Michael Jackson Sells 800K Albums

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The late Michael Jackson’s catalog continues to sell a massive number of units. From Billboard magazine:

  • Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Jackson’s catalog of solo albums sold a whopping 800, 000 copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended at the close of business on Sunday (July 5) night. That’s an increase of 90% compared to the previous week, when his combined albums sold 422, 000.
  • In turn, physical albums accounted for 82% of Jackson’s sales last week — 656, 000 physical albums versus 144, 000 download albums. In the week previous, when Jackson’s albums moved a total of 422, 000, physical albums accounted for 43% of that sum (181, 000) while digital albums made up the other 57% (241, 000).
  • Jackson’s “Number Ones” collection will be the top selling album in the United States, with 339, 000 (up 215%) and will also be No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Comprehensive Albums chart. “Thriller” will be No. 2 with 187, 000 (up 86%) while the third place set will be the newly released “Now 31” various artists compilation, which will start with 169, 000.
  • Last week, Jackson had a record eight albums out of the top 10 on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, while a Jackson 5 compilation also found its way into the upper tier. This week, the entire top 10 is all-Jackson, all the time. He alone has albums at Nos. 1-6 and Nos. 8-10 while a Jackson 5 title (“The Ultimate Collection”) resides at No. 7.
  • On Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Jackson will hold down five out of the top 10 slots, with “Man in the Mirror” leading as his top selling digital download song of the week (159, 000; down 3%). Overall, it ranks as the second-best selling song of the week, next to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (215, 000; up 6%).
  • Jackson’s total song download sales this week — including his works with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons — stand at 2.2 million downloads. Last week, the collected total was 2.6 million.

Last week, many retailers sold out of Jackson albums–Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group were able to replenish stores with CDs last week to meet customer demand.   The numbers are amazing, aren’t they?

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