France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

My own Tribute to Michael Jackson


Studio Albums

1972 Got To Be There – 75,000
1972 Ben – 50,000
1973 Music And Me – 50,000
1975 Forever Michael – 30,000
1979 Off The Wall – 735,000
1982 Thriller – 3,745,000
1987 Bad – 1,785,000
1991 Dangerous – 2,175,000
1995 HIStory – 1,675,000
2001 Invincible – 640,000

Compilation Albums

1975 Best Of Michael Jackson – 60,000
1992 Motown Greatest Hits– 100,000
1995 Best Of – Anthology Series – 70,000
1997 The Very Best Of – 50,000
2001 Greatest Hits HIStory Vol 1 – 70,000
2001 Talents Du Siècle – 200,000
2003 Number Ones – 315,000
2005 The Essential – 680,000
2008 King Of Pop – 220,000
2008 The Motown Years – 60,000
2009 This Is It – 350,000

Box Set Albums

2004 The Ultimate Collection – 25,000
2009 The Collection – 130,000

Remix Albums

1997 Blood On The Dancefloor – 515,000
2009 The Remix Suite – 5,000
2011 Immortal – 15,000

Outtakes Albums

1984 Farewell My Summer Love – 50,000
2010 Michael – 145,000
2014 Xscape – 150,000

Remaining Albums – 200,000

Michael Jackson sold a total of 14,370,000 solo albums in France.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: SNEP, IFOP, GFK, Spotify, Le Parisien.

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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.