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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Gabriel

Madonna’s albuns haven’t been certificated since 90’s or de early 00’s, how much a possible new certifications will add to her CSPC?

Dimitris

Hey I have a query. Why is Into the groove considered to be part of Like a virgin album, while Die another day is not considered to be part of American life album? Especially if one takes into consideration that more than half of the LAV pieces sold do not include Into the groove (I mean all sold in USA and all sold worldwide before September 1985), while Die another day was always a part of the AL album. Also that the fact that the AL album included Die another day would serve as a motive to buy the AL… Read more »

Matt

Hey, when are you gonna do Madonna’s albums and songs page? 🙂

Dimitris

Hi Correct me if I’m wrong but by the way I’ve understood the chartmaster system, when listing the top songs of an artist, the system does not do justice to the songs that are released along with a compilation album (in Madonna’s case Justify my love and You’ll see and in Kylie’s case I believe in you). I mean Justify my love has much better data (streaming, yt, physical and digital sales) than for example causing a commotion and it comes from an album that has sold 6 times more physical units than OST whos that girl and yet it… Read more »

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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