France Album Sales: Michael Jackson

HIStory (1995) Era

After a history making feat of three million sellers, Michael Jackson was back in 1995 to do it again with HIStory. No matter how popular you are 1 million units in France is a truly high level that can’t be matched without a large fanbase. Selling a million requires truly big hits.

Creating hits is what the moonwalker always did the best.. This time they were titled Scream (#4), You Are Not Alone (#1), Earth Song (#2) and They Don’t Care About Us (#4) and occupied a Top 10 spot for 40 weeks combined.

The only album that removed Celine Dion’s unmatchable smash D’Eux from the top spot two weeks in a row, HIStory debuted with huge sales. During the seven months separating its release from the end of the year, singles kept the album going strong. It passed the Christmas season at #2 only behind the aforementioned D’Eux. This run shot the album to 800,000 sales, already close to the million mark.

As it was still #2 in early 1996, it was only a matter of time, especially since it never left the Top 10 during the first quarter of the year and the Top 20 during the second. By August, the album was confirmed at 1 million sales. Always inside the Top 10 just in time for Christmas 1996 and pushed back up to #3 in June 1997 by the HIStory Tour, it was one more unbelievable success story for Michael Jackson. The album completed its era at 1,4 million units sold.

The year 1997 was also the one of the remix album Blood On The Dancefloor. Debuting at #1 ahead of Andrea Bocelli 24-weeks #1 album Romanza, the album had little endurance considering its format. Eight weeks Top 10 and 350,000 by the end of the year was still quite impressive for a remix album.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. They Don’t Care About Us – 44,190,000
  2. Earth Song – 23,105,000
  3. You Are Not Alone – 21,989,000

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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.