Michael Jackson's Record Sales

Michael Jackson's Record Sales

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Since: Sep 08

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#1 Feb 7, 2009
2/6/09

UPDATE:I've just updated the list with the singles sales because of new found certifications. And I 've said before that MJ sold 380 million and now that its updated its 391 million sold. Quite possibly surpassing The Beatles. MJ and the Fab Four are probably running neck and neck for the biggest of all time.

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Michael Jackson is the biggest selling solo artist in history. Many record companies were known to prop up record sales with unrealistic figures. For example EMI says that the Beatles sold over a billion records, RCA says Elvis sold over a billion, and Michael Jackson says that he sold 750 million; all of those figures are obviously ludicrous. The reason they do this is because they want to promote their artist to be bigger than they really are, but music experts realize that these are obviously fabricated figures. This is especially true for older artists, whose record sales were not documented as thoroughly and as much as they should have, so they fabricated these figures a lot. To date, no artist or group has sold over 500 million records, but some have come close.
The impressive part about Michael's record sales is not how many records he released, but how much he has sold with so little he released compared to the likes of The Beatles and Elvis. For anyone who wants to know the run through of Michael Jackson's record sales here is a run through of his record sales.

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Since: Sep 08

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#2 Feb 7, 2009
Michael is well known for recording the world's bestselling album, but the sales and achievements of his other solo albums are less well publicized. On this page, I have listed Michael's solo albums - Motown and CBS/Epic - in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus known certifications.

Albums:

Studio Albums: 10

1. Got To Be There (1971)- 4,112,879

2. Ben (1972)- 4,401,605

3. Music and Me (1973)- 1,980,440

4. Forever, Michael (1975)- 1,687,234

5. Off The Wall (1979)- 20,000,000

6. Thriller (1982)- 108,000,000

7. Bad (1987)- 32,000,000

8. Dangerous (1991)- 30,000,000

9. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book l (1995)- 22,000,000 (44 million units)

10. Invincible (2001)- 12,000,000

Studio Albums Sold= 236,182,158

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Since: Sep 08

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#3 Feb 7, 2009
Compilations: 22

1. The Best of Michael Jackson (1975)- 2,500,223

2. One Day In Your Life (1981)- 1,600,208

3. Farewell My Summer (1984)-2,087,110

4. Looking Back to Yesterday (1986)- 302,330

5. 18 Greatest Hits (?)- 1,250,000

6. Anthology (?)- 2,655,098

7. Other Pre- 1991 Motown Compilations (?)- 500,000

8. Their Very Best- Back To Back (?)- 250,000

9. Love Songs (?)- 500,000

10. The Original Soul Of (?)- 377,745

11. The Michael Jackson Mix (?)- 500,000

12. The Best of- The Motown Years (?)- 300,000

13. The Best of- The Millennium Collection (?)- 200,000

14. Love Songs (?)- 50,000

15. Other Post- 1990 Motown Compilations (?)- 1,000,000

16. Special CD Box (?)- 4,000

17. Greatest Hits HIStory Volume 1 (2001)- 3,000,000

18. Number Ones (2003)- 7,000,000

19. Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection (2004)- 500,000

20. The Essential Michael Jackson (2005)- 2,500,000

21. Visionary: The Video Singles (2006)- 500,000

22. King of Pop (2008)- 700,000

Compilations Sold= 28,276,714

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Since: Sep 08

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#4 Feb 7, 2009
Other Albums: 4

1. E.T. The Extra- Terrestrial & Singles Packs (1982)- 100,000

2. Dangerous- The Remix Collection (?)- 22,000

3. Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997)-8,000,000

4. Thriller: 25 (2008)- 3,000,000

Other Albums Sold= 11,122,000

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Since: Sep 08

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#5 Feb 7, 2009
Total Albums Sold= 275,580,872

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Since: Sep 08

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#6 Feb 7, 2009
On this page, I have listed Michael's home music videos & DVDs in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus known certifications.

