Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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List of artists studied (&links)

As a reminder:

  • CSPC: Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept
  • SM: Streaming Masters
  • GH: Global Heatmap

Aaliyah: CSPC (Feb 2017)
ABBA: CSPC (Nov 2016) – GH (Jan 2019)
AC/DC: CSPC (Feb 2018)
Adele: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Aerosmith: CSPC (Jun 2018)
Alanis Morissette: CSPC (Jun 2018)
Alicia Keys: CSPC (Nov 2016)
Amy Winehouse: CSPC (Jul 2019) – SM (Jul 2019)
Arctic Monkeys: CSPC (May 2018)
Ariana Grande: CSPC (Oct 2019) – SM (Oct 2019)
Avicii: CSPC (Apr 2018)
Avril Lavigne: CSPC (Feb 2018) – GH (Nov 2018)
Ayumi Hamasaki: CSPC (Sep 2019) – SM (Sep 2019)
Backstreet Boys: CSPC (Feb 2017)
Barbra Streisand: CSPC (Mar 2018)
Bee Gees: CSPC (Apr 2017)
Beyoncé: CSPC (May 2018) – GH (Nov 2018)
Billie Eilish: CSPC (Jul 2020) – SM (Jul 2020) – GH (Feb 2020)
Billy Joel: CSPC (Oct 2016)
Björk: CSPC (Dec 2018) – SM (Dec 2018)
Black Eyed Peas: CSPC (Aug 2017)
Black Sabbath: CSPC (Mar 2020) – SM (Mar 2020)
Blackpink: SM (Jun 2019)
Bob Dylan: CSPC (Oct 2016)
Bob Marley: CSPC (Nov 2017)
Bon Jovi: CSPC (Nov 2016)
Boston: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Britney Spears: CSPC (Apr 2019) – SM (Apr 2019) – GH (Sep 2018)
Bruce Springsteen: CSPC (Jul 2017)
Bruno Mars: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Bryan Adams: CSPC (Mar 2019) – SM (Mar 2019)
BTS: CSPC (Sep 2020) – SM (Sep 2020) – GH (Dec 2018)
Calvin Harris: SM (Sep 2018)
Camila Cabello: SM (Oct 2018)
Cardi B: SM (Oct 2018)
Carrie Underwood: CSPC (Sep 2018)
Céline Dion: CSPC (Sep 2016)
Charlie Puth: SM (Sep 2018)
Cher: CSPC (Aug 2017)
Christina Aguilera: CSPC (Mar 2017)
Clean Bandit: SM (Sep 2018)
Coldplay: CSPC (Nov 2019) – SM (Nov 2019)
Creedence Clearwater Revival: CSPC (Jan 2019) – SM (Jan 2019)
Daft Punk: SM (Oct 2018)
David Bowie: CSPC (Jan 2017)
David Guetta: SM (Feb 2019)
Demi Lovato: CSPC (Oct 2018)
Destiny’s Child: CSPC (May 2018)
Dido: CSPC (Feb 2019) – SM (Feb 2019)
Dire Straits: CSPC (Mar 2018)
Dirty Dancing: CSPC (Jan 2018)
DJ Snake: SM (May 2019)
Drake: CSPC (Aug 2017) – SM (Oct 2018) – GH (Jan 2019)
Dua Lipa: CSPC (Jan 2021) – SM (Jan 2021)
Eagles: CSPC (Dec 2017)
Ed Sheeran: CSPC (Oct 2019) – SM (Oct 2019)
Ellie Goulding: SM (Apr 2019)
Elton John: CSPC (Feb 2018)
Elvis Presley: CSPC (Sep 2018) – GH (Jun 2018)
Eminem: CSPC (Jul 2019) – SM (Jul 2019) – GH (Oct 2018)
Enrique Iglesias: CSPC (Sep 2016)
Enya: CSPC (Feb 2018)
Evanescence: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Fergie: CSPC (Jul 2017)
Fifth Harmony: SM (Oct 2018)
Flashdance Soundtrack: CSPC (Dec 2018)
Fleetwood Mac: CSPC (Oct 2016)
Foo Fighters: CSPC (Oct 2017)
Frozen Soundtrack: CSPC (Nov 2016)
Fugees: CSPC (Feb 2021) – SM (Feb 2021)
Future: SM (Nov 2018)
Garth Brooks: CSPC (Jan 2019)
George Michael & Wham!: CSPC (May 2017)
Gorillaz: CSPC (May 2017)
Grease Soundtrack: CSPC (Aug 2016)
Green Day: CSPC (Mar 2017)
Guns N’ Roses: CSPC (Mar 2018) – SM (Dec 2018)
Gwen Stefani: CSPC (Apr 2020) – SM (Mar 2020)
Halsey: SM (Mar 2019)
High School Musical: CSPC (Sep 2017)
Hozier: SM (Feb 2019)
Imagine Dragons: CSPC (Sep 2018)
IU: SM (Nov 2019)
J Balvin: SM (Sep 2018)
Jackson 5 & The Jacksons: CSPC (Sep 2017)
James Blunt: CSPC (Feb 2019) – SM (Feb 2019)
Janet Jackson: CSPC (Apr 2017)
Jennifer Lopez: CSPC (Jun 2018)
John Lennon: CSPC (Oct 2018)
