Miley Cyrus albums and songs sales

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums and Songs sales cover

She’s back! After yet another image overhaul, the ever-so-controversial Miley Cyrus returns with a new album, Plastic Hearts.

The former teen idol has been making rounds on social media this year, in part because of her high profile covers. What about her own music, though?

She’s released plenty of her own material since we first analyzed her career in 2017, including an EP, two studio albums and a bunch of stand alone singles. We’ll find out about their performance below!

In 2006, Miley Cyrus rose to fame playing fictional pop star Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel. The show quickly became huge and the soundtracks were no exception. The very first one debuted straight at #1 on the US Billboard 200.

Shortly after, at the age of 14, she released her first studio album, Meet Miley Cyrus. The album was paired with the second Hannah Montana Soundtrack and also debuted at #1, spawning her first Top 10 hit, See You Again.

By the late 2000s, the teen superstar was already a force to be reckoned with. On top of being the face of a billion dollar franchise, she was scoring huge hits of her own, such as 7 Things, The Climb and Party in the U.S.A.

After Hannah Montana came to an end, the singer took a break from the music scene before returning with a fully revamped sound and image. Her transition from teen to pop music was huge.

This transition gave Cyrus her biggest hits to date with Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop. The star proved to be more than just a teen pop fad.

In 2015, two years after reaching new career highs with Bangerz, she released a free album on Soundcloud, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Pets.

In 2017, the pop icon went back to her roots with her 6th studio album, Younger Now. The lead single Malibu was a Top 10 hit while the album received lukewarm reception both commercially and critically.

A year later, she released Nothing Breaks Like a Heart alongside Mark Ronson, which was a global hit, peaking at #2 in the UK.

In 2019, she dropped the EP She Is Coming, as well as Don’t Call Me Angel, a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey which also hit #2 in the UK.

The singer fully returned this year with her new album, Plastic Hearts. Thus far, it has spawned the global hit Midnight Sky, which made the Top 10 in the UK and several other countries, as well as Prisoner, a collaboration with Dua Lipa.

We will also see how she performs with her first full album to really embrace streaming.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Miley Cyrus‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine their true popularity.

If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, below is a nice and short video of explanations. I fully recommend watching it before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the numbers directly.

The Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC)

There are two ways to understand this revolutionary concept. The first is the Scribe video posted below. If you are unaware of the CSPC method, you will get the full idea within just a few minutes.

If you are a mathematical person, and want to know the full method as well as formulas, you can read the full introduction article.

Now let’s get into the artist’s sales figures in detail in order to apply this concept and define the act’s true popularity!

Miley Cyrus Album Sales

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums sales breakdowns

Original Album Sales – Comments

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums sales

Dropping albums at an incredible pace, whilst still a teen, Miley Cyrus had already released a whopping 8 albums by her 18th birthday.

Those LPs sold nearly 21 million units, more than 2,5 million per release but also more than 4 million per season.

Up until Can’t Be Tamed, her album sales were incredibly consistent, with the first two albums selling more than 4 million each and the next two around 3 million.

Hannah Montana 3 was released only four months after The Movie. As a result its sales are considerably lower than its predecessors.

At nearly 2.5 million sales, The Time of Our Lives performs nearly as well as Breakout despite being only an EP.

It took the star 7 efforts to miss the 1 million mark. Can’t Be Tamed comes quite close at 970,000.

If one was to bet, not many would have put money on Cyrus returning like she did with Bangerz. The album became a strong – in this day and age – 2.1 million seller.

At only 180,000 sales, Younger Now fails incredibly short from Bangerz, selling only about 8.5% of its sales. Although streaming had pretty much taken over the industry by 2017.

All in all, Miley Cyrus has sold over 23 million albums with her main releases only. She’s the best-selling female artist born in the 1990s.

Miley Cyrus songs sales

CSPC - Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept - Physical singles

Physical Singles

CSPC Miley Cyrus physical singles sales
CSPC Miley Cyrus physical singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between albums and digital singles.

When Cyrus first arrived in 2006, taking aside the specific Japanese market, the only countries with decent physical singles sales were the UK, France, Germany, and at a lower scale, Australia and the Netherlands.

