How big were Simon & Garfunkel? The Beatles are often compared to the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Monkees for different reasons. The former because they are the leading symbols of the British invasion. The second due to them being their main challengers artistically speaking. Then the latter since they were created as an American answer to them which in all fairness was insanely massive in 1967. In terms of global success and sales though, the closest to the fab four from 1966 to 1970 was none of them but instead the aforementioned duo Simon & Garfunkel.
The mastermind of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is one of the most successful singer-songwriter of all-time. Exaggeration? No, not according to the data. He started very young. His father was a professional musician and he started singing with Art Garfunkel at the age of 13. Two years later in 1957, he wrote and issued his first recording with his duet partner, Hey Schoolgirl, which went top 50 in the US. For the next 8 years, Simon struggled getting hits, either solo or with Garfunkel. At the time, even their name wasn’t settled, they recorded songs under aliases like Tom & Jerry or Jerry Darcey and True Taylor for his solo material.
Rated recently as the most powerful women in the industry a few months ago by Fortune magazine, Beyonce has been growing a lot since the days of No, No, No hit single way back in 1998 with the Destiny’s Child. Most powerful doesn’t necessarily mean best selling artist though so how the diva stands in comparison to her peers in that field?
Their recording career lasted from 1998 to 2004, but this was enough to put the Destiny’s Child among the Big 4 female bands along with the Supremes, TLC and the Spice Girls. To do so, the group from Houston smashed from day 1.
In the 1980s, the advent of music videos fundamentally changed the musical landscape. Some artists knew how to take advantage of this new support to promote their albums and acquire a huge popularity, including Madonna and of course Michael Jackson. There is no suspense about the most successful album of this decade, it is obviously Thriller. Who rank behind this legendary album? You will find the answer in the list below!
Let’s continue our journey back in the past by focusing on the 90s. This decade is known as the all-time peak of the music market, especially album sales that went through the roof. Selling 10 millions albums has always been a great performance, but during this period many albums achieved this mark. Which albums from this era have been the most successful up to date? You will find the answer in the list below!
Some months ago, a ranking about the biggest albums of the 2010s have been added to the Data Collector. It is now time to look at the 2000s and remember which albums have crushed the charts during this period. Do your favorite album ranked well? You will find the answer in the list below!
To pass away at 28 is something that shouldn’t happen. Fan or not, we can only moan such events. The DJ Avicii lost his fight against his demons on April 20, 2018.
From 2012 to 2015, his songs were everywhere. Levels, Wake Me Up and Hey Brother, among others, smashed various charts. The last icon of the long tradition of catchy tunes kings coming from Sweden got his share of success. He led the singles chart for 40 weeks in his homeland over a span of 6 years.
The IFPI has now published the most awaited list of the year: the official Worldwide Top 10 best selling albums of 2017. Expectedly, Ed Sheeran‘s Divide leads the way. The ranking still includes several strong surprises!
Please be aware that only albums from labels which do communicate their data to the IFPI are listed. For this reason BTS, EXO and Namie Amuro are missing.
One month away from her 50th birthday, Kylie Minogue is back with her 14th effort, Golden. The Aussie icon has been through a long and hilly road since her debut hit Locomotion. We all remember her early teen pop hits as well as the ground-breaking View More