CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 4

Combining Spotify and YouTube streams, as many as 4 songs from Bad crack the 300 million mark. The remaining 5 songs issued as singles back in the day are in the 14-45 million range on Spotify. Speed Demon also continues the string of unbelievably strong album tracks at more than 10 million. The 8 outtakes added to the 25th anniversary edition all have over 1,5 million streams too. Those all-around golden numbers amount for 662,000 equivalent album sales.

Dangerous too is pretty amazing. The total of 364,000 equivalent album sales is lower, but still stunning nonetheless. The comparison with history-making albums like Thriller and Bad is kind of unfair. If we compare it to U2‘s Achtung Baby, a very solid Rock smash released at the same time, Dangerous crushes it by almost 2 to 1. Black Or White tops 100 million on Spotify and 8 more songs have a rounded 10 million or more. Among them is the title track, which is one more non-single that is up to massive numbers.

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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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