The Michael Jackson Chart Watch

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Rockin Robin was certified Silver in the UK for sales of 200,000. Sales are from 2004 onwards.

Also, Dangerous re-entered the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart at Number 98. This is the first time probably since 2009-10, that Dangerous has appeared on any Billboard chart. I suspect it is due to the 30th anniversary. Just imagine if we get Dangerous 30, Dangerous album will re-enter the Billboard 200.
 

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- Earth Song is certified 2x platinum in the UK for units sold of 1,200,000. This certification was long overdue.

- Number Ones make history as it ties Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell as the longest charting album by a solo artist in the UK. Next week, Michael will break the record and become the artist with the longest charting album by a solo artist. Only albums by bands and groups are ahead of Number Ones.
 

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More videoes would have been passed the 1 billion stream if the estate had not taken down the videoes en re-uploaded them. - They lost all their views back then.
 

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Thriller (album) was certified 15x platinum in the UK recently for sales of 4.5 million. It was last certified in 2016.

Bad (album) was certified 14x platinum in the UK recently for sales of 4.2 million. It’s first certification in the UK since the early 90s.
 

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Billboard Year End 2021

Billboard 200 Albums:
Thriller: #73 (+38 from last year)
The Essential Michael Jackson: #163 (-14 from last year)

Top R&B Albums:
Thriller: #9 (+5)
The Essential Michael Jackson: #19 (Same as last year)

Vinyl Albums:
Thriller: #9 (-1)

Catalog Albums:
Thriller: #11 (+15)
The Essential Michael Jackson: #37 (-6)

Top Album Sales:
Thriller: #16 (+16)

Top R&B / Hip Hop Albums:
Thriller: #52 (+45)

Top Artists:
Michael Jackson: #79 (+15)

Billboard 200 Artists:
Michael Jackson: #42 (+9)

Top R&B Albums Artists:
Michael Jackson: #4 (+4)

Catalog Artists:
Michael Jackson: #6 (+2)

Top Album Sales Artists:
Michael Jackson: #21

Another great year for Michael in the US. His performance improved from last year on almost every chart.
 
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Top artists nr 79
Does this means his total sales of the year (albums, downloads etc) were good enough to rank at nr 79 of the year?
He surely is the oldest act on the list that high ranked? Maybe Queen and The Beatles feature higher?

I can't understand how thriller is still yearly in the top 100 best selling albums. It seems to sell more since Michael's passing than it did during the 90s and 00s. Impressive either way but I wish the other albums were good catalogue sellers as well.
 

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Top artists nr 79
Does this means his total sales of the year (albums, downloads etc) were good enough to rank at nr 79 of the year?
He surely is the oldest act on the list that high ranked? Maybe Queen and The Beatles feature higher?

Yes, it includes sales & streams of both albums and singles. Out of the classic artists, only the Beatles (#59), Queen (#69) and Elton John (#75) are higher than Michael Jackson on the top artists list of 2021. Obviously Queen and Elton John have had biopics recently and The Beatles have just recently had a documentary released on Disney. Michael sadly doesn't get a lot of positive publicity. If he did, he would be ranked in the top 50.
I can't understand how thriller is still yearly in the top 100 best selling albums. It seems to sell more since Michael's passing than it did during the 90s and 00s. Impressive either way but I wish the other albums were good catalogue sellers as well.
Thriller is a great catalogue seller. Sadly every artist eventually becomes synonymous with one album or one song that becomes their signature and what the general public will remember them for. For Michael, it's the Thriller album. For Prince, it's the Purple Rain album.
 

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Yes considering the nothing but bad press in the past 2 years and the lack of new releases it is quite impressive. I'm curious to see if this musical will have an impact.
 

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Is there any way to find out how much his other records sold in 2021?
I would really like to compare.
How about downloadeds, there should be transparacy about such things.
 

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Is there any way to find out how much his other records sold in 2021?
I would really like to compare.
How about downloadeds, there should be transparacy about such things.
I usually go to the below link to get any information about sales and streams.

Unfortunately, other than Thriller and The Essential albums, other albums sell very little units to appear on any charts.
 

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Some of Michael's 2021 achievements on the charts and streaming world:

- Off The Wall was certified 9X platinum for units sold of 9 million in the US.
- Bad was certified 11X platinum for units sold of 11 million in the US.
- Thriller was certified 34X platinum for units sold of 34 million in the US.
- Number Ones went 5X platinum for units sold of 5 million in the US.
- The Essential Michael Jackson went 5X platinum for units sold of 2.5 million in the US. It's a two disc album so 2.5 X 2 = 5.
- In June, Billie Jean became Michael's first video to hit 1 billion views on youtube. It is currently has over 1.1b views, which means it has hit over 100m views since, and that is great.
- Billie Jean also became Michael's first song to surpass 1 billion streams on spotify.
- Number Ones became the first 21st century released album to spend 500 weeks on the UK albums chart.
- Number Ones also became the the album with most weeks spent on the UK albums chart by a solo artist, when it surpassed Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell's record of 522 weeks.
- I Want You Back went 2X platinum in the UK for combined units sold of 1.2 million.
- Due to Halloween, Thriller (song) re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #19, which was the song's highest position on the chart since March 1984.
- As a result, Michael has had at least one top 20 hit on the main singles chart in the US in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. That is SEVEN consecutive decades.
- Following its' 30th anniversary, Dangerous returned to Billboard 200 at #85, charting for the first time since 2010.
- Thriller (album) was certified 15X platinum for sales of 4.5 million in the UK.
- Bad (album) was certified 14X platinum for sales of 4.2 million in the UK.
- Earth Song was certified 2X platinum for sales of 1.2 million in the UK.

