Friday, July 17, 2009

Michael Jackson’s record sales

It’s that Stratford Theory of Numbers again.

Wikipedia says of Michael Jackson:
A double-inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his other achievements feature multiple Guinness World Records—including the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles, and the sale of over 750 million records.
The BBC report on the Black Entertainment Television Awards show, which was “the first big tribute to Jackson”, says he sold:
750 million albums
The New York Times says:
At the height of his career, he was indisputably the biggest star in the world; he has sold more than 750 million albums.
The Wall Street Journal says: bollocks. Essentially, his publicist claimed sales of 750 million units, meaning songs. Not the same thing at all, but that is how journalists read it and what has been uncritically repeated ever since.

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