Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

Celine Dion – A New Day Has Come (2002)

Claimed Sales – 12,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,400,000

One more “it must have got there” case. In fact, the album was a huge seller in 2002. It completed the IFPI year end chart on 7,9 million copies shipped. Surely, it must have got there? Well, it still hasn’t.

If you check carefully her France Album Sales article, you will notice this album shifted 87% of its to date sales during 2002 alone. It isn’t an isolated case, quite the opposite as France is one of the few countries where the album entered 2003 while it was still inside the Top 40 as in most markets it was big from March to October. In the US, the album was out of the Top 100 before the end of 2002. One may argue its soundscan sales jumped from 2,645,000 during that year to over 3,3 million by now, a 26% addition. Adding those 26% to 7,9 million would be inaccurate as that latter figure was about shipments and as the album was still active, in early 2003 the album was certified at 3 million sales, meaning once again some 87% of its 3,45 million shipments to date were done during 2002.

In the meantime, Celine Dion joined Mariah Carey with two entries on the list!

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Jarrad Hurley

Invincible started out as one of Michael’s fasted-ever selling albums but Sony cut all promotion for it within three months of release and defunded Michael’s planned film clips. It’s unfair to call the album a flop when you consider how well it did in the period when it was actually active – And it did that on the power of only one song that was promoted. I am not going to say Invincible was an incredible album (it wasn’t). But the album had a lot more potential than it showed and Sony didn’t allow it to find its feet. Certainly… Read more »

Pat Smith

Both Sony and Michael Jackson cut all promotion. Michael Jackson refused to perform Invincible songs when he had opportunities to do it. Instead, he decided to perform old stuff like Dangerous (2002) or Man In The Mirror (2001). That’s a strange way to promote his new album… He could have made more sales if he had just decided to perform his new songs. Michael Jackson also refused to get involved in his own video for “Cry”. How can he expect that the album Invincible will get some hype with such a bland video? That tends to show that he was… Read more »

Giuliano

Sorry but was Sony that refused to authorize MJ to perform the new songs. Always Sony decided to stop all kind of promotion ( including cutting short the budget for the Cry video and that’s why M Wasn’t in it ). In a radio interview before the release of the album MJ said clearly that he had planned to do a video for Umbrekable, the lost children and whatever happens at least and after that other kinds of promotions, maybe also a tour. He worked really long and hard as always on this record and had no reason at all… Read more »

Gina

Question is which of these albums held up & still sound fresh? Imo Invincible sounds better as time goes on

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