As a keen follower of the charts, 2021 was a great year for Michael. I hope for more of the same in 2022. :)
 

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cool though I'm surprised at Bad's 11 times platinum stat in the USA. It never charts and I believe it was only at 7 times platinum around 2009. Did they find " lost" sales or so like how the Eagles and Elvis often find forgotten sales numbers lol
 

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cool though I'm surprised at Bad's 11 times platinum stat in the USA. It never charts and I believe it was only at 7 times platinum around 2009. Did they find " lost" sales or so like how the Eagles and Elvis often find forgotten sales numbers lol
Just because Bad doesn't chart, it doesn't mean it doesn't sell. And Bad did chart again after release of Bad 25.

Also, Bad was certified 8x platinum in 1994 and then 9x platinum in 2013. Then 10x platinum in 2017 and 11x platinum in 2021. In 27 years, I can believe that it has sold 3 million units, even if it doesn't regularly chart like Thriller does. Michael's case is nothing like the Eagles, who found sale figures of 10 million out of nowhere from 2006-18.

Finally, we need to remember that they are constantly changing the rules. These certifications doesn't just include the physical or digital sales. They also include streams from spotify, apple music, amazon etc. They also now include youtube video streams and obviously Michael's videos get a lot of views.

And according to the link provided below, Bad should have been 11x platinum for units sold of 11 million in 2017, so it was undercertified for many years:

https://chartmasters.org/2017/09/understanding-riaa-label-audits-the-case-of-michael-jackson/11/
 

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Streams and youtube views count? In that case thriller will surely jump over the eagles again very soon.
Not sure how you can equate streams with sales though, especially since spotify and youtube are free…
But I don’t make the rules.
 

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Streams and youtube views count? In that case thriller will surely jump over the eagles again very soon.
Not sure how you can equate streams with sales though, especially since spotify and youtube are free…
But I don’t make the rules.
Thriller will takeover the Eagles within the next decade, if the Eagles don't manage to find more dodgy sales lol. It has sold over 500,000 units this year alone, and with its 40th anniversary next year and the possibility of its anniversary re-release, it will sell even more in 2022.

Streaming is the way music is consumed nowadays. It counts for like 80% of the way music is consumed by its consumers. They have to include streams now. Also spotify also has its premium users, which isn't free. I believe those premium user streams are given more weight than streams from free spotify users. Also, youtube streams don't count for as much spotify streams, as far as I am aware.
 
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Some of Michael's 2021 achievements on the charts and streaming world:

- Off The Wall was certified 9X platinum for units sold of 9 million in the US.
- Bad was certified 11X platinum for units sold of 11 million in the US.
- Thriller was certified 34X platinum for units sold of 34 million in the US.
- Number Ones went 5X platinum for units sold of 5 million in the US.
- The Essential Michael Jackson went 5X platinum for units sold of 2.5 million in the US. It's a two disc album so 2.5 X 2 = 5.
- In June, Billie Jean became Michael's first video to hit 1 billion views on youtube. It is currently has over 1.1b views, which means it has hit over 100m views since, and that is great.
- Billie Jean also became Michael's first song to surpass 1 billion streams on spotify.
- Number Ones became the first 21st century released album to spend 500 weeks on the UK albums chart.
- Number Ones also became the the album with most weeks spent on the UK albums chart by a solo artist, when it surpassed Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell's record of 522 weeks.
- I Want You Back went 2X platinum in the UK for combined units sold of 1.2 million.
- Due to Halloween, Thriller (song) re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #19, which was the song's highest position on the chart since March 1984.
- As a result, Michael has had at least one top 20 hit on the main singles chart in the US in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. That is SEVEN consecutive decades.
- Following its' 30th anniversary, Dangerous returned to Billboard 200 at #85, charting for the first time since 2010.
- Thriller (album) was certified 15X platinum for sales of 4.5 million in the UK.
- Bad (album) was certified 14X platinum for sales of 4.2 million in the UK.
- Earth Song was certified 2X platinum for sales of 1.2 million in the UK.

As a keen follower of the charts, 2021 was a great year for Michael. I hope for more of the same in 2022. :)

Thank you so much for the highlights!
14 new Silver/Gold/Platinum awards in the UK only.
 

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Thriller will takeover the Eagles within the next decade, if the Eagles don't manage to find more dodgy sales lol. It has sold over 500,000 units this year alone, and with its 40th anniversary next year and the possibility of its anniversary re-release, it will sell even more in 2022.

Streaming is the way music is consumed nowadays. It counts for like 80% of the way music is consumed by its consumers. They have to include streams now. Also spotify also has its premium users, which isn't free. I believe those premium user streams are given more weight than streams from free spotify users. Also, youtube streams don't count for as much spotify streams, as far as I am aware.
Thriller was always since February 1984 the best selling album in the U.S.
The eagles fake was just a cheat. When asked they dont know where the sales coming from. Noone knows. They tried to cheat in the 90s, now again. no chance. Thriller was and is all the time Number 1!
 
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