France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

Saying Michael Jackson sold bucket loads everywhere will surprise nobody. Along with the Beatles he is quite likely the only such act with no weak market even in relative terms. Despite this universal acclaim, France is just even bigger for the Indiana born artist.

I often pointed out how much English-countries oriented sales were in the past. It was even more true for black artists and Michael Jackson was no exception until 1982 record breaking album Thriller. This one of a kind album changed the map completely, shooting its singer to unseen heights for the rest of his career.

Out of all English-singing artists studied so far, the top sellers in France are Bob Marley (10,9 million), Madonna (10,8 million), U2 (9,7 million) and AC/DC (8,6 million). If you wonder about Celine Dion, the Canadian legend sold an outstanding 18,5 million overall in France, but out of them 12,3 million come from French language albums. Although his success has been amazing, Michael Jackson released a mere six albums as an adult. Thus, can he challenge such totals with a catalog focused around so few records?

During the next pages we will be studying carefully all information with detailed results of his entire discography. Please be aware all Spotify figures refer to worldwide streaming as they only aim to display which albums still have strong catalog hits right now. Let’s go!

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Melany

Hi MJD can you make Janet’s France album sales entire discography please because for the Control and Rhythm Nation you mentioned 0 sales here in France I know that she wasn’t famous back then before the Janet album here in continental Europe but I would like to know…

:)

Crazy numbers. Biggest artist of all time.

Luminator

Would you please give us Michael’s little sister, Janet Jackson, too?

Ryan

Fantastic work… like always!

Tony

Hello MJD!
Very impressive sales, but for Jackson nothing is impossible!
I think that a CSPC analysis for him would be really interesting. I imagine that it will be a gigantic task but I can not wait to see how the figures will be.
Can you say me what are the next artists you will study?

Jayden

I expected massive sales but not this massive! The one and only king of pop!

Fix

Jayden,

Actually 14 million is an extremely massive numbers, especially considering the little amount of albums he released. Madonna literally had to sell twice as much album and still she cannot beat his record, even trailing 4 million, which is a very huge number considering the french market. To put into perspective 4 million is the entire number of albums Whitney Houston managed to sell in France. Therefore you can see how much bigger he is compared to Madonna, whom she herself is an extremely big star in France and probably the biggest after MJ and The Beatles.

pat200

i am assuming you mean MJ Beatles and Madonna are the biggest international non-french speaking artists in France? Because if it is any international star, then all of them are way behind Celine Dion.

Jake

That’s so wrong. MJ released over 30 albums as you can see. Madonna releases 26. Compilations are equally important as studio albums, you can’t just disregard them.

Fix

Lol. Sorry Jayden. I misread your comment. Please ignore it.

Gustavo

+14 million albums!!! Yes!!! Great numbers for Michael, as espected.

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