Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

Eminem – Recovery (2010)

Claimed Sales – 10,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,200,000

Pretty much all huge selling solo artists of the last 30 years are up there in this article, so for this last album Eminem is a very fitting example. This is one more very interesting case as even some so-called chart experts on the ATRL forum spread such nonsense. With sales strongly focused in the year of 2010, the album was #1 for that year with 6,0 million sales as shown in Universal’s report. It was out of the IFPI Top 50 for 2011, denoting under 1 million copies shipped.

The funny thing is that the original source of the 10 million claim is an article from the Guardian dated from way back in 2012, at that time the album was at barely over 7 million units.

Don't believe

The most downloaded and streamed song released before the internet era is Journey‘s Don’t Stop Believing. I’m sorry guys but I think now is really the time to stop believing as far as fake information is concerned!

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, EMI, Universal, BMG, PolyGram, Fake claims coming from Wikipedia, Billboard, Guardian, ATRL, Mediatraffic.

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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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