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)
Bad Bunny: CSPC (Jul 2021)
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: CSPC (Sep 2021) – 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: CSPC (Sep 2021) – 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)
Deep Purple: CSPC (Aug 2021) – SM (Aug 2021)
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)
Doja Cat: CSPC (Aug 2021)
Drake: CSPC (Jul 2021) – SM (Jul 2021) – 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)
Harry Styles: CSPC (Jul 2021)
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)
Juice Wrld: CSPC (Aug 2021) – SM (Aug 2021)
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 (Sep 2021)
Lewis Capaldi: CSPC (Sep 2021)
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)
Olivia Rodrigo: CSPC (Aug 2021)
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)
Will.i.am: CSPC (Jul 2017)
XXXTentacion: SM (Dec 2018)
Zara Larsson: SM (Sep 2018)

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lover boy

Drake is at 103m+ eas

L145

hey MJD, i heard that China has banned Bulk buying and fan funds on all its Music platforms snd that daily sales figures went down because of it, does that mean Chinese DLs won’t be downweighted anymore?

matt

China sales are downweighted because albums are being sold for less than four dollars, not because of bulk buying

Padilla

the minimum price to Chart in Billboard 200 is 3.49 dollars and a LOT of Elvis albums were sold very cheaply, MJD himself said that bulk buying is the issue not the price

Jaz

Isn’t music sold in China a lot cheaper because their pay, housing and everything else is also a lot cheaper so its actually fair to be sold at that price?

Fanofpop

Chinese sales aren’t really down weighted.
It’s just most albums are sold for different lower price points, depending on if it’s an EP, a four song bundle; or a full album or compilation so CSPC uses 50 yuan as the baseline for an album unit over there because it’s similar to the streaming revenue of 1500 paid streams and albums elsewhere.

Minhyun

When will “Tracks Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales” and other all-time categories be updated? It seems, at least as far as the all-time single sales (EAS) section doesn’t include any songs after 2015, despite some songs having more than enough EAS to make the list.

lover boy

Drake is at 102.6m eas

L145

why does Rihanna’s total keep fluctuating ?

Speed of Life

Hi Guys – will you do a manual update on David Bowie’s streaming figures please.It seems to be missing a load of songs.

Alex

I was wondering when the most successful rappers after Eminem and Drake – Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lil Wayne – are going to be included in these stats?

Analord
obro

If I had to guess I would say 2pac followed by the artist you mentioned but I think potentially Kanye over Jay, I also think Nicki won’t be that far behind Lil Wayne tbh

Analord

I vaguely remember MJD saying that one of the reasons why there hasn’t been many studies of rappers is the fact that, for example, Lil Wayne has 7.5 billion spotify streams as a solo artist and 12 billion as a featured artist… How much of that should he be credited for ?

By the way, the Beastie Boys sold around 40 million albums while Lil Wayne would be more like 20m, and I can think of a few rappers who sold around 30m.

Mar

Jay is more successful than Kanye, his US pure sales are 29.5M (2013) and kanye total US sps units are 24M (2021)

MJD

Hi Mar! Not sure where your numbers come from, but that’s not accurate. Your Jay-Z pure number is comprehensive, from Nielsen Soundscan. For Kanye though, it seems to be total RIAA units from 2020 of his solo albums. He also released Watch The Throne, Kids See Ghosts and Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer, which push his total to 30.5 million. These are split over 12 albums, they are not all at “just” the number certified, if they are mid-way to the next criteria, that’s 5.25 million more sales, 36 million total. Add in the year since these updates,… Read more »

Martin

I wish people didn’t see music sales, chart positions etc like some football table or cup!

Like football, not just one team!

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