CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 6
Orphan Album – 4,002,000 equivalent albums

Crazy For You – 2,700,000
Gambler – 710,000
Spotlight – 30,000
Justify My Love – 2,030,000
Rescue Me – 640,000
This Used To Be My Playground – 1,700,000
I’ll Remember – 780,000
You’ll See – 1,150,000
One More Chance – 60,000
Beautiful Stranger – 930,000
American Pie – 1,100,000
Die Another Day – 810,000
Me Against The Music – 500,000
Celebration – 130,000
Revolver – 20,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Last but not least, here comes the Orphan category. It encapsulates together all songs that came out outside the listed studio albums, most of them promoting soundtracks or compilations. Consequently, those songs face less competition from parent albums, they are often lead singles of eras too.

This creates a very favorable context to reach high sales over the single format. It resulted into various smash hits including Crazy For You, Justify My Love, This Used To Be My Playground, You’ll See, Beautiful Stranger, American Pie and Die Another Day.

Together, those songs sold more than 13 million units. This pushes the comprehensive tally of Madonna‘s physical singles to 75,2 million sales, far and away the highest total among all artists that emerged in 1980 or later.

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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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