Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers Part #2

Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe (1978)

Claimed Sales – 10,000,000
Estimated Sales – 3,900,000

On par with Oxygène, follow up album Equinoxe has its own legend, itself often being the subject of a lot of unrealistic claim. Just like its predecessor, there is no way someone can contradict how successful it was. Still, even with 1,35 million copies sold in France, this album is nowhere near 10 million worldwide.

With about 2,8 million units shifted in Europe and slightly more than 1 million elsewhere, it is still a truly big 1978 release. In some markets like in Netherlands and in Japan it even outperformed Oxygène. Those two album have defined Jean-Michel Jarre as the cult pioneer of electronica music.

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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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