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    Default CSPC: Accurate Music Data

    So, this guy does a very nice job in collecting music info from all over to give it the propper treatment and enveal the right status songs have in worldwide charts (better than what UWC does)

    Here it is a brief explanation:

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    Katy Perry sold more records than Dire Straits, Bon Jovi and the Guns N’ Roses. White Christmas by Bing Crosby and Candle In The Wind by Elton John are the two bestselling singles of all-time. Mariah Carey album Butterfly sold more copies than any album ever released by Taylor Swift.

    Yes, something is wrong here. All those claims are correct in absolute terms but completely meaningless. The natural thinking when watching a bestselling records and artists list is to assume it reflects the most successful ones. This is false. As fitting as it seems, just checking raw data isn’t enough to identify which songs, albums and artists are popular. Most articles state “record sales” mixing everything, as if one digital track sales and one deluxe 4CD album was the same product. Lately, streaming has been growing too. Many voices denied them as legit ‘sales’. In reality, they highlighted a need that has been around for decades but ignored for too long. Indeed, music industry needs one single relevant and consistent scale that would fit for all records, from all eras, rather than barely looking at ‘units’ although they refer to apples and oranges.

    You got the point? Wait, there is more. If format differences are important, we also need to consider the way majors have been working out on a catalog. If you have a look into Elvis Presley catalog, you will easily notice it has way more compilations than studio albums. Thus, checking studio albums sales give the feeling he was a pretty weak seller. The point is that his singles were available over a large amount of records, thus diluting sales over all of them. In the other side, various one-album wonders a la Ace Of Base look like monster sellers, barely because all their sales are concentrated on a single product. As a consequence, our generic scale must also put on par all recordings independently from the way they have been exploited.

    This Master Series will be presenting figures for various albums using a completely new point of view, aimed to be the figures reflecting the best the real popularity of albums and artists.

    This generic scale is named the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, abbreviated CSPC. When displaying figures using this concept, I’ll be using the measurement unit “CSP”.


    Comprehensive Formula

    1 CSP = 1 album = 1 music video = 3 physical singles = 10 digital singles = 1500 streams








    TRACKS RANKING – RAW SALES – PHYSICAL SINGLES

    1. 1992 – Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard] – 10,560,000
    2. 1978 – Soundtrack – You’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 10,400,000
    3. 1968 – Beatles – Hey Jude [Orphan] – 8,200,000
    4. 1997 – Cιline Dion – My Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 8,100,000
    [...]
    16. 1998 – Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 5,330,000
    [...]
    46. 1999 – Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle [Christina Aguilera] – 3,550,000


    TRACKS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES


    1. 1982 – Michael Jackson – Billie Jean [Thriller] – 41,580,000
    2. 1997 – Cιline Dion – My Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 36,560,000
    3. 1992 – Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard] – 33,620,000
    [...]
    21. 1998 – Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 17,920,000
    [...]
    74. 2000 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again [Oops!… I Did It Again] – 12,250,000
    [...]
    172. 2003 – Britney Spears – Toxic [In The Zone] – 7,690,000



    ALBUMS RANKING – RAW SALES – STUDIO ALBUMS

    1. 1982 – Michael Jackson – Thriller – 65,800,000
    2. 1973 – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon – 43,300,000
    [...]
    25. 1999 – Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time – 23,725,000
    [...]
    42. 2000 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again – 18,930,000
    [...]
    100. 1978 – Rolling Stones – Some Girls – 11,300,000


    ALBUMS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES

    1. 1982 – Michael Jackson – Thriller – 116,732,000
    2. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various Artists – Saturday Night Fever – 67,150,000
    [...]
    38. 1999 – Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time – 30,842,000
    [...]
    68. 2000 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again – 22,845,000
    [...]
    176. 2001 – Britney Spears – Britney – 12,976,000
    [...]
    194. 2003 – Britney Spears – In The Zone – 11,912,000
    [...]
    200. 2004 – U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb – 11,628,000


