Mariah Carey – The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005)
Claimed Sales – 12,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,100,000
She did it! Mariah Carey gets a third – and this time last – entry among this club of non-10 million selling albums which are claimed as such.
This one was very quickly claimed as being over 10 million, as early as in late 2005 when it closed the year as the top selling album in the US with nearly 5 million scanned sales.
Worldwide, the album was the runner up to the Coldplay set X&Y, selling 7,7 million units. While The Emancipation Of Mimi was still in the Top 10 at the end of 2005 in the US and at the beginning of 2006, it is almost what prevents it from being a 10 million seller. Indeed, the album had a last whisper in early 2006 when it sat for two months inside the Top 20, but it was selling all the copies shipped in excess during the past Christmas season. Then when additional shipments would have been needed again, the album collapsed from #7 to #84 within two months.
The 1,05 million copies sold in the US from 2006 to date requested at most some 700,000 copies shipped. With 7,7 million copies sold during 2005 and such a weak number since in the country representing more than two thirds of its total sales, the 10 million barrier is still far away.