CSPC: Elvis Presley Popularity Analysis

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Page 4: Original Album Sales – Elvis Presley (1956)
Page 5: Original Album Sales – Elvis (1956)
Page 6: Original Album Sales – Loving You (1957)
Page 7: Original Album Sales – Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957)
Page 8: Original Album Sales – King Creole (1958)
Page 9: Original Album Sales – A Date with Elvis (1959)
Page 10: Original Album Sales – Elvis Is Back! (1960)
Page 11: Original Album Sales – G.I. Blues (1960)
Page 12: Original Album Sales – His Hand in Mine (1960)
Page 13: Original Album Sales – Something for Everybody (1961)
Page 14: Original Album Sales – Blue Hawaii (1961)
Page 15: Original Album Sales – Pot Luck (1962)
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Page 17: Original Album Sales – It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963)
Page 18: Original Album Sales – Fun in Acapulco (1963)
Page 19: Original Album Sales – Kissin’ Cousins (1964)
Page 20: Original Album Sales – Roustabout (1964)
Page 21: Original Album Sales – Girl Happy (1965)
Page 22: Original Album Sales – Elvis For Everyone (1965)
Page 23: Original Album Sales – Harum Scarum (1965)
Page 24: Original Album Sales – Frankie and Johnny (1966)
Page 25: Original Album Sales – Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
Page 26: Original Album Sales – Spinout (1966)
Page 27: Original Album Sales – How Great Thou Art (1967)
Page 28: Original Album Sales – Double Trouble (1967)
Page 29: Original Album Sales – Clambake (1967)
Page 30: Original Album Sales – Speedway (1968)
Page 31: Original Album Sales – From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
Page 32: Original Album Sales – Back In Memphis (1969)
Page 33: Original Album Sales – That’s the Way It Is (1970)
Page 34: Original Album Sales – Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) (1971)
Page 35: Original Album Sales – Love Letters from Elvis (1971)
Page 36: Original Album Sales – Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas (1971)
Page 37: Original Album Sales – Elvis Now (1972)
Page 38: Original Album Sales – He Touched Me (1972)
Page 39: Original Album Sales – Elvis (1973) (1973)
Page 40: Original Album Sales – Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake (1973)
Page 41: Original Album Sales – Good Times (1974)
Page 42: Original Album Sales – Promised Land (1975)
Page 43: Original Album Sales – Today (1975)
Page 44: Original Album Sales – From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (1976)
Page 45: Original Album Sales – Moody Blue (1977)
Page 46: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 47: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 48: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 49: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 50: Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 51: Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Page 52: Physical Singles Sales – Part 6
Page 53: Physical Singles Sales – Part 7
Page 54: Physical Singles Sales – Part 8
Page 55: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 56: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 57: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 58: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 59: Digital Singles Sales – Part 5
Page 60: Digital Singles Sales – Part 6
Page 61: Digital Singles Sales – Part 7
Page 62: Digital Singles Sales – Part 8
Page 63: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 64: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 65: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 66: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 67: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 68: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 69: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 70: Streaming Sales – Part 8
Page 71: Streaming Sales – Part 9
Page 72: Streaming Sales – Part 10
Page 73: Streaming Sales – Part 11
Page 74: Streaming Sales – Part 12
Page 75: Streaming Sales – Part 13
Page 76: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #1: Major Compilations Series
Page 77: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #2: Original Camden Albums
Page 78: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #3: Million sellers 1973-1985
Page 79: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #4: Million sellers 1987-2007
Page 80: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #5: Half Million sellers 1969-1987
Page 81: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #6: Half Million sellers 1997-2016
Page 82: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #7: 400,000 to 499,999
Page 83: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #8: 300,000 to 399,999 ; Years 1981-1992
Page 84: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #9: 300,000 to 399,999 ; Years 1997-2013
Page 85: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #10: 250,000 to 299,999
Page 86: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #11: 200,000 to 249,999
Page 87: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #12: Under 200,000 sales
Page 88: Remaining Long Format – Compilations #13: Christmas
Page 89: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums #1: Million sellers
Page 90: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums #2: Over 250,000 sales
Page 91: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums #3: Remaining live outputs
Page 92: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos #1: 1982-1992
Page 93: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos #2: 1997-2002
Page 94: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos #3: 2003-2009
Page 95: Remaining Long Format – Box sets #1: Half a million sellers
Page 96: Remaining Long Format – Box sets #2: 250,000 units sellers
Page 97: Remaining Long Format – Box sets #3: 100,000 units sellers
Page 98: Remaining Long Format – Box sets #4: Under 100,000 units
Page 99: Remaining Long Format – Multi-Albums Box sets: With multiplier
Page 100: Remaining Long Format – Multi-Albums Box sets: Without multiplier
Page 101: Remaining Long Format – Extended Plays: Up to 1960
Page 102: Remaining Long Format – Extended Plays: From 1961
Page 103: Remaining Long Format – Remaining albums
Page 104: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis’ Golden Records (1958)
Page 105: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong (Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2) (1959)
Page 106: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 3 (1963)
Page 107: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Singer Presents Elvis Singing “Flaming Star” And Others (1968)
Page 108: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis’ Christmas Album (1970)
Page 109: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – You’ll Never Walk Alone (1971)
Page 110: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Burning Love And Hits From His Movies Vol. 2 (1972)
Page 111: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden (1972)
Page 112: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Separate Ways (1972)
Page 113: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – A Legendary Performer – Volume 1 (1973)
Page 114: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite (1973)
Page 115: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis (Commemorative Album) (1973)
Page 116: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – 40 Greatest Hits (1974)
Page 117: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis Forever (1974)
Page 118: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Pure Gold (1975)
Page 119: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – A Legendary Performer – Volume 2 (1976)
Page 120: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis In Concert (1977)
Page 121: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – It’s Christmas Time (1985)
Page 122: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – The Number One Hits (1987)
Page 123: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – The Top Ten Hits (1987)
Page 124: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – ELV1S 30 #1 Hits (2002)
Page 125: Bonus: Compilation Albums Sales – Elvis 2nd To None (2003)
Page 126: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 127: Remaining Long Format – Summary per format
Page 128: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 129: CSPC Results
Page 130: CSPC Results – Per year
Page 131: Biggest Tracks
Page 132: Achievements

