NEW YORK – Nielsen SoundScan says 800,000 copies of Michael Jackson albums were bought in the U.S. last week – nearly double his sales from the previous week.
Jackson is claiming the entire Top 10 roster on the Top Catalog Album chart this week. His “Number Ones” collection is the top seller, followed by “Thriller.” Solo albums occupy every position but No. 7, where the Jackson 5’s “Ultimate Collection” album resides.
Data from the week ending Sunday – the first full week since Jackson’s June 25 death – shows physical albums accounted for 80 percent of his sales.
On Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Jackson holds five out of the top 10 slots, with “Man in the Mirror” leading as his top-selling digital download song of the week.
Four Jackson CDs also are in the top 10 albums sold on iTunes, and five of the top 10 singles for the week ending Monday.
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