CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales – Wham!

With huge hits in physical format, and although strong streaming forces as we will see later, Wham! songs have been surprisingly weak as digital sellers. No doubt the 7,2 million units sold so far will increase at a faster rate from now.

As those songs hardly charted anywhere during the last few years, with the obvious exception of Last Christmas, estimates can appear to be a bit off – although the impact on overall totals of the artist’s career will be minimal. Hopefully, if that is the case, the new information that will come out in the upcoming weeks should help with adjusting figures.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Fantastic (1983) – 68,000 equivalent albums

Club Tropicana – 350,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Make It Big (1984) – 510,000 equivalent albums

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – 900,000
Everything She Wants – 250,000
Freedom – 150,000
Careless Whisper – 2,000,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Music from the Edge of Heaven (1986) – 503,000 equivalent albums

I’m Your Man – 200,000
A Different Corner – 350,000
Last Christmas – 2,700,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Orphan – 0 equivalent albums

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