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 Beatles414,525,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1710,375,000* (02/23/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson329,567,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/179,175,000* (02/23/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,205,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,564,000* (02/19/21)
4QueenQueen267,914,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2014,397,000* (02/23/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,587,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/173,839,000* (02/23/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,164,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,107,000* (02/23/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,347,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/175,578,000* (02/22/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin203,721,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,312,000* (02/21/21)
9EltonElton John199,949,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,379,000* (02/22/21)
10U2U2197,659,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/164,668,000* (02/23/21)
11CélineCéline Dion195,792,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,382,000* (02/23/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,280,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,283,000* (02/23/21)
13RodRod Stewart & Faces188,703,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,546,000* (02/04/21)
14EminemEminem186,150,00097,920,00025,487,00014,380,000197,610,00007/31/1928,789,000* (02/23/21)
15EaglesEagles173,203,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/172,992,000* (02/23/21)
16MariahMariah Carey171,626,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/175,712,000* (02/23/21)
17MetallicaMetallica159,433,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,249,000* (02/22/21)
18ABBAABBA159,142,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,351,000* (02/21/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,117,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,426,000* (02/22/21)
20BeeBee Gees158,928,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,504,000* (02/18/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston154,712,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/173,942,000* (02/23/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand152,945,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18733,000* (02/20/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,233,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,172,000* (02/17/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,661,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/162,806,000* (02/15/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,214,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/164,650,000* (02/15/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,196,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,408,000* (02/23/21)
27SantanaSantana144,512,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,762,000* (02/12/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,338,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/1992,000* (02/21/21)
29BobBob Dylan143,819,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,734,000* (02/21/21)
30BobBob Marley138,731,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,015,000* (02/14/21)
31PrincePrince132,886,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/181,854,000* (02/19/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,653,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,302,000* (02/10/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,484,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/174,725,000* (02/23/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,049,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,196,000* (02/10/21)
35GunsGuns N' Roses121,121,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,475,000* (02/21/21)
36TheThe Doors115,661,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,378,000* (02/17/21)
37PaulPaul McCartney110,871,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,681,000* (02/23/21)
38DireDire Straits110,028,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,514,000* (02/23/21)
39GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,346,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,517,000* (02/19/21)
40BritneyBritney Spears103,940,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/195,851,000* (02/23/21)
41VanVan Halen102,494,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/203,148,000* (02/09/21)
42ColdplayColdplay99,025,00059,560,0005,979,0002,050,00093,680,00011/30/1918,814,000* (02/23/21)
43TheThe Police97,780,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,377,000* (02/20/21)
44RihannaRihanna97,487,00033,100,000500,0003,560,000251,150,00007/03/1925,148,000* (02/23/21)
45TaylorTaylor Swift96,999,00048,220,0003,768,000260,000158,560,00010/23/2021,145,000* (02/23/21)
46BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,743,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,372,000* (02/23/21)
47RedRed Hot Chili Peppers95,530,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/188,680,000* (02/23/21)
48NirvanaNirvana92,562,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/175,167,000* (02/23/21)
49CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,082,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,498,000* (02/19/21)
50AdeleAdele89,811,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1911,651,000* (02/22/21)
51DrakeDrake88,992,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1753,621,000* (02/23/21)
52EnyaEnya87,578,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,011,000* (02/22/21)
53BryanBryan Adams87,505,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,513,000* (02/23/21)
54GreenGreen Day85,893,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,472,000* (02/21/21)
55LinkinLinkin Park85,818,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1710,949,000* (02/23/21)
56BeyonceBeyonce82,136,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1818,021,000* (02/23/21)
57ShaniaShania Twain81,532,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,529,000* (02/18/21)
58JourneyJourney81,005,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,241,000* (02/17/21)
59StingSting79,590,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,321,000* (02/10/21)
60BlackBlack Sabbath78,297,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/201,828,000* (02/10/21)
61JanetJanet Jackson77,805,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/17937,000* (02/23/21)
62JustinJustin Bieber77,789,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1934,063,000* (02/23/21)
63RobbieRobbie Williams76,111,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,157,000* (02/23/21)
64JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,788,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18557,000* (01/30/21)
65SadeSade75,027,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,349,000* (02/21/21)
66JohnJohn Lennon73,474,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,437,000* (02/23/21)
67CherCher73,211,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,187,000* (02/22/21)
68SupertrampSupertramp71,633,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,048,000* (02/18/21)
69MaroonMaroon 570,461,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1919,375,000* (02/22/21)
70EdEd Sheeran69,436,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1935,011,000* (02/23/21)
71LadyLady Gaga69,032,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2013,225,000* (02/23/21)
72P!nkP!nk67,701,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/177,416,000* (02/23/21)
73MichaelMichael Buble65,637,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/165,952,000* (02/19/21)
74BTSBTS64,150,00021,850,0007,960,0003,220,00030,880,00009/04/2028,739,000* (02/23/21)
75UsherUsher64,127,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/178,112,000* (02/23/21)
76ShakiraShakira63,184,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1810,795,000* (02/23/21)
77MeatMeat Loaf62,223,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18519,000* (02/22/21)
78AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,283,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19613,000* (02/23/21)
79OasisOasis61,270,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/173,929,000* (02/23/21)
80BrunoBruno Mars59,559,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1919,633,000* (02/23/21)
81JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,762,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/171,929,000* (02/23/21)
82AlanisAlanis Morissette57,531,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,151,000* (02/21/21)
83BlackBlack Eyed Peas56,349,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/175,177,000* (02/23/21)
84EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,571,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,184,000* (02/17/21)
85NickelbackNickelback55,484,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,662,000* (02/23/21)
86ChristinaChristina Aguilera54,129,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/175,039,000* (02/23/21)
87OzzyOzzy Osbourne51,990,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,707,000* (02/13/21)
88PaulPaul Simon51,890,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,496,000* (02/17/21)
89OneOne Direction51,803,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1712,966,000* (02/23/21)
90NorahNorah Jones51,576,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,421,000* (02/23/21)
91TracyTracy Chapman51,549,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,351,000* (02/21/21)
92JustinJustin Timberlake50,779,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/188,896,000* (02/23/21)
93KatyKaty Perry50,375,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1913,620,000* (02/17/21)
94BostonBoston50,128,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19873,000* (02/10/21)
95AliciaAlicia Keys50,104,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/164,850,000* (02/23/21)
96SpiceSpice Girls49,370,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,185,000* (02/23/21)
97Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,715,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,222,000* (02/23/21)
98MileyMiley Cyrus47,089,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2011,019,000* (02/15/21)
99CranberriesCranberries45,715,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/181,888,000* (02/22/21)
100AvrilAvril Lavigne45,093,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,252,000* (02/23/21)
101NSYNCNSYNC44,855,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,396,000* (02/23/21)
102MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,145,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20114,000* (01/30/21)
103JenniferJennifer Lopez43,998,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,318,000* (02/23/21)
104ArianaAriana Grande43,889,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1930,593,000* (02/23/21)
105FooFoo Fighters42,038,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,661,000* (02/23/21)
106TheThe Weeknd41,448,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2021,940,000* (02/23/21)
107TLCTLC40,759,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,455,000* (02/18/21)
108TakeTake That39,034,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19754,000* (02/17/21)
109KellyKelly Clarkson36,662,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,639,000* (02/23/21)
110KylieKylie Minogue36,581,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,418,000* (02/18/21)
111NoNo Doubt35,225,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,053,000* (02/18/21)
112ImagineImagine Dragons32,733,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1817,580,000* (02/23/21)
113AmyAmy Winehouse32,600,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,586,000* (02/20/21)
114KendrickKendrick Lamar31,492,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1920,819,000* (02/21/21)
115DidoDido30,858,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,280,000* (02/23/21)
116EvanescenceEvanescence30,666,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,062,000* (02/21/21)
117PostPost Malone30,576,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2026,637,000* (02/23/21)
118CarrieCarrie Underwood29,385,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,185,000* (02/22/21)
119JamesJames Blunt28,430,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,866,000* (02/23/21)
120SamSam Smith27,042,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1715,557,000* (02/23/21)
121SelenaSelena Gomez26,752,0005,490,000215,00040,00035,710,00011/28/1715,678,000* (02/23/21)
122BjörkBjörk25,938,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18531,000* (02/21/21)
123GorillazGorillaz24,165,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/174,612,000* (02/23/21)
124ShawnShawn Mendes22,379,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1916,568,000* (02/23/21)
125RenaudRenaud22,184,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17385,000* (01/30/21)
126MacklemoreMacklemore21,558,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/1712,374,000* (02/16/21)
127LanaLana Del Rey21,432,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/179,824,000* (02/23/21)
128ArcticArctic Monkeys20,570,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/187,830,000* (02/23/21)
129DemiDemi Lovato20,378,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1810,464,000* (02/07/21)
130BillieBillie Eilish20,368,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2017,186,000* (02/23/21)
131AviciiAvicii20,017,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1812,067,000* (02/15/21)
132GwenGwen Stefani19,803,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,294,000* (02/20/21)
133AaliyahAaliyah18,112,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17374,000* (02/23/21)
134DuaDua Lipa16,923,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2114,913,000* (02/23/21)
135FergieFergie13,849,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,614,000* (02/19/21)
136Will.i.amWill.i.am12,275,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/173,106,000* (02/17/21)
137LittleLittle Mix12,057,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/206,545,000* (02/23/21)
138LordeLorde11,285,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/174,997,000* (02/23/21)
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Soky

