France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

Off The Wall (1979) Era

By the release of his first solo album as an adult, Michael Jackson was already up to 13 US Top 10 hits all together, including 5 chart toppers. In France everything was still to be done as he charted with virtually nothing prior to 1979.

In that year this situation finally got fixed. The irony is that Off The Wall wasn’t the megastar’s breakthrough album in the country, that reward went to his album wit The Jacksons titled Destiny instead. In April, the single Shake Your Body was the first hit of him to truly gain rotation, followed by Blame It On The Boogie, pushing the album to #3 in the International Chart posted by VSD Magazine. The record lasted nine consecutive weeks inside the chart’s Top 5. As sales on that ranking were rather low, that was enough for only 60,000 copies for the year.

Off The Wall’s lead single Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough gained ground late into 1979, enabling the album to chart inside January’s monthly ranking at #25. The album sold about 30,000 units in the process, a similar amount that both The Jacksons and Triumph albums with his brothers sold.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough – 44,006,000
  2. Rock With You – 29,746,000
  3. Off The Wall – 9,581,000

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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.