CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis

Madonna - Frozen

Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Ray Of Light (1998) – 1,530,000 equivalent albums

Frozen – 2,340,000
Ray Of Light – 1,150,000
Drowned World (Substitute for Love) – 210,000
The Power Of Good-Bye – 1,000,000
Nothing Really Matters – 400,000

Music (2000) – 1,122,000 equivalent albums

Music – 2,410,000
Don’t Tell Me – 920,000
What It Feels Like For A Girl – 410,000

American Life (2003) – 306,000 equivalent albums

American Life – 470,000
Hollywood – 260,000
Nothing Fails – 120,000
Love Profusion – 170,000

Frozen put Madonna back on track as a A-League hit maker. Her top seller from 1992-1998 years in every continent, it sold 2,34 million units. More, it opened the door for its follow ups too. The Ray Of Light era concluded on an impressive 5,1 million singles sold, her biggest since Like A Prayer in that format.

Music was the perfect continuation with the lead single breaking 2 million sales too. It remains to this day her last million selling physical single in the US and was also the second best seller of the year there behind Santana‘s Maria Maria. Don’t Tell Me was a solid hit too although the start of the physical singles market made it more difficult to reach a million sales.

The era of American Life was way less successful. Up to that point Erotica was the only album that saw none of its singles hit the million mark. No song from American Life reached even half a million units sold. They still reached decent peaks, especially in Europe, but they had no consistency.

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“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.


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


Please. Madame x?
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