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césar

when i went to usa last december i realized that the artist who had the most vinyls on stock (OBVIOUSLY excluding adele) was elvis, and i started think abt elvis’ biopic. if it does well what can we expect from it? how much can elvis sales increase if it does well?

baraka92

The film is going to be huge. After less than a week, the trailer has around 20m views (combined from Warner official accounts) on Youtube. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve read some (alleged) comments from tests screenings that say it’s a home run and the studio is very happy with it. If true, they’re going to spend a lot in marketing. Also, Luhrmann has good reputation as a director and his films tend to do well at the box office. It could be a perfect storm. At the end of the day, Elvis is still the 3rd best… Read more »

Analord

You are indeed too optimistic, Queen were already hugely popular before the movie while Elvis is more in the league of a David Bowie for example.

And he’s already past MJ as far as I’m concerned, after all he sold more albums and more singles (not to mention his countless hit movies).

Stephy

Elvis & Michael are pretty much tied, according to this site. They’re both around 425 – 430 million records (Albums, Singles, Boxsets & Videos) sold globally. I think MJ edges him out tho, considering his digital single sales haven’t been factored in since 2018. Also, MJ sold the same amount as Elvis, according to this site, despite releasing FAR less material. That’s probably why MJ is considered the most successful, even over The Beatles. I think the movie will help boost Elvis’s vinyl & streaming sales.

Analord

“Records” doesn’t mean anything, combining albums and digital singles is ridiculous, don’t you think ?

And I’m pretty sure most people consider The Beatles to be more successful than MJ.

