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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cool_eyez

Madonna, Celine, Mariah, Whitney, Barbra
They are too superior, I guess they will remain top selling female of all time forever

L145

Aaliyah’s streams haven’t updated since 08/01 despite me using the Spotify Tool for her

worldcitizen

Where are Aaliyah’s CSPC figures on her article for each of her albums?
I can only see her picture and some commentary on page 13.

Justin Bieber is also listed at 84.297 million but he only reaches 81.847 million if you add all of his albums and orphan songs.

Shubham

Drake is at 102.4m eas

ojd

how long do you think it will take for Beyonce to overtake Enya and become the 10th best selling female artist of all time

keaya

Mariah Carey #1’s ????????

once

I think this is wrong .TWICE best selling gg of 2010s .Please you should update.

matt

TWICE was never studied, that’s why they aren’t here

once

TWICE has 11 million physical sales in korea and japan alone .I wonder CSPC sales. Cause I think they more than sales blackpink .They are already best selling kpop girl group of all time.

Al

It’s quite possible both Twice and Girls’ Generation are in front of them still. Although at this rate it might not last too long.

once

at this rate???? Twice is a group with vey good sales. Please do it twice global album sales.

Al

Of course it will depend on how much they release but I think at this rate they’re catching up. No doubt Twice have a likely bigger total right now that’s gaining fast as well though.

Al

As for an update I’m not the one picking them, but they would be a very good addition for sure.

Minhyun

Based on my research, Twice and SNSD would both be below BP, both under 15m CSPC. Because both do quite poorly in sales and streams outside of Japan and Korea.

They probably haven’t been studied yet since they’ve sold less using CSPC methodology.

Twice and SNSD have great physical sales but that’s about it.

Drewwwwww

Actually they have a huge sales market in China as far as I know. From my knowledge if you put sales from China along with Korea and Japan that will be 17m sales alone.

Drewwwwww

17m as in China, Japan and Korea

Minhyun

Compared to other groups, Twice does okay in China but nothing major. Especially since the Tzuyu flag scandal.
You have to use the methodology of chartmasters. Chinese sales are HEAVILY decreased by the methodology due to the low price of Chinese streams and downloads. For Twice to get 6million more sales just from China, they’ve have to have something like 20 million in sales from China.
Otherwise BP would have several million more to their total.

Last edited 1 year ago by Minhyun
Drewwwwww

You only talk about TWICE. That’s a huge redflag of a hater.

Drewwwwww

What?? I said they probably had 7m total sales in China. You don’t make sense

Minhyun

I’ll dumb it down for you since that seems to be needed.

7m in China would not be 7m in CSPC. Chinese sales are heavily reduced in the CSPC formula. 7m in China is hardly anything in converted CSPC units.

Drewwwwww

I was talking about physical units. I never claimed that they’d have 7m CSPC units in China. Read first. And you had the audacity to say “dumb down”

Drewwwwww

The physical sales there are what makes up most of it.

Al

You’re forgetting downloads, especially in SNSD’s case.

Yeonie

It includes both physical and digital sales
And twice are in top 10 when it comes to Japan and South Korea that’s why twice isn’t here

Sone

Twice was studied in 16 December 2019 by chartmaters…but how Blackpink and little mix have update but twice dont have update

hufflesie

This inludes equivalent album sales, meaning Digital and physical sales are combined. If you look on the past data, twice can’t even enter in other countries’ top 10. Only japan, s. korea, and 2 other countries.

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Chu

Exactly

Sone

Fancy is the greatest twice album for global market

RubyJ

Is insane how Blackpink is among the best of all time and only have like 20 songs .
Blackpink is really THE REVOLUTION

Aivaras

Hello, Digital single sales
For example 10 million, by what amount “(4 or 6 or 8…)” I should divide 10 million to get the number that goes in too cspc total ?

MJD

Hi Aivaras!

You need to multiply them by 0.15, so 10 million downloads are worth 1.5 million albums.

Keren

Hi, would you please update bbno$ tracks and numbers, I have noticed his new track edamame isn’t listed on his list and his rank on 1,000 most streamed artists didn’t change as well. Thank you so much.

MJD

Hi Keren!

Thank you for pointing it out, both issues have now been fixed!

taylorswift13

Where is Nicki Minaj? She’s the best selling
female rapper of all time and this list don’t make sense, how can Olivia Rodrigo already sold more than her??? And chart masters y’all should consider all credits, I don’t get why y’all don’t count features, it just doesn’t make sense

L145

Nicki has just not been analysed yet

and they do include features

Drewwwwww

Features are included

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