Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe (1978)

Claimed Sales – 10,000,000
Estimated Sales – 3,900,000

On par with Oxygène, follow up album Equinoxe has its own legend, itself often being the subject of a lot of unrealistic claim. Just like its predecessor, there is no way someone can contradict how successful it was. Still, even with 1,35 million copies sold in France, this album is nowhere near 10 million worldwide.

With about 2,8 million units shifted in Europe and slightly more than 1 million elsewhere, it is still a truly big 1978 release. In some markets like in Netherlands and in Japan it even outperformed Oxygène. Those two album have defined Jean-Michel Jarre as the cult pioneer of electronica music.

6 thoughts on “Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2”

  1. Nice work MJD! However, I want to point out that you already mentioned Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (page 10) on your first Fake 10 million sellers post.

  2. I am curious about best selling soundtracks worldwide. Hope you will cover that in one of your next posts. Great job, thanks!

  3. Beyonce’s 11m was by label but as ‘records'(including single and others). but some fans didn’t know the difference and post it as the album sold 11m. lol
    I love to see your break down on the album.

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