CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 3

Both #1 hits from Off The Wall have well over 50 million streams on Spotify and 100 million on YouTube. The remaining two Top 10 hits are over 14 million on both platforms. Those results are impressive, even more impressive are the insane streaming figures of every album track. All the songs are over 2,5 million on Spotify and Working Day And Night has a stunning 12 million, an album track with more streams than many #1s from its era. This great showing is worth 241,000 equivalent album sales for Off The Wall.

With Thriller, we enter uncharted territory. A territory where 3 35-years old songs can be well over 100 million streams on Spotify with one on 267 million. A territory where those 3 songs can combined for 1,9 billion views on YouTube. A territory where 4 more singles can average 48 million Spotify spins. A territory where both album tracks are on their way to hitting 10 million. If Thriller was the hottest album out there in 1983, it remains the hottest LP of its era up to this day with streams worth almost 1 million album 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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