Mariah Carey – Emotions (1991)
Claimed Sales – 12,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,200,000
Some sources which often post the most inflated number that can be found on the internet (do you see which website I’m referring to?) actually put this album on 8 million units sold up to date while in a market by market comparison it is on par with albums claimed at 15 million units by the same site!
Using her strong Asian sales to compensate her still-in-the-making European success, Mariah Carey almost made it with her second album Emotions. A rather poor catalog seller, it seems forever is separating this album from reaching the magical mark.
We will be noticing many 8-9 million selling albums claimed on 12 million copies. Inflating figures even more is often used to make the lower-exaggeration look like a given fact. This explains the gap from the 8 million figure, a real major communication which appears to be outdated now but still repeated, and the wishful thinking 12 million claim.