The issue is that the Hannah Montana show wasn’t popular in these markets. It was only in 2008, when the worldwide market was down to 28 million singles sold outside Japan, that she started having some moderate hits in Europe, resulting in very low sales within’ this format.

International stars sold virtually no physical singles in Japan so it is all down to Germany which remained somewhat relevant there with 4,3 million CDs sold in 2010.

To give you a rough idea, that’s a market good enough to hit 100,000 with one of the biggest hits of the year, 50,000 units with a #1 single, 20,000 units for a solid Top 5 smash and 10,000 units for most tracks that made the Top 10 various weeks.

Cyrus has sold a total of 254,000 physical singles to date.

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Digital Songs

CSPC Miley Cyrus digital singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1.5 ratio between albums and digital singles.

With very little airplay of her music, except a few big hits, many of Miley Cyrus’ songs charted inside the Hot 100 almost exclusively thanks to their download sales.

Interestingly, the exact same pattern that happened with Justin Bieber occurred.

Similarities to Bieber continue with the fact both sold bucketloads of their album tracks, showing a strong dedication, not to just a hit alone, but to the singer as a whole.

Just like BieberMiley still has some sizable hits that crossed over to a mainstream audience. The biggest seller of her career is 2009’s Party in the U.S.A at a massive 8.9 million units.

Also released in 2009, The Climb is another strong seller at 6.6 million sales.

Hannah Montana: The Movie includes two big sellers that aren’t sung by Miley. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts and Crazier by Taylor Swift at 4.13 million and 1.34 million respectively.

The Can’t Be Tamed era was a sizeable decline from The Time of Our Lives, but the title track still manages to pull a respectable 2 million sales.

Bangerz was a massive comeback for the former teen idol. We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball sold 5.5 million and 6.3 million units, respectively. Other tracks from 2013, such as 23 and Adore You also manage solid numbers.

By the time Cyrus returned to the pop scene in 2017, streaming had pretty much taken over. Still, Malibu got fairly close to the million mark.

Mostly a hit in Europe and Australia, Nothing Breaks Like a Heart is a solid seller for 2019 standards at 500,000 units.

Songs from Plastic Hearts obviously suffer from the market collapse but they are no big smash hits either. The largest seller thus far, Midnight Sky, moved 250,000 copies.

In total, that’s a tremendous 70.5 million units sold in downloads and ringtones combined for Miley Cyrus.

CSPC - Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept - Streaming platforms numbers

Streaming

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea : Genie streams * 3.05 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan : AWA streams * 100/5.5 (AWA has 5.5% of the Japanese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Spotify streams * (370 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 33 – 9) / 207 (370 million global subscribers minus 8.5 million from South Korea minus 9.5 million from Japan minus 33 million from China divided by the number of Spotify only users minus 9 million more Asian users) + Genie streams * 3.05 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams
– China* : Xiami streams * 125/6.5 (Xiami has just over 5% of the Chinese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Youtube views

*since 96.4% of Chinese streaming platforms are free users, that paid-for users pay less than $2 a month and that they are also used as video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted in par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

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

Top Hits

CSPC Miley Cyrus top streaming hits

Party In The U.S.A, which became a national anthem due to its title, is Miley‘s most streamed song to date on Spotify at 646 million. These are clearly massive numbers for a song released in the late 2000s.

Bangerz smash hits We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball perform similarly with 551 and 481 million Spotify streams respectively and more than 1 billion YouTube views each.

Combined, they’re responsible for a whopping 1.35 million EAS.

Malibu is her second most streamed song on Spotify with nearly 600 million streams and 645K EAS.

The Climb registers impressive streams for a 2009 track at over 300 million on Spotify alone and a massive 807 million on YouTube.

Nothing Breaks Like a Heart with Mark Ronson is nearing half a billion streams and over half a million EAS.

Orphan songs from 2019 Mother’s Daughter, Slide Away and Don’t Call Me Angel all perform well with 200 million Spotify streams each.

Four months after its release, Midnight Sky is responsible for 205k EAS for Plastic Hearts thanks to 193 million Spotify streams and 135 million YouTube views.

Full catalog breakdown

If you are familiar with the artist’s catalog and want to check details of each and every song, you can access to all of them right here.

