Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005)

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

After Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, it is Madonna’s turn to get her second entry in this listing!

For such a successful comeback, it would be much nicer to argue it shifted 10 million worldwide. In reality this album was the 6th most shipped of 2005 worldwide with 6,3 million units and was out of 2006’s Top 50, again with a cut at slightly more than 2 million.

The album was at least enjoying some decent catalog sales until late 2009 when Celebration was released. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 it charted inside the UK Top 200 album chart for example. Ironically, I mentioned on the page of her debut album that it would have reached 10 million if The Immaculate Collection was released later. This story repeats itself again!

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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 »


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 »


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

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