The ongoing claims & counter-claims made by fans have really made things confusing thankfully no less than the IFPI has set the record/s straight. As of November 2005, IFPI has released its official updated figures for the ‘World’s Biggest Selling Artists’ which is the cumulative total of both singles & albums. This list is not absolute but it is the most accurate list of global coverage. According to the list The Beatles (400 million+) & Michael Jackson (350 million+) are comfortably ahead of the pack with Elvis Presley (300 million+) & Madonna (295 million+) slugging it out for the 3rd position.
Madonna’s ‘Confessions’ has sold approximately 5.5 million and ‘Hung-Up’ has sold already approximately an additional 3 million copies. Hence, Madonna’s total now probably stands at 303.5 million+ already & she would have replaced Elvis Presley at the No.3 position. This is highly possible since Elvis hasn’t released a new album (aside from catalogs which Madonna also has) after November 2005 which would have made a significant impact on his total.
Among the Top 5, Madonna is the only actively recording artist so she may still move up the charts in the coming years. This official list by IFPI will be published & shall dispel rumors about absurd sales stated by record companies solely for promotional purposes.
Hopefully this information will put to rest a lot of tireless discussions about who is the biggest selling male, female etc.
Note: As to the authenticity of this report, the IFPI still hasn’t posted the list on their official website but when the right time arrives they shall to post the figures promptly.
At least now the titles are clear:
Madonna is the ‘Biggest Selling Female Artist In History’
Michael Jackson is the ‘Biggest Selling Male Artist In History’
The Beatles is the ‘The Biggest Selling Act & Group In History’
Fed Say Jacko Animals Were Not Mistreated
January 20, 2006 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “Federal officials are saying that the animals in the zoo at Michael Jackson’s ranch were never mistreated. Yeah. When they heard this, the kids who visited Michael’s ranch said, ‘I guess we should have slept in the zoo’.”
Jackson Embracing Islam
January 20, 2006 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “According to the National Enquirer, Michael Jackson plans to convert to Islam and will even take an Islamic name, Malcolm In The Middle X.”
The End Of Neverland
January 17, 2006 – Lisa Wathne, spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells The Mirror that Michael Jackson should shut down his Neverland Ranch zoo now. “These photos make it clear that the animals are being held in what can only be described as cruel conditions,” she claimed. “They’re abysmal, little more than holding cells. Jackson must close this place and relocate the animals to an accredited zoo or sanctuary.” PETA has sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture urging them to investigate.
Michael Jackson To Develop Bahrain’s Entertainment Industry
January 16, 2006 – The Bahrain Tribune reports that Michael Jackson is in discussions with Ahmed Abubaker Janahi, owner and founder of AAJ Holdings Ltd. (AAJH), to provide the company and its subsidiaries with consultancy services for the development and creation of a full spectrum of entertainment experiences. The full story at bahraintribune.com has since been removed.
New Molestation Suit Filed Against Michael Jackson
January 12, 2006 – TMZ.com has obtained a lawsuit filed by a man who claims Michael Jackson molested him, gave him drugs, alcohol and forced him to undergo unnecessary cosmetic surgery.