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 Beatles414,816,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1710,666,000* (04/02/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson329,801,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/179,409,000* (04/03/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,207,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,566,000* (02/28/21)
4QueenQueen268,291,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2014,774,000* (04/02/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,696,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/173,948,000* (04/03/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,291,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,234,000* (03/31/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,492,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/175,723,000* (04/01/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin203,836,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,427,000* (04/01/21)
9EltonElton John200,118,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,548,000* (03/31/21)
10U2U2197,772,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/164,781,000* (03/31/21)
11CélineCéline Dion195,878,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,468,000* (04/03/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,489,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,492,000* (04/03/21)
13RodRod Stewart & Faces188,807,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,650,000* (04/01/21)
14EminemEminem186,841,00097,920,00025,487,00014,380,000197,610,00007/31/1929,480,000* (04/03/21)
15EaglesEagles173,297,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/173,086,000* (04/02/21)
16MariahMariah Carey171,740,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/175,826,000* (04/03/21)
17MetallicaMetallica159,638,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,454,000* (04/02/21)
18ABBAABBA159,262,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,471,000* (04/01/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,197,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,506,000* (03/29/21)
20BeeBee Gees159,041,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,617,000* (04/02/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston154,827,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/174,057,000* (04/02/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand152,966,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18754,000* (03/26/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,334,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,273,000* (03/29/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,768,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/162,913,000* (04/01/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,411,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/164,847,000* (03/30/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,317,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,529,000* (03/31/21)
27SantanaSantana144,512,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,762,000* (02/12/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,340,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/1994,000* (03/18/21)
29BobBob Dylan143,881,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,796,000* (04/01/21)
30BobBob Marley138,891,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,175,000* (04/02/21)
31PrincePrince132,943,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/181,911,000* (03/31/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,771,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,420,000* (03/31/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,599,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/174,840,000* (04/02/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,120,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,267,000* (03/31/21)
35StevieStevie Wonder122,065,00065,605,00028,070,00065,320,00034,490,00003/17/213,541,000 (03/17/21)
36GunsGuns N' Roses121,269,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,623,000* (03/31/21)
37TheThe Doors115,724,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,441,000* (03/31/21)
38PaulPaul McCartney110,957,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,767,000* (03/30/21)
39DireDire Straits110,101,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,587,000* (04/01/21)
40GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,458,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,629,000* (04/03/21)
41BritneyBritney Spears104,139,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/196,050,000* (04/03/21)
42VanVan Halen102,494,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/203,148,000* (02/09/21)
43ColdplayColdplay99,396,00059,560,0005,979,0002,050,00093,680,00011/30/1919,185,000* (04/03/21)
44RihannaRihanna98,956,00033,100,000500,0003,560,000251,150,00007/03/1926,617,000* (04/03/21)
45TaylorTaylor Swift98,012,00048,220,0003,768,000260,000158,560,00010/23/2022,158,000* (04/03/21)
46TheThe Police97,862,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,459,000* (04/01/21)
47BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,825,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,454,000* (04/02/21)
48RedRed Hot Chili Peppers95,727,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/188,877,000* (04/02/21)
49NirvanaNirvana92,712,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/175,317,000* (03/31/21)
50CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,189,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,605,000* (03/31/21)
51DrakeDrake90,114,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1754,743,000* (04/03/21)
52AdeleAdele90,039,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1911,879,000* (04/02/21)
53EnyaEnya87,877,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,310,000* (04/01/21)
54BryanBryan Adams87,665,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,673,000* (03/23/21)
55LinkinLinkin Park86,079,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1711,210,000* (04/03/21)
56GreenGreen Day86,003,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,582,000* (03/18/21)
57BeyonceBeyonce82,504,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1818,389,000* (04/03/21)
58ShaniaShania Twain81,579,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,576,000* (04/01/21)
59JourneyJourney81,012,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,248,000* (02/25/21)
60StingSting79,689,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,420,000* (04/01/21)
61JustinJustin Bieber79,225,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1935,499,000* (04/03/21)
62BlackBlack Sabbath78,353,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/201,884,000* (03/23/21)
63JanetJanet Jackson77,830,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/17962,000* (04/02/21)
64RobbieRobbie Williams76,159,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,205,000* (03/31/21)
65JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,788,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18557,000* (01/30/21)
66SadeSade75,062,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,384,000* (04/02/21)
67JohnJohn Lennon73,511,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,474,000* (03/30/21)
68CherCher73,248,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,224,000* (04/03/21)
69SupertrampSupertramp71,670,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,085,000* (03/31/21)
