Streaming Masters – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is the most successful solo act ever, his 1982 album Thriller is the one that has generated the most sales and his fame is massive absolutely everywhere. Is the King of Pop the king of streaming too?

Method

As detailed in the Fixing Log articleSpotify represents 157 million of the 272 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:

Audio Stream 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 272/157 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Results

Total: 5,901,445 EAS

Most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Billie Jean [Thriller]656,000
2. Beat It [Thriller]388,000
3. Love Never Felt So Good [Xscape]329,000
4. Thriller [Thriller]327,000
5. Don’t Matter To Me [Orphan]298,000
6. Smooth Criminal [Bad]241,000
7. Black or White [Dangerous]234,000
8. Man in the Mirror [Bad]218,000
9. The Way You Make Me Feel [Bad]198,000
10. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough [Off the Wall]191,000
11. They Don’t Care About Us [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I]167,000
12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) [Thriller]158,000
13. Rock with You [Off the Wall]143,000
14. Bad [Bad]135,000
15. Remember the Time [Dangerous]122,000
16. You Are Not Alone [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I]94,000
17. Dirty Diana [Bad]93,000
18. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ [Thriller]89,000
19. You Rock My World [Invincible]88,000
20. Heal the World [Dangerous]85,000

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Thomas Christiansen

Yesterday “Billie Jean” was streamed 675K times on Spotify. That’s usually more than enough to be the #1 MJ song on the platform. But, NOT on Halloween!!
“Thriller” was streamed a massive 2.443M times! And that’s just the album version! The version on “Numbers Ones” was streamed 543K! All told, “Thriller” was streamed an incredible 3.168M times yesterday – this classic truly is the soundtrack to Halloween.

HARSHIT KUMAR PATNAIK

WHY INDIA’S STREAMING PLATFORMS ARE NOT COUNTED? MJ IS MASSIVE AND THE BIGGEST WESTERN ICON HERE

Al

As far as I know is YouTube the biggest streaming platform in India. In fact YouTube streams in India are as big as the ones in the US, the UK, Germany and France combined. MJ’s Indian popularity is definitely reflected here from his YT streams.

Last edited 9 months ago by Al
HARSHIT KUMAR PATNAIK

Yeah and how did the Beatles jump to 8.9billion in Spotify in such a short time? That’s incredible..any reason for such a big jump in a short time?

HARSHIT KUMAR PATNAIK

I don’t understand y people irked by this comment ..who disliked this? If u want to know the truth ask any Indians or bollywood stars u would get this … infact every industry in India has” Local Michael Jackson” ..search it if u want like’ desi MJ,Indian MJ, bollywood MJ, South Indian Mj’

ABJ

Almost 6 million in streaming sales!

Rii

Thank you for this.
I never asked but you made it haha
RIP, Michael. Love you so much

Brit

What is up with the insecure, childish comments? If you prefer someone over MJ, then cool, but why come on his article and try to dismiss or downgrade him as an artist and his success instead of going on the person/people’s articles you do like? And shockingly, it’s coming from Queen/Freddie Mercury fans, which I never knew had an issue with MJ, but I guess the film is giving them some clout. Anyway, judging by the global heatmap article and this streaming article, MJ was truly an international megastar and nothing seems to be slowing his success down. That’s incredible… Read more »

Rii

Anything to hate or discredit Michael is a trend today. No artist get such negative treatment more than him even after 10years of his death.

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