HOME VIDEO/DVD

Home Video/DVD: 10

1. Making Michael Jackson's Thriller (VHS- 1983)- 3,000,000

2. The Legend Continues...(VHS- 1988)- 1,500,000

3. Moonwalker (VHS- 1988)- 3,000,000

4. Dangerous- The Short Films [VHS (1993), DVD (2001)]- 575,000

5. Video Greatest Hits- HIStory [VHS (1995), DVD (2001)]- 1,250,000

6. HIStory On Film- Volume ll (DVD- 1997)- 800,000

7. Ghosts (1997)- 250,000

8. Number Ones (DVD- 2003)- 1,600,000

9. The Ones (DVD- 2004)- 125,000

10. Live In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (DVD- 2005)- 500,000

Home Video/DVD Sold= 12,600,000

NOTE: Home Video/DVD Sales are NOT counted in overall record sales.

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Since: Sep 08

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#7 Feb 7, 2009
Michael's single sales are much less well documented than his album sales.
On this page, we have listed Michael's solo singles - Motown and CBS/Epic/Sony - in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus all known certifications.

SINGLES:

Singles: 68

1. Got To Be There (1971)- 2,360,000

2. Rockin' Robin (1972)- 3,042,000

3. I Wanna Be Where You Are (1972)- 1,388,000

4. Ain't No Sunshine (1972)- 293,000

5. Ben (1972)- 3,152,000

6. Morning Glow (?)- 16,300

7. With A Child's Heart (1973)- 358,000

8. Music And Me (1973)- 13,000

9. Doggin' Around (?)- 5,000

10. We're Almost There (1975)- 423,000

11. Just A Little Bit of You (1975)- 904,000

12. One Day In Your Life (1981)- 1,844,000

13. Happy (?)- 153,000

14. Farewell My Summer Love (1984)- 828,000

15. Girl You're So Together (1984)- 94,000

16. Touch The One You Love (?)- 1,000

17. Twenty- Five Miles (?)-11,000

18. Ease On Down The Road (1978)- 125,000

19. A Brand New Day (?)- 62,500

20. You Can't Win (1979)- 62,500

21. Don't Stop Till' You Get Enough (1979)- 3,125,000

22. Rock With You (1979)- 2,937,000

23. Off The Wall (1980)- 1,187,000

24. She's Out Of My Life (1980)- 1,250,000

25. Girlfriend (1980)- 40,000

26. The Girl Is Mine (1982)- 2,687,000

27. Billie Jean (1983)- 7,762,000

28. Beat It (1983)- 5,540,000

29. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(1983)- 2,250,000

30. Human Nature (1983)- 1,312,000

31. P.Y.T.(Pretty Young Thing)(1983)- 1,312,000

32. Say Say Say (1983)- 3,562,000

33. Thriller (1984)- 5,534,000

34. We Are The World (1985)- 20,000,000

35. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1987)- 2,812,000

36. Bad (1987)- 2,035,000

37. The Way You Make Me Feel (1987)- 1,737,000

38. Man In The Mirror (1988)- 1,125,000

39. Get It (1988)- 225,000

40. Dirty Diana (1988)- 1,500,000

41. Another Part Of Me (1988)- 1,037,000

42. Smooth Criminal (1988)- 1,687,000

43. Leave Me Alone (1989)- 606,000

44. Liberian Girl (1989)- 206,000

45. Black Or White (1991)- 3,053,000

46. Remember The Time (1992)- 1,625,000

47. In The Closet (1992)- 775,000

48. Jam (1992)- 637,000

49. Who Is It (1992)- 675,000

50. Heal The World (1992)- 2,036,000

51. Give Into Me (1993)- 375,000

52. Will You Be There (1993)- 1,312,000

53. Goon Too Soon (1993)- 75,000

54. Scream/ Childhood (1995)- 2,993,000

55. You Are Not Alone (1995)- 3,858,000

56. Earth Song (1995)- 3,966,000

57. They Don't Care About Us (1996)- 2,205,000

58. Why (1996)- 595,000

59. Stranger In Moscow (1996)- 675,000

60. Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)- 1,200,000

61. HIStory/ Ghosts (1997)- 470,000

62. You Rock My World (2001)- 1,915,000

63. Cry (2001)- 56,000

64. One More Chance (2003)- 281,000

65. Visionary- The Video Singles (2006)- 350,000

66. The Girl Is Mine 2008 (2008)- 190,000

67. Wanna Be Startin' Somtin' Somethin' 2008 (2008)- 190,000

68. Beat It 2008 (2008)- 50,000

69. Billie Jean 2008- 50,000

Singles Sold= 116,016,300

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Since: Sep 08

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#8 Feb 7, 2009
Total Albums + Singles= 391,597,172

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Since: Sep 08

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#9 Feb 7, 2009