70MaroonMaroon 570,939,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1919,853,000* (04/01/21)
71EdEd Sheeran70,020,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1935,595,000* (04/03/21)
72LadyLady Gaga69,427,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2013,620,000* (04/03/21)
73P!nkP!nk67,914,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/177,629,000* (04/03/21)
74MichaelMichael Buble65,707,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/166,022,000* (03/31/21)
75BTSBTS65,577,00021,850,0007,960,0003,220,00030,880,00009/04/2030,166,000* (04/03/21)
76UsherUsher64,299,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/178,284,000* (03/31/21)
77ShakiraShakira63,504,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1811,115,000* (04/03/21)
78MeatMeat Loaf62,237,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18533,000* (03/31/21)
79OasisOasis61,372,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/174,031,000* (04/03/21)
80AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,307,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19637,000* (03/30/21)
81BrunoBruno Mars60,222,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1920,296,000* (04/03/21)
82JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,794,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/171,961,000* (04/02/21)
83AlanisAlanis Morissette57,555,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,175,000* (03/25/21)
84BlackBlack Eyed Peas56,593,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/175,421,000* (04/03/21)
85EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,674,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,287,000* (04/01/21)
86NickelbackNickelback55,563,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,741,000* (03/31/21)
87ChristinaChristina Aguilera54,357,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/175,267,000* (03/30/21)
88OneOne Direction52,236,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1713,399,000* (04/02/21)
89OzzyOzzy Osbourne52,037,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,754,000* (03/19/21)
90PaulPaul Simon51,930,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,536,000* (03/31/21)
91NorahNorah Jones51,623,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,468,000* (03/31/21)
92TracyTracy Chapman51,580,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,382,000* (03/28/21)
93JustinJustin Timberlake50,958,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/189,075,000* (04/02/21)
94KatyKaty Perry50,651,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1913,896,000* (03/26/21)
95AliciaAlicia Keys50,232,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/164,978,000* (04/02/21)
96BostonBoston50,157,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19902,000* (03/28/21)
97SpiceSpice Girls49,399,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,214,000* (03/31/21)
98Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,765,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,272,000* (04/02/21)
99MileyMiley Cyrus47,467,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2011,397,000* (03/21/21)
100CranberriesCranberries45,765,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/181,938,000* (03/28/21)
101AvrilAvril Lavigne45,188,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,347,000* (04/02/21)
102NSYNCNSYNC44,884,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,425,000* (04/02/21)
103ArianaAriana Grande44,785,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1931,489,000* (04/03/21)
104MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,145,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20114,000* (01/30/21)
105JenniferJennifer Lopez44,093,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,413,000* (04/02/21)
106TheThe Weeknd42,232,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2022,724,000* (04/03/21)
107FooFoo Fighters42,145,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,768,000* (03/31/21)
108TLCTLC40,792,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,488,000* (03/31/21)
109TakeTake That39,034,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19754,000* (02/17/21)
110KellyKelly Clarkson36,734,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,711,000* (04/03/21)
111KylieKylie Minogue36,581,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,418,000* (02/18/21)
112NoNo Doubt35,257,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,085,000* (04/03/21)
113ImagineImagine Dragons33,074,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1817,921,000* (03/31/21)
114AmyAmy Winehouse32,683,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,669,000* (04/02/21)
115KendrickKendrick Lamar31,862,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1921,189,000* (04/03/21)
116PostPost Malone31,111,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2027,172,000* (04/03/21)
117DidoDido30,892,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,314,000* (04/01/21)
118EvanescenceEvanescence30,729,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,125,000* (04/01/21)
119CarrieCarrie Underwood29,431,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,231,000* (04/02/21)
120SelenaSelena Gomez28,490,0005,780,000270,00080,00041,610,00003/21/2116,170,000 (03/21/21)
121JamesJames Blunt28,477,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,913,000* (03/31/21)
122SamSam Smith27,343,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1715,858,000* (04/03/21)
123BjörkBjörk25,950,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18543,000* (03/31/21)
124GorillazGorillaz24,296,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/174,743,000* (04/03/21)
125ShawnShawn Mendes22,736,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1916,925,000* (04/03/21)
126FugeesFugees22,503,00017,310,0001,348,0007,160,0005,240,00002/18/21910,000* (03/28/21)
127RenaudRenaud22,184,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17385,000* (01/30/21)
128LanaLana Del Rey21,788,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/1710,180,000* (04/03/21)
129MacklemoreMacklemore21,737,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/1712,553,000* (03/21/21)
130Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill21,506,00015,610,0001,734,0003,660,0007,670,00002/18/211,914,000* (04/01/21)
131BillieBillie Eilish20,898,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2017,716,000* (04/01/21)
132ArcticArctic Monkeys20,837,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/188,097,000* (04/03/21)
133DemiDemi Lovato20,726,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1810,812,000* (03/29/21)
134AviciiAvicii20,315,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1812,365,000* (03/29/21)
135GwenGwen Stefani19,874,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,365,000* (04/02/21)
136AaliyahAaliyah18,122,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17384,000* (04/03/21)
137DuaDua Lipa17,668,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2115,658,000* (04/03/21)
138FergieFergie13,895,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,660,000* (04/02/21)
139LittleLittle Mix12,414,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/206,902,000* (03/31/21)
140Will.i.amWill.i.am12,335,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/173,166,000* (03/29/21)
141LordeLorde11,386,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/175,098,000* (04/02/21)
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Peter

