Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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)
Beyonce: 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 (May 2021) – SM (May 2021) – GH (Dec 2018)
Buffalo Springfield: CSPC (May 2021) – SM (May 2021)
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 (Jun 2021) – SM (Jun 2021)
Cranberries: CSPC (Jan 2018)
Creedence Clearwater Revival: CSPC (Jan 2019) – SM (Jan 2019)
Crosby Stills & Nash: CSPC (May 2021) – SM (May 2021)
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 (Jun 2021) – SM (Jun 2021) – 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)
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: 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 Buble: CSPC (Dec 2016)
Michael Jackson: CSPC (Sep 2017) – SM (Jan 2019) – GH (Jan 2019)
Miley Cyrus: CSPC (Dec 2020) – SM (Dec 2020)
Ms. Lauryn Hill: CSPC (Feb 2021) – SM (Feb 2021)
Muse: SM (Jan 2019)
Neil Young: CSPC (May 2021) – SM (May 2021)
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 (Jun 2021) – SM (Jun 2021)
Robbie Williams: CSPC (Dec 2019) – SM (Dec 2019)
Rod Stewart & Faces: 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 (May 2021) – SM (May 2021) – GH (Nov 2018)
The Beatles: CSPC (Mar 2017) – SM (Nov 2018)
The Chainsmokers: SM (Sep 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) CSPC (Jul 2017)
XXXTentacion: SM (Dec 2018)
Zara Larsson: SM (Sep 2018)

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Hey chartmasters, June 26 marks the ariana grande’s 28th anniversary. She sets major records in the music industry and is one of the most successful female artist of all time.

In celebration of that can u please update her career sales and streaming total?


She might be in the future but dont think she is right now. In this list alone there are 24 women above her. And that doesnt include acts that havent been studied yet like Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, etc. Which would probably pass her too.

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Hej. MJD did a comprehensive analysis of Bob Dylan’s sales 20/10.2016, week after Dylan won the Nobel literature prize, background work had probably been done over the years.
The Nobel is the prestigious award in the world. Dylan climbed in one fell swoop with Faulkner, Heminway, Steinbeck, into heavy weight series.
Dylan is said to have earned royalties up to $20 million per year, much from cover versions, Feel my love, Watchtower, Heavens door..

It would be nice to have an estimate of Dylan own current sales.
In “Discogs” Dylan is “most collected” artist before Beatles and David Bowie.

Isn’t this his sales?
I don’t think it would’ve changed by a significant amount since 2016. Especially coz streams are automatically updated.


That gets $ 15-20 million royalties per year, needs to sell quite nicely. Dylan made biggest deal ever 12/2020, amount was 400 $ million only publishing rights. Premium-rate stuff. Hardly record company charity does.


“Update Bob Dylan” is better than “Update Ariana Grande”, that said I don’t see why he should be a priority over The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd…etc.


I think an update on legacy acts should be done when an artist’s total rises enough to ensure a rise of a couple of places (or just 1 in the top 10) on the all-time best sellers list or a significant rise for a huge album. That would allow Fleetwood Mac (Rumours!), AC/DC, Bob Marley or maybe Nirvana or Oasis to be updated sooner than Beatles, Floyd or Zep, although I would like to see them be updated as well


Let me tell you one thing. Led Zeppelin royalties 2011-2016 was 58,5 dollars to 12 million per year. That is 5 year. Dylan royalties was up to 20 million per year. Many of the bands you mentions are dead. Dylan “Rough ways” realisead last year and was number one in USA, UK, Germany.. really global success. Dylan still going strong.


I’m not denying this (haven’t said anything about Dylan), but in absolute numbers, he’s not increasing that much and doesn’t have really big albums to be updated, that’s all


So he had one album last year that sold, what, 300k ? Who cares, albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Abbey Road or Rumours sell more than that every year, not to mention their massive streaming numbers.

And Led Zeppelin’s catalog is obviously much more popular than Dylan’s. Those “$58.5m in royalties” have to do with Stairway To Heaven, and as you said yourself Dylan’s royalties have a lot to do with covers (Adele, Hendrix, Guns N Roses…etc.).


Red Hot Chilly Peppers sold publishing rights to Hipgnosis Merck Mercuriadis, most hated man business (cause he pay more than others). Chilly Peppers royalties per year was 5-6 million dollars and normal factor is 5-20, but they got 23, and 23×6= 140 million dollars. And remember Led Zeppelin annual royalties is average 12 million dollars. I looked through the European album charts. +UK and Germany, France, Netherland, Italy, Spain Sweden almost every country. Led Zeppelin last entries end just in 2016. Zeppelin Oricon charts was very strong and records was big, expencive boxs. Oasis, almost nothing but Music Week’s UK… Read more »




wayyy too wrong. Dark Horse sold less than Hot N Cold and I Kissed a Girl 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Adele with the best-selling single, even digitally, in 2017 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂


Actually no. Dark horse is bigger than hot n cold as per this website. Also Dark Horse is still growing faster than Hot N Cold and it will only move further and bigger than Hot N Cold. Plus, according to Youtube views. I Kissed A Girl total official video youtube views all 220 million while Hot N Cold are at 1 billion already. So if anybody is wrong here it is u.

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