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List of best-selling music artists

The following is an independently verified list of best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present. Only artists whose claimed sales figures can be crossed referenced with music recording certification systems are included; the tables are listed with both their claimed sales figure along with their total independently certified units and are ranked in descending order, with the artist with the highest amount of claimed sales at the top. If two or more artists have the same claimed sales, they are ranked by certified units; the claimed sales figure and the total of certified units within the provided sources include sales of albums, compilation-albums, music videos as well as downloads of singles and full-length albums. Sales figures, such as those from Soundscan, which are sometimes published by Billboard magazine, have not been included in the certified units column; as of 2017, based on both sales claims and certified units, The Beatles are considered the highest-selling band.

Elvis Presley is considered the highest-selling individual artist based on sales claims and Drake is the highest-selling individual artist based on certified units. All artists included on this list, which have begun charting on official albums or singles charts have their available claimed figures supported by at least 20% in certified units; that is why Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Bing Crosby, Gloria Estefan, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tom Jones, The Jackson 5, Dionne Warwick, the Spice Girls, Dolly Parton, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrea Bocelli and others have not been included on this list. The more recent the artist, the higher the required percentage of certified units. So artists such as Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran are expected to have their claimed figures supported by over 75% in certified units; the certified units are sourced from available online databases of local music industry associations. All certified units are converted from Gold/Platinum/Diamond certification awards based on criteria provided by certifying bodies.

The certified units percentage varies according to the first year that an artist appeared in the charts. The requirements of certified units are designed to avoid inflated sales figures, which are practiced by record companies for promotional purposes; the claimed figures are referenced from online articles created by reliable sources. For clarity, the sources used, say the term "records" and not "albums". However, if all available sources for an artist or band say "albums", such sources are only used if the certified album units of the said artist meet the required percentage amount; this list uses claimed figures that are closest to artists' available certified units: inflated claimed figures that meet the required certified units amount but are unrealistically high, are not used. The claimed figures are upgraded only when there is a significant progress in artists' certified units. In other words, the available certified units for each artist should get closer to listed claimed figure in order for higher figures to replace the listed ones.

The certified units of the newer artists may sometimes be higher than their listed claimed figures. This is because Recording Industry Association of America and all other certifying bodies count streaming towards Gold and Platinum thresholds required for Digital Single Award certification. For this reason, some singles and albums get over certified by hundreds of thousands of units; the over certified figures, are in millions of units for RIAA certifications, one such example is Rihanna's single "We Found Love", certified at nine times Platinum by the RIAA, yet during the time of the certification, it had sold 5.4 million downloads. The certified units for some artists/bands who have multi-disc albums can be higher than their listed claimed figures due to Recording Industry Association of America counting each unit within set as one unit toward certification. Issued certifications for songs which have been recorded by multiple artists including featured artists are added to each artist's total amount of certified units, as all the artists would have played a significant part in a song.

For example, "This Is What You Came For" and "Where Them Girls At" include Rihanna and Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj as featured artists so the certifications issued for these songs are added to the total amount of certified units for all involved artists. However, the certifications issued for songs that have been recorded by four or more artists are not included as the artists involved would have played minor roles, examples of such songs are Kanye West's "Monster" and/or "All Day". To ensure the highest level of fact checking and editorial control, this list sources sales figures to news organizations and regarded music industry related organizations such as MTV, VH1, Billboard; the figures of total certified units within the tables below are based on certified units of albums and videos. Markets' order within the tables is based on Retail Value: each market generates the largest market at the top and smallest at the bottom; the column for certified sales includes markets, the databases of which contain certifications representing figures of 100,000 and more.