    ARTISTS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES

    1. The Beatles – 405,737,000 (update: Mar 2017)
    2. Michael Jackson – 323,741,000 (update: Sep 2017)
    3. Madonna – 241,135,000 (update: Aug 2017)
    4. Queen – 238,637,000 (update: Oct 2017)
    5. The Rolling Stones – 237,135,000 (update: Dec 2016)
    6. Pink Floyd – 229,426,000 (update: Jun 2017)
    7. Led Zeppelin – 200,459,000 (update: Aug 2016)
    8. U2 – 194,519,000 (update: Aug 2016)
    9. Cιline Dion – 193,422,000 (update: Sep 2016)
    10. Mariah Carey – 167,149,000 (update: Apr 2017)
    11. Bruce Springsteen – 157,024,000 (update: Jul 2017)
    12. Bee Gees – 156,874,000 (update: Apr 2017)
    13. ABBA – 156,623,000 (update: Nov 2016)
    14. Eminem – 154,954,000 (update: Aug 2016)
    15. Whitney Houston – 151,693,000 (update: May 2017)
    16. Billy Joel – 146,695,000 (update: Oct 2016)
    17. Fleetwood Mac – 144,842,000 (update: Oct 2016)
    18. Bon Jovi – 144,095,000 (update: Nov 2016)
    19. Bob Dylan – 142,291,000 (update: Oct 2016)
    20. Metallica – 139,406,000 (update: Aug 2016)
    21. Bob Marley – 135,464,000 (update: Nov 2017)
    22. David Bowie – 125,785,000 (update: Jan 2017)
    23. Guns N’ Roses – 117,211,000 (update: Jun 2016)
    24. George Michael & Wham! – 104,743,000 (update: May 2017)
    25. Britney Spears – 99,833,000 (update: Jun 2017)
    [...]
    34. Adele – 76,702,000 (update: Jul 2016)
    35. Cher – 72,435,000 (update: Aug 2017)
    36. Beyoncι – 69,152,000 (update: Dec 2016)
    37. Taylor Swift – 68,538,000 (update: Oct 2017)
    38. P!nk – 62,872,000 (update: Oct 2017)
    39. Michael Bublι – 62,165,000 (update: Dec 2016)
    40. Usher – 59,493,000 (update: Sep 2017)
    41. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons – 57,452,000 (update: Sep 2017)
    42. Drake – 56,880,000 (update: Aug 2017)
    43. Shakira – 55,211,000 (update: Dec 2016)
    44. Maroon 5 – 53,781,000 (update: Oct 2016)
    45. Nickelback – 53,300,000 (update: Jun 2017)
    46. Enrique Iglesias – 52,785,000 (update: Sep 2016)
    47. Black Eyed Peas – 52,721,000 (update: Aug 2017)
    48. Christina Aguilera – 50,732,000 (update: Mar 2017)
    49. Lady Gaga – 50,597,000 (update: Aug 2016)
    [...]
    59. Katy Perry – 38,627,000 (update: Jul 2016)
    60. Amy Winehouse – 27,270,000 (update: Sep 2016)
    61. Ed Sheeran – 25,601,000 (update: Sep 2016)
    62. High School Musical – 25,227,000 (update: Sep 2017)
    63. Renaud – 21,965,000 (update: Nov 2017)
    64. Gorillaz – 20,792,000 (update: May 2017)
    65. Ariana Grande – 18,359,000 (update: Nov 2017)
    66. Aaliyah – 17,933,000 (update: Feb 2017)
    67. Selena Gomez – 17,129,000 (update: Nov 2017)
    [...]
    73. Demi Lovato – 11,925,000 (update: May 2017)
    74. Will.i.am – 10,903,000 (update: Jul 2017)
    75. Lorde – 8,336,000 (update: Jun 2017)


    source: http://chartmasters.org/2017/10/cspc-data-collector/

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    That was interesting, thank you!

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    Interesting numbers. I think 25 overall is pretty impressive considering how bleh the last couple of albums did lol (sales wise only compared to her past work)

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    This looks pretty impressive given that every artist ranked higher (give or take a few) are massive and "classics."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    This looks pretty impressive given that every artist ranked higher (give or take a few) are massive and "classics."
    Yas! mte... In your face Beyonce!

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