Smiley

I don’t really have a ‘dog’ in this one so to speak. I appreciate Elvis and MJ but wouldn’t call myself a superfan of either. Just a thought. According to the ASR scale Elvis is around 70% as successful as MJ (696 VS 1000 as the baseline). Does this mean that because Thriller, Bad and Dangerous account for 69.3% of MJ’s total EAS (ie 693 on the ASR scale) then just these three albums gave MJ the same level of success as Elvis? Would another way of reading this be to say that these three releases made MJ ‘as big/popular’… Read more »

Jake

MJ sold more total equavilent units than Elvis, which is what matters in the end.

Analord

Elvis sold more albums and more singles than MJ, which is what matters in the end (to me).

MJ’s total includes about 30m of “music videos” (such as documentaries like This Is It or The Making Of Thriller) which I personally wouldn’t include.

Analord

I’m just quoting the “Raw sales – All albums” list from this very website :

1. The Beatles333,145,000 (as of Mar 2017)
2. Elvis Presley244,475,000 (as of Sep 2018)
3. Michael Jackson235,440,000 (as of Sep 2017)

+ 16 million EPs for Elvis, indeed.

Analord

I just realized that HIStory is counted twice in MJ’s total (18.6m in “Studio Album Sales” + 18.6m in “Other LPs Sales”) which is like saying it’s the 5th best selling album of all-time, above Zeppelin IV and Back In Black… That doesn’t make any sense to me.

KantClark

It’s a double disc. One is a Grestest Hits and the other one with new songs. What does not make sense?

Analord

Actually MJ didn’t invent double albums, there were others before like Pink Floyd’s The Wall for example. Do you think all of these albums should be counted twice ?

Analord

I really think this double counting of HIStory deserves an explanation, and by the way Clockingbell asked the same question in the MJ thread two months ago, with no answer…

Analord

I didn’t mean to sound “suspicious”, but surely you understand that not answering to a two months old post and then a two weeks old similar post might be a little frustrating… As for your explanation, sorry but it still doesn’t make sense to me. HIStory sold 19m copies, not 38m. Yes, it consists of old and new songs, so what ? Just because an album contains old and new songs we should multiply its sales by two ? I hope I’m not the only person thinking this is illogical. And I’m surprised you agree with the RIAA inflating Garth… Read more »

Mikko

Please, don’t repeat the same thing….yes we are understood.

Analord

“4) we consider that 19m persons bought a compilation and also a studio album, which actually happen to be nothing but the truth.” Of course, people bought HIStory because they wanted the new songs and the old songs. You seem to think that 19m persons would’ve bought it even if it didn’t include the old songs ? This is pure speculation, we should assume that people bought an album because of, you know, the content of the album, instead of pretending that MJ released two albums in 1995 that both sold 19m copies… I mentioned Garth Brooks because I just… Read more »

KantClark

Buddy, CSPC is just about how popular each album is. The compilations are split between studio albums, each gaining sales equivalent to its popularity. It’s totally understandable that the 19M of History is split among the studio albums due to the CD with GH, as people bought the songs from the old albums. Not to mention the very high price that HIStory was sold at the time for being double CD. It sold 19M but could have been a lot more had it been marketed at a standard price. Anyway, I think you are arguing a point that goes completely… Read more »

Martin

Technically, it’s not, it’s how popular it’s tracks are, not the actual album.

Analord

No it’s not “understandable” that HIStory would be the only double album counted twice, and you don’t know how much it would’ve sold without the GH.

Price is irrelevant, as I’ve said albums were much more expensive before the 80s, do you think that should be considered ? What about the price decrease during the 2000s ? Or MJ waiting five years between albums, his fans must’ve had more money to spend than others…

Wk1

:
What is your opinion of MidweEk bestselling UK Album Artists?
Music Week

Biggest-selling albums artist of the 21st century in the UK.

1 Robbie Williams (16,674,978),
2 Coldplay (14,734,824),
3 Elvis Presley (13,502,834),
4 Eminem (13,276,742),
5 Westlife (12,907,183),
6 Take That (12,613,279),
7 The Beatles (12,585,043),
8 Adele (12,402,363).
9 Michael Bublé (12,150,504 units), including 10,452,370 physical sales and 1,049,456 digital downloads.
10 Ed Sheeran(11,989,075) with digital downloads (2,208,972) and sales-equivalent streams (3,577,046).

