CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis


Original Album Sales – Comments

1983 Madonna – 9,625,000
1984 Like A Virgin – 21,250,000
1986 True Blue – 22,550,000
1987 Who’s That Girl – 5,400,000
1989 Like A Prayer – 14,275,000
1990 I’m Breathless – 6,700,000
1992 Erotica – 6,825,000
1994 Bedtime Stories – 7,500,000
1996 Evita – 6,525,000
1998 Ray Of Light – 16,000,000
2000 Music – 10,700,000
2003 American Life – 3,375,000
2005 Confessions On  A Dance Floor – 9,325,000
2008 Hard Candy – 3,650,000
2012 MDNA – 1,850,000
2015 Rebel Heart – 900,000

A gran total of 16 albums including three soundtracks, adding for nearly 146,45 million units sold. Ignoring the last couple of albums, the most impressive fact on those figures is the consistency Madonna managed over the curse of 14 albums / 25 years, securing an average of more than 10 million sales per album in spite of the very best seller being at 22 million, barely twice the average. No other diva has such a low top seller / average seller ratio, proving the ability of the American superstar to remain relevant.

While this career total of 146,45 million is already enormous, it is only a part of the overall picture, especially with Madonna. In fact, she has been a huge physical singles seller, a huge music videos seller and a huge compilations seller as well. Her not-so-good streaming results still add additional earnings and sales to the artist, just like the few live albums that came out during the last ten years.

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Hace cuanto no se actualiza todo


Mdna no sell more than hard candy in brasil.
Certificade coul be double because 2cd deluxe

Same rebel heart
Edition 1cd 31k
Edition 2cd 10k (x2: 20k)

Madame x
Universal refused release in cd, after complaint. Was release one mounth latrer, one edition 2cd with 3k copies. The price was 3x higher than the any other cd


Sales in brazil at 1993
Source magazine veja


In brazil
Like a virgin and like a prayer sell more than 800k and true blue sell more than 900k at 1993.
Souce newspaper Jornal do Brasil.
But magazine veja brings other nunber, i send to messenger too.
I send this photo in your messenger.


“Into The Groove” was released in Canada in 2 formats: Cass-single and 12″. Sold 100k copies there as RPM clearly states on their 1986-07-26 issue (at the time had 40k from “Into The Groove” cassette singles made it the best selling cassette single in Canada so far). You can read the original issue PDF scaning that also have other interesting info about other artists here: https://web.archive.org/web/20210124041521/https://worldradiohistory.com/CANADA/RPM/80s/1986/RPM-1986-07-26.pdf I’m sure it must be hard to find info about sales on most countries previous to the 00’s decade as most was only printed on weekly magazines or internal industry reports and still aren’t… Read more »


Hello MJD, I have been following your page for a couple of years now and I have always wondered what were your exact estimations of Madonna’s album sales in Asia, outside of Japan, like how much did each of her albums sell in Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong etc.


At least known sales (obviously, she sold more): *In Singapore she sold in first 3 months, 60,000 units with Like a Prayer and 20,000 units with Erotica. *She went platinum in Thailand with Music *She outsell in certifications by IFPI Hong Kong all others international artists. *She went gold in Philippines with True Blue, thats about 20-25K units. *She sold about 30,000 units as of 1989 in India with Like a Prayer and True Blue. And went gold with MDNA in 2012. *She sold about 30,000 units i Malaysia with Like a Prayer or True Blue. *In South Korea, she… Read more »


Do you guys have a link to the claim of her Italian sales of “the first album” (1983)?


Please. Madame x?
Upgrade for albuns with streaming

Last edited 6 months ago by Marcelo

Bueno acaba de salir que es la primera vendida del mundo


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