart obviously. Songs coming from subsequent albums have been nowhere near as strong.

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Is there any way you can explain how her album “Merry Christmas” was recently certified 8x Platinum? It was certified 6x Platinum in 2019, so the jump seems hard to figure out.

Also RIAA has had some other album certs that are confusing recently. Kanye West & Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” is certified 5x Platinum, even though the equivalent units seem to be barely past 3 million!


Sweet Serenity

I think merry christmas was already eligible for 7×/8×platinum in 2019 but Mariah’s label only paid for the 6×platinum cert.


Probably her record label havent issued for a re audit on the album for quite some time, and when they finally request for an audit, the album jump from 6-8 million.

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