CSPC albums updated daily with streaming data

Vinyl at HMV Leicester December 2016

Slightly over a year ago, we announced a mass update of the all-time artists list thanks to dynamic streaming data.

Today, we do one more step forward by making all our articles and all-time lists dynamic at album level.

Would you hazard a guess at how many units albums like Thriller, Rumours, Appetite For Destruction or Metallica‘s Black Album are gaining every day thanks to streaming?

The answer is over 2,000 equivalent album sales. Every day. Mondays, tuesdays, wednesdays, etc… you got it.

No need to say that more recent efforts can hit even higher numbers. Ed Sheeran‘s Divide and Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans bank in 5,000 sales per day.

Obviously, a top albums list gets outdated fast if albums can move 150,000 EAS every month with streams alone. In fact, Nevermind by Nirvana is up by nearly 3 million units since we posted their breakdown.

These days of terribly outdated data are over. Since this week, all CSPC articles include a final results table with updated streams.

Our tool is now scheduled to record these albums’ streams in a daily basis.

All relevant albums are included. Relevant means albums with over 2 million CSPC units, or 250,000 EAS from streams, or from an artist who debuted since 2000. Remaining ones will be added shortly.

Here is how the new enhancement looks like:

Nirvana top selling albums

The cover is shown, but the most important change is under the ‘Streams’ columns.

The ‘Last verified’ value is the one from our manual searches while completing the article. It enables to know the artist relative relevance on various platforms.

The ‘Auto update’ column uses updated Spotify streams and apply the artist last verified conversion rates to define an updated value.

‘Daily increase’ enables to see how well the album has done since the last article (‘Av.’), but also how well it’s doing right now (‘LD’).

The fact that streams for all albums are now in a level playing field enables to compare them with more fairness.

Our historical page for all-time most successful albums have been updated as well.

It includes updated streams, a Top 500 all-time, yearly and decade lists since 1956, and even unstudied albums with suffisant streams!

Below is the all-time top 10:

Top 10 best selling albums of all-time

Thriller went up from 116 million to 119 million. Rumours is catching on Bad. Nevermind moved ahead of The Bodyguard and zooms on higher albums. So many things to learn in a second.

What about the next 10?

Top 20 best selling albums of all-time

Grease and Let’s Talk About Love are losing ground, Appetite For Destruction can’t stop climbing, just like Metallica, while 21 is already sitting at #17.

Lower down you’ll see that Ed Sheeran‘s X is larger than Led Zeppelin‘s House of the Holy, that Justin Bieber‘s My Worlds tops Madonna‘s Ray Of Light or that Eminem makes the list 8 times.

There are much to learn from annual and decade lists as well. Below is 10s top 10 which shows that it now takes 18 million units to be featured among these blockbusters.

Top 10 best selling albums of the 2010s

As many as 7 of them are still gaining 1 million or more per year. How high will they be once they are as old as our 80s favorites?

You can check all these lists right now at this link, simply browsing the Available Lists navigation block. The link can be reached from the website menu entry Top Albums – EAS. Enjoy!

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What exactly does “Other LP’s” mean?


Seems like you’re very active today. Hahaha


Hello MJD , so this daily update only includes Spotify streams?


hello, this might be OT but could you fix Little Mix’s spotify streaming number page?
the ‘no time for tears – HUGEL remix’ (413k streams) has been missing but it correctly appears on nathan dawe’s profile along with the other remixes of the song. thank you


For me, Nirvana’s CSPC is the most curious thing in these day. they are so strange band. I’m still listen to their musics. I don’t know why.

Last edited 1 year ago by divinedhammer

Cobain’s death created the myth, if he were still alive I don’t think they would have these numbers today.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jsak

Whatever, you can see the real now.


Their music seems to connect with every new generation of teenagers, so they really are gaining new fans all the time. Plus they are the cornerstone of grunge so anyone who gets into rock will discover them. But like Jsak said in his comment, Cobain’s death at the height of Nirvana’s popularity absolutely makes the band more legendary than just the music can attest to. That’s unfortunately the way it is with celebrities…any death or tragedy associated with them makes them more mythical. Whereas imagine if Kurt lived on …who knows what would have happened with his musical career and… Read more »


If Cobain had survived i think Nirvana would have disbanded within a short time anyway. Kurt couldn’t handle the success that had fallen on him and he also hated contact with the audience in live shows.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jsak

safest answer ever…


Hi MJD, if possible we could have updated data of Shania Twain’s Come on over, especially as studio albums ?


I would like to see the pure album sales updated too. But that’s gonna be a huge task to make.