CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

David Greene's Michael Jackson

Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between albums and digital singles.

Got to be There (1972) – 252,000 equivalent albums

Got to be There – 340,000
Rockin’ Robin – 680,000
I Wanna Be Where You Are – 190,000
Ain’t No Sunshine – 370,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Ben (1972) – 182,000 equivalent albums

Ben – 1,030,000
Remaining tracks – 180,000

Music & Me (1973) – 20,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 130,000

Forever, Michael (1975) – 33,000 equivalent albums

One Day In Your Life – 120,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

While none of those figures are record-breaking, they are quite nice. Got to be There has 4 tracks which continue to be alive which in itself is surprising. Ben only has one, the title track, but that’s a million seller.

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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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