CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Michael Jackson in Barcelona

Digital Singles Sales – Part 4

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

Invincible (2001) – 273,000 equivalent albums

You Rock My World – 1,040,000
Butterflies – 370,000
Remaining tracks – 410,000

Michael (2010) – 434,000 equivalent albums

Hold My Hand – 1,430,000
Remaining tracks – 1,460,000

Xscape (2014) – 644,000 equivalent albums

Love Never Felt So Good – 2,900,000
Remaining tracks – 1,390,000

Orphan – 510,000 equivalent albums

Say Say Say – 340,000
Somebody’s Watching Me – 1,010,000
We Are The World – 1,070,000
Blood On The Dancefloor – 140,000
Ghosts – 160,000
One More Chance – 170,000
This Is It – 100,000
Remaining tracks – 500,000

While albums Invincible, Michael and Xscape enjoyed far less single releases than their predecessors, each of them have one million selling download. The biggest of the three is the 2014 hit Love Never Felt So Good that benefited from a strong Asian smash to amass 2,9 million sales.

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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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