CSPC: Beyonce Popularity Analysis

CSPC Beyonce

Rated recently as the most powerful women in the industry a few months ago by Fortune magazine, Beyonce has been growing a lot since the days of No, No, No hit single way back in 1998 with the Destiny’s Child. Most powerful doesn’t necessarily mean best selling artist though so how the diva stands in comparison to her peers in that field?

It all started in a very standard way with a string of successful eras with her group from 1998 to 2001. During that period, she met and started to date Jay-Z that she married in 2008. Retrospectively, this meeting can be regarded as a tremendous event for the music industry as a whole. The relationship obviously brought several key hits to Beyonce but the pair’s combined strengths also enabled them to invest in various brands from the Brooklyn Nets to TIDAL, developing more and more their status as business powerhouses.

Among the very top selling albums of the last 20 years though, it is all about Adele, Eminem or Britney Spears with no records from the Destiny’s Child, Beyonce or Jay-Z. Does that mean the couple is primarily successful as business associates rather than recording artists? Well, maybe that’s going too far.

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 Beyonce‘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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Great numbers! Thanks for the update?
But I have a quick question, why did Halo and If I Were A Boy gain so much (the former +2.4M), while Single Ladies gained only about 600K


Because they are better songs. Talent won.


The way she just stopped caring about charts is stupid. Both 4 and BEYONCÉ could’ve been bigger if she would have just gave the world iasf 2.0-3.0


Speaking only about album sales was Britney. Looking for all aspects and considering that Bey was big with DC’s too, definitly Beyoncé was the biggest female act of 00’s.


No. Britney wins on tours and single sales records: Destiny’s Child opened for Britney on her 2000 tour; even though she debuted after they did. Britney’s 1/3 done & canceled 2004 tour outgrossed both of Beyoncé’s 2003 + 2004 tours. In 2009, Britney’s Circus Tour outgrossed Beyoncé’s 2009-2010 I Am Tour. Britney was ranked #21 on Billboards 2000’s artists tours while Beyoncé and DC didn’t make that list. Britney had set records with her singles sales like highest selling digital single opening week when she released Womanizer, beating Mariah Carey’s Touch My Body from 2005, and keeping the record thru… Read more »


Seeing that all of Beyoncé’s outputs in the 2000’s were 14M+, does this make her the biggest female artist of the 2000’s, or is it Britney Spears?


“The only female in the last 20 years to have 3 albums to hit B’day level with sps.”

What do you mean? I didn’t understand exactly.



Shouldn’t her worldwide album sales amount be 37,630,000 if we include sales outside of her studio albums? She sold 4,2 million with live/remix albums.


What are her ringtones US sales by song?


What about her US top 10 digital singles? Has single ladies topped 5.8M or halo 4M?


Some questions: UK’s sales dropped a lot and surprised me. I had noticed 4 sold 710.000 there for example. Is this number with streams? 4: The Remix was certified Silver in UK. You estimated 20.000 copies only. Is this correct? BEYONCÉ has no increase in US’ sales and a huge drop in UK. I though this album had a better performance as catalog for so negative updates. You posted that BEYONCÉ sold 100.000 copies in Brazil but it had 2 codes: AA100000 from Standart Edition and AA15000 from Platinum Edition. The increase I was expected. Good job and thanks!!! That’s… Read more »


he’s not faithful with her updates, he pulls direct sales


Thanks! Very clarifying. You just forget to respond me about 4 The Remix. It was certified Silver in UK. I really doubt that streams were so huge for add so many equivalent sales. I think 20.000 copies sold worldwide is very very conservative. Good job one more time.


the site is so “serious” that in the last ego update it had 1,800,000, and now it is with 1,730,000

first artist I see losing sale.


He’s dropped just about every artist’s pure sales as he updates them because he was overestimating certain markets. There have been plenty of articles pointing this out. Coldplay and Britney Spears were the first to have it happen.


The first artist you see losing sale? You are seriously wrong miguel.


Jayz is so lucky.

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