RECORD SALES ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECORDS
This part will recognize the record breaking and amazing achievements that Michael Jackson set during his solo career. I am not going to include chart history or achievements unless it I have to.

1. Jackson's album "Thriller" (1982) is the best selling album of all time, with 108 million copies sold worldwide. And runs neck and neck with the Eagles Greatest Hits, for the biggest selling album in the U.S. And The best-selling album by a solo artist in the United States.

2. Jackson's album "Off the Wall" (1979) was the biggest selling album by a black artist at the time, with 10 million sold at the time, and 20 million sold to date. This record was later smashed by Michael's next album "Thriller". And has sold 7 million copies In the U.S.

3. Jackson's album "Bad" (1987) at one point for a few years was the second biggest selling album of all time, with 28 million sold at the time and over 32 million sold to date. But that has since then been surpassed.

4. Jackson's album "Dangerous" (1991) is the biggest selling New Jack Swing album of all time with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. And 7 million copies in the U.S. And for a period in time it was the third best selling album of all time.

5. Jackson's album "HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I" (1995) is the biggest selling multi-disc album of all time, with over 22 million copies sold worldwide (44 million units). And 3.5 million copies in the U.S.(7 million units).

6. Jackson's album "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" (1997) is the biggest selling remix album of all time with over 8 million copies sold worldwide. And 2 million in the U.S.

7. "Thriller" currently holds the record for being the first and only album in the United States to top the sales charts for two separate years. Being the best selling album in 1983 and 1984.

8. "Thriller" is Jackson's biggest selling album in the United States with 27 million sold to date. And Jackson's second biggest selling album in the U.K. and one of the U.K.'s biggest selling albums.

9. "Bad" is Jackson's biggest selling album in the United Kingdom with 4 million copies sold, and is one the best selling albums in the U.K. And in the U.S. it has sold 8 million copies, making it Jackson's second biggest selling album in the U.S. And the best selling record by a solo artist in UK history.

10. When released 'Bad' became the fastest selling album ever in the UK. For many years it was the biggest selling album in the UK.

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#10 Feb 7, 2009
11. "Dangerous" has become one of the biggest selling albums of the 1990's.

12. "Dangerous" is the fastest selling album in history to be on the #1 position of the charts. And makes history for going to #1 just 3 days after its release.

13. In worldwide sales, in the UK and US, Bad were 48% of the total worldwide sales. For Dangerous, it is 33%, making it more successful globally (not just restricted to those two regions). The singles from Dangerous were mostly bigger hits in Europe and Australia and more were released than Bad. These were spectacular sales records compared to Michael's earlier two albums, Thriller and Bad in many European countries and Australia. Dangerous sold very well in both Asia and South America, two emerging and growing record markets.

14. Jackson is the biggest selling artist of the 1980s, with an unprecedented sale of over 110 million records from 1980-1989.

15. Jackson has sold approximately 50 million records in the new millennium, from 2000-2008.

16. In 1987 "Bad" shipped over two million copies in the United States, and during its first week in the U.K. it outsold the no.2 album "HITS 6" by an unprecedented margin of 10:1 shifting 350,000 copies- a record.

17. In a hectic three days trading after its release, "Dangerous" shifted 200,000+ copies, good enough to Michael the top spot ahead of U2'ss new album, "Achtung Baby".

