Michael Jackson Album Sales: Not Invincible

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Michael Jackson's posthumous new album, Michael, sold 228,000 copies in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands more abroad in its first week.

The domestic haul lagged only Taylor Swift's Speak Now (259,000) and Susan Boyle's The Gift (254,000). Not Invincible, but very formidable.

While perhaps a bit of a letdown by MJ standards, the "new" material was unreleased for a reason, and his sales trounced Crystal Bowersox.

Michael Cover

Not surprisingly, the late King of Pop's label notes that he "shipped platinum" in 14 different territories, meaning a million or more units were sent to those areas.

That's different from his sales, which weren't nearly that high, but it's indicative of the interest his camp feels Michael will generate over the coming months.

MJ hit #1 Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. He was #3 and #4 in Japan and the UK, respectively, but sold more than 100,000 copies in each.

The moral of the story? While will.i.am and Ne-Yo don't approve of the album, and the Thriller days are long gone ... the man is still pretty darn legendary.

Follow the jump to listen to three of the tracks from Michael ...




@Tony . MJ was a great songwriter and musician. he played piano zrums guitar etc, and wriote composed songs. what the fuck r u talking about "not a musician"?


If a song is great, then the public will want to buy. Michael Jacksons songs on this new album are not very good. And like most of his albums he needed many musicians and producers to make his music. He was a great live performer and he made some great videos. But he was not a great writer and was not a musician. The album is weak. It is a bad album.


Sony has barely promoted that album, so this is no surprise. Also, there are questionable vocals on 3 of the tracks, there are fans boycotting the album due to the tracks not having authentic MJ vocals on them. Sony and the estate has not proven to my satisfaction that it is MJ singing on all 10 of the tracks on the album. So that is a real enthusiasm killer in my book.


I like micheal he is rock


He's the King of Pop and i bought the album and it sounds good to me. Trust me people are going to be talking and listening to his music for years to come. He might have been a litle weird but he transformed the music world today. If it wasn't for the King of Pop Michael Jackson then MTV wouldn't exsist. What i mean that it wouldn' be all this rap and hip hop.


From IRELAND All that needed to be said in this article is that, 'MICHAEL', the album, IS *ACTUALLY* THE #1 SELLING GLOBAL ALBUM...
...and it is - it's official - whether one likes it or not!


How come you don't see any of the "cat man" looking Michael from the early 2000's on the album cover? All I see is images of him from the 80's. Shouldn't they show him climbing a tree or on a plane with his "Jesus juice"? Like it or not, that is part of his legacy. When history books are written you know the authors are not going to leave out his entire child molestation case.


I just don't know why d media & whoever finds it difficult 2 understand dat 'MICHAEL's tracks were unfinished... Sony released dis just 4 us 2 appreciate & feel his presence even though he's gone... It ain't doin bad in sales. So...


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Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson