CSPC: Mariah Carey Popularity Analysis

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Its arrived. The one many of you wanted to be studied. For various months many of you have been requesting to add Mariah Carey among the studied acts. After completing career-listings of Madonna, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston this demand increased even more. From the mid-80s to early 00s these four singers sold so many records that talks about those iconic divas started to gain ground and haven’t stopped since.

So who sold the most? In reality, wondering which one did the best out of those four females is kind of a rich person’s problem. In fact, the first thing that needs to be said is that they all did insanely well. They all broke various records here and there and they all have no competition at all in their respective leagues – well, sorry Barbra Streisand, I haven’t forgotten about you but your career is too different to fairly include you inside this Madonna – generation legends battle.

Among Mariah Carey’s achievements feature her 18 US #1 hits, a tally putting her on par with Elvis Presley and runner up to the Beatles. She did so in a relatively smooth period for singles sales and the Hot 100 heavily factored Airplay during this era. So has she really sold that well? Let’s not forget she owns several of the very top selling foreign albums of all-time in Japan so surely she moved some units. How many though? Her 90s decade was undoubtedly intense, but that is still only 10 years. Can she really challenge the all-time top sellers within such a short period of high sales?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. The concept will not only bring you sales information for all Mariah Carey albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude the truth on meaningful popularity indicators. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend you to check it out before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to get straight into the sales figures. Let’s go!

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I wish to see the latest numbers for Mariah Carey!!! Thank you so much chartmasters for giving us this very powerful site. I honestly feed the data. I make sure to check it daily


Why did her numbers stop updating in the Top Artists EAS?


Until then, why does she keep subtracting 1000 Eq. Albums daily? It’s weird how hers is the only one decreasing (even during Xmas…) and everyone else is adding up… (eg. 3 days ago 171 116 000 – today 171 114 000, but over 15M streams gain during that period…)


Wow thank you for the explanatory reply. I wasn’t aware the tool was using extrapolation for orphan count, as the search in my country adds up orphans, leads and features altogether. So the result was giving 4.05b streams all included, therefore the wonder. I have an additional question: the streaming number used for the EAS Artist Page – is this an estimate of all platform streaming numbers based on user share? I’ve tried various artists and can see it is always 18-25% higher than the actual Spotify streaming number to date. Thanks for the great website and your hard work… Read more »


Is mariah mtv unplugged the best selling female live album ever? and how high is it in the best selling overall live albums?


sorry for saying the same thing twice i didnt see my first comment☹️


Is mariah mtv unplugged the best selling female live album?


Hey! first of all, amazing job with this blog, it’s extremely useful for me and it has proper and organizated information of her sales. If you don’t mind, would u tell me what part of IFPI did you get this from? i’m new to this, and to be honest i don’t understand the IFPI website. Where do you exactly get sales information from there? thanks.


Are her streaming numbers great for a legacy artist?


I wouldn’t say great but they are definitely very good, for a legacy artist. Just roughly looking at the most streamed Spotify list and artists who first released something prior to her, she sits 16th, on around 3.7B streams. Queen tops at 10.8B, with The Beatles 2nd at 8.7B and The Red Hot Chili Peppers 3rd at 7.2B.


BEATLES numbers are impressive and how much boost QUEEN got after that movie? and did MJ’s streams affected by that documentary?


It’s hard to quantify exactly, the boost they received from the movie but I am sure they were the most streamed legacy act prior to the movie, they just furthered their lead. I can’t say with too much certainty, as I didn’t pay that close attention to MJs numbers but I’m sure the Neverland documentary did have a slightly negative impact on his numbers, post showing but they steadied themselves eventually. The Beatles numbers are amazing, considering they split up 50 years ago, especially their amoumt of songs over 10m. It’s clear other legacy acts have more popular top tracks… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin

Mariah’s Spotify tool is missing an entire album (E=Mc2) and many singles (Anytime you need a friend EP, Save the Day, etc. etc). Is this a glitch?


Wow that was quick! Thanks I’ll go check it out! Amazing job with the website!


Do you guys think Mariah can get a little more successful each year since her christmas songs do amazing every december?


Guys, calm down. This was last updated in 2017. Maybe soon they will reupdate and obviously the numbers will change


I think they already did a few months ago. The article with the title big massive 250 million CSPC jump. Mariah was like 169 million if im not mistaken.


Hi michael.
They updated everyone with streaming figures only. There were no physical or digital sales update. The number doesn’t even include any Caution sales or Merry Christmas Deluxe reissue sales 2019, plus all the RIAA updates performed in 2019 and 2020.


Oh. Ok then im wrong. 🤭. Btw if people are wondering. We are not the same person. 🤭🤭🤭


Good afternoon! Do someone knows the pure sales of Mariah? Also it would be great if it was by country. Thanks!

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