Yesterday, Today, & FOREVER The King of Pop

Michael Jackson: Still King

Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Gary Trust, Alex Vitoulis; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo

The King of Pop is still the king of the Billboard
charts. The Top Comprehensive Albums chart that is, where his "Number
Ones" set reigns yet again (114,000). The set has now become the
second-biggest-selling album of the year and has Taylor Swift’s
"Fearless" in its sights . . .
Indeed, rapper Fabolous earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with "Loso’s Way," but the bigger news is that Michael Jackson’s
"Number Ones" collection becomes the year’s second-best-selling album.
As the 2003 set moves another 114,000 this week—and retains the No. 1
spot on Top Comprehensive Albums—its total for the year adds up to 1.37
million. That moves it past the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack
(1.33 million) and Eminem’s "Relapse" (1.31 million). Now, only Taylor Swift’s
"Fearless" (with nearly 1.5 million) stands in Jackson’s way.

The King of Pop has now ruled with the top-selling
set in the United States in five out of the past six weeks. "Number
Ones" only stepped aside when Daughtry’s "Leave This Town" bowed with 269,000 two weeks ago. Jackson may very well end up No. 1 overall again next week.

This week: No albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000
copies. Only the No. 1 album on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart—
Michael Jackson’s "Number Ones"—sells more than 100,000.
  As a reminder, the Billboard 200 houses current and
new albums, generally those 18 months old or less. On the Top
Comprehensive Albums chart, both old and new albums mingle
together—hence why Jackson reigns on the Comprehensive list, but the
aforementioned Fabolous debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


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