Elvis Presley surpasses Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra in an epic record
Almost half a century has passed since Elvis Presley died, but he is still the king of not only rock and roll, but also all solo artists of all time. The late singer is the best seller of all time with claimed sales of over 500 million copies. In fact, only The Beatles are ahead of him in the most successful musical acts in history. Now, a new investigation has discovered that Elvis has also beaten Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra to another music record.
The experts at the offline marketing company Oppizi have compiled the top 10 American artists of all time who have sold the most physical copies of their music. Elvis leads with 135,210,000 units sold, which is not surprising given that a recent poll revealed that 47 percent of Americans still consider themselves El Rey fans.
Following the release of the Baz Luhrmann biopic and all the Oscars hoopla surrounding star Austin Butler, the film has undoubtedly stirred up new fans from the younger generation. Meanwhile, Elvis’ best-selling single is It’s Now or Never, with 5.42 million units sold. The track is also the seventh best-selling single of all time.
Second after Elvis in the most physical copies sold is Frank Sinatra with 95,250,000 units sold. My Way was their best-selling single of all time with an impressive 989,000 sales. And in third place is Michael Jackson with 79,350,000 physical units sold, including 27 million Thriller vinyls. The 1982 record is the best-selling album of all time with claimed sales of 70 million copies.
Interestingly, The King of Pop sold more digital singles than physical ones, with digital single sales of 79,930,000 being the highest Top 10 number on the chart. Here is the full ranking:
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American musicians who have sold the most physical copies
1. Elvis Presley – 135,210,000
2. Frank Sinatra – 95,250,000
3. Michael Jackson – 79,350,000
4. Madonna – 75,210,000
5. Stevie Wonder – 65,320,000
6. Whitney Houston – 49,520,000
7.Cher – 46,220,000
8. Prince – 42,210,000
9. Janet Jackson – 40,640,000
10. Billy Joel – 36,910,000
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