Mass update: CSPC totals jump by over 250 million

CSPC the greatest selling artists of all-time

For years, many of you have been waiting patiently for every new Commensure Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC) article, pieces of work portraying in detail the success of an artist.

Today, with introduce the biggest revolution since the start of this concept.

In fact, the streaming component of CSPC totals will now be updated automatically as soon as you want it!

The best selling artists ever

If you are not familiar with this concept, it consists in retrieving sales figures from every format and weighting them on par with album sales.

In doing so, we grant that comparisons between artists from different periods make sense, unlike lists based on raw records totals.

The method also secures that the same formula is applied to all artists, avoiding issues related to the varying conversion rate used for streaming in different markets as well as by most labels on their communications.

All figures for sales have been detailed on each artist article, available through the link under their name.

The column ‘Other LPs’ includes long formats made of already released material like greatest hits compilations, box sets, live records, bootlegs, and music videos.

Digital singles include both downloads and ringtones.

The automatic update of streams

Data related to streams uses multiple audio and video platforms to convert into EAS (Equivalent Album Sales). The formula is defined as below.

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 310/207 + Genie * 3.05*2 + AWA * 100/5.5 ) / 1500 + ( Xiami * 125/6.5 + YouTube ) / 11750

Platforms Genie, AWA, and Xiami reflect artists’ popularity in South Korea, Japan and China, respectively.

Once we apply the formula to the results of an artist, we are able to define a conversion rate between Spotify numbers to comprehensive streaming EAS.

We then apply this rate to last updated streams from Spotify as searched by our users with our tool.

For example, if an artist had 3 billion streams on Spotify and 5 million EAS from streams when last studied while he is up to 6 billion streams now, the process will add him 5 million EAS on top of his previous total.

If something happens to significantly change the ratio, like a local artist getting a big global smash, we will update it inside our database.

Regular users of our streaming search tool know it doesn’t retrieve features that do not appear inside an artist page.

In backend, we do have a version of the tool that does look for what we use to call orphan songs.

The script looks at the former streaming EAS from the article, the calculated EAs based on the last user search (without orphans) and the calculated EAS based on the last backend search (with orphans) and uses the highest figure on below table.

We will make sure to frequently look for the largest artists in terms of orphan songs like Rihanna, Drake and Justin Bieber.

A last specificity are artists with side discographies that are accounted for into their CSPC article because of their huge contribution on them.

Selena Gomez & The Scene, Beyoncé as part of The Carters, Rod Stewart & The Faces, the Jackson 5 with the Jacksons, etc.

We also accounted for these cases by looking at the relative strength of the side discography so that the calculation remains comprehensive.

If you happen a number going down, it would be either because we revised the artist ratio downward or because Spotify made a song unavailable. In this later case, we will fix the situation manually as soon as we notice it.

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Top CSPC – the all-time artists chart

To allow you to see the tremendous impact of this mass update, which adds for over 300 million sales over all artists, we temporarily display head to head the former CSPC total along with the updated one.

The below table presents the best selling artists of all-time using the below ratios.

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other LPs: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (added to CSPC total with a ratio 3/10 for 2-tracks, 5/10 for EPs and Maxis)
  • Digital Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10 for CSPC total)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

The * mark after streaming numbers means the value contains orphan songs.

Naturally, older artists have very few features, so the absence of them can be irrelevant.

The Beatles for example have simply no orphan song at all on Spotify, meaning that all their songs are available on their artist page as they recording no featuring nor songs for various artists releases.

