CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Got to be There (1972) – 1,488,000 equivalent albums

Got to be There – 2,130,000
Rockin’ Robin – 1,970,000
I Wanna Be Where You Are – 680,000
Ain’t No Sunshine – 180,000

Ben (1972) – 747,000 equivalent albums

Ben – 2,490,000

Music & Me (1973) – 69,000 equivalent albums

With A Child’s Heart – 160,000
Morning Glow – 25,000
Music & Me – 25,000
Happy – 20,000

Forever, Michael (1975) – 204,000 equivalent albums

We’re Almost There – 230,000
Just A Little Bit Of You – 450,000

Got to be There, Rockin’ Robin and Ben were all massive US hits. In terms of schedule, they perfectly followed the smashes of the Jackson 5. In fact, combined the brothers sold 25 million singles from 1970 to 1972, an incredible total. The years from 1973-1975 were nowhere near as big with less than 1 million sales in total.

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Jorge Neto

Hi MJD, do you have any estimate of how many albums Michael sold since his passing in 2009? According to Soundscan he sold 16.1 million albums in the US alone as of 2019, is it possible to make a worldwide figure?


some of y’all need to shut up
michael had 6 studio albums and the beatles 13
the beatles did it in 7 years and mj in 22 years

the thing is that both found their own way into their success and there’s no excuse to invalidate the other, just SHUT UPPPPP


Not to mention that Michael has actually 10 studio albums. Anyway, they’re both icons

Last edited 4 months ago by Sonique

He had 6 albums as an adult. If we don’t add
The other four albums ,they won’t affect that

Last edited 4 months ago by Suhayb

mj I a solo artist being compared to a band , I think that says enough


Just out of curiosity, there probably are good reasons, but is History the only album that is counted twice? Or are any of the other (double) albums also treated this way?


I hope this works so they could answer you soon


Why number of sales are changing?
Do they update daily?


Streams are updated daily. The EAS from streams cause movement on their sales.


Alas, the question is probably too dumb/difficult or easy for me to search for


Well disc one of history is a compilation and disc two is a studio album and disc on is certified platinum in the us but disc two is certified 8 times platinum in the us so the compilation and studio album are considered like two separate things even though they are put together.

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