Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Beyonce – Dangerously In Love (2003)

Claimed Sales – 11,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,900,000

Yeah, I know what you are thinking. So close to the 10 million barrier, this album can be removed from this list. True, more considering it is only a matter of time before it gets there and that the possibility exists Dangerously In love already sold 10 million units, although the most realistic estimates put it just under the mark by now.

It is very precisely because this album will anyway reach 10 million that I’m adding it to this list. In fact, Beyonce debut album is the illustration of a specific case of records being the subject of fake claims that ultimately made up for the difference thanks to catalog sales. When it started to be claimed at 10 million copies sold, the album was barely on 8 million.

Up to date, it sold 6,9 million units in the four main English markets, only 100,000 copies over Justin Timberlake album Justified on previous page. The difference is that Beyonce turned big in Latin America and sold well already on her Destiny’s Child years in Japan, continuing that success with her debut solo album at 400,000 units there. Just like Justin, Beyonce remains a major selling force as of today and this album keeps on benefiting from that. If it isn’t already at 10 million, it will be there within’ the next couple of years at most.

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A&R

Please do one for Aaliyah’s self titled album!! Her fans are delusional and think it sold 13M copies when it hasn’t even sold 1M in the UK lol………Infact, none of her albums have sold 1M pure copies in the UK.

Last edited 4 months ago by A&R
Anthony Blanchard

Hi A&R!
Here is our analysis about Aaliyah’s career:
https://chartmasters.org/2017/02/cspc-aaliyah-popularity-analysis/13/

Daniel

I have only just seen your article, but felt I needed to post this. It relates to Iron Butterfly. Firstly, there was ONLY Gold certification before 1976. If an album sold 500 000 copies in the US< it was Gold. Period. The "Platinum" award was indeed the first such award given to an album. But it was by the record label. It signified that the album had sold TEN MILLION units. This was in 1969. Obviously, nobody has ever claimed that NO album had sold one million units before. That would be absurd. In the early 70's Iron Butterfly basically… Read more »

Iconic

False about Nelly Furtado’s loose. At the end of 2007, the album has sold 7.6 million copies WW but this album’s sales were updated in 2009 or 2010 and according to a press release, this album sold over 12 million copies WW. Also this album isn’t selling less than a JT or Beyonce album, if not they all sold about the same

hmm

Beyonce’s 11m was by label but as ‘records'(including single and others). but some fans didn’t know the difference and post it as the album sold 11m. lol
I love to see your break down on the album.

Gwen

I am curious about best selling soundtracks worldwide. Hope you will cover that in one of your next posts. Great job, thanks!

ryan

who is brandys Never Say Never Album?

Raffi

Nice work MJD! However, I want to point out that you already mentioned Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (page 10) on your first Fake 10 million sellers post.

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