#PICArtistTotal CSPCStudio Albums SalesOther LPs SalesPhysical Singles SalesDigital Singles SalesSales UpdateStreams EAS (Update)
1TheThe Beatles415,407,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1711,257,000* (06/21/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson330,251,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/179,859,000* (06/19/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,475,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,834,000* (05/29/21)
4QueenQueen269,071,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2015,554,000* (06/20/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,917,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/174,169,000* (06/21/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,582,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,525,000* (06/19/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,781,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/176,012,000* (06/17/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin204,063,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,654,000* (06/16/21)
9EltonElton John200,516,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,946,000* (06/20/21)
10U2U2198,025,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/165,034,000* (06/20/21)
11CélineCéline Dion196,043,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,633,000* (06/20/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,910,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,913,000* (06/20/21)
13EminemEminem190,983,00098,650,00026,493,00014,320,000205,790,00006/22/2130,628,000 (06/22/21)
14RodRod Stewart & Faces188,964,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,807,000* (06/19/21)
15EaglesEagles173,483,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/173,272,000* (06/16/21)
16MariahMariah Carey171,965,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/176,051,000* (06/20/21)
17MetallicaMetallica160,028,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,844,000* (06/18/21)
18ABBAABBA159,513,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,722,000* (06/15/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,376,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,685,000* (06/17/21)
20BeeBee Gees159,214,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,790,000* (06/04/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston155,066,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/174,296,000* (06/21/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand153,012,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18800,000* (06/16/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,522,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,461,000* (06/09/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,924,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/163,069,000* (06/05/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,726,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/165,162,000* (06/14/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,540,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,752,000* (06/05/21)
27SantanaSantana144,649,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,899,000* (06/05/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,347,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/19101,000* (06/05/21)
29BobBob Dylan144,016,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,931,000* (06/20/21)
30BobBob Marley139,162,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,446,000* (06/07/21)
31PrincePrince133,051,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/182,019,000* (06/17/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,933,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,582,000* (06/05/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,847,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/175,088,000* (06/20/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,226,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,373,000* (06/13/21)
35StevieStevie Wonder122,272,00065,605,00028,070,00065,320,00034,490,00003/17/213,748,000* (06/13/21)
36GunsGuns N' Roses121,567,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,921,000* (06/18/21)
37TheThe Doors115,845,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,562,000* (06/12/21)
38PaulPaul McCartney111,106,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,916,000* (06/15/21)
39DireDire Straits110,252,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,738,000* (06/16/21)
40GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,659,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,830,000* (06/21/21)
41BritneyBritney Spears104,549,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/196,460,000* (06/21/21)
42TaylorTaylor Swift102,246,00049,570,0004,810,000280,000159,420,00005/25/2123,866,000* (06/21/21)
43RihannaRihanna101,385,00033,480,0001,215,0003,600,000257,560,00006/02/2126,973,000 (06/02/21)
44VanVan Halen101,315,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/201,969,000* (06/05/21)
45ColdplayColdplay100,613,00060,160,0006,090,0002,060,00095,110,00006/06/2119,469,000* (06/16/21)
46TheThe Police98,026,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,623,000* (06/19/21)
47BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,969,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,598,000* (06/20/21)
48RedRed Hot Chili Peppers96,140,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/189,290,000* (06/20/21)
49NirvanaNirvana93,043,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/175,648,000* (06/17/21)
50DrakeDrake92,222,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1756,851,000* (06/21/21)
51NeilNeil Young92,046,00065,210,00021,443,0007,100,00011,870,00005/15/211,475,000 (05/15/21)
52CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,410,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,826,000* (06/19/21)
53AdeleAdele90,497,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1912,337,000* (06/21/21)
54EnyaEnya87,987,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,420,000* (06/15/21)
55BryanBryan Adams87,838,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,846,000* (06/05/21)
56LinkinLinkin Park86,607,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1711,738,000* (06/21/21)
57GreenGreen Day86,003,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,582,000* (03/18/21)
58BeyonceBeyonce83,066,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1818,951,000* (06/21/21)
59JustinJustin Bieber81,862,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1938,136,000* (06/20/21)
60ShaniaShania Twain81,665,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,662,000* (06/17/21)
61JourneyJourney81,191,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,427,000* (06/20/21)
62StingSting79,803,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,534,000* (06/05/21)
63BlackBlack Sabbath78,471,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/202,002,000* (06/19/21)
64JanetJanet Jackson77,885,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/171,017,000* (06/20/21)
65RobbieRobbie Williams76,268,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,314,000* (06/21/21)
66JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,841,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18610,000* (05/31/21)
67SadeSade75,130,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,452,000* (06/20/21)
68BTSBTS74,233,00027,935,0009,361,0003,630,00036,110,00005/20/2130,425,000* (06/21/21)
69JohnJohn Lennon73,602,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,565,000* (06/16/21)
70CherCher73,321,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,297,000* (06/21/21)
