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It has now been over 4 years since we first went online. In this period, we studied thousands of albums and even more singles.

We went through various conceptual articles, CSPC, ASR, Heat maps, Prediction labs, etc.

As you know, it’s a mammoth task to publish all relevant articles plus fresh content in a regular basis.

This led us to this very simple question: what do you want? What are you hoping to see when you reach ChartMasters.org?

Below is a poll that provides you multiple options. You can select as many as 3 options to list what you appreciate the most.

If we missed something, the last option lets you enter any other answer. Thanks for your time!

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Rodolfo Queiroz

Please, is there any chance for Deep Purple Sales data being published soon?

Bleizi

Hi,
My question is maybe strange. But I’m working on Breton discs (from Brittany, France) by artists like Alan Stivell, Tri Yann, Gilles Servat… And I’m searching sales of this albums. I found a lot of them for France and a little bit around the World. But, I don’t find sales inside Brittany. Do you have sales released inside this region? Not national sales. Please.

Bleizi

Ok. Thanks for your comment. That’s the problem for this kind of studies in France…
I discovered a lot of articles on this website and they are very interesting!
Have a nice day!

Donald Miller

I sometimes hesitate to comment because I think my criticisms will come across too harshly. As an American, I don’t have a much of a cosmopolitan perspective. My focus has always been on the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Japan and Germany (for example) are afterthoughts. I try to set aside my personal tastes and biases, some of which are regional and some of which are generational. Each era yields its own crop of stars and superstars. The download and the stream have changed the industry. I get it. You and Joe were discussing Santana. It doesn’t matter whether… Read more »

Joe

I hold you to your word.

Donald Miller

As I’ve said, I don’t have much of a cosmopolitan viewpoint. My focus is mainly on the US and the UK. IMO any act with an RIAA or BPI 10x platinum album is a superstar, regardless of whether or not I like their music. 82 acts have at least one RIAA Diamond album. Of those 82, there are 34 you haven’t analyzed yet. 29 acts have at least one BPI 10x platinum album. Of those 29, there are 5 you haven’t analyzed yet. The download and stream changed the game. Since 2013, 36 singles have gone RIAA Diamond. 30 acts… Read more »

Donald Miller

I was talking about those 55 acts (including David Gray) as a starting point. It wasn’t a be-all and end-all. You chose to do Lorde before Sinatra. So why not David Gray?

Joe

Yeah, both of you are right. And if the list of greatest songs should be correct you will need to check every one hit wonder for last century. Despite all of that as I said a year ago- you should do this from top to bottom. Artist 100m+ then maybe 50m, than those with RIAA certification for a Diamond – like Alanis- do not remember if she is on your list already but there are others- but first those with 100m, they actually have – like Santana- Diamond album, 2nd of the biggest singles in history Grammys etc, etc all… Read more »

Donald Miller

Greatest songs or best selling songs?

joe

Do you know the difference? It is. Greatest is only yours- and can be for anybody different from hits to ones that no one knows. Best selling is greatest for many people. If milion people think the song is great than it is the best selling song. I think- forgive me if you think other way- as all the human beings – cos those list are in fact list of what majority think.

Donald Miller

Could be that those million people merely think the song is good rather than great.

joe

Don’t think so. Million is a big number to be that way, but thousand maybe yes. I don’t buy sth that I don’t love.

anthony

hi MJD !!!

in fact, as famous local artists, for example mainly in Italy but who have been rulers for 4-5 decades even more than Zucchero Fornaciari; Eros Ramazzotti, Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini are Lucio Battisti, Mina, Vasco Rossi, Adriano Celentano, Pooh; Claudio Bagioni, I don’t know if you know them.
these listed by me, I believe that by adding their albums and their physical singles, they sold more than Bocelli, Ramazzotti, Zucchero and Pausini, but only in Italy, while the various Bocelli, Ramazzotti, Zucchero and Pausini maybe sold more because they are more international, most famous abroad.

Donald Miller

24 acts have RIAA certified sales of 50 million albums (or more). Of those 24, you’ve done CSPCs on 21. Van Halen, Kenny Rogers (RIP) and George Strait are the only ones left. Any plans for them?

joe

That is what I had also suggested for past year -from top to bottom as RIAA list is. After those 3 that you mentioned next one is Santana if I remember correct with 43,5 and Clapton with 40. But Clapton is also Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith and those should be also included in analysis specially DATD. But I agree that those should be done in first place.

joe

I asked for Santana and Clapton before those 3 that Donald mentioned cos they are more worldwide stars and has sold more albums than Van Halen Kenny Rogers and George Strait over the world if I correct remember list from MJD from 12 years ago or so. But it can be done by list of RIAA for next years , some way further it would be time for ZZ Top with 25 million. And this is good to do it that way, who’s sold the most than should be done first.

