I (who is me, Professor Philp) was looking at Soundscan numbers the other night and noticed something interesting. For all of the hoopla (that’s a big, fancy college word) surrounding Miley Cyrus, her album Bangerz still hasn’t sold 1 million units. That got my brain to think a bit.
Thoughts About Miley Cyrus, Album Sales, & Hype
- Beyoncé is a bigger artist than Miley. In 10 weeks, sales of Beyoncé were almost twice those of Cyrus. Queen Bey (I hate that nickname) was a 1,790,000 albums sold last week.
- Lorde is bigger in sales than Miley Cyrus. In 21 weeks, she had sold 1 million albums.
- Katy Perry is bigger than Miley Cyrus. In 18 weeks, she had sold 1.2 million albums.
I looked at the single for each of these 4 artists that had the most streams on Spotify as of March 6, 2014. Take a look below:
- Miley Cyrus: “Wrecking Ball” 99,504,680
- Lorde: “Royals” 126,408,880
- Katy Perry: “Roar” 100,944,203
- Beyoncé: “Halo” 55,237,848
Looks like Lorde wins the streaming battle on Spotify, followed by Madam Perry. Beyoncé is way back. What do you think that means?
If you look HERE, you’ll see Billboard’s Top 25 tours of 2013. Beyoncé is the only artist of these four who made this chart, coming in at #8 and over $104 million in ticket sales.
Just based upon current album sales, streams and touring, you could make a strong argument that Beyoncé is the biggest of these four.
“Yo!” Excuse me. There’s somebody behind you. “What about Taylor Swift?”
What about the Swift Effect? Let’s add her to the mix.
Album: Red 4,008,721 units sold in 71 weeks.
Single: “We Are Never Getting Back Together” 67 million Spotify streams.
Let me ask you this: If Beyoncé is bigger than Lorde, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, would you say Taylor Swift is bigger than Beyoncé? And, if so, would you say Taylor Swift is the biggest female artist today?
By the way, who’s missing from this list? Who would we be talking about if this was 2004?