Johnny Hallyday: CSPC (Jan 2018)
Journey: CSPC (Sep 2019) – SM (Sep 2019)
Justin Bieber: CSPC (Nov 2020) – SM (Nov 2020)
Justin Timberlake: CSPC (Feb 2018)
Kanye West: SM (Oct 2018)
Katy Perry: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Kelly Clarkson: CSPC (May 2018)
Kendrick Lamar: CSPC (Apr 2019) – SM (Mar 2019)
Kent: SM (Oct 2018)
Khalid: SM (Feb 2019)
Kylie Minogue: CSPC (Apr 2018)
Lady Gaga: CSPC (Dec 2020) – SM (Dec 2020)
Lana Del Rey: CSPC (Aug 2017)
Lauryn Hill: CSPC (Feb 2021) – SM (Feb 2021)
Led Zeppelin: CSPC (Aug 2016) – SM (Dec 2018)
Linkin Park: CSPC (Jun 2017)
Little Mix: CSPC (Feb 2020) – SM (Feb 2020)
Lorde: CSPC (Jun 2017)
Luis Fonsi: SM (Sep 2018)
Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis): CSPC (Nov 2017)
Madonna: CSPC (Aug 2017) – GH (Sep 2018)
Major Lazer: SM (Sep 2018)
Mannheim Steamroller: CSPC (Dec 2020) – SM (Dec 2020)
Mariah Carey: CSPC (Apr 2017) – GH (Oct 2018)
Maroon 5: CSPC (Dec 2019) – SM (Dec 2019)
Marshmello: SM (May 2019)
Meat Loaf: CSPC (Jun 2018)
Metallica: CSPC (Feb 2019) – SM (Feb 2019)
Michael Bublé: CSPC (Dec 2016)
Michael Jackson: CSPC (Sep 2017) – SM (Jan 2019) – GH (Jan 2019)
Miley Cyrus: CSPC (Dec 2020) – SM (Dec 2020)
Muse: SM (Jan 2019)
Nickelback: CSPC (Jun 2017)
Nicki Minaj: SM (Sep 2018)
Nirvana: CSPC (Jul 2017) – SM (Jan 2019)
No Doubt: CSPC (Mar 2020) – SM (Mar 2020)
Norah Jones: CSPC (Nov 2016)
Notorious B.I.G.: SM (Jan 2019)
NSYNC: CSPC (Feb 2018)
Oasis: CSPC (Dec 2017)
One Direction: CSPC (May 2017)
Ozuna: SM (Feb 2019)
Ozzy Osbourne: CSPC (Mar 2020) – SM (Mar 2020)
P!nk: CSPC (Oct 2017)
Panic! at the Disco: SM (Feb 2019)
Paul McCartney: CSPC (Dec 2018) – SM (Dec 2018)
Paul Simon: CSPC (May 2018)
Phil Collins: CSPC (Apr 2018)
Pink Floyd: CSPC (Jun 2017)
PNL: SM (Apr 2020)
Post Malone: CSPC (Nov 2020) – SM (Nov 2020)
Prince: CSPC (Oct 2018) – GH (Sep 2018)
Queen: CSPC (Jan 2020) – SM (Jan 2020)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: CSPC (Mar 2018)
Renaud: CSPC (Nov 2017)
Rihanna: CSPC (Jul 2019) – SM (Jul 2019)
Robbie Williams: CSPC (Dec 2019) – SM (Dec 2019)
Rod Stewart: CSPC (Nov 2019) – SM (Nov 2019)
Sade: CSPC (Jul 2020) – SM (Jun 2020)
Sam Smith: CSPC (Oct 2017) – SM (Feb 2019)
Santana: CSPC (Aug 2020) – SM (Aug 2020)
Selena Gomez: CSPC (Mar 2021) – SM (Mar 2021)
Sfera Ebbasta: SM (Apr 2020)
Shakira: CSPC (Jun 2018)
Shania Twain: CSPC (Dec 2016)
Shawn Mendes: CSPC (Oct 2019) – SM (Oct 2019)
Sia: SM (Sep 2018)
Simon & Garfunkel: CSPC (May 2018)
Spice Girls: CSPC (Mar 2017)
Stevie Wonder: CSPC (Mar 2021) – SM (Mar 2021)
Sting: CSPC (Jun 2020) – SM (Jun 2020)
Supertramp: CSPC (Aug 2019) – SM (Aug 2019)
Take That: CSPC (Dec 2019) – SM (Dec 2019)
Taylor Swift: CSPC (Oct 2020) – SM (Oct 2020) – GH (Nov 2018)
The Beatles: CSPC (Mar 2017) – SM (Nov 2018)
The Chainsmokers: SM (Sep 2018)
The Cranberries: CSPC (Jan 2018)
The Doors: CSPC (Mar 2019) – SM (Mar 2019)
The Killers: SM (Jan 2019)
The Police: CSPC (Jun 2020) – SM (Jun 2020)
The Rolling Stones: CSPC (Dec 2016)
The Weeknd: CSPC (Sep 2020) – SM (Sep 2020)
Titanic Soundtrack: CSPC (Jun 2018)
TLC: CSPC (Apr 2019) – SM (Apr 2019)
Tracy Chapman: CSPC (Jun 2019) – SM (Jun 2019)
Twenty One Pilots: SM (Sep 2018)
Twice: SM (Dec 2019)
U2: CSPC (Aug 2016)
Usher: CSPC (Sep 2017)
Van Halen: CSPC (Dec 2020) – SM (Dec 2020)
Whitney Houston: CSPC (May 2017)
Will.i.am: CSPC (Jul 2017)
XXXTentacion: SM (Dec 2018)
Zara Larsson: SM (Sep 2018)

