Madonna Album Sales Claim Contentious With Mariah Fans

Apparently some fans of Mariah Carey are questioning the figure in a story submitted earlier that said Madonna had sold over 250 million in her career, which would put her over Carey in total album sales. The figure appears to come from the press release from Warner Records announcing Madonna’s ‘Re-Invention’ Tour, though doesn’t break down whether compilation albums or guest appearances on other artist’s albums are included in the figure.

Madonna Returns To The Classics On Upcoming Tour

March 23, 2004 – The New York Daily News spoke with Madonna’s rep Liz Rosenberg on reports that the singer’s ‘Re-Invention’ tour will focus on her older material, which runs counter to the Drowned World in 2001, which the opposite was true. “I certainly hoped that [her latest CD] ‘American Life’ would have been a bigger commercial hit, but there were also a series of circumstances at the time of the album’s release, like the war, that certainly contributed to sales being less than we might have hoped for,” Rosenberg said.

Madonna Expected To Perform In Israel This Summer

March 21, 2004 – Haaretz reports Madonna is expected to perform in Israel in August or September when her world tour hits Israel. “We are pleased to confirm the rumors. Madonna will be touring during the coming summer and fall,” Caresse Henry, the singer’s longtime manager, said on Sunday. ‘The Re-Invention Tour’ is slated to kick off in Los Angeles on May 24th and will include shows in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Miami. Madonna will then head to London for an August 18th performance followed by shows in Paris, Israel and Ireland.

Talk Shows Battle Over Madonna Interview

March 21, 2004 – Sky News reports a battle is brewing in the UK over who will interview Madonna — Michael Parkinson or Graham Norton, and the Material Girl has decided to chat with Parkinson. “She decided to say yes to his invitation on the recommendation of her close pal Gwyneth Paltrow,” a source close to Parkinson revealed. “Gwyneth told Madge she had had a blast on the show and she would too.”

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6 thoughts on “Madonna Album Sales Claim Contentious With Mariah Fans

  1. Kizzardkid says:

    I don’t think she’s sold more than Mariah, she might me close, but Celine Dion is closer. If Madonna sold that many, than everyone would have acknowledged her the way they have been Mariah. Mariah has gotten every top honor and award for being the Best Selling Female artist ever. Plus its been said that Mariah has sold 200 million in just singles so she is way ahead of Madonna. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. weebongo says:

    Madonna was always ahead of Mariah when it came to album sales. Mariah started calling herself the best selling artist because she added totals for single sales in with the albums sales. Madonna did not do that. No one ever called Mariah the best selling artist but Mariah just like how Michael Jackson called himself the King Of Pop and made sure that’s how people referred to him.

  3. mikemc says:

    I can’t believe someone actually wasted their time and posted the stupid press-release. It’s stating the EXACT same thing that people were arguing about yesterday, with NO numbers to back it up at all. I just love how ALL OF SUDDEN, Madonna’s sales have increased from supposedly 200 million to 250 million in a matter of months?? Even Madonna’s fans on this board at here and said that Madonna is ALMOST at 200 million, now their saying she’s at 250 million, where did that MAGICAL 50 million come from? At least with Mariah’s figures they are close to what she claims. Mariah and her people say that Mariah has sold over 150 million albums around the world, and this is the wrap-up: 1. “Mariah Carey”- 19 million sold 2. “Emotions”- 12 million sold 3. “MTV Unplugged”- 9 million sold 4. “Music Box”- 28 million sold 5. “Merry Christmas”- 15 million sold 6. “Daydream”- 23 million sold 7. “Butterfly”- 16 million sold 8. “#1’s”- 15 million sold 9. “Rainbow”- 9 million sold 10. “Glitter”- 2 million sold 11. “Greatest Hits”- 2.5 million sold 12. “Charmbracelet”- 4 million sold Now that comes to about 153 million albums sold, EXCLUDING all her singles she released, which have sold MILLIONS around the globe and her latest compilation CD “The REmixes”. Madonna fans can keep pulling numbers out of their asses all they want, Mariah’s numbers MATCH what she’s actually sold. Next thing you know their say she’s also an Oscar winner too.

    Mariah’s sales for selling over 150 million albums EXCLUDES her singles. If you were to add her singles to her current worldwide total, it would probably be about 190 million records sold. Madonna and her people can twist facts around all they want, it doesn’t change the fact that ALL OF SUDDEN, she’s sold another 50 million that no one knows where it came from. HA HA HA HA!! Right, Madonna!

  4. weebongo says:

    The newest figures have Madonna selling 250 Million, even if you lowball it to the previous figure of 200 Million it’s still miles away from Mariah’s sales. Madonna has sold at least 50 million more albums than Mariah.

  5. mikemc says:

    Mariah may be up to 160 by now, these are just the numbers I got from awhile back. The only really recent sales are the ones of “Charmbracelet”, that passed 4 million around the time her tour was on the road, so it may be more then that. And I’ve also read on a few other sources that “Glitter” is up to 3.5 million now, but I just used 2 million because that’s what it was last time Mariah spoke on it in the beginning of 2002. As far as the older albums go, I got those numbers almost 3 years ago so it’s probably higher now.

    Madonna’s sales figures DO include her singles, Mariah’s does not. Mariah has 2 albums that have passed over 20 million around the world, and her debut album is almost at 20 million also. If you added Mariah’s singles to her album tallies, it would be higher then Madonna’s. I don’t know in fact how many copies of each of her singles sold, so I’m not gonna sit here and pretend like I do, but I know that both “Hero” and “One Sweet Day” alone, both sold over 2 million each in the US, and MILLIONS around the world. “Through the Rain” was one of the best selling singles last year in the US. Either way, this is getting repetitive and boring. I can throw ACTUAL numbers at you all day, and you can sit there “claiming” until your blue in the face, we aren’t gonna change each others mind. Let’s move on.

  6. Jive says:

    I never once thought of Mariah selling more than Madonna. By the end of 2000, after Rainbow, she was said to sold more than 150, 000, 000 copies, but then again, many sources have said that Madonna has exceeded the 190X mark… Plus, she has sold more than Mariah in the US, and surely worldwide.. Madonna’s catalog is far more impressive than Mariah’s, but come on, Britney will wipe both their asses in just a few years. She’s already close to 60 million with only 4 albums. lol. Just kidding.

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