Jackson started his career as the adorable, charismatic lead singer of the Jackson 5 who became a teen idol. For the longest time, no one spoke of his music but more about the child molestation allegations against him, which proved to be just allegations, according to a jury of his peers. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has just published its updated list of the 150 highest selling artists ever. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are both alive and active and have outsold Jackson! We can also point out that albums issued since 1991 add for 21,57 million Soundscan sales while their sales top 28,13 million. Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest after a suspected prescription drug overdose at the age of 50, was briefly married to Presley's only daughter, Lisa Marie. . Elvis had a message for humanity that he wanted to transmit to the world. Both Elvis and Michael Jackson were generous. Both were born poor and became massive music icons on a global scale (though Jackson may have the slight advantage there as Presley never performed outside of North America.) Due largely to the continuing efforts by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and RCA records, he's remained a relevant, romantic and iconic figure for successive generations of fans. The opportunity for Jackson to be remembered and rehabilitated will be more complicated given his chaotic family and financial circumstances. Also, ABBA is sometimes called the biggest selling act ever. We are not only talking about a talented person dying, it's an amazing loss." Each sold hundreds of millions of records and reached unimaginable levels of fame and wealth before experiencing rapid personal and professional descents (and, of course, there's the matter of Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, who was married briefly to Jackson in the mid-'90s) Factor in non-reissues from FTD and you come very close to 155 million. "Elvis was beautiful, sexy, and fun. I still dispute, however, that he was the best of all time. Pop legend Michael Jackson dead at 50: In a strange twist Michael Jackson who would have been Elvis' son-in-law when he married Lisa Marie has died on this fateful day June 26th. Subscribe Poor Michael Jackson. EIN Note; We have had a very strong reader's response to our article "Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star in death?" This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. When Jackson and Elvis were on stage they couldn’t help but move to the beat of their own drummer. 01. And it's not finished...(actually it is). He was in the spotlight from the time he was 5 until June 25, when he died. According to ESCTODAY (Eurovision Song Contest Today) which is refering to IFPI, here are the 20 (of 150) best selling artists of all time  : This "independant" Eurovision site is reliable but there is something that bothered me though. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Once online and brick and mortar retail outlets replenished their shelves, an additional 800,000 copies of Jackson's albums were sold in the first full week after his death, according to figures released last week. after 1974 a GOLD LP had to sell $1 million AND 500,000 copies. Cliff Richard 60 250,000,000 UK 50s-00s (1959-1969,1977-1979,1986-1999) Rock/Pop, 06. newsletter, Go here to EIN's Michael jackson - Lisa Marie page, Review of FTD Book/CD Writing For The King, CD: The American Way Vol. Have re-worded article, too much "doubt" mentioned for Elvis and The Beatles, while Jacksons entry seemed to be an essay to convert us over to all beliving he was the number 1 artist. (News, Source: Lindsay Slater, Times Journal), (News, Source: Randy Lewis, LA Times.com). "I think that the death of the CD as it's been called is further out than most would expect," Arnold said. (His Album BAD sold 22 Million copies). And where Elvis, expanding on James Dean's work, harnessed a burgeoning youth culture, Michael only drew more attention to it," says Nash. Elvis Presley may have died and the Beatles may have split up, but both acts can still be mentioned without laughing. With Mariah Carey now having 16 number 1 hits in the US, being 2 behind Elvis, and 4 behind the Beatles, I also wonder what her true figures are. Even Billboard magazine editorial director Bill Werde declared, "The world just lost the biggest pop star in history, no matter how you cut it.". IFPI has finally come up with a list of the top-selling acts in History. David Serchuk from Forbes.com took aim in a recent online article: "Bill O'Reilly, that very white man, had this to say about the man that is truly the Black Elvis. He may be gone, but it’s unlikely he’ll be dethroned any time soon. Our "psychics" held seances and talked to Elvis in the spirit world. He suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. Spokespersons for Jackson could not be reached for comment but earlier, The LA Times reported paramedics went to the singer's home and found him not breathing. The fact that theres no indication of its existence on IFPI's official website should've already rung alarm bells.--Count Chocula 07:11, 25 March 2006 (UTC), i dont know who changed my opinion on the page. The untimely end of both men’s lives was shocking and tragic. Michael Jackson was big too, obviously, but Elvis's fan base goes right across the board. As the analysis of his SEA and TEA is still to come, albums last awarded in 2018 are still subject to small adjustments. IMO it is too conflicting for both (WMA and IFPI) to publish officially a list of the best selling artists of all time (with figures) as Music Companies and Majors won't probably accept it (again, it's my opinion).Readerweb 20:23, 24 March 2006 (UTC). Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presleyis the nineteenth installment ofEpic Rap Battles of Historyand the fourth episode ofSeason 2. The couple never lived together. Let’s not forget to mention Thriller; the bestselling album of all time. Why these artists have been singled out as the best sellers is because they have received awards for such ... and these awards are bogus to say the least. Elvis’s transformation wasn’t as extreme, but still dramatic given his start as a gorgeous, highly-sexual performer who burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the 1950s.