Great article, never knew I needed this but I do lol

Winston68

Nice job, as always. Thanks !

Jules

Thank you. I struggle to think Nirvana only sold 45 pure albums. ‘Nevermind’ is close to 30 million actual sales alone right? The other thing I noticed which was interesting, on the daily streams the old rock artists such as Guns n roses, Metallica, RHCP, AC/DC and so on get much higher daily streams than the old pop artists here. So rock music from what I can see is still very popular, its just that there are no new young rock bands about to replace them in the charts today. Good to see Queen knocking it right out of the… Read more »

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sebs

great article!

Alex

🤔🤔🤔🤔
¿Gloria Estefan, Jessie, Ke$ha, Sia, Cindy Luper, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale?…

Mauricio

They haven’t been studied yet!
Frank Sinatra likely has at least 100 million CSPC and he’s not here either because the Chartmasters team hasn’t studied his sales yet.

Divinedhammer

Absolutely!!!

Anonimous

The numbers are related to the albums, singles or both? Because in the web site says that Shakira has 61M but Sony Music said that she has sold 145M

James

It’s overall SPS, so everything is included and weighted, albums, singles etc
Shakira is at 145m record sales, from 35m albums, 70m singles and some streaming units probably which translates to 61m SPS.
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Kris

READ the article ffs

D.P

Great Article! I was wondering when you plan on going back through each artist and updating the other figures and whether those updates will be prioritised for more modern artists whose total units are likely to increase more than legacy artists given new releases since the update? Thanks!

Agustin Alvarez

LOVE IT! Y’all are killing it. Thank you

Crispy

Really impressive

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