Donald Miller

Clapton and Santana are 2 of those 34 acts with RIAA Diamond albums that they haven’t done CSPCs on yet.

My mentioning Halen, Rogers and Strait was in answer to his citing a 50 million career as a standard. They meet that standard just on their US sales alone.

George Strait doesn’t have a diamond album, but he’s got 69 million RIAA certified album sales. Regardless of whether anyone likes his music, that number should make everyone sit up and take notice (IMO).

Joe

My thump is up for you Donald cos you say what I am thinking of. Do not know why last year and now besides one of my post everything else is voted down. But anyway- is it the reason that i have think of it for two times a day? No way. I love Santana, Halen, Clatpton, if nobody wants to include it in those list I can listen to those great great music and I should have not been bothered of this anyway. This is my life, its now or never – as Bon Jovi. Whatever. Now I will… Read more »

Freek

I think MJD already replied to this, when he said that hè likes to study all these artists, but it takes a lot of time to do it. Time they can also use for smaller artists or tools, so the site can innovate more. Also, I have a feeling that, as they want to be accurate, they still have jobs and entertain us in their free time, trying to do as good a job as possible. Let’s respect that, while we’re not the only ones asking.

Donald Miller

But whether we like their music or not shouldn’t matter. I love the Isley Brothers and Parliament/Funkadelic, but I’m not requesting them because they’re not superstars. Everyone’s music is great – to their fans. I was raised on old school R&B. I don’t care much for hip-hop and it’s probably generational more than anything. But 2Pac has two RIAA diamond albums. Jay-Z has had 14 number ones on the Billboard 200. They’re superstars regardless of my opinion. Same with Santana, Halen & Clapton. Personally, I can’t stand Kenny G, but Breathless is RIAA 12x platinum. I want to see a… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

reference Kim Larsen 1.5 CSPC units per inhabitant, is that estimate for his solo work only or including his time fronting the (imo superior) 70s band Gasolin’?

Al

Solo sales only, this includes his work with Kjukken, Bellami etc. I looked roughly into his discography around his passing and the results were complete madness. He could above 5m pure album sales in Denmark alone and close to 1m in Norway as well.
No doubt Gasolin’ (superior indeed) sold very well too and maybe even more than him outside Denmark.

Thomas Christiansen

Cool. Thanks Al.

GaryHuston

Hello MJD ,i want to know where is the 2006 archive for britney albums sales on her britney.com.Would you please give me the link of the web archive

Donald Miller

1) Finish off the US and UK superstars (anyone with an RIAA or BPI 10x platinum album) 2) Move over to Japan and analyze their superstar acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, B’z, Mr Children, Utada Hikaru, etc.

Donald Miller

I see that you’ve already done Ayumi. Don’t know how I missed that.

Trick

Could you study Namie Amuro?

samar

i wanna know the list of the most streamed albums on spotify

Henrique Leal Vianna

I wanna know about the greatest international albums sales in Brazil.

BOBJ

As much as I like CSPC I wish it didn’t include features 100% to an artist total. It really makes some artists look even bigger than they actually are… Especially those with a large number of features.

RLAAMJR.

Even some eople are saying certain legacy artists are more popular because their songs are streamed more. Meanwhile other active legacy artists are doing shows/tours but even if audience paid much for the tickets, the songs performed are not counted because it’s not spotify , etc and they’re considered less popular than those who have more streaming activity.

anthony

Congratulations dear MJD !!!

Freek

Congratulations! Enjoy this special time! Maybe a good time for some family-themed studies, like Frank and Nancy, Kelly Family etc. 😁

Thomas Christiansen

Congratulations MJD 🙂

pats200

Congrats MJD!!! <3

RLAAMJR.

Congratulations MJD. If it’s a boy I’m guessing you’ll name him Michael. 🙂

César

CONGRATULATIONS MJD!!!! Wish you the best and god bless you.

orange

Congratulations MJD! I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy right now.

AndrewMark

Congratulations Daddy!

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