Beatport unveils a decade of statistics, reveals Deadmau5 and Mark Knight as top selling artists of all time
Over the past decade Beatport has become far more than a digital music market. It’s the chart everyone wants to break and the banner every label wants to make, but naturally its ascent has come with some bumps and head scratching along the way. The SFX-owned digital retailer has opened its databases to Mixmag this month, letting loose some fascinating and rarely acquired data surrounding artist performance on the influential platform.
Deadmau5 triumphed significantly on the list, taking the spot as its top selling artist of all time, its top selling track of all time (a remix of ‘Community Funk’) and further garnering the most number one singles to his name. Though Joel Zimmerman had celebrated four consecutive years as top-selling performer between, 2014’s came in the form of Martin Garrix, who most likely benefitted from ‘Animals’ not only becoming the top DJ charted track of all time, but a chart-raking 27 days at number one on the overall charts.
British producer Mark Knight broke an otherwise relatively predictable run as Beatport’s second highest selling artist of all time and a fifth place spot in terms of overall number ones. His remix of “You’ve Got The Love” ranks the longest running number one at 38 days, with two Toolroom Records representing 20% of Beatport’s ten top selling tracks of all time. Its findings identify house and tech hosue as two of the most consistent sellers across their ten-year timeline, with the sounds dominating it’s top selling tracks of all time considerably. The big room sound remains otherwise front of house other than Umek’s fourth place standing, with 50% of its recurring number one artists garnering an average of eight number ones each.
Though falling short of the overall top-sellers list compared to his pole position for 2013, Hardwell’s ten number one offerings saw him verge close to poll position as the artist with the second highest amount of Beatport number ones to his name (10). Only four of Forbes highest earners made the cut for the overall top-sellers list, signifying a definite discrepancy between the industry’s highest earners .
Top Selling Performers of All Time:
- Mark Knight
- David Guetta
- Laidback Luke
- Nicky Romero
Top Selling Tracks of All Time:
- Burufunk & Carbon Community – Community Funk (Deadmau5 Remix)
- Josh Butler – Got A Feelin (Bontan Remix, Pleasurekraft Edit)
- Martin Garrix – Animals
- Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
- Lana Del Ray – Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
- Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix)
- Asaf Avidan – One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)
- Purple Disco Machine – My House
- Tube & Berger – Imprint of Pleasure
- Green Velvet – Bigger Than prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Artist With The Most Number Ones:
- Deadmau5 (13)
- Hardwell (10)
- Axwell (9)
- Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (9)
- Mark Knight (8)
- Dirty South (8)
- Alesso (8)
- Tiesto (8)
- David Guetta (8)
- Avicii (7)