Posted on Wednesday, July 1st 2009, 4:15 pm by Gabe

The King of Pop Sells Despite His Death

The King of Pop Sells Despite His Death

After almost a week of shock and awe, Michael Jackson is again the King of the Pop charts! According to Billboard.com, based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard’s Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles when the tally is released in the early morning on Wednesday (July 1). Nielsen SoundScan’s sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday (June 28) night.

Jackson himself has a record eight out of the top 10, while a Jackson 5 compilation also finds its way into the upper tier.

Collectively, Jackson’s solo albums sold 415,000 this past week. That’s extraordinary, since his titles sold a combined 10,000 in the week that ended June 21. Of the 415,000 total, 58% were digital downloads.

Also, as of today iTunes reports that The Essential Michael Jackson is still their top album, with 3 other albums, Number Ones, Thriller, and Off the Wall still in the top 10.

The King still got it!

The King still got it!

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