Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fans Make Jackson King of Record Sales

As expected, Michael Jackson had several of the best-selling albums in the country last week as fans rushed to stores and download services in the days after his death last Thursday.

Three titles by Mr. Jackson each had more than 100,000 sales in the United States in the week that ended Sunday: “Number Ones” sold 108,000, “The Essential Michael Jackson” sold 102,000 and “Thriller” — which was reissued last year in multiple commemorative versions — sold 101,000, according to preliminary sales data from Nielsen SoundScan that was reported by Billboard. (Mr. Jackson’s music is released by divisions of Sony Music Entertainment.)

By contrast, the top-selling new album was the Black Eyed Peas‘ “The E.N.D.” (Interscope), with 88,000 copies.

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