Even though many fans are more likely to listen to an album for free instead of buying it, sales are still a major barometer of achievement in the music industry. Here's a look at the artists who have generated the most sales since 2000.
With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, found the best-selling artists of the millennium using data from the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) database on gold and platinum single sales.
To measure the modern top-selling artists, PrettyFamous only considered digitally downloaded singles, since digital sales did not begin to impact the recording industry until the turn of the century. In case of a tie, they favored the artist with the higher number of diamond certifications, then multi-platinum, platinum and gold for all singles, not just those that were digitally downloaded. Where ties still existed, they were broken by 30-day Wikipedia page views — a proxy for notoriety.