CSPC: Kylie Minogue Popularity Analysis


One month away from her 50th birthday, Kylie Minogue is back with her 14th effort, Golden. The Aussie icon has been through a long and hilly road since her debut hit Locomotion. We all remember her early teen pop hits as well as the ground-breaking comeback Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, but apart from these two periods her career seems much more obscure.

Often described as the rival of Madonna, we begin to wonder how legitimate this is. Indeed, if she only recorded a pair of successful eras out of a dozen, she is hardly a Queen of Pop, not even the Princess as she is nicknamed. She isn’t a nobody though as shown by the #1 debut of Golden in both the UK and Australia. So, where is the truth? How big Minogue really is?

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 Minogue‘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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No true at all but go off. For comparison, Britney Spears was releasing her 4th album, In The Zone, while Beyoncé had only just released her first album, Dangerously In Love, 6 months prior; yet Beyoncé is only 25M album equivalents behind Britney who released 3 albums in MUCH better sales conditions then Bey had. Theoretically, had DC3’s “Survivor” been Beyoncé’s album, she’d only be 10M behind her. 6 albums and 13 years into her career she had the 2nd biggest female album of the year and you call her celebrity status bigger than her musical career? lol


Isaiah, the overwhelming majority of Beyonce’s sales come from the United States. She’s more “local” or however the term goes than Janet Jackson. Beyonce like Cher and Kylie Minogue are bigger celebrities than they’re music stars. Their gargantuan media coverage is incongruent to the record sales they put up.


Yes, Beyoncé is huge worldwide. Is she as big as Madonna across the globe? No, however, she is not some local star who has had 75% + of her sales from one country (a la Janet Jackson) lol. Additionally, her singles have sold HUGE numbers outside of the US and has had many WORLDWIDE hits.

Gene David Nieves Lara

“A la Janet Jackson”? Janet has sold twice as much albums as Beyonce. Actually Beyonce does not have one at least one 10 million seller while Janet has 3 or 4. What the hell are you talking about?


Beyonce isn’t “huge” worldwide. There’s an analysis on her already. She’s a public spectacle and huge celebrity figure who fill arenas and some stadiums around the world, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into hit records or fruitful album sales worldwide. Kylie is very similar in that regards of being a huge celebrity figure in Europe as opposed to being an actual record selling music star.


Hey there, love your effort – I find it insightful and draw a full picture of artists / albums/ singles’ success Many have high peaks thanks to fanbase but ultimately didnt succeed with the general public (ie Britney’s Blackout) As you said Kylie’s massive in UK & Aus, but she isn’t as huge worldwide like Madonna, Beyonce, Adele etc I have a few questions: – When u make lists for artists from a band (ie Michael, Beyonce, Justin, Fergie): why don’t you include the bands’ figures in their chart? Justin or Fergie’s appeal / contribution to their band’s success may… Read more »


All I can say is that it was an awesome achievement for Kylie to become not just become popular again but become more popular than she was before. And only her and Cher did it! 🙂


Kylie Minogue being called the “Princess of Pop” is perplexing. In the United States depending how old the individual, Kylie is viewed as a One Hit Wonder. If comparing her to Madonna in terms of commercial selling ability is inappropriate, what musical act would be accurate to compare Kylie Minogue to?


You just said yourself “in the United States”… that is really the only place on earth that doesn’t see Kylie as an iconic artist.


Great work MJD!

1990 Rhythm of Love – 910,000
1991 Let’s Get to It – 270,000
1994 Kylie Minogue – 440,000
1998 Impossible Princess – 250,000

Those album sales are extremely low for the 90s. Wouldn’t a record label drop an artist after low sales like those? Did the record label keep her because promotion for her was cheap and she was mainly in the UK and Australian markets, or did some other factor make her profitable?

Also how soon can we expect a CSPC article for Kelly Clarkson?


Is Kylie the second most succesfull female artist in UK? In CSPC?
Kylie, Barbra and Celine have approximatly the same albums sales (arround 10M, but the three don’t exceed 11M) but Kylie is definitly ahead by 3-4M for the singles.
So, she might be just behind Madonna. If not, 3rd or 4. It’s a great achievement that can be add in her accomplishment.


Interesting to see that according to your stats Janet Jackson outsold Kylie Minogue in mainland Europe with 7,007,000 albums sold to 5,995,000. Outselling Kylie in about every European market besides the UK and Spain.

Kylie 1,245,000
Janet 1,262,000

Kylie 1,385,000
Janet 1,825,000

Kylie 270,000
Janet 338,000

Kylie 480,000
Janet 285,000

Kylie 140,000
Janet 230,000

Kylie 205,000
Janet 550,000

Kylie – 240,000
Janet – 286,000

Kylie – 115,000
Janet – 126,000


And Janet is considered a flop in Europe by some people here… that’s what I was thinking she did great here with the music She made way more difficult to sell globally