CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Got to Be There (1972)
Page 5: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Ben (1972)
Page 6: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Music & Me (1973)
Page 7: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Forever Michael (1975)
Page 8: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Off the Wall (1979)
Page 9: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Thriller (1982)
Page 10: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Bad (1987)
Page 11: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Dangerous (1991)
Page 12: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)
Page 13: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Invincible (2001)
Page 14: Original Album Sales (The Jacksons) – Michael (2010)
Page 15: Original Album Sales (The Jacksons) – Xscape (2014)
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 17: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 18: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 19: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 20: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 21: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 22: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 23: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 24: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 25: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 26: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 27: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 28: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 29: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 30: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 31: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 1
Page 32: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 2
Page 33: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 3
Page 34: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 4
Page 35: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 5
Page 36: Remaining Long Format – Live / Remix / OST
Page 37: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets
Page 38: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos 1
Page 39: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos 2
Page 40: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 41: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)
Page 42: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1 (2001)
Page 43: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Number Ones (2003)
Page 44: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – The Essential (2005)
Page 45: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – King of Pop (2008)
Page 46: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – This Is It (2009)
Page 47: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 48: CSPC Results
Page 49: Biggest Tracks
Page 50: Achievements

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At the time of writing, ‘Thriller’ has now topped 120 million EAS.

It’s astounding to think that one album has been more successful that the entire career output (so far) of some pretty big international acts. Dire Straits, Coldplay, RHCP, Simon and Garfunkel, Adele, Drake and Rihanna to name a few…


Apart from Simon and Garfunkel, you’re right according to this system


Yes, sorry, I meant to say ‘The Doors’. Thank you for the correction!


Michael Jackson was part of Thriller album, there was dozens of workers and inventors, everyone’s goal was maximum commercialism or sales. That’s why its rating is not at the top. Not so creative. Call product.


I’m not necessarily saying than I’m a fan of either Jackson or ‘Thriller’. Just commenting on the enormous success it has achieved regardless of how many people were involved in it’s creation.


How is it any less creative, than say Blood on the Tracks, OK Computer, Nevermind, Sticky Fingers etc

You just sound like a bitter snob, finding fault and putting something down, just because it’s not to your taste.


Read everyone’s reviews from the critics. They say it better. Are Agatha Christie books better than, let’s say Herman Hesse, John Steinbeck or L-F Celine? I just threw a comment out of context. It’s not dangerous.


No, it’s bollocks. It’s not everyone’s reviews, it’s a certain subset of societys reviews. Do you really think hip hop magazines, bang on about or even give a fuck about, the merits or validity of Blonde On Blonde or Pet Sounds. On top of that, the majority of the world couldn’t give a toss what critics say, let alone use them as a barometer of what music they enjoy or want to buy. I don’t know what you deem as creative but for me, Thriller is on many levels. It’s not only the most popular album of all time and… Read more »


What’s your point? That’s like 99% of music out there!


There is an interesting comment in Sandra Bullock’s film The Lost City. She plays a romance novelist who’s extremely popular but would prefer to write serious work. The cover model says, “How can I be embarrassed by something that brings so much joy to so many people?”
If you like something, enjoy it. But don’t try to negate someone else’s happiness.
Same with your quote about Agatha Christie. Hundreds of millions of people bought her books. It obviously brought them joy. Why insult their taste?

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 9 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 9 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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