18. Released in November of 1991, by the end of 1991 "Dangerous" sold an impressive 10 million copies.

19. In 1992, "Dangerous" was the 6th bestselling album of the year in the United States, and the 5th bestselling album in the U.K. And the biggest selling album of 1992 worldwide.

20. In the United States, in crashing in at #1, "HIStory" sold 391,000 copies in its first week. Good enough to make it the largest selling multi-disc debutant of the 'SoundScan' computer monitored sales era, comfortably topping the 369,000 copies shifted by the Beatles' "Live at the BBC"

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#11 Feb 7, 2009
21. Amazingly, given it was issued on a Friday and so only had two days sales to count towards its first chart position, "HIStory" was also an instant #1 in the U.K. In those two days it shifted 100,000+ copies, more than the #2 and #3 albums- by Pink Floyed and Bjork- put together.

22. In the first three weeks, "Blood on The Dance Floor" shifted just 79,000 copies across the United States, compared to with 100,000+ in Holland, 250,000 in the U.K. and nearly 450,000 in Germany. Globally, in just three weeks, Blood On The Dance Floor shipped around 3.5 million copies, with sales subsequently topping 4 million- unprecedented for a remix album.

23. In the United States "Invincible" sold 366,000 copies in the first week- Michael's second best opening figure of the SoundScan era. The album shifted 110,000 copies in the first week and gave him his seventh chart topping album.

24. According to the 2000 World Music Awards, Jackson is the biggest selling solo artist of the past millennium, with record sales of over 250 million records.

25. Jackson has 9 platinum singles, the second most by any male artist (second only to Elvis).

26. Jackson is the first United States Artist to sell 100 million copies outside of the U.S.

27. Jackson is the first artist ever to have 4 consecutive albums sell 167 million records internationally.

28. Michael Jackson is the biggest selling international artist in the United States with 285.9 million records sold outside of the U.S.

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#12 Feb 7, 2009
**yawn** Elvis still beats the little freak by a mile!

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#13 Feb 7, 2009
BillyDaKid09 wrote:
**yawn** Elvis still beats the little freak by a mile!
Elvis only sold 330 million MJ sold 391 million.

Michael outsold Elvis by 61 million records.

MJ beats Elvis by a mile.

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#14 Feb 7, 2009
No quotation or attribution.
Same ol' same ol'

Clearly Elvis is superior.

(look up "protesteth too much")

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#15 Feb 7, 2009
I love Elvis too but he is a bad looser lol.

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#16 Feb 7, 2009
Reality_Awaits wrote:
No quotation or attribution.
Same ol' same ol'
Clearly Elvis is superior.
(look up "protesteth too much")
How? When MJ outdid everything Elvis did and more.

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#17 Feb 7, 2009
Thanx for the info KB.

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#18 Feb 7, 2009
KB50MJ wrote:
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Elvis only sold 330 million MJ sold 391 million.
Michael outsold Elvis by 61 million records.
MJ beats Elvis by a mile.
Show us the stats to back up this erroneous claim. Also is this worldwide or just in the US? Put up or shut up.

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#19 Feb 7, 2009
It depends on who you get information from. All the sources I have checked have different amounts for each artist. Some put the Beatles first. Some put Elvis first. Some even omit pedoboy completely.

I even saw one that put Garth Brooks first. Just because you copy and paste a long drawn out rant that no one wants to take the time to read, does not mean that your sources are correct. It is all conjecture on your part.

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#20 Feb 7, 2009
My sources are very correct. And this is worldwide sales. Everyone recognizes these figures as correct. Here are the biggest sellers of all time:

1) The Beatles- 400 million

2) Michael Jackson- 391 million

3) Elvis- 330 million

Garth Brooks is the biggest selling solo artist in the U.S.

Anyway. What sources are you talking about. Every source says MJ is the biggest seller for a solo artist. People like the World Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard awards, and Brit Awards have ALL said MJ was the biggest selling solo artist of all time.

And I didn't copy and paste this. if you type in Michael Jackson's record sales in google you will find that I posted a lot of this list.

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