"Michael may be more popular in death"
(Above: 50th anniversary of Bandstand, rare shot)
This is a personal record for him, both 'Bad'(1987) and 'Thriller'(1982) spent 5 consecutive weeks at number #1 in the eighties.His later albums, Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible spent one week each (although with huge first week sales) and Blood On The Dance Floor spent 2 in 1997.
'The Essential Michael Jackson' 2CD Greatest hits collection has been number #1 for 5 weeks in a row, it knocked of 'Number Ones' which shot to the top slot the week of Jackson's death; the number one hit collection was number one when it was initially released back in 2003, the week Michael was accused of child molestation.
He also has a 2 New re-entries on the chart!
The associated press report he has sold 15million physical album sales since his death (not inc. dowloads) in The USA and UK alone. International sales including downloads and singles could be as high as 50million.
#9. 'Bad' (NEW ENTRY Re-enters the chart at #9 thanks to new shipments in this week
#15. The Motown Years
#21. Off The Wall
#32. The Collection (Contains 5 solo albums)
#46. Dangerous (NEW ENTRY Thanks to new stock)
#47. King Of Pop (UK edition)
#53. The very best of J5
#62. Number Ones (Selling out in many shops since it went to number one after his death, Sony are preferring to plug The Essential as it is a double album with higher retail price)
#70. Thriller 25
#87. HIStory (Double album)
'Man In The Mirror' is his highest charting single at #33
- Jermaine's version of 'Smile' will be available to download as a single and video single within a few weeks; Michael's version hit #74 on download and airplay alone and has since left the chart.
'Earth Song' is the Michael Jackson single to spend the most weeks at #1 in the singles chart in 1995/6; it spent 6 weeks at the top slot.
'Black Or White' spent 7 weeks at #1 in the USA in 1991