Michael Jackson fans still can't get enough. In addition to tuning in to last Tuesday's all-star memorial to the late King of Pop by the tens of millions, they also hit record stores to buy 1.1 million Jackson albums in the week ending on Sunday (July 12).According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, that represents the third straight week of double- and triple-digit gains for Jackson's catalog since his death on June 25, with sales moving up 37 percent over last week, when the singer's catalog moved nearly 800,000 units. Billboard reported that in the past two and a half weeks, U.S. record buyers have snapped up more than 2.3 million Jackson albums.
As stores continue to stock up on physical copies of the singer's catalog, the album that remains the best seller is the Number Ones collection, which, according to preliminary numbers, sold 349,000 copies on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. None of the Jackson compilations on the charts are eligible for the Top 200 chart because they've been out for more than 18 months and do not currently have a single at radio.
In fact, Jackson occupied the top 12 spots on the Catalog chart, with a combination of solo and Jackson 5 albums, with his seminal Thriller sliding in at #2 on sales of 264,000, an increase of 41 percent over the previous week, followed by the Essential Michael Jackson comp with 149,000 (up 18 percent) and his breakthrough solo album Off the Wall, which moved 107,000 copies (a 108 percent jump).
At #5 is Bad (97,000, up 332 percent), followed by Dangerous (67,000, up 157 percent) and the Jackson 5's Ultimate Collection at #7 (34,000, up 239 percent). The Jackson 5 Millennium Collection is at #8 (17,000, up 280 percent), with the solo Vol. 1 — Greatest Hits HIStory at #9 (15,000, up 98 percent) and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 rounding out the top 10 (14,000, up 153 percent).
Jackson also holds down the #11 and #12 spots with, respectively, his final official solo album Invincible (14,000, up 61 percent) and a solo Ultimate Collection (7,000), the only title to lose a bit of ground, shedding 26 percent of its previous week's business.
As they did last week, the top three Jackson catalog albums easily bested the top four discs on the contemporary chart, including Maxwell's #1 debut with his comeback bid, BLACKsummers'night, which moved 316,000 copies, the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack (137,000), the Now 31 compilation (100,000) and the chart debut of the latest from Maryland pop punkers All Time Low (62,000).
And though his digital sales have cooled over the past week, Jackson still had 17 digital tracks in the top 40 of the Hot Digital Tracks chart, led by his de facto theme song in death, "Man in the Mirror," which held steady at #3 on sales of 130,000. In total, Billboard reported that Jackson sold 2.5 million digital tracks in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand over the past week.
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