Jackson and Cascada still top of the charts

Jackson and Cascada still top of the charts

With extensive media coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral and memorial service staged last Tuesday (July 7), he continues to dominate the charts. Although Florence & The Machine's Lungs album was able to sneak ahead in the first midweek sales flashes, it finished in second place, on sales of 63,020 copies, and is the only album in the top five NOT to feature Jackson

The Essential, which debuted and previously peaked at number two four years ago this week, ironically had its lowest ever weekly sale - just 52 copies - in the week prior to Jackson's death, and has thus far sold 483,735 copies, including 193,272 since his death. It's his ninth number one album - a total exceeded only by The Beatles (15), Elvis Presley (11), The Rolling Stones and Madonna (10 apiece).

Jackson's tally of Top 75 albums remains at nine but with previously depleted physical stocks partially replenished, all are now in the Top 20, and seven increase sales week-on-week.

Jackson achieved a record tally of 29 simultaneous Top 75 singles a week ago but that tally now slips to 22, while his Top 200 tally slips from 49 to 46.

Aside from The Essential, Jackson also features in the Top 10 with Off The Wall (up 10-3, 39,082 sales), Thriller (6-4, 32,919 sales), Number Ones (3-7, 29,145 sales) and Thriller 25 (18-9, 24,855 sales).

The best performance comes from The Motown Years, a 3CD 50-song release, encompassing Jackson's entire Motown career, both solo and with his brothers. The album peaked at number 34 the week after its release in September 2008. This week, as it satisfies the public appetite for I'll Be There, Who's Loving You (sung at the memorial service by Mariah Carey and Britain's Got Talent prodigy Shaheen Jafargholi, respectively) and other early favourites, it catapults 82-5 (31,924 sales).

On the singles chart, Man In The Mirror continues to have most resonance, but dips 2-3 while selling a further 42,194 copies.

They Don't Care About Us - featured in the clip released by concert promoters AEG to show Jackson in good health a couple of days before his death - is one of the few to trend upwards, moving 32-28 (11,411 sales).

Who's Loving You - the b-side of The Jackson 5's 1970 debut hit I Want You Back - first charted in April, after Jafargholi performed it on Britain's Got Talent, sparking enough for it to chart at number 53, and prompting Jackson to invite Jafargholi to sing at the ill-fated O2 gigs.

It returns more forcefully this week, at number 36 (9,595 sales). And there's a 'new' hit in the form of Jackson's cover of Smile (number 74, 3,618 sales), which was Jackson's favourite song, and was sung at his memorial service by brother Jermaine.

We should also mention than Michael Jackson has a record nine of the Top 10 on the Music Video chart, where only the High School Musical Concert DVD (number nine) interrupts his supremacy. Moonwalker is number one with sales of 24,573 copies.

The singles chart's highest new entry this week comes from Chipmunk, who racks up his third hit, debuting at number six (27,517 sales) with Diamond Rings, which also features Emeli Sande. Chipmunk reached number 21 in March, with his debut hit Chip Diddy Chip, and teamed with Ironik for the Elton John-sampling Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer), a number three hit in May.


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