Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson Vinyl

Jackson Dominating Charts

The sales of Michael Jackson's albums in the United States increased 90% last week over the previous week's already record totals. Sales of Michael Jackson’s catalog topped over 800,000 copies in the first full week since the singer’s death. Leading the charge was Jackson’s Number Ones, selling 339,000 copies to rank Number One on the Top Albums chart (Jackson’s discography is ineligible for the Top 200 chart because the releases are older than 18 months). Thriller came in at Number Two with 187,000 copies. Both albums sold more than the week’s Top 200 champ the Now 31 compilation, which sold 169,000 units.

A check of eBay shows that there has been some over-the-top listings, one "Thriller" LP listed at 1 million dollars (I hope that got pulled) And there are some that list the "Thriller" album as "RARE". Rare?

"Thriller" was recognized as the world's best-selling album on February 7, 1984, when it was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records. It is one of only three albums to remain in the top ten of the Billboard 200 for a full year, and spent 37 weeks at number one out of the 80 consecutive weeks it was in the top ten. The album was also the first of three to have seven Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, and was the only album to be the best-seller of two years (1983–1984) in the US. The album is cited as having sold between 47 and 109 million copies worldwide; the Guinness Book of World Records lists Thriller as having sold 65 million copies as of 2007, a number that has certainly gone up.

So, when reading these idiot posts about a "RARE" "Thriller" LP, be wary, it is just some fool trying to cash in on Jackson's untimely death. I have noticed that the records on ebay are selling for about triple of what the record price guides are listing, so don't overpay for a Jackson LP.


gobacktogo said...

I saw a sealed copy of Thriller going for $1,200+ but I was certain it was someone bumping the price of their own auction through a ghost account, because there were other sealed copies listed at anything from $200-$800 and they got no bids at all.

I don't understand the sudden jump for people to buy Thriller, through my collecting years I've amassed a total of 7 copies! Along with 3 Off The Wall, and since I always wanted a copy of Bad I picked a NM copy (in shrink w/ sticker) for only $8 at a record shop last weekend.

eBay values get warped sometimes simply because people are too lazy to get out and hunt through their local shops.


Robert Benson said...

Hello dan,

Thank you for your comment, it is appreciated. The value for MJ LPs has almost tripled and yes, there are some people who are taking advantage of the system, it is the way things work. And, although I have no proof of such a thing (ghost account + ghost bidding), it does exist, again, the system.

Honestly, I shy away from eBay for that very reason and others. I just feel that there are too many unethical players out there and maybe 95% of the transactions go smoothly, however if you ever get caught up in the 5% that do not (just Google PayPal disputes and read the horror stories) just try and get some justice.

To get a clear indication of the value of MJ records, one can visit or better yet, subscribe to Jerry Osborne's CYBERGUIDES, a weekly online update that reflects the changes in his record price guides and the best way to get 'real time' values.


Have a great day and again, thank you for your comment.

Enjoy your music,