Keep yourself up to date

Our website provides you a fantastic tool which fetchs updated Spotify streams as you request them, use it to watch these results grow day after day!

Miley Cyrus compilations sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP.

Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

The distribution process

CSPC Miley Cyrus compilation distribution example

How to understand this table? If you check this example of the Best of Both Worlds Concert line, those figures mean it sold 1,005,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 268,923 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package.

Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus are responsible for 69% of Best of Both Worlds Concert tracklist attractiveness, which means it generated 186,558 of its 697,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

Compilations sales figures listing

CSPC Miley Cyrus compilation sales list

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

CSPC Miley Cyrus compilation sales dispatching

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

These numbers are obtained by applying the method from the section The distribution process to all packages listed under Compilation sales figures listing category.

Total Album (all types) Sales per Country

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums Sales by Market

Please note country-specific numbers may miss sales of a few minor releases, although totals are complete.

Miley Cyrus Career CSPC Results

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums and Songs sales cover

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each Miley Cyrus album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

Albums CSPC results

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Bangerz released in digital format sold the equivalent of 2,339,000 albums – 15,590,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

CSPC Miley Cyrus Albums and Songs sales totals

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

Never mentioned among A-League artists, Miley Cyrus has been doing well since her debut more than 14 years ago.

Her consistency is incredible with 6 of her albums, in a 1 to 2 ratio in comparison to her top seller, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus at 7.1 million.

All of her albums have crossed 1 million EAS thus far, with the exception of Plastic Hearts which came out only last week. The album is already up to 458k EAS.

She has outdone herself in multiple occasions, with the most notable example being the 284% increase from Can’t Be Tamed to Bangerz.

Bangerz is poised to end as the star’s #1 seller in some time with over 2 million units coming from streaming alone.

This could very much change down the line as The Time of Our Lives has seen the biggest increase out of her albums since we first analyzed Miley‘s career in 2017.

Despite only selling 180,000 copies in original album format, Younger Now is saved by solid streaming numbers from being a total failure.

At 44.6 million equivalent albums, Miley Cyrus is one of the youngest artists ever to reach such numbers. How long until she hits 50 million, though? Only time will tell!

Singles CSPC results

The list is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each song. Therefore, these figures are not merged units of singles formats. Instead, it includes weighted sales of the song’s physical single, download, ringtone and streaming as well as its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1. 2009 – Miley CyrusParty in the U.S.A. [The Time of Our Lives]3,880,000
2. 2009 – Miley CyrusThe Climb [Hannah Montana: The Movie]3,240,000
3. 2006 – Miley CyrusThe Best of Both Worlds [Hannah Montana]2,510,000
4. 2013 – Miley CyrusWrecking Ball [Bangerz]2,300,000
5. 2013 – Miley CyrusWe Can’t Stop [Bangerz]2,280,000
6. 2008 – Miley Cyrus7 Things [Breakout]1,930,000
7. 2007 – Miley CyrusSee You Again [Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus]1,810,000
8. 2007 – Miley CyrusNobody’s Perfect [Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus]1,560,000
9. 2009 – Miley CyrusWhen I Look at You [The Time of Our Lives]1,240,000
10. 2006 – Miley CyrusIf We Were a Movie [Hannah Montana]1,100,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Miley Cyrus playlist on Spotify!

Discography results

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that her sales represent 8,01 million times the purchase of their discography. Coupled with her total sales, it translates into an ASR score of 107. The ranking of all artists studied so far is available too at this link.

Records & Achievements

  • At 44.6 million EAS, Miley Cyrus is the greatest selling female artist born in 1990 or later.
  • At 10, Miley Cyrus is the first female artist with as many albums over 1 million EAS since Mariah Carey.
  • At 646,649,000 streams, Party in the USA is the 3rd most streamed 00s female song on Spotify.

NB: EAS means Equivalent Album Sales.

You may be interested in…

… best-selling artists, albums, and singles

To improve your navigation we created several amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector article. Click on it to see the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far!

… similar artists

To put figures from this article into perspective, click on the images below to reach career breakdowns of similar artists:

CSPC Ariana Grande
CSPC Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Justin Bieber

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Discogs, Billboard, SPIN, Rolling Stone.

