There is no "article". It's from this chart geek's forum where they make all kind of calculations etc: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=63110&p=5508681
Hence: "Thanks Pierpinto"
Calculated by the amount of weeks on the chart for both Singles and Albums combined. One point is gained for each week an album/or single appears in the Top 75:
BEST SELLING ALBUMS OF THE 80'S
01 Michael Jackson ' Thriller' (Epic 1983) 67 million
02 AC/DC 'Back In Black' (Alantic 1980) 34 million
03 Michael Jackson 'Bad' (Epic 1987) 33 million
04 Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Legend' (Island 1984) 32 million
05 Guns n' Roses 'Appetite For Destruction' (Geffen 1988) 29 million
06 Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms' (Warner 1985) 29 million
07 Bruce Springsteen 'Born In The USA' (Columbia 1984) 29 million
08 Soundtrack 'Dirty Dancing' (RCA 1987) 28 million
09 U2 ' The Joshua Tree' (Island 1987) 28 million
10 Queen 'Greatest Hits' (Elektra-EMI 1981) 28 Million
Are these numbers official?? - And if so, why are Thriller and BAD not certified better?
ALSO - if Thriller had already sold 67 million copies in 1990. - then it seems realistic that Thriller has now sold (25 years later!) around 100 million copies. - In 1990 many propably still had Thriller on MC (tape) or LP - they have maybe bought a CD version later, and maybe also 2001 special edition and T25.
Those numbers are not number of copies sold in the 80s, but total number of copies sold of albums released in the 80s.
Nothing new. This is their list from February 2013:
Thriller 66 MIL
Bad 32 MIL
Dangerous 30 MIL
Off The Wall 20 MIL
HIStory 20 MIL
So is that officially Dangerous is only 2 million behind Bad?
Amazing that he has 5 out of 6 adult studio albums in that list. A stunning achievement.
Like respect77 said there are no official numbers for global sales because there is no official organisation that counts global sales, but it is the only reliable source for global sales and it is considered pretty accurate. So it's not official official, but it is as close as it can be.
Yeah, MJ has 5/6 studio albums on Albums All Time Chart and 3 albums in Albums Decade Chart
40. Michael Jackson - Thriller (including 25th Anniversary Reissue) - 10 million copies
53. Michael Jackson - Number Ones - 9 million copies
97. Michael Jackson - Invincible - 7 million copies
Wow, I thought Invincible had surpassed 10 million in its first year?
The drop from 20m to 7 is staggering. But I guess US sales count for most of that.
Number 97 in the decade sounds way too low.
Every time a MJ albums appears on the 200 list I wonder if that's because of a promotion stunt or just because people really love his album?
Thriller, Number Ones and Essential are regularly on the Billboard 200. No promotion or "stunt". What kind of stunt and promotion would it be if not even the fandom knows about it? And all the time?
I know that Number Ones, Essential and Thriller are regularly on the 200. But it's not common that you see Bad on the Billboard 200. I was just wondering if there was a particular occasion that got Bad on the 200 list...
Yes I too, it is on the BB200 since weeks or maybe month. On the time of Bad 25-release it hasn`t had this popularity. On the other hand Thriller is out now since a longer time.
No joke. I would think that current artists releasing new music would be gnashing their teeth in jealousy. Pretty amazing to me. Love it, though.Considering the poor general record sales, selling 231,000 copies of albums in half a year without any promotion is very good. Projecting that to a year that would be almost 500,000 copies. With no promotion, no anniversary, now new release. That's very good IMO.