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Port Leyden, New York

Port Leyden is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 672 at the 2010 census; the name is derived from the village's early history as a port on the Black River Canal. The Village of Port Leyden is wholly within the Black River Valley and is in the Town of Leyden; the village is 17 miles south of Lowville, 6 miles north of Boonville, 23 miles west-south-west of Old Forge. A mill was built at the present site of the village around 1800, the community was known as "Kelsey's Mills." The name was changed to "Port Leyden" around 1838. The canal was completed to Port Leyden in 1850, but was not usable until 1851; the canal reached its northern terminus at Lyons Falls, a few miles north, in 1855. In 1900, a decision was made to abandon the canal between Lyons Falls and Village of Boonville ending the status of Port Leyden as a canal port. St. Mark's Church and the Edmund Wilson House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Port Leyden is located at 43°35′2″N 75°20′39″W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles, of which 0.6 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. The Black River divides the community. Port Leyden is located on New York State Route 12 Port Leyden Elementary School, located on Lincoln Street, educates students in grades K-4. Students in grades 5-12 attend South Lewis Central Middle/High School in Turin; the Port Leyden Community Library is located on Canal Street. As of the census of 2000, there were 665 people, 257 households, 169 families residing in the village; the population density was 1,099.5 people per square mile. There were 317 housing units at an average density of 524.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.50% White, 0.15% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population. There were 257 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.9% were non-families.

30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.08. In the village, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males. The median income for a household in the village was $24,559, the median income for a family was $30,781. Males had a median income of $31,146 versus $17,500 for females; the per capita income for the village was $12,783. About 18.0% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.9% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over. Port Leyden In Post Cards South Lewis Central School Port Leyden Community Library Street Map of Port Leyden

Mitch Nilsson

Mitchell Caine Nilsson is an Australian professional baseball third baseman for the Heidenheim Heideköpfe of the Baseball Bundesliga and the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League. Mitchell is the son of former professional player Gary Nilsson, cousin of Jay Nilsson, Jacob Nilsson, Daniel Nilsson and nephew of Bob Nilsson and former All-Star, Dave Nilsson, he is a previous member of the MLB organization Cleveland Indians and has most spent time with Kotlarka Prague in the Czech Extraleague. He has played with the Australia schoolboy team, Australia AAA team, AA team twice and single A. Nilsson made his debut for the Queensland Rams as a catcher in the 2010 Claxton Shield. Nilsson is an originating member of the Brisbane Bandits from inaugural season of the Australian Baseball League making his debut on 13 November 2010 and has played in all nine seasons, albeit only playing one game in each of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. From 2010/11 - 2013/14 Nilsson struggled for playing time for the Bandits playing only 43 games over four seasons.

This in part is due to a shoulder injury which set back his 2013/14 season. Nilsson's breakout year was well after his release from affiliated baseball. In the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season, he started playing infield for the first time since his junior years. Nilsson's injury free streak rolled into 2015, when he signed with Kotlarka Praha in the Czech Extraliga and in 24 games, hit.408/.463/.980 with 14 homers. This form would continue into the 2015-16 Australian Baseball League season, where he hit.284/.363/.480 as an everyday player and integral part of the Bandits first of four consecutive ABL championships. Over this span and through the 2018-19 season, Nilsson would hit.305 with 24 home runs in 122 games. Nilsson improved on his versatility from the 2017-18 season. Mitchell spent early 2015 playing for Kotlarka Prague in Czech Extraleague which culminated with Mitchell guiding Prague to their first Czech Baseball Championship, defeating reigning champions Draci Brno. Nilsson was the recipient of the USAsports.cz award for best foreigner in the Czech Extraleague.

Nilsson was a member of the Cleveland Indians organization from 2007 through to 2014. Nilsson spent most of the time playing in minor development leagues before an unfortunate shoulder injury ended this stint in late 2013. Nilsson signed with the Mannheim Tornados of Germany's Baseball Bundesliga for the 2019 season. Nilsson returned to Germany for the 2020 season, signing with the Heidenheim Heideköpfe of the Baseball Bundesliga, he was selected Australia national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, 2018 exhibition series against Japan and 2019 WBSC Premier12. Http://web.theabl.com.au/player/index.jsp?sid=t4065&player_id=599413#/career/R/hitting/2015/ABL http://www.pflintoff.com/USSTATS.htm http://www.baseball.com.au/? Page=52610&MenuID=Events%2F95%2F0%2CAustralian_Schoolboys%2F20017%2F35597%2CSCHOOLBOYS_HISTORY%2F22262%2F0%2F0 http://usasports.cz/mlb/exkluzivne-rozhovor-s-mitchem-nilssonem-drzitelem-ceny-usasports-pro-nejlepsiho-cizince-v-extralize.html Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference