CSPC: Kylie Minogue Popularity Analysis

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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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soni

Why doesn’t the Auto Update work for 4 of the albums?

Dimitris

Congrats on your survey and its display (I’m refering to all artists you’ve worked on). But I cannot but detect a slight (to say the least) empathy towards Kylie. I’m not questioning the sales data, but I really think that restricting her appeal to UK and Australia does not do justice to her. I’m referring to comments like “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”, or that she tries to maximize her sales by continuously offering… Read more »

Dimitris

First of all I respect that you take time to answer all our queries. As far as Kylie is concerned I’m not trying to boost her success status, but I do not agree on limiting her appeal to two countries. According to wikipedia “The [European singles] chart was based on national singles sales charts in seventeen European countries: Austria, Belgium (separately for Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark, Finland, France, West Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This chart was accumulated by taking the chart positions in each country combined with the national sales… Read more »

Johnny be Good

I think Kylie Minogue can be compared to Linda Ronstadt, a diva who was extremely popular in the USA but only occasionally was able to cross over in other countries. However I can agree that the introduction seems a bit too harsh on her. She’s nowhere near other historical divas but, among australian divas I think that only Olivia Newton John tops her. So being the second most popular female singer of your own country is already a huge achievement even if she was able to obtain global popularity only a couple of times. Everything depends on the angle you… Read more »

kucing

While in comparison to the remaining of Minogue tracks, this looks impressive, the figure is rather disappointing. It is below other 2001 songs like It’s Been A While by Staind, U Remind Me by Usher, Family Affair by Mary J Blige, Hero by Enrique Iglesias and many more which were nowhere near as big as Minogue‘s smash in first place. 3 years later, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head has 224.5M stream on spotify while It’s Been A While has 181.6M stream, U Remind Me has 233.3M, Family Affair has 195.5M and Hero has 219.6M. Aside from Usher, Kylie already… Read more »

faggocito

Lady Gaga’s The Fame almost sold as much as Kylie’s entire discopraphy lol

Michael

If u think that is funny and her achievement are not impressive. Imagine how all the struggling artists out there feels like. Kylie’s achievement is already extraodinary and millions of singers out there would do anything just to achieve 10% of what she has achieve.

Isaiah

And Kylie’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is bigger than any Lady Gaga song!

Esneyder

Esto no esta actualizado y algunos datos son incorrectos Light Years vendio 5.000.000 de copias en todo el mundo y muchos otros datos están mal
Álbumes: 25.000.000
Recopilatorios: 3.000.000
Sencillos: 63.000.000
Canciones fuera de álbumes y canciones promocionales: 500.000
Total: 91.500.000 ventas entre todo su material
Y la cifra sigue creciendo con Golden y su último recopilatorio y sin contar las colaboraciones que hizo con Nick Cave y otros artistas… Estimadamente para 2025 Kylie ya habrá superado las 100.000.000 y si lanza mas material lo hará en menos tiempo.

Armando García

There is no proof whatsoever that she has sold “90 million”. 40 million is a more accurate figure.

soni

and Kylie has triple the longevity Gaga has so Lol!

Mirai

Hey MJD! You made a really great job with Kylie. Although it hurts to admit it – as a Kylie fan – this proves how she definitely is a UK/Oz based artist with occasional success outside of those borders… Anyway, I have a very precise question regarding Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’s French sales. They used to be estimated at around 900k, with a few years ago I remember reading an article on Charts In France sayig that this figure had been massively overestimated and that it was actually on less than 600,000 copies… I find it hard… Read more »

TheV

Hey MJD,

Amazing work you did there a few months ago.

Worldwide Sales figures for Kylie’s Latest album Golden are unavailable anywhere, apart from Mediatraffic which sounds totally unreliable.

Would be fantastic if you could update that part with your data, now that the campaign draws to a close.

Debate is rife on forums – only proper figures can get a proper picture.

Thanks a million.

Marcus André

I have to ask you something!! Where did you find the Fever sales in Bazil?! I never read nothing about it, it wasn’t even certified Gold by ABPD/PMB here, and we have only 2k with codes (after 2003).

Scorn1031

To simply define an artist based on sales and your feeble attempt to undermine her popularity with an article on a online publication is simply sad. Should you look at the cultural impact Kylie Minogue has generated over a thirty year timespan as well as consistantly garnishing multiple top tens in multiple countries theoughout the globe speaks for itself. Not to mention doing so without the massive revenue market that is America. No one needs your analysis to validate her popularity. I understand you are seaching for a way to justify your opinion, but your opinion is just that, an… Read more »

Carlos

I think you are both right in your own way. I have followed Kylie from the very beginning and although I stopped buying her releases (or anyone else’s for this matter) a long time ago, I am a supporter of hers.. There’s no doubt she made a difference with Kylie & Fever releases that we can categorized as an impact to an extent but apart from that, I don’t think she qualifies for one of the biggest selling artists…. Yes she’s had a few top 10s singles and yes she’s had a few #1 albums (uk & Oz) but that’s… Read more »

Armando García

Absolutely agree. Kylie Minogue’s fans are the most delusional ones, to be honest.

ElectricWolf

I agree with others that your dislike of Kylie is very clear…I am from Asia and Kylie is a very welcome western pop star. She is treated as the national treasure of Australia. She became international without US market, which is really impressive. We all know that Kylie is not comparable with Madonna on selling numbers because nobody could. People put their names together because they have very similar fan base ( Dancepop, Gay icon, in a friendly way) Kylie is probably the only mainstream artist only focusing on dancepop throughout her career. Your complete ignorance of her tour makes… Read more »

Sarah Ure

Golden has sold 288k not 100k worldwide actually.