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Thanx4nothin
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:09 AM
I know he is pretty much the biggest musical superstar EVER, but can anyone confirm this...because it's claimed in a few places including Wikipedia, but even on Wikipedia, the discography breakdown of his sales doesn't even approach 750 million.

:confused:

youizahoe
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:18 AM
750 million albums and songs, yes.

Thanx4nothin
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:26 AM
Oh that includes singles? Righteo! Thank you much! :) what an amazing man...

volta
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:27 AM
wiki is not reliable AT ALL

i dont think that he sold that much even if you add singles sales.
It might get close with all The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons catalog but i still doubt it

youizahoe
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:40 AM
wiki is not reliable AT ALL

i dont think that he sold that much even if you add singles sales.
It might get close with all The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons catalog but i still doubt it

Sony said also that he sold over 750 million songs.

Thanx4nothin
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:41 AM
I know everyones gets inflated so I suppose COMPARITIVELY it is accurate enough.

youizahoe
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:46 AM
120 million (=thriller) still sells up to 130k in the usa each year
32 million (=dangerous)
30 million (=bad)
20 million (=history)
20 million (=off the wall)

That's the info i found recently, and that's already 222 million and that doesn't include singles and some albums.

^bibi^
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:46 AM
He did, you just have to remeber that he sold all these copeis at the time when there was no internet to download them from and people were actually buying CD's or discs lol

volta
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Sony said also that he sold over 750 million songs.

Sony is smocking crack :lol:

not saying that it didnt happen but i think that its HIGHLY unlikely (i need to go check the certifications)

Monica_Rules
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Thriller sold 51million

Nervenbuendel
Jun 26th, 2009, 11:53 AM
In former times the music market was a real gold mine, I once read that "The Beatles" sold one billion copies of singles and albums (this includes vinyl and CDs). Michael Jackson's career extended for some forty years and in the 80ies and early 90ies almost every title on an album was released as single also (for instance: the "Thriller" songs).

So there might be some truth in this unbelievable number.

volta
Jun 26th, 2009, 12:04 PM
back in 06 his figures were something like this

22 millions albums sold worldwide with the motown
OTW: 18M
THRILLER: 59M
BAD: 29M
dangerous: 30M
History: 19M
BOTDF: 4.6M
INVINCIBLE: 8.3M
HGHV1: 3M
#1s: 6M
THE ESSENTIAL: 2M

179 millions sold with Epic, so 201 millions worldwide.

For the singles:

15 millions with motown
17 millions of the 9 singles of dangerous
11 millions of the singles of History

tennisbear7
Jun 26th, 2009, 12:48 PM
He's sold more than just about every other artist. Number is kind of irrelevant?

Thanx4nothin
Jun 26th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Supposedly thriller sold 109 million. WOW.

Wikipedia also claims Elvis and the Beatles sold upwards of a billion records each!

volta
Jun 26th, 2009, 01:01 PM
He's sold more than just about every other artist. Number is kind of irrelevant?

yeap. it doesn't matter now .

youizahoe
Jun 26th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Who sold the most albums ever?

When it comes to determining how many records of one particular album, have been sold, it can be close to impossible to determine who has sold the most and when it comes to similar artists, with the similar fan base, the details become even grittier, making accurate results even more challenging. Add to that the fact that with the explosion of music being downloaded off of the Internet for free, the most albums ever sold does not in fact, automatically determine the most popular album or the album most listened to.

The album with the most records sold is Thriller by Michael Jackson. Although it is impossible to tell just how many records have been sold altogether, it’s generally known that the album has sold over 100 million copies. Although this was the sixth album for Jackson, it was the one that really put him on the pop map and helped propel him to the mega-success that he would become. Besides Thriller, it also contained hits such as Billie Jean and Beat It. The album had a budget of $750,000 and Jackson spent April to November of 1982 recording it. The album with the most copies ever sold was released on November 30, 1982.

Barrie_Dude
Jun 28th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Yes, he sold 750,000,000 albums world wide. I think he was only outsold by The Beatles and Elvis who have each sold over 1 billion.

kiwifan
Jun 28th, 2009, 08:29 PM
I thought that was just Thriller. :devil:

kiwifan
Jun 28th, 2009, 08:32 PM
Seriously, from traveling around the world, I'd say Bob Marley is the most popular artist in the "3rd World" and I'd give it to the Beatles as the most popular in the Western World but I'd say Michael especially in the 80s had his moments where he was bigger than both and he's probably (even with all the scandal) top 5 Worldwide.

Who doesn't love "ABC" or "Wannabe Startin' Somethin'" :cool:

Adal
Jun 28th, 2009, 08:35 PM
Here's the list I came across earlier
1 - Beatles = 346.500.000 (12/2007)
2 - Michael Jackson = 205.500.000 (09/2008)
3 - Pink Floyd = 193.700.000 (02/2008)
4 - Elvis Presley = 187.000.000
5 - Madonna = 185.300.000 (01/2008)
6 - Elton John = 177.200.000 (01/2008)
7 - Queen = 170.100.000 (09/2008)
8 - Rolling Stones = 169.100.000
9 - U2 = 166.400.000 (02/2008)
10 - Led Zeppelin = 165.500.000 (01/2008)I think it only includes album sales though.

kiwifan
Jun 28th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Here's the list I came across earlier
I think it only includes album sales though.

