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The Essential Michael Jackson

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"The Essential Michael Jackson" Reaches #1 On the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums Chart & Top 10 on iTunes

NEW YORK, March 24 /PRNewswire/
— "The Essential Michael Jackson," a career-spanning collection of
must-have Michael Jackson tracks, hit #1 on the Billboard Top Pop
Catalog albums chart while rocketing its way into the Top 10
top-selling albums chart at the iTunes Store, America’s #1 music store,
following an episode of "American Idol" (aired March 10), featuring this year’s AI finalists performing their own versions of songs from the classic Michael Jackson catalog.

Response to the Michael Jackson song exposure on "American Idol"
proved overwhelmingly positive in the digital realm, where "The
Essential Michael Jackson" collection bulleted its way into the Top 10
on the iTunes top-selling albums chart as well as SoundScan’s Top 10
Digital albums chart.

Along with the surging renewal of interest in "The Essential Michael
Jackson," sales for other Michael Jackson albums available digitally
more than tripled the same week.

Individual Michael Jackson digital track sales soared during the
same period as well with American Idol crowdpleaser "P.Y.T." leading
the pack with "Thriller" and "Billie Jean" (two classics not performed
on the AI Michael Jackson show) following closely, proving the ongoing
viability of the Michael Jackson catalog.

Earlier this month, Michael Jackson announced that he would perform
his first series of full concerts in more than a decade, a residency at
London’s 02 Arena, the largest indoor concert facility in Europe.

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