Michael Jackson by the Numbers

Breaking down a career

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    AP
    Mr. Record Breaker

    Michael Jackson enjoyed a career of enormous proportions. Some of the numbers that made him worthy of those giant statues that showed up across Europe

    109 million copies of "Thriller" reportedly sold worldwide

    95 million dollars Jackson earned when he sold the music publishing rights to 250 Beatles songs to Sony in 1995

    80 consecutive weeks "Thriller" appeared on Billboard’s top 200 list

    47.5 million dollars he paid to purchase the Beatles back catalog in 1985

    47 million people watching when he debuted the moonwalk on live television

    35 countries visited on his 1996-1997 HIStory world tour

    22 million dollars paid by Jackson to a family accusing the artist of sexual abuse in 1994

    20 million copies of “We Are The World,” which Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie

    13 number-one singles

    2 times inducted into Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

    1 sequined glove