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Reply to "Prince vs. Michael"

Originally posted by Vox:

I don't think there's any question that Prince is a musical genius. To me, the bottom line is that musical genius beats "King of Pop" any day, all day.

So why didn't that genius translate into record sales?

Biggest Selling Album Of All Time

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Album is the biggest selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Thriller is also the biggest selling U.S album with sales of 25 million copies.

Most No. 1 Hits in 1980's

By The End of the 1980's MIchael Jackson had more no. 1 hits than any other artist for the decade.

Greatest Audience

The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time peformance.

Bad Tour

Michael Jackson's world tour brought in a record gross revenue of over $124 million during September 1987-December 1988.

100 Million Records

Michael has sold over 100 million singles and albums outside of the U.S.

Billboard Charts

Michael Jackson is the first person in the 37 year history of the Billboard chart to enter straight in at No1, with his single "You Are Not Alone". The previous record "Earth Song" which had debuted at No5 and also Michael Jacksons.

Biggest Selling Video

Michael Jackson's "The Making Of Thriller" is the biggest selling video to be released by an artist.

Billboard "Hot 100" Singles Chart

Most No. 1 Hits by Male Artist (13)

No. 1 Debuts

Michael Jacksons "Bad", "Dangerous", and "HIStory" albums all debuted in at No1.


Michael has won more awards than any other artist.

No. 1 On Charts

In 1983 Michael became the first artist to simultaneously hold the number one spots on Billboard's rock albums and rock singles charts, as well as the R&B albums and singles charts.

Consecutive No. 1 Singles

Jackson 5 were the first group to ever have four consecutive No. 1 singles.

BTW - Prince's biggest selling album was Purple Rain which sold 13 million records in the US. MJ's Thriller sold 26 million in the US. Prince's next greatest selling album was at 2 million units - with nothing else coming close. MJ had at least 7 records with US sales over 2 million units. Even "Invincible" - which BOMBED (and was terrible) - still sold 2 million units domestically.

Looking at the numbers, Prince couldn't carry MJ's jock! nono
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