Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream (2009)
Claimed Sales – 14,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,200,000
The case of Susan Boyle is a very interesting one. She is hardly an artist with a legion of die hard fans defending her case on Social Media platforms. In spite of this, her image has been sold as the Cinderella story, the one nobody expects and breaks records of all kinds. It is rather natural to see ridiculously inflated figures come out for such examples, as it happened with this 14 million claim about her debut album I Dreamed A Dream.
Her success has been indeed extraordinary as she topped the global chart of 2009 ahead of the Black Eyed Peas’ previously mentioned album and Michael Jackson’s This Is It. She did so quite easily as she sold 8,3 million units for the year, a notable 2,9 million lead over her runner up. She did all this within’ a mere five weeks.
The problem with such Christmas cash-ins is that they get heavily shipped during the busiest season of the year, sell all those copies during the first quarter of the following year, and are usually dead by Q2, which is exactly what happened here.