Data Collector – Biggest Digital Singles Sellers

Things I like: Rihanna

One week ago, the CSPC analysis of Ed Sheeran has been published. We saw that he makes wonders in several formats, including digital sales. How big is his success compared to the like Rihanna, Eminem or Drake? You will find the answer in the list below!

Please keep in mind some artists with strong results in this format haven’t been studied so far, e.g. Nicki Minaj or Kanye West. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

A lot of lists like this one are available in the Data Collector, so feel free to read them to gauge how your favorite artist ranked in it.

Reminder of the formula:

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 0.15 * Digital Single Sales

Artists Ranking – Digital Singles SAles

1. Rihanna251,130,000 units (37,670,000 EAS)
2. Eminem157,350,000 units (23,603,000 EAS)
3. Taylor Swift149,820,000 units (22,473,000 EAS)
4. Bruno Mars149,490,000 units (22,423,000 EAS)
5. Beyoncé144,200,000 units (21,630,000 EAS)
6. Drake137,310,000 units (20,596,000 EAS)
7. Maroon 5129,900,000 units (19,485,000 EAS)
8. Katy Perry122,700,000 units (18,405,000 EAS)
9. Lady Gaga111,200,000 units (16,680,000 EAS)
10. Black Eyed Peas103,960,000 units (15,594,000 EAS)
11. Usher93,610,000 units (14,041,000 EAS)
12. Coldplay93,080,000 units (13,962,000 EAS)
13. Justin Bieber87,850,000 units (13,178,000 EAS)
14. P!nk81,150,000 units (12,173,000 EAS)
15. Britney Spears80,270,000 units (12,040,000 EAS)
16. Michael Jackson79,930,000 units (11,990,000 EAS)
17. Adele75,300,000 units (11,295,000 EAS)
18. Linkin Park73,710,000 units (11,056,000 EAS)
19. Miley Cyrus70,300,000 units (10,545,000 EAS)
20. Christina Aguilera69,950,000 units (10,493,000 EAS)
21. Ed Sheeran69,770,000 units (10,466,000 EAS)
22. Queen58,370,000 units (8,755,000 EAS)
23. Alicia Keys57,750,000 units (8,663,000 EAS)
24. Nickelback57,280,000 units (8,592,000 EAS)
25. One Direction57,000,000 units (8,550,000 EAS)

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If Justin Bieber’s CSPC Analysis will be updated, he could be behind Drake on the list.


Omg, you need help. Jeez.


The reason why I consider Rihanna a legend already is not just because she is the top digital singles seller but because there’s a HUGE gap between her numbers and the number 2. Nearly 100,000,000 in difference. Again, nearly 100 MILLION difference. I believe most people dont consider her as one because it’s not physical album sales. But again, please think again about the huge gap between her and The number two. It’s extraordinary! And to think that she’s not old yet and still relevant, it only means her numbers will keep on growing and i really dont think anybody… Read more »


Beyonce is an r&b/pop artist who has transitioned over 3 decades of music. She has outlasted and outsold the bulk of her then more popular contemporaries as a solo artist.

For Beyonce to only have 5 #1s, with urban radio support vs Rihanna with 14 #1s and pop radio, she exceeds in her lane as a top 5 digital seller,fair album seller, top streamer and tour act.


Beyonce for 3 decades? She started as a solo music artist in 2003 and if we include her being part of a girl group, Destiny’s Child started in 1997. so it’s 2 decades, not 3. Beyonce’s biggest rival is Rihanna. Sorry but Beyonce never exceeded at anything. Nothing extraordinary. If you havent realized, the BIG FOUR female music artists have something in common and that’s not just being four of the biggest selling artists album sales-wise, but they have been extraordinary in one thing or two. Madonna is Queen of Pop as the best selling female music artist and biggest… Read more »


I know you lift Rihanna in extreme heights here, but this is just not the truth. Rihanna is a hit maker, her singles are very popular, so she sold 250,000,000 downloads for 1,29$. She sold additionally 35 Million albums for a price of 12,99$. In theory, Rihannas fans could have spend their money for albums on her singles, Rihanna would have sold 600,000,000 singles. Adeles fans bought 60 Million albums and 100 Million singles. If they spend all their money for albums on Adeles singles, they could have purchased 700,000,000 singles from her. This confirms that people spend more money… Read more »


Uhm. Nobodys here claiming that Rihanna is overall bigger than Adele. MJD even said in a different article that Adele is in a league of her own. Adele is an album seller, Rihanna is a single seller (although she sell a lot of album too). So I dont see anything is wrong here. Give artists credits when it is due.


Amazing for Miley Cyrus. 25 years old and she did 70,300,000 units.


To think that Miley’s last two previous albums didnt do well, her numbers might be stuck there.

Also, Justin Bieber is 23 (turning 24 this March 1, 2018) and when updated, total might be more than 120 million units. Now that IS amazing!

Stephon Jackson

Rihanna’s the queen of digital era. Glad to see MJ’s nearing 80 million in digital sales.


Beyoncé sold much more than Britney hahahaha. Poor britney’s fans. They will die.


This is just the digital era. Britney sold more


In digital sales, yes Beyonce sold more but overall, if you’ll check the top selling artists list, Britney has sold more than 99 million equivalent album sales while Beyonce has sold more than 69 million equivalent album sales. Almost 30 million difference. Huge difference.


No. Britney was overtaken by Beyoncé in general sales according to Chartmasters

Album Sales: 34 million
Singles Sales: 150 million
Other Sales (including GH, remixes, Dvd’s, etc): 4.5 milliom
Total: 188.5 million

Britney Spears
Album Sales: 69 million
Singles Sales: 100 million
Other Sales: 11.3 million
Total: 180.3 million

Beyoncé sold 8 million more than Britney. And her career is at its peak. Britney is slowed down. The advantage will increase haha


According to CSPC results produced by chartmasters, Britney is 99 million and Beyonce is 69 million. Albums carries more weight than singles. A 14 dollars CD album should have more weight than a 1.99 dollars digital single. So it really aint a fair comparison. At the end of the day Britney still has a way higher CSPC. Lol. And it really3 is funny because Beyonce fans always2 wanted to discredit Britney 24/7. Even on Britney page, Beyonce fans will keep making stupid remarks. It really sounded so desperate and pathetic. Lol.


What the album’s price matter with the overall sales? Is it about money? Because Beyoncé has the double of Britney’s fortune. The fact is Beyoncé sold more units than Britney. By the way she wins more awards too. Sorry about that, Britney’s fans.


Beyonce’s album sales of 34 million vs Britney’s album sales of 69 million.


Bey’s Overall sales: 188M and will increase a lot.

Britney’s Overall sales: 180M and she sells poorly.

Kisses :p


rihanna queen


can it be top 100 list?


23 relatively new artists, only 2 oldies (Queen and MJ) made it in.
Nice addition to the site, keep on rocking, Chartmasters!


The Times They Are a-Changin’ 🙂


quarter billion downloads is absolutely insane


And that’s just ones paid for!


And Rihanna is just turning 30 this year 2018. Amazing numbers! 🙂


The gap between number 1 and 2, WOW. Rihanna really was everywhere during the iTunes age, she put out like 8 albums and dozens of features, and it shows!

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