Facts about Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley & The Beatles

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1 1970 was the only year to have all 3 artists have #1 hits on the Billboard 100.

Sorry but your research about Elvis is wrong. Elvis was number one in 1970 for 12 weeks in the UK with the " The wonder of you " and so was his album " Elvis, That's the way it is " in many European countries a number one selling album.

I checked already, Elvis didn't have a hit in 1970, but 1969 was the only year all 3 had a TOP TEN HIT

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2 All 3 artists have sold over 1 billion records

The Beatles and Elvis Presley sold almost equally about 600 millions records ( claimed sales). The Beatles are considered the highest selling band, Elvis Presley the highest selling individual artist ( claimed sales 600 million for both. Certified units for The Beatles is 270;1 million, certified units for Elvis Presley 211,5 million). Michael Jackson has sold ( individual and J5 together) claimed sales 350 million and certified units 183,9 million. Updated for 2017. To actually reach 1 billion both The Beatles and Elvis Presley have to sell still 400 million records as for Michael Jackson he still have to sell 650 million to reach 1 billion.

1) The Beatles

2) Elvis Presley

3, 4 or 5 [? ]) Michael Jackson ( individual and with the Jackson 5 together)

Don't forget, there are about 7,5 billion people living on earth. If those three artist will have a sale of 1 billion records it would mean that almost every 1 person of 7 in the world has bought a record of ...more

Not correct; The Beatles and Elvis have indeed sold about this number, but MJ's ACTUAL sales figure is only around 350 million.

Actually Elvis may not have really sold 1 billion records...

Riaa recently confirmed that MJ sold 1 billion album worldwide. That's fantastic achievement because unlike Beatles and Elvis, MJ had only 6 solo album as an adult

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3 They all met each other before

Elvis was one of Paul McCartney's influences.

4 Michael Jackson broke most of Elvis's and The Beatles records

Of course he broke the records of the other two, there were A LOT less people in Elvis' prime, population has increased by A LOT. Plus, people have more money now a days, Elvis' style isn't "cool" to most people anymore, and a lot of people like the Beatles now a days but few sill buy their full albums. MJ's style is still the most common style of music these days so a lot more people still buy his full albums then the others' albums. Michael's sales are not a reflection of who was the best of the three, not to mention his personality was much more lovable then the other two. The Beatles and Elvis were split between two main groups, hippies and whatever you call the more "clean cut" business types/country folk; Michael Jackson's style is listened to by the majority.

I'm not a huge fan of any of these (MJ, Elvis, or The Beatles) I just wrote this b/c I'm sick of all these lists who only have things talking about what MJ did: "Michael has more FB friends", "Michael broke more ...more

Nope, the only significant sales record MJ holds is for the biggest-selling single album, which is "Thriller".

The music business was changed. When Elvis started we were still on 78 rpm records and the beginning of 45 rpm records. Many people ( and certainly in Europe in 1955-56, 10 years after the worldwar 2 ) didn't have a record player. And don't forget, Elvis is still the biggest selling artist of dead singers.

Of course he did

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5 Michael Jackson's best selling album (Thriller, 130m) has sold more than Elvis's and The Beatles best selling albums combined.

To qualify a gold record, singles and extended-play releases must sell over a million units. Long-play albums must have over 1$ million in sales trough december 31. In 1975 the criteria for gold LP's changed. From that date to the present, an album must sell over 500,000 units and not 1 million anymore. In the fifties you had to sell 1$ million of a record ( meaning that you had to sell more units to have a gold record than today ( or after 1975 ) ). If you add the value of money in the fifties compared to the eighties, it tell us that Elvis sold more units than " Thriller ".

How can you compare the " record buying public " of the fifties with the " record buying public " of the eighties? The record industry for teenage music was at his infantility in the fifties. It developed trough the sixties and since the seventies only, you could say that every Household had a record player. You simply can't compare the record sellings of those three different periods.

Certified sales of Thriller are only around 65 million, the rest is pure conjecture about the number of illegal downloads and illegal pirated copies in places like China.

It is indeed true that "Thriller" is the best-selling single album, but outside of that fact, MJ's total overall sales are only a little more than 1/3 of The Beatles and Elvis.

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6 Michael once married Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Presley while holding the rights of The Beatles
7 All 3 artists has sold over 100 million records in the USA

Beatles ere the best selling artists in the united states

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8 Actual sales totals: 1. Beatles; 2. Elvis; distant 3. Michael Jackson V 1 Comment
9 Michael Jackson was accused of being a pedophile
10 Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. J.K. Rowling said no

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11 Michael Jackson has more Facebook fans than The Beatles, Elvis and Madonna combined

The Beatles broke up 40 years before Facebook was invented, and Elvis died 35 years before.

12 The last thing Elvis ate was ice cream and cookies
13 A lock of Elvis's hair sold for $115,120
14 The first artist signed to the Beatles' Apple Records label was singer-songwriter James Taylor
15 The Beatles originally wanted to make a Lord of the Rings movie, with Paul as Frodo, John as Gollum, George as Gandalf, and Ringo as Sam V 1 Comment
16 Thriller is the single greatest selling record of all time

Absolutely... I mean it really could not be anyone else but Michael Jackson.

17 Michael Jackson undisputed to all as: (1) The King of Pop, (2) having the world's single greatest selling album of all time with "Thriller" at over 100 million copies sold worldwide, [3] having the music video for "Thriller" as the single most landmark vi
18 Michael & Elvis hail from the US (Tulepo, MI for Elvis, Gary, IN for MJ) But the Beatles hail from Liverpool, England
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