CSPC: Lorde Popularity Analysis


Freshly returning with her sophomore effort Melodrama, Lorde stormed onto the music scene in 2013 with her ground-breaking smash song Royals. Facing the gigantic task which consists in confirming her success, to avoid the one-hit wonder flag, Lorde already has a career relevant enough to focus on her in this CSPC article.

How much has Royals sold? And Pure Heroine? How can we explain the bizarre RIAA 2xPlatinum certification this album received while sales were way under the mark? How much does Melodrama need to sell to not be considered a bomb?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all the Lorde‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

Let’s go!

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can you PLEASE update the sales??


Has Melodrama passed 2m CSPC?


hey, could you please update her album sales please?


hi! can you update the all sales especially melodrama era and royals, thanks 馃檪


Thanks ! I really like Lorde and I’m sure she will keep slaying charts in the future.

Anyway, who’s next on your list? You could tease us a bit or it’s such a top secret ?? ;p


Please Do Sam Smith


Hi MJD, do you have any information about “The Love Club EP” by lorde? I thint that has sold something around 800k


So, i founded this numbers at charts in france. they are counting royals downloads?
Australia >> Vendu 脿 490 000 exemplaires. Certifi茅 7x Disque de Platine
Canada >> Vendu 脿 18.263 exemplaires
Nova Zelandia >> Vendu 脿 15 000 exemplaires. Certifi茅 Disque de Platine
USA: >> Vendu 脿 177.000 exemplaires.

This is wrong? The chart-run of this album is longer. this has passed more than 20 weeks on top10 New zeland 谩lbum chart, and more than 10 in australia top10


thank’u MJD <3. I need the information for my topic on bcharts f贸rum haahhaha


Nice update! Hope you have MJ + Jackson 5 coming soon!


Never even heard if her. Please do the big guns (Elvis, Jackson, Queen) before moving to these one hit wonders.


This is a disrespectful and rude comment towards a young talented act who has just released her second record; and that is the reason why MJD has analysed her discography. It’s also much easier for him to study artists with a short career (it certainty takes a much lower amount of time).

Google is your friend, by the way. If you don’t know Lorde, which means you probably don’t follow contemporary music scene, you should check her out.


I think it’s fantastic that you’re working on different kinds of artists every time MJD! From classic rock bands like Pink Floyd to newer acts like Lorde can cater to different people with different tastes! The only types of music artists you haven’t done, or quite as frequent, are older black male artists (eg. Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, James Brown) or older female artists (eg. Barbara, Diana, Tina, Aretha). I hope you’d do one for these kinds of artists soon, though i know it will be hell considering their lengthy discography! Regarding Lorde’s success, I agree that 6,5m is a… Read more »


I’m pretty sure that GNR’s and Boston’s debut albums are far more successful than the ones you’ve mentioned.


Not sure why you’ve decided to compare it to Queen’s first albums. It was a completely different era, no internet, youtube or facebook. It was also more successful than Rolling Stone’s debut, as well as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.


“Lorde stormed onto the music scene in 2013 with her ground-breaking smash album Royals”

song not album!


I would like to see this number updated when the “Melodrama” era is over. We don’t know how long it will be, neither if she will score some hits or not. However she doesn’t seem to be the type of artist that rely on commercial success, the album is already critically acclaimed. I think she will be okay even if she doesn’t crossover again.