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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I hope Madonna’s upcoming Biopic and the recently announced plans of her label, Warner Records, re-visiting her discography will give her catalogue a big boost on streaming, especially for ‘Erotica’.
It is so close to reaching 10M CSPC units, but with recurrent stats this low, it’ll take ages for it to ultimately reach it. Hopefully, her future activities will give it a boost.


Can someone explain me how this numbers are calculated ? Sales of Like a Prayer-track between Physical and Digital are a 1.212 MILLIONS CSPS, how this reach almost 18 millions ?


Every ‘medium’ that cointains the song Like a Prayer is taken into consideration. So it’s gonna be its digital and physical sales as a single, but also streaming and all the albums, compillationa and remixes where the song happens to be. Of course there is a special ratio applied to calculate how many copies it ‘sold’.


Can you post her sales in some other coutries,Such as Portugal,Hongkong,Taiwan and singapore.
I Wonder how many countries she sold over 1 million copies albums
She has 10 album went platinum in Hong Kong,CFOAD is 2XPlatinum
I Live in Hong Kong,she’s really popular in here back in the 80s


Please Update Madonna’s Streams. Here are some fan uploaded videos which were deleted by Warner Records Will you think of those videos? La Isla bonita surpassed 84 million views on Apr.29,2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20170429115549if_/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YzW1nMB9fk Material Girl surpassed19 million views on Aug.24, 2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20170824173047/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNSUOFgj97M Like a Prayer surpassed 23 million views on Apr.19, 2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20170419194007if_/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnUIXF2ly8 Like a Virgin surpassed 17 million views on May.23,2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20170523070853/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHW5RVvg2v4 Frozen surpassed 8 million views on April.8,2017 http://web.archive.org/web/20170407110006/https://20170407110006/www.youtube.com/watch?v=zetvr04xue4 A Official 4 minutes once uploaded but removed after 2009 It Surpassed 7.5 million views by Dec.2008 https://web.archive.org/web/20081217053204/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Ch5LTJhS0&feature=related 4 minutes surpassed 46 million views on Sep.10,2008 https://web.archive.org/web/20080910034921/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUjfioAnKY&feature=related Another 4 minutes… Read more »

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El Jolito

Her streaming numbers aren’t that great. Rolling Stones, Eminem and Pink Floyd will overtake her eventually.

Cláudius Faria

We never know what is going to happen in the future guys. Especially because her Spotify numbers increase a litlle bit every month, her YouTube views are better than Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd and her new Warner deal.

El Jolito

Thats because she made expensive flashy music videos for the MTV generation. The Stones and Pink Floyd didn’t really bother. You go on to Youtube for the video generally, not so much for the music.


Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd debut at a time when music video does not exist. Not because they didn’t really bother. They probably would have bothered to put effort into making videos if they debut in the 80s instead of the 60s.


Is the streams of Confessions on the dance floor correct? I think 625 very high


i think they also include Youtube


Wow. RH sold 900K

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