CSPC Voting System

Below ranking lists the votes of our users to know artists to be treated next on our CSPC series.

The weight of artists is based on expected sales. Weight 4 represents the biggest omissions up to date, 1 the weakest ones.

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CSPC votes: the leaderboard

2Kanye West3164492
3Frank Sinatra4115460
4Def Leppard3103309
5Ace Of Base2129258
6Aretha Franklin378234
8Tina Turner361183
9Diana Ross355165
10Hikaru Utada274148
11Luis Miguel342126
12Neil Diamond431124
14Vladimir Vysotsky340120
15Pearl Jam340120
16Earth, Wind & Fire338114
18Julio Iglesias427108
19Cliff Richard33399
20Johnny Cash33296
21Ricky Martin24692
23Roberto Carlos32987
24Cyndi Lauper18686
25Marvin Gaye32884
26Depeche Mode32781
27Lynyrd Skynyrd23672
28The Beach Boys41768
2950 Cent23468
30Namie Amuro23366
33Lionel Richie32060
35Boyz II Men22856
36Jay Chou22856
37New Kids On The Block22652
40Adriano Celentano22346
41Toni Braxton22040
42Dr Dre22040
44The Who31339
45Duran Duran21734
46Lil Wayne21632
47Paula Abdul13030
48Alan Jackson31030
49Gloria Estefan31030
50Will Smith21224
51Dolly Parton12121
53A.R. Rahman21020
54Alejandro Sanz21020
55ZZ Top3618
56Bing Crosby4416
58Andrea Bocelli3515
59Linda Ronstadt3515
60Simply Red3515
61Alla Pugacheva2714
64Kenny Rogers4312
65Reba McEntire3412
67Billy Ray Cyrus11111
68Motley Crue11111
69Matchbox 202510
70Carole King2510
71George Strait339
72James Brown339
73Miles Davis339
74Tom Petty339
76Demis Roussos248
77Jethro Tull248
78Willie Nelson428
79Dixie Chicks248
80MC Hammer248
81Beastie Boys248
82REO Speedwagon236
83Barry White326
84Lenny Kravitz236
85Bob Seger326
87Boney M224
88Janis Joplin224
89Juan Gabriel224
90Eros Ramazzotti224
91Luciano Pavarotti224
93Nat King Cole313
94Herb Alpert313
95Nana Mouskouri133
96John Denver313
97Tim McGraw212
99Luther Vandross212
101Jimmy Buffett212
102Yumi Matsutoya212
105Limp Bizkit122
106Jacky Cheung212
108Herbert Grönemeyer212
109Kid Rock212
110Grateful Dead111
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Just out of interest, do Radiohead not meet the stated criteria for study? Is it the case that their profile is greater than their actual success?


They’re a strange case. I do think they are infinitely more acclaimed than their success would attest but then so are The Velvet Underground, The Sex Pistols and even on a higher scale, Dylan and Bowie.

Last edited 11 months ago by Martin

Smiley’s favorite Radiohead album must be Amnesiac because he asked the same question two months ago 😆 They might be close to 50m EAS, not enough to be on the list.

And Martin, you’re showing your age with that Sex Pistols reference 😉 The Clash would be a much better example.


Yes you are right I believe I did. I’m not sure if it got a response though so just thought I’d re-up…


Yes, I suspect you are correct. I would imagine their biggest album would be OK Computer probably followed by Kid A but it’s hard to see either cracking 15 million EAS…


I’d be more inclined to go with The Bends being their second most popular album


Definitely, and probably under 10m EAS.


I understood that Radiohead was on the verge of the 50 million threshold

El Jolito

This voting system kind of sucks. I mean who is Hikaru Utada?I’d love to see Motley Crue, Jethro Tull, Janis Joplin, Whitesnake and The Beach Boys, but at this rate its gonna be in 20 years time. Oh man 🙁


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The voting system actually penalises Hikaru Utada, as she only has a times two multiplier, REM has a times four. I think you’ve just got to accept that, maybe some of these unknown acts to you, are actually far more popular than you have given them credit for.

Another very plausible reason, could simply be that, some of these acts have more active, online fans.

From a personal perspective I’d love to see Whitesnake, but from an overall perspective, The Beach Boys.

Last edited 11 months ago by Martin

I’s wanna see Frank Sinatra as he’s probably the highest selling act not studied but there’s no way I’m ever voting for him simply because the article would take months and months to make and I’d rather see multiple articles that would come in the time just to make his


Utada is among the most successful artists in Japan of all time. Like top 5.

She sold many millions. More than all of the artists you mentioned except maybe the Beach Boys


“Maybe the Beach Boys” ? 😆 They sold like four times more than Utada… Also I’m pretty sure Motley Crue sold more than her, and maybe also Janis Joplin.


Three albums that I think are likely to be over 15m :

Enigma – MCMXC a.D.
Savage Garden – Savage Garden
Shaggy – Hot Shot


Two others :

Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Peter Gabriel – So (around 15m)


Do The Allman Brothers warrant a CSPC? What would their numbers be like, apparently Brothers & Sisters has sold around 7 million copies?


7 million seems very unlikely considering it’s only platinum in the US, where they had most of their success… Their CSPC total would probably be under 30 million.


I’m glad R.E.M. is poised to win this, and frankly I wish these 100 million-selling acts would be a priority over 30 million-selling acts like Hikaru Utada, I mean isn’t 100m a significant milestone ?


Although I would also like to see the 100M+ artists completed, I think the voting system is pretty fun. Also, after REM wins, all those people who voted for them will get to move their votes to someone else, so Hikaru utada will not necessarily win the next one.

All my 3 votes are currently for REM but I’d like to see Frank Sinatra or 2Pac studied next.

Last edited 11 months ago by Kris

Utada is at 40 million at MINIMUM.
Most likely more.


Could t.A.T.u qualify for this? i’ve read in articles that their 2002 album has sold around 13 million global pure copies but i’m not sure if it’s true haha


Nah it sold around 5 million, pretty good for a Russian act though.


what are total cspc do you think Tom Perry’s Full Moon Fever will be around?


You mean Tom Petty ? 😉 I’d say around 25m.


ye aha, that’s what i thought it would be too


What are your estimations for luis miguel pure album sales? I have seen a few articles mention he sold over 100m but I am guessing they either meant records or were mediaplaying as most labels do


Based on the table, around 50m


nat king cole?


You can vote for him here!


I’d also like to know what ratings 1-4 represent. I understand it’s based on the potential strength of their catalogue, but what makes an act a 1 or a 3?


4 is 90m+, 3 is 65m+, 2 is 50m+ and 1 is 30-50m roughly. Some artists might over or underperform once we study them, these are just ballparks.


Thank you! But wow, that means Tupac is likely to be the 3rd best selling rapper of all time. I wouldn’t have expected that at all.


Possibly, although Jay-Z might have a shot too

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