Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

50 Cent – The Massacre (2005)

Claimed Sales – 13,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,600,000

2005 was truly a year busy with blockbusters that almost made it to the 10 million mark but never completed the mark. There are still several albums which did it (Nickelback‘s All The Right Reasons, Coldplay‘s X&Y, Black Eyed PeasMonkey Business and Eminem‘s Curtain Call) but not the last three studied here.

The Massacre has been commercially pretty similar to  the Mariah Carey album above. Both albums were released in early 2005 selling the bulk of their copies inside that calendar year. Both sold similar amounts for the year in the US (4,97 million to 4,85 million with the lead  in favour of Mariah Carey) and Worldwide (7,7 million to 7,5 million again in Mariah Carey’s favour).

Unlike The Emancipation Of Mimi, The Massacre was dead in early 2006 having already fallen out of the Top 100. It means the album had fewer unsold copies out of its 2005 shipment, but also that it sold less. In fact, it added only 520,000 copies to its Soundscan tally from the start of 2006 to date. The album had a bit more longevity outside the US thanks to the rapper’s worldwide tour, which explains why it adds 1,1 million copies shipped despite the relatively low US figure. All in all, it remains nowhere near the 13 million figure that is widely reported in every news piece about the artist.

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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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