Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Nelly Furtado – Loose (2006)

Claimed Sales – 12,000,000
Estimated Sales – 7,600,000

Worldwide sales are so easy to track these days that it is quite amazing to see an album with claimed sales being so wrong for so long.

Loose by Nelly Furtado was clearly one of the success stories of 2006 and 2007 years with a bunch of incredibly successful songs. Enough hits to push an album with very low expectations to some 2,3 million units sold in the US plus 1,1 million in the UK.

In Canada at 600,000 units or in Germany at 1,1 million the success was even bigger proportionally speaking. Nevertheless, selling more than expected means success, not necessarily record breaking sales. Those four markets add for 5,1 million units, far from enough for a 10 million sales claim worldwide with only 200,000-ish copies sold in each Latin America, Oceania and Asia. Great but not amazing sales in countries like France or Italy help but do not fulfil the gap til’ the claimed tally.

In reality, there is very little debate. As per both IFPI year end lists and Universal annual reports, we know this album shipped 6,8 million in 2006 and 2007 combined. It continued to sell a bit in 2008 and a few in later years but the bulk of shipments happened before the end of 2007. Still, this album keeps being widely reported as a 12 million selling album. Unlike Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, Nelly Furtado failed to retain a strong popularity and this album is selling much less than the other two stars respective albums.

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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 1 year ago by A&R
Anthony Blanchard

Hi A&R!
Here is our analysis about Aaliyah’s career:


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 »


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


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.


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


who is brandys Never Say Never Album?


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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