My last post enticed me to take an honest look at the Michael Jackson legacy. According to the Billboard charts* Jackson clearly cannot be labeled as the greatest entertainer of all time.
For instance Jackson does not make the top five in the following categories:
Most Top Ten Albums
Most Number One Albums (not even in top 10)
Most Weeks on the Charts (not even in top 10)
Here are some of Jackson's better rankings:
Most cumulative weeks at number one (tied for fourth)
Most weeks at number one (album) (second)
Most weeks in top ten (album) (tied for fifth)
If we look at raw sales as opposed to the charts we find the following:
According to RIAA certifications**:
The top selling artists:
(Jackson is 17th)
Further, if we look at the number of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records, Jackson does not even make the top 60! Consider Elvis had a staggering 151 recordings reach these pincles of success (a recording is only counted once -- it does not get counted as both gold and platinum)***.
The bottom line is his Thriller album was a monster hit (second best selling record of all time). Based on that criteria, The Eagles are the Greatest entertainers ever. A great deal of Jackson's fame came from the weirdness and bizarre behavior that surrounded his life. In fairness, I am not sure he even deserves the moniker King of Pop.