CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis

Madonna Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Madonna album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1MadonnaMadonna18,697,0009,625,0007,296,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
364,000
(2,430,000)
61,000
(08/20/17)
221,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 130
18,697,000
2LikeLike A Virgin40,023,00021,250,00014,381,0003,375,000
(11,250,000)
523,000
(3,490,000)
148,000
(08/20/17)
494,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 300
40,023,000
3TrueTrue Blue37,147,00022,550,0009,925,0003,651,000
(12,170,000)
421,000
(2,810,000)
108,000
(08/20/17)
600,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 460
37,147,000
4Who'sWho's That Girl6,743,0005,400,00053,0001,182,000
(3,940,000)
77,000
(510,000)
8,000
(08/20/17)
31,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
6,743,000
5LikeLike A Prayer25,683,00014,275,0008,580,0001,941,000
(6,470,000)
509,000
(3,390,000)
114,000
(08/20/17)
378,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 240
25,683,000
6I'mI'm Breathless12,624,0006,700,0004,497,0001,050,000
(3,500,000)
203,000
(1,350,000)
59,000
(08/20/17)
174,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 90
12,624,000
7EroticaErotica9,294,0006,825,0001,480,000801,000
(2,670,000)
114,000
(760,000)
21,000
(08/20/17)
74,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
9,294,000
8BedtimeBedtime Stories11,806,0007,500,0003,257,000804,000
(2,680,000)
146,000
(970,000)
27,000
(08/20/17)
99,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 70
11,806,000
9EvitaEvita7,689,0006,525,000313,000717,000
(2,390,000)
65,000
(430,000)
22,000
(08/20/17)
69,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
7,689,000
10RayRay Of Light21,374,00016,000,0003,302,0001,530,000
(5,100,000)
298,000
(1,990,000)
67,000
(08/20/17)
244,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 200
21,374,000
11MusicMusic13,903,00010,700,0001,723,0001,122,000
(3,740,000)
186,000
(1,240,000)
45,000
(08/20/17)
172,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 100
13,903,000
12AmericanAmerican Life4,408,0003,375,000558,000306,000
(1,020,000)
73,000
(490,000)
33,000
(08/20/17)
96,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
4,408,000
13ConfessionsConfessions Of A Dancefloor13,036,0009,325,0001,499,000705,000
(2,350,000)
787,000
(5,250,000)
131,000
(08/20/17)
720,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 360
LD: 610
13,036,000
14HardHard Candy6,030,0003,650,000592,000156,000
(520,000)
1,316,000
(8,770,000)
111,000
(08/20/17)
316,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 170
6,030,000
15MDNAMDNA2,532,0001,850,00065,00015,000
(50,000)
394,000
(2,630,000)
110,000
(08/20/17)
208,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
2,532,000
16RebelRebel Heart1,398,000900,000015,000
(50,000)
158,000
(1,050,000)
195,000
(08/20/17)
325,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 70
1,398,000
17MadameMadame X (Deluxe)226,000000
(0)
0
(0)
0
(N/A)
226,000
(01/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
226,000
18Orphan11,708,00006,899,0004,002,000
(13,340,000)
681,000
(4,540,000)
126,000
(08/20/17)
N/AN/A11,708,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 08/20/17.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


This is it! We started this article mentioning Madonna has no album among the very best selling female studio albums of all-time, wondering how high would True Blue feature in terms of real popularity. In the end, the dark horse Like A Virgin appears to be the singer’s biggest album. Surprising? Well, not that much.

True Blue was clearly the fastest seller out of both, up to 15,5 million by the end of 1987 while Like A Virgin, with two more years of sales, was on 13 million by the same time. By mid-1988 though Like A Virgin was already the one selling the most and started to slowly catch album sales of True Blue. Considering The Immaculate Collection shot down catalog sales of those two albums soon after, Like A Virgin never completed its come back in terms of original album sales, but did generate more sales to all subsequent compilations and is still her most appealing record as shown by both catalog digital sales and streaming results.

Apart from the ranking, the volume of sales is very interesting. Like A Virgin is now close to 40 million equivalent album sales in total. This puts it ahead of many other female albums that sold more copies in original album format, including debuts of Britney SpearsNorah Jones and Tracy Chapman, Carole King‘s Tapestry, Whitney Houston‘s first two albums and Mariah Carey‘s Music Box / Daydream. This makes Like A Virgin the #6 most successful female album ever while True Blue scraps into the Top 10.

In the same way, Like A Prayer tops Ray Of Light album. Considering the 1,4 million lead of the latter record in original album format, this isn’t that surprising as without the cannibalization from The Immaculate Collection, the former would have filled this gap easily.

In the other end of the jigsaw, we can notice how little added value MDNA or Rebel Heart brought to the artist’s catalog. Albums like I’m Breathless and Bedtime Stories ain’t bad at all everything considered, while American Life still has a very long and difficult way to do before saving itself from the flop rating.

Everything considered, Madonna totals 241,1 million equivalent albums sales, more than Britney Spears, Adele and Rihanna combined. While the pop star is well known as the most successful female artist ever, this comparison is still worth it to best illustrate the magnitude of her success.

The following page lists her most successful songs.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Warner, Chartmasters.org.

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Finwion

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.

XTIAN9119

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 ?

kot

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’.

TapestryCK

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

WILLOWTAYTAY

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.

Jazz

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.

Dcos

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

LestGetToIt

i think they also include Youtube

HengeBoy

Wow. RH sold 900K

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