Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D. (2009)

Claimed Sales – 11,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,100,000

Sometimes we wonder why the Media do not check their facts before publishing something. It is really not that hard to identify reliable information in many cases. For a very long time Universal has been posting its Yearly top 10 most shipped albums with figures. On this widely communicated public document you can see both Year End charts for 2009 and 2010, showing respectively 5,4 million and 2,6 million sales for Black Eyed Peas’ album The E.N.D., a total of 8,0 million.

While this album was still selling by early 2011, it is pretty clear that its catalog sales do not reach 2 more million, that did not happen off the radar during a period of such weak album sales overall. For a 2009 album, coming so close to 10 million is still a considerable achievement.

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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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