Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream (2009)

Claimed Sales – 14,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,200,000

The case of Susan Boyle is a very interesting one. She is hardly an artist with a legion of die hard fans defending her case on Social Media platforms. In spite of this, her image has been sold as the Cinderella story, the one nobody expects and breaks records of all kinds. It is rather natural to see ridiculously inflated figures come out for such examples, as it happened with this 14 million claim about her debut album I Dreamed A Dream.

Her success has been indeed extraordinary as she topped the global chart of 2009 ahead of the Black Eyed Peas’ previously mentioned album and Michael Jackson’s This Is It. She did so quite easily as she sold 8,3 million units for the year, a notable 2,9 million lead over her runner up. She did all this within’ a mere five weeks.

The problem with such Christmas cash-ins is that they get heavily shipped during the busiest season of the year, sell all those copies during the first quarter of the following year, and are usually dead by Q2, which is exactly what happened here.

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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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