News: Michael Jackson's Album Sales Sky Rocket Off The Chart For Second Week
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009 11:00AM
Michael Jackson's legacy continues as his music sales crashed the charts and dominated the Top 5 music releases in the nation for a second straight week.
In addition to landing the top spot, Jackson had six albums altogether which landed within the Top 50.
As Michael Jackson was laid to rest, the music business reaps the rewards of the worldwide grief over his passing. Jackson's Epic/Sony Legacy collection Number Ones tops this week's chart with 337k, with a remarkable 225k from Wal-Mart stores alone, while Thriller lands at #3 (165k) and Essential at #5 (122k). In all, a total of six Jackson albums hit the Top 50, including Off the Wall (#11), Dangerous (#22) and Bad (#28). (Hits Daily Double)
Last week, early estimates showed his past music selling by the thousands.
The King of Pop's Number Ones will fittingly lead the pack at No. 1 with 108,000 (an increase of 2,340%) while The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller are in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots with 102,000 and 101,000, respectively. Additionally, his classic 1979 studio set Off the Wall re-enters at No. 4 with 33,000 while his 1987 album Bad returns at No. 6 with 17,000. At No. 5, the Jackson 5's The Ultimate Collection debuts with 18,000. Jackson's fourth studio album for Epic Records, 1991's Dangerous, re-enters at No. 7 with 14,000 while his 2001 compilation Greatest Hits: HIStory -- Volume 1 also comes back to the list at No. 8 with 12,000. Finally, Jackson's 2004 box set The Ultimate Collection charts its first week on the Pop Catalog chart, arriving at No. 9 with 11,000. (Billboard)
While his records clearly out-sell new releases, they will not appear on Billboard's Top 200 official listing.
Thriller, The Essential Michael Jackson and Number Ones are each expected to top the six-figure mark and take the top three slots on the magazine's Top Pop Catalog chart, which tracks ongoing sales of albums that are at least 18 months old. Such albums are not eligible to appear on Billboard's Top 200 Albums ranking, but sales of Jackson's albums figure to exceed the top-selling current release, the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. (Los Angeles Times)
Jackson's public memorial took place yesterday (July 7) in California.
Michael Jackson's golden casket has been placed on stage at his public memorial service in downtown Los Angeles. The casket was brought into Staples Center on Tuesday (July 7) as a choir sang in front of a backdrop of stained-glass windows. The public event followed a private service for family and friends in a cemetery hall in the Hollywood Hills. Jackson's flower-draped casket was brought to Staples Center in a motorcade under law enforcement escort. (Ledger Enquirer)