CSPC: Barbra Streisand Popularity Analysis

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Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award. At 28, Barbra Streisand had already won them all, the first female artist ever to do so. She is also the only winner ever to have won an Oscar in both a music and an acting category. Nearly half a century, she continues to be successful. Wow!

At the start of the 60s, Streisand had brief appearances in a pair of unsuccessful soundtracks / cast recordings. It is in 1963, when her proper debut LP was released, that she broke the main audience. The success never really left her. Through movies and albums, she was inevitable among the American entertainment industry for decades to come.

Her trajectory followed the one of the music industry. Her early albums were issued only in English-speaking countries. Each of the soundtracks Funny Girl (1968), The Way We Were (1974) and A Star Is Born (1976) opened new markets to her. In 1980, the Barry Gibb-powered Guilty transformed Streisand into a global superstar.

As she started her career 2 decades before Madonna, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, she is rarely mentioned into female rankings. It doesn’t mean she has not sell enough to be featured on them!

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Streisand‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

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I meant UK, not Australia, it was certified silver in UK.


Walls sold over 60 thousand in Australia, it’s safe to assume the album has sold at least over 200 thousand copies worldwide. The same can be said for Release Me 2, which charted moderately high is several countries. Also why aren’t her DVD sales included? Most of them were number #1! Katy Perry’s DVD sales were included in her analysis. Also Woman In Love has over 111 million streams in Spotify and with the spread videos on YouTube at least another 150 million, are these streams already included in the analysis?

Last edited 7 months ago by Fiona

Something that never gets mentioned is Streisand never did concert tours in the 70’s or 80’s to promote album sales. Had she done so, she would have (easily) more than doubled even tripled her album sales! All the others did concert tours! -FFT


She had a movie career back then, when being an actor was more profitable than being a singer. So she benefited other way around with a movie career.


This needs to be update as Barbra has released walls and release me 2, which were moderately sucessful. Plus songs like “woman in love” have surpassed 100 million streams this year.


Hi MJD. I was just wondering. Will the 80s, 90s Divas catalogue sales drop even further to Barbra’s or many other 60s Divas rate of catalogue sales growth in the long future or will they be able to maintain selling around a million EAS per year. Thank you.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jazz

Why do you think female artists are way easily forgotten than male ones? like why are artists like the Rolling Stones (which young people can’t really relate to at all) have more current popularity than Madonna and Mariah


and do you think more recent artists like Rihanna, Taylor, Adele and Beyoncé will have the same fate ??


Ooh such an interesting analysis. I always find it weird why many big Adult Contemporary singers streams are somewhat weak compared to pop/urban singers, and your explanation make sense. Just like how Barbra Streisand catalogue isnt selling as well as lets say Tina Turner who is more urban sounding. Also, from your comment are you suggesting that in the next few years Madonna will have a rebound of strong streams, and Whitney will continue to produce strong streaming sales? I am not sure about this but I think Whitney catalogue right now is selling on par with Mariah or Madonna.

James Hall

Through the years I have listened to everything that is publicly available by Barbra Streisand. The best part is being able to hear her grow throughout the years from being just a girl then into a refined woman. On each and every album that she has recorded there is, at the very least, one astonishing performance.
Also, with such a huge catalog, she has never had anything pulled or gone “out of print”…everything is still available. To me that speaks volumes about her popularity and innate artistry.


MJD! Can we see the breakdown of sales for Tell Him by Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion? Thank u


wasnt JUST FOR THE RECORD sold nearly 500k in US alone?Why here is showing 120k WW


Yes, soundscan list over 0.45m for the box!


It’s a highlight album from JFTR

Marcus André

You missed some Brazil codes:

My name is Barbra, Two… (total 3k)
Guilty (CD+DVD): (total 3k)
The Movie Album (total 5,5k)
What Matters Most (total 4k)

Found here: https://www.ukmix.org/forums/search.php?keywords=barbra&t=33047&sf=msgonly


Would it be fair to say that Barbra was the first female artist to cross the 100 million threshold? Or did Madonna or Whitney beat her to it?