Destroying Myths: Fake 10 million sellers

Blondie – Parallel Lines (1978)

Claimed Sales – 20,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,700,000

This classic Blondie album does hold a record – the most ridiculously inflated non-10 million selling album ever! Widely reported as a 20 million seller, including by Billboard’s website, this record sold just 3 million copies in the US and 4 million in Europe.

Just like Barbra Streisand, this doesn’t mean the album wasn’t successful. In fact, only about 40 studio albums released during the 70s managed to sell 10 million copies, 30 of which are rock albums by classic bands, which made it thanks to a decade of enduring catalog sales. If you wonder which female-led albums from that decade passed this milestone, well, there are only two – Carole King’s monster album Tapestry (22 million) and ABBA’s top seller Arrival. Both Parallel Lines and A Star Is Born are precisely #3 and #4 of the decade among female-sung studio albums.

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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 »

Giuliano

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 »

Gina

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

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