71MaroonMaroon 572,005,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1920,919,000* (06/19/21)
72SupertrampSupertramp71,730,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,145,000* (06/05/21)
73EdEd Sheeran71,071,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1936,646,000* (06/20/21)
74LadyLady Gaga70,193,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2014,386,000* (06/21/21)
75P!nkP!nk68,461,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/178,176,000* (06/20/21)
76MichaelMichael Buble65,818,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/166,133,000* (06/05/21)
77UsherUsher64,707,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/178,692,000* (06/21/21)
78ShakiraShakira64,101,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1811,712,000* (06/21/21)
79MeatMeat Loaf62,267,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18563,000* (06/19/21)
80BrunoBruno Mars61,701,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1921,775,000* (06/20/21)
81OasisOasis61,574,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/174,233,000* (06/20/21)
82AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,366,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19696,000* (06/18/21)
83Crosby,Crosby, Stills & Nash60,836,00034,420,00021,902,0008,380,0008,310,00005/15/21759,000 (05/15/21)
84JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,861,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/172,028,000* (06/20/21)
85AlanisAlanis Morissette57,598,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,218,000* (06/13/21)
86BlackBlack Eyed Peas57,009,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/175,837,000* (06/20/21)
87EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,871,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,484,000* (06/20/21)
88NickelbackNickelback55,716,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,894,000* (06/09/21)
89ChristinaChristina Aguilera55,466,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/176,376,000* (06/08/21)
90OneOne Direction53,035,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1714,198,000* (06/19/21)
91OzzyOzzy Osbourne52,141,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,858,000* (06/05/21)
92PaulPaul Simon51,991,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,597,000* (06/02/21)
93NorahNorah Jones51,726,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,571,000* (06/21/21)
94TracyTracy Chapman51,640,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,442,000* (06/05/21)
95JustinJustin Timberlake51,320,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/189,437,000* (06/20/21)
96KatyKaty Perry51,316,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1914,561,000* (06/21/21)
97AliciaAlicia Keys50,483,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/165,229,000* (06/20/21)
98BostonBoston50,205,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19950,000* (06/17/21)
99SpiceSpice Girls49,464,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,279,000* (06/17/21)
100Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,875,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,382,000* (06/21/21)
101MileyMiley Cyrus46,832,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2010,762,000* (06/21/21)
102ArianaAriana Grande46,661,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1933,365,000* (06/20/21)
103CranberriesCranberries45,870,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/182,043,000* (06/09/21)
104AvrilAvril Lavigne45,383,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,542,000* (06/21/21)
105NSYNCNSYNC44,945,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,486,000* (06/20/21)
106JenniferJennifer Lopez44,220,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,540,000* (06/20/21)
107MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,146,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20115,000* (06/02/21)
108TheThe Weeknd43,646,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2024,138,000* (06/21/21)
109FooFoo Fighters42,343,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,966,000* (06/11/21)
110TLCTLC40,854,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,550,000* (06/16/21)
111TakeTake That39,093,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19813,000* (06/20/21)
112KellyKelly Clarkson36,879,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,856,000* (06/21/21)
113KylieKylie Minogue36,707,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,544,000* (06/14/21)
114NoNo Doubt35,315,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,143,000* (06/21/21)
115ImagineImagine Dragons33,855,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1818,702,000* (06/21/21)
116AmyAmy Winehouse32,854,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,840,000* (06/21/21)
117KendrickKendrick Lamar32,602,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1921,929,000* (06/20/21)
118PostPost Malone32,178,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2028,239,000* (06/21/21)
119DidoDido30,969,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,391,000* (06/18/21)
120EvanescenceEvanescence30,841,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,237,000* (06/13/21)
121SelenaSelena Gomez29,792,0005,780,000270,00080,00041,610,00003/21/2117,472,000* (06/21/21)
122CarrieCarrie Underwood29,521,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,321,000* (06/10/21)
123JamesJames Blunt28,555,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,991,000* (05/31/21)
124SamSam Smith27,902,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1716,417,000* (06/21/21)
125BjörkBjörk25,973,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18566,000* (06/13/21)
126GorillazGorillaz24,574,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/175,021,000* (06/20/21)
127ShawnShawn Mendes23,352,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1917,541,000* (06/20/21)
128FugeesFugees22,546,00017,310,0001,348,0007,160,0005,240,00002/18/21953,000* (06/02/21)
129LanaLana Del Rey22,334,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/1710,726,000* (06/21/21)
130RenaudRenaud22,221,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17422,000* (06/05/21)
131BillieBillie Eilish22,125,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2018,943,000* (06/21/21)
132Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill21,600,00015,610,0001,734,0003,660,0007,670,00002/18/212,008,000* (06/12/21)
133ArcticArctic Monkeys21,321,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/188,581,000* (06/20/21)
134DemiDemi Lovato21,317,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1811,403,000* (06/06/21)
135AviciiAvicii20,643,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1812,693,000* (06/02/21)
136GwenGwen Stefani19,990,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,481,000* (06/08/21)
137DuaDua Lipa19,221,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2117,211,000* (06/21/21)
138AaliyahAaliyah18,144,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17406,000* (06/20/21)
139MacklemoreMacklemore16,773,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/177,589,000* (06/04/21)
140FergieFergie13,973,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,738,000* (06/14/21)
141Will.i.amWill.i.am13,683,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/174,514,000* (04/21/21)
142LittleLittle Mix12,621,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/207,109,000* (06/21/21)
143LordeLorde11,873,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/175,585,000* (06/18/21)
144BuffaloBuffalo Springfield11,082,0002,885,0006,698,0001,980,0003,550,00005/15/21379,000* (06/04/21)
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Goku

