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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Yefersonc_28

Actualicen las ventas de Billie Eilish.

Yoda

Where is Arashi’s “5×20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019” ? cuz last time i heard it was named #1 best selling album of the year 2019 with 3.5 Units

Trya

Could you please add Lil Kim and Missy Elliot to the list? They have multiple albums surpassing the 5 million sales mark.

caio

atualizem as vendas de todo o catálogo da Adele, principalmente do 30.

MJD

Hi Caio!

They were already updated some months back. As we display net shipments, and 30 is clearly not shipping new copies for very long, numbers wouldn’t change.

thrillmusic8

Hi MJD!
Do you know if any update of Michael Jackson’s global sales is coming on ChartMasters ?

jt1916

The Black Parade now is missing from the 2006 list.

divinedhammer

No Phoenix? please.

Stella

How does Katy Perry not have a single song in this list? Not even Dark Horse or Roar?

Meca76

Why do the numbers cost YouTube so múch please from the performer Garth Brooks a Dirty dance?

Meca76

Garth Brooks and Dirty Dancing.

futiledevices

why isn’t red taylor’s version included

NicholasNiner

I would really like to see CSPS of George Harrison, as both John Lennon and Paul Mccartney has been updated. My Sweet Lord has really suprised me with how succesfull it was!

Mikko

Maybe George had a little plagiarism. At least was accused. Quite few a others also had minor plagiarism, but MSL sold a lot, so it was worth
filing charges, money.

Tony

Yes The Beatles did a little plagiarism, but the most notable band for plagiarism was Led Zeppelin 7 court cases and lost 6 of them.