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Bon

Will Taylor‘s rerecordings make her the winner in the race for the 100 Million in the 21st century?

Hossein

Nah eminem has sold more records

L145

Eminem debuted in the 90s though

dery22

I think Coldplay and Rihanna were already over 100 Million before her

L145

if you update the pure sales of the 3 of them Taylor Swift is already at 100m while Coldplay and Rihanna are around 99.5m currently

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KantClark

Is there any act who could break the top 5 best selling digital single artist? Maybe Kanye West?? In top 10 maybe Nicki Minaj?

ludaluda

If you have time, please update Blackpink’s! It’s been quite a while since the last update. Thank you!

linex-

I think they haven’t been studied since not that many album releases yet and there are obviously older acts who sold more and are in need to be studied more. It would be cool if they were added though, since they are pretty big when it comes to streaming

Analord

Shouldn’t Sting and The Police totals be combined ? Considering “Rod Stewart & Faces”, “George Michael & Wham”, Bon Jovi’s total including Jon’s solo album… I mean, Sting basically WAS The Police, writing the songs and singing them.

obro

I disagree they are two distinct and separate acts, I also disagree with Rod Stewart & Faces being combined.

I think Bon Jovi is different because Jon’s album sold because he was in Bon Jovi and all they did was add three letter before the bands name.

And its impossible to split George Michael and Wham! because there are solo Michael works on Wham! albums and George Michael compilations that dont contain Wham! songs still contain those songs

Geoffrey

Was wondering have you guys considered adding a devoted page to a running list of best-selling compilation albums for artists that have been studied? Would be nice to have as a reference since they get excluded out from the Studio Albums page.

Mika Koskinen

And now Paul Simon has sold publishing rights to Sony’s for 200 $ million. Fleetwood Mac (Lyndsey Buckinham and Steve Nicks), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovis), Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Tedder (200 $ million) and now P.Simon and many others songwrites have recieved hundres million dollars in compensation for their work. Biggest deal at this time Bob Dylan’s 400 $ millions. But i think that Madonna and many others pop singers finds difficult to sell her or his music, cause of the songwrites as many as ten. Beyonce Lemonades record had about 40 authors(! )said Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis. The authentic… Read more »

Mikko

Business is changing. Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been great gift to songwriters, who are most important in the business. Spotify payment to artists and expecially the songwrites is non-existent. Now Dylan, Young, Paul Simon, Calvin Harris, Ryan Tedder, Fleerwood Mac, Shakira and dozens others got a decent reward for their work. 80-400 $ million ballpark. Spotify is rude and the most important thing for them is to make money. Founder Daniel Ek net worth 4,5 billion dollars and his friends in Spotify are billionaires too. This seam was struck by this Mr. Mercuradius. For him music is most important… Read more »

Tommy

I would like do you all count/esitmate Apple Music US streaming data, because it’s A LOT of affect for US charts?

Al

Hi Tommy!

There’s an article on them already. Of course it would be great to include them, but it’s their choice to hide their numbers.

L145

i think Lana needs an update… she released two albums since her article was last updated

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