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.
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
From his debut on Genesis‘ line-up as a drummer in 1970 to the release of the smash hit Another Day In Paradise in 1989, Phil Collins‘ popularity increased steadily year after year up to the very top. A tremendous hit maker during the 80s, the artist has been more discreet lately. View More
For many years, I studied the recording music industry while living in France. During that time, it was frustrating to see charts, certifications and industry data about the same two dozens of countries again and again. I couldn’t help but wonder why so many countries were left out of official reports. Now that I live in Africa, I have been able to collect enough information to View More