How are these numbers so different from RIAA. Which one is correct??

Miguel L
The study is poorly done since they place Queen above Madonna and that is completely false: Both in singles, as in albums and in downloads, Madonna has sold much more than Queen.
Gus

Question: Nicki Minaj is not on this least. I assumed she would have sold much more than 11 million CPS considering the amount of singles she sold (I know her album units are modest).

ojd

i think she’s estimated to have somd around 30-40 mil but she hasn’t been studied yet

Gus

Great job! I wanted to see the updated version of this list. Of course this is not inclusive of all artists, right? I can think of some latin stars that probably have sold more than 10 million albums (Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Roberto Carlos, Luis Miguel, Xuxa, Mana, Soda Stereo, Alejandro Sanz, Mecano, Pimpinela, Chayanne, etc)

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Anderson Moura

Iron Maiden?

Fanofpop

Hi thank you so much for updating. I guess I should’ve just been patient.
i think you aren’t using the expanded edition for billie tho? Is that fixable?
https://open.spotify.com/album/5YCdlD3eREt72lTZxNL7id

Bob Coia

Where is Frank Sinatra on this list

obro

? if your replying to this comment about the expanded edition of billie eilish’s ep then that’s because frank sinatra is obviously not a part of billie eilish’s ep

if your referring to the all time best selllers list it is because he has not been studied yet
you can vote for him to be studied here:

https://chartmasters.org/cspc-voting-use-your-voice/

amd you can see where he is in the request leaderboard here:

https://chartmasters.org/cspc-requests-leaderboard/

Fanofpop

Is there anywhere we should request artists for the most streamed albums page?
Some omissions are billie’s DSAM expanded edition with 5B in 2017
Back to black in 2006 and 19 in 2008 too
There are a lot of super interesting ones added that I’ve never heard of before so thank you for such good work and updated tracking.

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