They had Elvis @7.2m in 2012. But #3???? How???

Your thoughts,G?

Mikko

You have no manners, and you are nervous, but why. Grow up dude!

Richard

In The league of David Bowie? You’re insane! 🤣 🤣 🤣 Elvis is much higher than him! He sold several folds what Bowie has and he is certainly a lot more popular than Bowie, even more popular than Elton john, led zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, pink floyd, the eagles amd some current artists like Kanye West! I keep saying this generation of people know shit about Elvis and how huge he was and still is!

Analord

So he’s “still huge” but “this generation of people know shit about him” ? OK.

Richard

Only rock fans know about David Bowie but Elvis no matter what music type you’re into he is known! Even hip hop rap fans know about Elvis.

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El Jolito

It would be nice if it were a massive hit but I’d be suprised if it did as well as Bohemian Rhapsody.

Jay

I don’t think people really appreciate how extraordinary the numbers for Bohemian Rhapsody were. The movie made $911 million dollars world wide. To put that into perspective, they hope Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will make a billion dollars, but it will probably make a little over 900 million. It is much more likely (and expected by the experts) that the new Elvis movie will have Rocket Man (~$250 million world wide) level success or below. I see Bohemian Rhapsody on my cable TV listings at least once a month. I have yet to see Rocket Man listed… Read more »

Kris

Totally agree. Bohemian Rhapsody is the exception, not the standard to be expected. Elvis is a much older act with totally different music than Queen. That being said, he has a super interesting life story, and the 50s and 60s are a fascinating time in America. I think a modest boost in streaming numbers is a given, but only time will tell how just how well the movie does! I’m personally pretty pumped to see it

Anthony Britch

On Tour (Amiga) is a bootleg recording. where would the total sold numbers come from?
Special Collectors Edition 2002 – what is this? Elvis doesn’t have an album using this title only.
Elvis at Stax is not a LIVE album. it is a 3 disc box set of Elvis’s Stax recordings in 1973, there is also a single disc of highlights released. these are compilations.

Anthony Britch

There are several other albums listed as LIVE that are not live albums: The US Male and Double Dynamite al contain studio masters recorded throughout the 1960’s, these are Camden/Pickwick compilation releases. A Legendary Performer Vol 3 contains studio masters, outtakes, interviews and 1 live track. It is a compilation. The Great Performances contains Studio Masters, live TV performances and a couple of Live concert tracks but it is not a LIVE Concert recording it is a compilation. Viva Elvis contains remixed and re-recorded studo masters for use in a Vegas cirque de soliel show, kt is not a LIVE… Read more »

Anthony Britch

You list Welcome to My World (1977) as a LIVE album. ths was not a LIVE album but a compilation of country songs recorded between 1958-1973, five of which were LIVE recordings, the rest were studio masters.

Anthony Britch

You have Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol 1 and Vol 2 listed as LIVE albums. These were not LIVE albums. They contained studio masters, outtakes, interviews and an odd live track or two. Elvis in Hollywood is also categorized as a LIVE album, this is not correct. This album contained 20 studio masters recorded for his film soundtracks. Could you fix these please. Also, is the 1.4 million copes sold for Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada for the single LP release in 1970 or as part of the double LP From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas… Read more »

Anthony Britch

To add to my other comment in support of For LP Fans Only (1959) being considered an Original Album. You list Elvis For Everyone (1965) as an original album. This contained songs recorded between 1957-1963 that had been held back from release for various reasons or were from films that didn’t make that film’s LP or EP release. None of the songs had appeared on an album prior to 1965. I think you have For LP fans Only (1959) in the wrong category

Anthony Britch

I couldn’t find a Bonus compilation page for Elvis’ Gold records Vol 4 (1968) with a worldwide breakdown of album sales, where is it please? You list A Date With Elvis (1959) as an original album but not For LP Fans Only (1959). Both these albums were the same concept. They both contained four or five Sun Singles that hadn’t been released on LP as of 1959 along with songs from the Extended Play soundtracks of Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock along with some single B-sides all of which hadn’t been on LP as of 1959. I think these… Read more »

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