Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Michael Jackson Business

Everybody knows that Michael Jackson was a legend, but here are some stats to show you that he's even bigger than you thought he was.

1) He sold more than 750 million albums worldwide, and his album Thriller continue to be the best-selling album of all time with over 109 copies worldwide.

2) He sold more than 350,000 copies of his documentary The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

3) He sold more than 100 million concert tickets worldwide.

4) He sold more than 5 million copies of his autobiography Moonwalk.

5) He sold millions of action figures and toys.

Even more, USA Today reports the following stats since his death: was sold out of its supply of Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 CDs and DVDs within minutes of media reports announcing his death and it then saw sales of mp3 downloads begin to spike. By late Friday afternoon, Jackson-related product sales at the company's music store accounted for 19 of the top 25 best-selling CDs; the top seven DVDs; seven of the top 10 mp3 albums; and six of the top 10 mp3 songs — roughly 60% of all music sales.

Even a collection of Jackson Five Christmas songs made the top-25 CD list, which was topped by a 25th anniversary edition of Jackson's Thriller.

Barnes and Noble's website and retail stores also reported being sold out of most Jackson products.

Jackson's music also accounted for 9 of top 10 albums on iTunes, six of its top 10 songs (led by Man in the Mirror at No. 2), and nine of its top 10 videos (led by Thriller). No Jackson music registered in the top 10 in any of those categories a week prior.

That, my friend, is the business of Michael Jackson.


  1. Hey Dante,
    I'm sure you have also seen tons of Michael Jackson t-shirts being sold by vendors. This is part ot the business too!

  2. What is the correct figure for Number 1? Obviously Thriller sold more than 109 copies worldwide.