CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

0090 - Michael Jackson - Dangerous

Digital Singles Sales – Part 3

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

Dangerous (1991) – 1,037,000 equivalent albums

Black Or White – 2,580,000
Remember The Time – 870,000
In The Closet – 300,000
Jam – 280,000
Who Is It – 220,000
Heal The World – 1,180,000
Give In To Me – 260,000
Will You Be There – 750,000
Gone Too Soon – 140,000
Dangerous – 200,000
Remaining tracks – 130,000

HIStory (1995) – 903,000 equivalent albums

Scream – 610,000
You Are Not Alone – 2,160,000
Earth Song – 1,020,000
They Don’t Care About Us – 1,340,000
Stranger In Moscow – 280,000
Smile – 210,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

Although lower than songs from Thriller and Bad, downloads from Dangerous and HIStory are extraordinary. Their pattern is very similar, both have one song over 2 million, Black or White on  Dangerous and You Are Not Alone on HIStory, both have two songs around 1 million and both have close totals at 7 million and 6 million respectively.

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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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