Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

It has been over 2 years since I introduced to you the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, nicknamed CSPC, in March 2016. This revolutionary concept enables to define accurately the most successful artists ever. During this timeframe I, with the precious help of Hernan Lopez and Anthony Blanchard, studied nearly 100 artists, 1,000 albums plus countless singles and stand-alone tracks worth a gigantic 8,5 billion equivalent album sales combined!

Many of you praised the effort and the ongoing results which really makes us feel great about the website. One recurrent negative feedback though has been the difficulty to navigate the blog. One unique, cross-artist source of data was needed. While I can advise you to use the search function at the top-right, which works really well, an article grouping together the main data is definitely a positive improvement. So, here it is, please say hi to the Data Collector!

This article lists various rankings, with more added frequently, please see the summary on page 2. Top selling singles / albums / artists, per format, per year, per artist type, etc… everything is possible!

Thanks to this Data Collector it isn’t necessary anymore to repeat the comprehensive rankings at the end of each article. It will solve an issue by removing some pages and letting you reach always the same final pages for all acts – CSPC totals, the artist’s singles ranking and their records & achievements. This article will be kept updated which will also prevent us from having lists updated at different moments here and there.

Anthony will handle the updates of this thread from now on and try to answer your questions the best he can. We won’t be answering to lists requests on comments though as it will be impossible to maintain them. Instead, when you request something, and if it is relevant for many people, we will add a page to the article with the said list.

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Nathan

So to confirm, Is Taylor Swift the first artist to debut during 2000-present to reach 100 million CSPC? Hope you put that she is the first.

Jake

Impossible to know, her, rihanna and Coldplay all got there in similar times

MJD

Hi Nathan!

That’s a very close call, too close to call for a winner with certainty. I’m currently finishing Rihanna’s update, and according to it she broke threw 100 million earlier, but again it’s so close that it doesn’t really makes sense to mention someone ahead of the remaining two.

Unidentified

Still waiting on Chris Brown

Michael440

Are these counts (Top Albums – EAS and Top Singles – EAS) updated daily with streaming numbers as with Top Artists – EAS?

Last edited 4 months ago by Michael440
Chrisssss

Ariana grande albums and single sales hasn’t received an update since 2019 , Please update it.

Clover

Artist A feat. Artist B&Artist C&Artist D. The song gets 1 Billion streams on Spotify. Artists B, C and D gain 1 Million CSPC each, despite their share, their revenue pulled in is so small.

MJD

Hi Clover! This used to not be true. Artist A features artist B. Their hit sells 5m downloads, gets 500m streams and generates 3m album sales. Artist A gets 3m + 5m*0.15 + 500m/1500 = 4.083m CSPC. Artist B gets only points from singles formats as album sales aren’t his, so 1.083m CSPC. This is why we have set things that way at first, I often used the example of Love The Way You Lie to reflect this situation. Obviously as less and less albums are sold, this ‘natural’ downgrade of the featured artists share is disappearing / disappeared. I’m… Read more »

Fanofpop

If you look at LTWYL, Rihanna gets 3x less CSPC from it than Eminem when accounting for EAS similiar to BB’s ratio. For streaming only. Would a weighting based on the overall success of an artist make sense. Like if they have sold 100m they get X percent but if they have sold 50-75m they get y percent or something. Like a tier system? of course there will be cases where a featured artist is pulling the majority like UF but usually big artists that are studied claim Colead credits for songs they contribute a lot to unless it’s a… Read more »

MJD

It’s complicated, if we make it dependent on the total size of an artist we create a loop in the data. To be honest, I don’t consider downgrading most leads. As I said someone like Rihanna is a major force in all her leads. Unknown vocalists on DJ’s songs are still the lone singers on them. The real feature that would need to be downgraded is the single rap line at the end of the song. Can L.T.B. really get EAS thanks to Black Or White? But It’s where we fall back into the need of listening to every song… Read more »

Chris

Please update Ariana grande albums and song sales

Chris

Ariana Grande albums and song sales hasn’t received an update since 2019 🙁 please update it 🙏

aditya

One thing i am confused about. BTS streaming eas here was above 30 million yesterday which put them at 75 million EAS, but then it was reduced to 28.6 million in their article and but now it is reduced to 27 million here. Can you clarify?
But here total sales is 72.6 million now, which is more than 72.5 million in article, but if they have streaming eas of 30 million, aren’t they above 75 million?

MJD

Hi aditya! The 27m was an error, in the database I typed it wrong putting 26851k rather than 28651k. It’s now fixed. About the 30m+ figure, it was an extrapolation from our last article and current streams. We check the ratio Spotify streams:comprehensive streams EAS from the article, and then add to that proportionnally to how much the Spotify streams increased. In the case of BTS, their Spotify streams are now growing faster than their streams on remaining platforms like Genie, which is natural since they exploded abroad after they did in South Korea. Thus, the extrapolation based on former… Read more »

ifa

hi i wonder if you have the data for highest unfiltered song on spotify? and how many Mariah Carey gets when she hits 17M filtered streams? thank you in advance

gxc

add Bigbang they have sold more than 150 Million

Sarah

They haven’t, it’s easy to do the research yourself, for example exo in 2012 had the first album to sell 1 million in 12 years, bts in 2016/17 had the first album in 16 years to sell 1.2 million and mots7 has the Guinness world record for best selling album in korean history…. it would be impossible for BB to have sold that many. Then when you think they barely charted in the US, and no where to be found in the UK and bts also have the best selling kpop albums in Japan, US and UK as well as… Read more »

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