France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

Post-Death Analysis Era

Following one year of incomparable achievements, Sony issued Michael, an album of outtakes finalized by his old work partners. While expectations were fairly high, a large controversy surrounding the voice – or not – of the singer destroyed the release of this package.

Peaking at #4 the week preceding Christmas, the album sold 140,000 units by the end of 2011. In the same year, the Cirque Du Soleil Immortal live album was released, peaking at #42 and selling under 10,000 units. In 2012 the Bad 25th Anniversary Edition was released. Debuting at an impressive #5 position, this package lacked a single to hold well, in spite of selling 30,000 units by the end of the year still.

In 2014, a second album of outtakes came out, Xscape. Much less anticipated and released in May rather than during the Christmas season, the album hasn’t sold much more than Michael but performed much better. Helped by 1983 recorded song Love Never Felt So Good, a notable #2 hit, Xscape debuted at #1 and remained inside the Top 40 for 16 weeks. It sold 150,000 copies. Off The Wall’s newly released edition went to #27 in 2016.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. (Xscape) Love Never Felt So Good – 137,470,000
  2. (Michael) Hold My Hand feat. Akon – 42,768,000
  3. (Xscape) Slave To The Rhythm – 18,271,000

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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.


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


Fantastic work… like always!


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?


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



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.


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.


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.


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


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