France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

Dangerous (1991) Era

After back-to-back million selling albums, Michael Jackson’s popularity in France was absolutely tremendous. Black Or White, the #1 lead single of 1991 album Dangerous was not going to slow him down.

This time initial shipments were even bigger at a previously unseen 560,000 units. As surprising as it may seem this huge splash was still not even enough to debut at the top due to heavy Patrick Bruel competition. Successes of subsequent singles Remember The Time (#5), In The Closet (#9), Who Is It (#8), Jam (#8), Heal The World (#2) and Give In To Me (#7) turned on the Dangerous machine as the album spent its first 70 weeks comfortably inside the Top 10, hitting #1 in three different sequences for 11 weeks overall.

At 900,000 units by April 1992, the set was up to a gigantic 1,7 million by late 1993.

With such an insane run and a huge new tour, Michael Jackson’s catalog was once again buoyant. Bad charted as high as #31 in October 1992 while Thriller was even bigger at #16. The latter also charted in June 1993, showing how consistently it was selling all throughout the Dangerous era. On its side, Motown Greatest Hits compilation was released and peaked at #6 inside the Compilation Chart in 1992. Although not charting, Off The Wall was selling well too by hitting 300,000 sales and a Platinum award for sales from 1986 to 1995.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Black Or White – 63,341,000
  2. Heal The World – 21,899,000
  3. Remember The Time – 21,631,000

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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.