The King of Pop dominates the U.S. Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard as well as UK charts
By Keith Caulfield, L.A.
The King of Pop dominates the Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard charts yet again.
Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen
SoundScan, Michael Jackson’s catalog of solo albums sold a mighty 1.1
million copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended at the close
of business on Sunday (July 12).
That’s a jump of 37% stacked next to the previous
week, when his combined albums sold just shy of 800,000. In just the
past two and a half weeks, American consumers have purchased more than
2.3 million Jackson albums.
On Nielsen SoundScan’s charts for Wednesday, July 15, Jackson’s "Number Ones" collection was the top selling album in the United States for the third week in a
row, with 349,000 copies sold (an increase of 3%).
His "Thriller" moved 264,000 (up 41%) while
"Essential" powered through another 149,000 (up 18%). Some older
Jackson titles also saw great gains as well, "Off the Wall" sold 107,000 (up 108%), "Bad" did 97,000 (up 332%) and "Dangerous" blew through 67,000 (up 157%).
In turn, Jackson is still the King of the Top Pop
Catalog Albums chart. It tallies albums that are more than 18 months
old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don’t have a
current radio single. Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the
Billboard 200 chart though they can chart on the Top Comprehensive
Last week, the entire top 12 albums were all
Jackson-related. The singer specifically has the titles at Nos. 1-6 and
9-12, while two Jackson 5 compilations hold down the fort at Nos. 7 and
Top Pop Catalog Albums Chart (Week Ending 7/12/2009)
1) Michael Jackson "Number Ones"
2) Michael Jackson "The Essential Michael Jackson"
3) Michael Jackson "Thriller"
4) Michael Jackson "Off The Wall"
5) Michael Jackson "Bad"
6) Michael Jackson "Dangerous"
7) Jackson 5 "The Ultimate Collection"
8) Jackson 5 "The Best of Jackson 5: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection"
9) Michael Jackson "Greatest Hits: HIStory — Volume 1"
10) Michael Jackson "HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1"
11) Michael Jackson "Invincible"
12) Michael Jackson "The Ultimate Collection"
Jackson’s digital track sales totaled 2.5 million in North America,
Europe, Australia and New Zealand, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Michael Jackson Scores Eight Of Top 10 Euro Albums
In a history-making week on Billboard’s European Top
100 Albums, Michael Jackson holds down a spectacular eight of the top
ten titles. Meanwhile, "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI) by David
Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland starts a second week atop European Hot
Jackson’s domination also represents a near-lockout
of the pan-European top ten for Epic/Sony Music Entertainment, in which
last year’s "King of Pop" compilation again comes out on top. It leads
the way in no fewer than eight markets, holding at No. 1 in Germany and
Austria, moving 77-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders, 6-1 in
neighboring Wallony, 13-1 in Poland, 3-1 in Holland and 2-1 in
Switzerland and Spain. It’s top five in five other territories.
In the United Kingdom, it’s "The Essential Michael
Jackson" that rules, with 113,000 new sales last week from a running
total in its four years on release of 483,000. That compilation holds
at No. 2 Europe-wide, also moving 4-1 in Finland, 3-2 in Switzerland
and entering and No. 3 in Norway and Portugal.
Next up, at No. 3 overall, is the original edition of
"Thriller," which leaps to the top in Italy (12-1) and Spain (3-1) and
is in the top five in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Its
title track single also rises 4-2 in Italy. Jackson’s "Number Ones"
collection is up 6-4 on Top 100 Albums, sitting at No. 2 in both
Ireland and Germany. "The Collection" is his only title in descent on
the overall chart, down 3-6 despite holding at No. 1 in Denmark and
racing 34-5 in Sweden and 19-9 in Germany.
With the regular volume of "Thriller" at No. 3, the
25th anniversary deluxe reissue also fares well, climbing 14-7 on the
composite chart. It’s up 12-2 in Hungary, 7-5 in Finland, 41-6 in Spain
and 18-9 in the United Kingdom, but falls from the top spot in
Switzerland and Poland. "Off The Wall," the studio predecessor to
"Thriller," is up 34-8 on Top 100 Albums, fuelled by a 10-3 climb in
the United Kingdom on sales of 39,000. Remarkably, that’s the album’s
highest-ever position on the U.K. chart, where it previously peaked at
No. 5 in its fourth week on the survey in October 1979.
The biggest leap of all Jackson’s albums is taken by
"HIStory – Past, Present & Future, Book 1," which zooms 92-9 after
reappearing at No. 4 in Germany and 33-17 in the United Kingdom.
Jackson also has two singles in the European top ten, holding at No. 7
with "Man In The Mirror" and dipping 9-10 with "Billie Jean."
The only non-Jackson titles in the top ten of the
pan-European album chart are Black Eyed Peas’ "The E.N.D. (The Energy
Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal), which holds at No. 5, and
labelmate Lady Gaga’s "The Fame," down 8-10.