FYI - I believe "Michael Jackson" doesn't include the "Jackson 5" or "The Jacksons" (when they left Motown they couldn't ball themselves the J5 anymore) - just like the Beatles doesn't include Wings and various solo work.

Barrie_Dude
Jun 28th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Here's the list I came across earlier
I think it only includes album sales though.
Or it is not worldwide. Album sales should be much higher for Elvis and the Beatles

Adal
Jun 28th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Or it is not worldwide. Album sales should be much higher for Elvis and the Beatles
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d5/digital_talent/ms7-2.gif

LDF
Jun 28th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Who sold the most albums ever?

When it comes to determining how many records of one particular album, have been sold, it can be close to impossible to determine who has sold the most and when it comes to similar artists, with the similar fan base, the details become even grittier, making accurate results even more challenging. Add to that the fact that with the explosion of music being downloaded off of the Internet for free, the most albums ever sold does not in fact, automatically determine the most popular album or the album most listened to.

The album with the most records sold is Thriller by Michael Jackson. Although it is impossible to tell just how many records have been sold altogether, itís generally known that the album has sold over 100 million copies. Although this was the sixth album for Jackson, it was the one that really put him on the pop map and helped propel him to the mega-success that he would become. Besides Thriller, it also contained hits such as Billie Jean and Beat It. The album had a budget of $750,000 and Jackson spent April to November of 1982 recording it. The album with the most copies ever sold was released on November 30, 1982.

Quote your source if you're just going to copy and paste it :p

http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainn ameatlonglast.com/most109.html

Dodoboy.
Jun 28th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Michael > (Elvis and Beatles)

Who disagrees - is wrong.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 28th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Quote your source if you're just going to copy and paste it :p

http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainn ameatlonglast.com/most109.html

:o :tape: :help:

Plagiarism is a big no no Glenn.

Michael > (Elvis and Beatles)

Who disagrees - is wrong.

Debatable. I would put the Beatles above Michael. Not only their body of work but their individual works far outway what Michael did. Not to mention they have sold more albums when the world was a smaller place.

But that's just my opinion.

Barrie_Dude
Jul 1st, 2009, 07:04 PM
Michael > (Elvis and Beatles)

Who disagrees - is wrong.:cuckoo: :crazy: :retard:

winone23
Jul 1st, 2009, 09:20 PM
:o :tape: :help:

Plagiarism is a big no no Glenn.



Debatable. I would put the Beatles above Michael. Not only their body of work but their individual works far outway what Michael did. Not to mention they have sold more albums when the world was a smaller place.

But that's just my opinion.

I would, put Michael before the Beatles. He had a much broader appeal. I only know two Beatles songs.

Bilbo123
Jul 1st, 2009, 09:48 PM
Michael > (Elvis and Beatles)

Who disagrees - is wrong.

not yet but any expert is sure he'll accomplish that in the next few years

Cat's Pajamas
Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:39 AM
I would, put Michael before the Beatles. He had a much broader appeal. I only know two Beatles songs.

Well no offense but if you've only heard two songs you must have been living under a rock. Possibly your family just never played their music? You also have to consider their peak was way before you or I were born.


Yesterday, Hey Jude, Help, Come Together, Get Back, Let It Be, Yellow Submarine, Here Comes the Sun, Ticket to Ride, Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, We Can Work it Out, etc.

And then you have individual works like Imagine, Live and Let Die, and the list just goes on...forever.

Br'er Rabbit
Jul 2nd, 2009, 05:25 AM
I've pretty much heard all every MJ song and I'm only 19 but I could only name you two Beetle songs. I would say people of older generations would know of their music, but for many people especially the one's living in the 70s, 80s, and 90s would definitely know MJ and his songs.

doni1212
Jul 2nd, 2009, 12:59 PM
I've pretty much heard all every MJ song and I'm only 19 but I could only name you two Beetle songs. I would say people of older generations would know of their music, but for many people especially the one's living in the 70s, 80s, and 90s would definitely know MJ and his songs.

Me too. Same age, same statistic.

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2009, 08:32 PM
Well no offense but if you've only heard two songs you must have been living under a rock. Possibly your family just never played their music? You also have to consider their peak was way before you or I were born.


Yesterday, Hey Jude, Help, Come Together, Get Back, Let It Be, Yellow Submarine, Here Comes the Sun, Ticket to Ride, Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, We Can Work it Out, etc.

And then you have individual works like Imagine, Live and Let Die, and the list just goes on...forever.

I haven't been living under a rock I just don't know the Beatles' Music. They were before my time and
you got me I know 3 Beatles songs, Yesterday, Can't Buy me Love, and Imagine (which I know is John's)