CSPC: Jackson 5 & The Jacksons Popularity Analysis

The Jacksons

Physical Singles Sales – Part 4

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 3 to 1 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Triumph (1980) – 639,000 equivalent albums

Can You Feel It – 520,000
Lovely One – 890,000
This Place Hotel – 580,000
Time Waits for No One – 10,000
Walk Right Now – 130,000

Victory (1984) – 834,000 equivalent albums

Torture – 710,000
State of Shock – 1,870,000
Body – 190,000
Remaining Singles – 10,000

2300 Jackson Street (1989) – 51,000 equivalent albums

Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U) – 160,000
Remaining Singles – 10,000

Although three of them became classic Funk / Disco hits, no song from Triumph reached the top 10 in the US. It was seen as pretty disappointing considering Michael Jackson had recorded 4 Top 10 hits from his Off The Wall album a few months earlier. Can You Feel It used the new popularity of the lead singer to reach the Top 10 in the UK and the Netherlands and even #1 in Belgium and South Africa.

The MJ-effect was even bigger with Victory. Issued just after Thriller, the album and its singles had a much bigger global impact than the previous Jackson 5 / Jacksons records. The song which benefited the most from this situation is State of Shock at 1,87 million.

In the same way that the presence of Michael Jackson worked positively for Triumph and Victory, his absence was a disaster for the album 2300 Jackson Street. Its lead single bombed at #77 in the US while follow up singles never managed to reach the Hot 100.

6 thoughts on “CSPC: Jackson 5 & The Jacksons Popularity Analysis”

  1. Only a few albums were not certified Gold/Platinum, that’s great! 60s and 70s albums didn’t sold a lot of copies by then, with some few exceptions.

  2. In the case of Queen, their Greatest Hits 1 & 2 alone are well above 50 mill.
    I think there are only 3 more artists with the shot of being above 200m: Queen, Elton and Elvis. The latter has a chance of breaking 300m, though i doubt it.

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