I’m very curious about Shakira… her digital/physical (more so digital) singles can’t possibly be that low. She’s had more successful singles than a number of artists who are indicated to perform better than her in that regard. Observe: Waka Waka: 10M (Billboard, 2014) Hips Don’t Lie: 13M (Sony/ATV) (which makes sense considering it charted in 52 coutries acc to Rolling Stone, more than Waka Waka) Loca: 5M (BBC, 2011) Then there is La Tortura, Beautiful Liar and Whenever, Wherever/Suerte which were also successful, but I’m not sure the number of copies they sold but I imagine it’s no less than… Read more »

Smiley

Just out of interest, would there be any chance of an adjusted ASR scale to go with the new figures please? I know the team are busy so no worries if not!

francis

Celine Dion update pls

Mimi

Do these only include the studies artists?

Ppc

Wich current artists do you think will make it into the top 10/20?

Al

Frank Sinatra is the only one left who have a chance to hit the top 10 , he’ll definitely hit the top 20 though. After him I think Neil Diamond and Eric Clapton might have a shot at the top 20.

Ppc

Why some old artist have had bigger increase than current ones??

Al

In most cases it’s because it’s long time since their streams got updated. Some just have great catalog streams too.

Ppc

Thank you

Robert Turner

Can you study HEART please?

Tre

Hey MJD since Adele has jumped 2 million units does this mean that 21 has passed “Lets Talk About Love” and is the 2nd best selling female album?

Gonzalez

Hiii,

I just saw’ in the green part, that if we have time and want to participate to the creation of content, we can write a comment or email you. As i don’t have the email, I put a comment, because if you need some help, i have some time, depending on what you need 😁
If you don’t need a thing, it’s fine, i tried !

sebs

may i ask why are BTS’ DLs so low? they’re one of the most successful artists in digital terms in South Korea, i’m sure their DLs are more than 26 million

suad

this was before mots:7

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