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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Jsak

Shania Twain Come On Over 33,500,000 as of 2/25/22????
Isn’t the latest figure from December 2016?

Last edited 1 month ago by Jsak
Nick

Hey MDJ–do you guys plan on making a list of the best-selling catalog artists of all time? I think it would be very interesting to see which artists sold the most via back catalog vs. initial sales.

alex

can you please add renaissance by beyonce

matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

Jazz

There are plenty of other artists from the 60s other than Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan who are still working. Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Elton John, Patti Labelle, Cher and so many others. Until recently Kenny Rogers, Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton John all of whom had been singing for 4 decades non stop just passed away, non drug death related. Your comments are factually wrong. And death has been good for some artist? Well if they are dead how is that good for them? 🙄

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

Last edited 3 months ago by stin