Michael Jackson Breaks Sales and Concert Records

A Worldwide Giant is Born

From the beginning of his solo career through the time of Michael Jackson’s death and the aftermath of his death, Michael Jackson broke sales and concert records with his enormous star power. Despite his bizarre behavior, which including dangling his baby over a balcony, despite Michael Jackson’s changing appearance, and regardless of all of Michael Jackson’s scandals, few can deny his enormous star power and his ability to sell records. The Thriller album is one of the best-known Michael Jackson music albums, and it broke many sales records. It is the best-selling album of all time, and it was in the top ten of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks! Michael Jackson music sales were unreal; Thriller sold 100 million copies worldwide, making it the most commercially successful album ever. Michael had a similar success with Bad, which, while not doing quite as well a Thriller, still sold very well. Bad had seven hit singles, five of which were number one on the Billboard top 100!

Because of the popularity of Michael Jackson music, Michael Jackson concert sales were similarly sky-high.

Michael Jackson concerts also broke world records in terms of sales. The Bad world tour, which took place from September through January of 1989, consisted of a total of 123 performances. Michael Jackson broke a Guinness world record by grossing a total of $125 million. In addition, Michael broke a record with the shows at Wembley Stadium, in which 504,000 people attended seven sold-out shows. When he released the multi-disc HIStory album in 1995, Michael Jackson went on another world tour, which began in 1996 and ended in 1997. Michael performed 82 concerts to more than 4 million fans and he performed in more fifty cities around the world. This tour was his most successful in terms of his audience numbers.

Around the time of Michael Jackson’s death and the aftermath, there was talk that Michael Jackson was going to have performed 50 sold-out concerts to over one millions people at London’s O2 arena, which would have probably set records. Unfortunately, the world will never know what would have happened at those concerts.