CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis

CSPC Madonna

The Queen of Pop. Madonna is widely recognized as the biggest female star of all-time. As you know if you have been following Chartmasters.org for long, we created the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to validate or not those assumptions.

Applying it to historical albums and young popular artists helped us to understand that album sales aren’t the only valid indicator of popularity both because of the impact of various compilations and of large singles sales. Some artists have been able to pull great numbers in all fronts.

One perfect example appears to be Madonna. Consequently, it is time to apply this concept on this case which involves both situations combined to see how much it impacts our perception of each album popularity.

In fact, the American superstar had strong singles sales all over her career as well as notorious compilations downgrading a lot catalog results of her original albums.

No one can seriously doubt Madonna‘s popularity, just like no one can seriously argue against the fact she is the best selling female artist of all-time. One ranking on which she is often overshadowed by several of her peers yet is the best selling studio album by a female artist.

Incredibly enough, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Adele, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Norah Jones and soon both Tracy Chapman and Carole King all have at least one studio album that outsold every Madonna‘s studio set. The latter biggest seller, True Blue, ends up being pushed out of the all-time Top 10 female studio albums.

While an unexperienced eye would conclude that Madonna never really had a true massive hit album, others will notice most of those female artists had one standout album that was well other the par inside their own discography. This situation is clearly favorable to the one-off record that keeps getting enduring catalog appeal – which is precisely why Tracy Chapman and Carole King blockbusters are now passing by True Blue – while the extensive career of Madonna makes compilations more relevant to the casual buyer.

Indeed, the singer outsold all other previously mentioned females minus Celine Dion by over 2 to 1 in terms of compilation sales. No need to say she also outsold all those females in terms of physical singles sales by a considerable margin.

Considering this context, merging results of all her records ends up being absolutely necessary to properly define how successful – or unsuccessful! – her albums have been. If there is little doubt that True Blue would appear into a Top 10 most successful, in opposition to best selling, female studio albums list it is interesting to know how high it would be and if additional Madonna‘s albums can climb into those high waters as well.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Madonna‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

Let’s go!

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Rene

Hace cuanto no se actualiza todo

Marcelo

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

Marcelo

Sales in brazil at 1993
Source magazine veja

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Marcelo

Hi
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.

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Nunno

“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 »

LestGetToIt

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.

certificationaccess

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 »

certificationaccess

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

Marcelo

Please. Madame x?
Upgrade for albuns with streaming

Last edited 6 months ago by Marcelo
Rene

Bueno acaba de salir que es la primera vendida del mundo

Rene

Creo que esta desactualizada la informació

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