Michael Jackson Destroys Billboard Chart Records...From the Grave

July 1, 2009

Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts.

According to Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard.com, Michael Jackson albums and Jackson-related compilations hold the top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart. Given the news all week of his post-death sales increase, it comes as no surprise that Michael Jackson is officially the King once more.

Michael Jackson holds a record eight of the top 10 spots, while a Jackson 5 compilation also landed in the top of the chart. His Number Ones greatest hits package leads the pack at #1, selling more than 108,000 copies. The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller follow at #2 and #3, selling more than 102,000 and 101,000 copies. His debut Off the Wall is in at #4 while The Jackson 5's Ultimate Collection is next at #5. Mike’s 1987 Bad LP hit at #6; Dangerous at #7, HIStory — Volume 1 at #8 and the 2004 MJ box set, The Ultimate Collection, landed at #9.

According to SoundScan, Jackson's solo albums sold more than 415,000 copies this past week. The only non-Jackson album to get in the top 10 was the reissue of the Woodstock movie soundtrack, which only sold 8,000 copies to grab the bottom #10 slot.

It’s totally insane how a dead industry has just been revived by a person who’s not even alive.

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