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youfavelatin

Miley’s numbers from her teen idol phase in 2006-2009 are very impressive. Keep in mind releasing so many albums in a short period of time definitely hurted the overall sales of each project.

Healthy numbers for Bangerz era too, it could’ve been even bigger if she had released more singles at the time. Plastic Hearts’ chart performance is going to be an improvement from Younger Now!

Last edited 1 month ago by youfavelatin
wibb

Can you do Hilary Duff please?

cass

Hi MJD,
Where do you get the chart positions from albums of the 1960’s/1970’s in France and Italy from?
And how do you know which chart to use because there wasn’t one official chart but many individual ones?

Dan

Do any of the site managers even aware that most people couldn’t comment on this site for the past 2 months?

MJD

Hi Dan!

Got no echo of this issue, comments have been done almost daily in the meantime, except when we changed of server about 3 weeks ago. What was the issue exactly, was it with logging in, with posting the message or something else?

Dan

You must have noticed the number of comments deteriorated, cause people had no option to comment. The window where you write the comment was missing. And pressing “reply”, “thumb up/down” or any other option did nothing.
The most annoying part is that there is no way of contacting you when something like this happens. There’s no “contact us” on this site. I wrote to you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but apparently you don’t check those either. I actually stopped visiting this site because of this.

MJD

Sorry to hear that Dan! To be honest I lost track of the comments when we were floaded with the Queen-MJ-Madonna messages. I do answer on Twitter but there it’s easy to miss messages with all the notifications for likes/retweets, while I haven’t gone to FB in months (both personal or the website page), few PMs were received there except CSPC queries that we don’t address, I did a round of answers just now and indeed we were quite late. I was also convinced our contact email was available inside About page, but it appears that’s not the case, I’ll… Read more »

Martin

It sounds like Dan was/is experiencing exactly what I was, with the comments section or lack of it! I’m guessing the 3 weeks ago issue, was when I sent you a screenshot/email and left a note on slack. It does sound as though Dans issue was/is identical to the one I was having and highlighted.

Dan

BTW, i couldn’t comment all day again yesterday, after my 2 comments.

Rell

Thanks for the update. Why are some albums’ results lower than they used to be ? Last update for “Hannah Montana : The movie” was 5 696 000 and 7 303 000 for “Hannah Montana 2”

MJD

Hi Rell! Her previous article was fairly old so this new one enjoys all the new treatments we have set since then, refining various numbers, which of course can lead to increases but also decreases. In Miley’s case, here are some updates : – she still had a small % added on top of her US sales to consider club sales in mid-00s, since then Discogs showed there have been no club releases for her – I’ve identified more Brazilian codes too which prompted her early albums to go down as they were lower than first assumed – for digital… Read more »

Kris

Just an FYI, the digital songs image doesn’t show up for me, as well as many other images around the site.

Thanks for the article.

MJD

Hi Kris!

The image CDN provider has intermittent crashes since December 3, we deactivated it until it’s resolved since it was preventing a lot of images from showing. We did so about 2 days ago so everything should be showing fine right now. To me the digital songs image is printing well, could be a cache issue, I’ll be interested to know if the issue persists and if others are facing the same one?

Kris

It still doesn’t show up for me. Neither do the two Bieber article images on the home page.

César

I have the same issue with Katy Perry’s CSPC, I can’t see total album sales and physical and digital single sales.

Martin

Hi guys, yes I just checked Katys CSPC analysis and I am also experiencing the same issue.

Numerous images are missing and I also noticed, in the articles opening paragraph, none of the links (oops something went wrong) work, except Adeles.

As for Bieber, I also noticed his Career CSPC table image is missing in his article.

Last edited 7 months ago by Martin
MJD

Hi all! There are several subjects crossing over each other, I went through everything and here is the status: 1) various pics missing everywhere. This was due to our CDN (a cloud which serves pictures faster) is facing intermittent issues (see status here), it’s still being investigated by the provider, so while it isn’t solved I have deactivated the CDN, so pictures appear normally (although not as fast) 2) images compression. All images have been compressed lately to improve performances greatly. Also WordPress has been upgraded to 5.5.3. The issue is that recently they added a feature that sets a… Read more »

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