The King of Pop still has it. “This is It,” the companion soundtrack of sorts to the concert film of the same name, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday. The 2-CD set, which basically amounts to another greatest hits set with some previously unreleased material-sold 373,000 copies, making it the fifth-highest selling debut of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The movie has grossed more than $36 million in the U.S.
“This is It” is Jackson”s first No. 1 since “HIStory,” another greatest hits set with additional material, opened atop the chart in 1995, according to Billboard.
Jackson isn”t the only one turning back the time machine on the Billboard 200 this week. Creed comes in at No. 2 with “Full Circle,” its first studio release since 2001. The band reunited after a five year hiatus this year for a tour and the new set. Rod Stewart slides in at No. 4 with “Soulbook,” his collection of vintage R&B covers, while Trans-Siberian Orchestra”s latest effort, “Night Castle,” pulls in at No. 5. Taylor Swift bounces back to No. 3 with a semi-new CD: The “Platinum Deluxe” version of “Fearless,” complete with bonus tracks and a DVD, vaults that project back up the chart.
The soundtrack to “Twilight: New Moon Saga” slides from No. 1 to No. 8, while last week”s No. 2, Tim McGraw”s “Southern Voice” slips slots as well to end up at No. 9. Jay Z”s “The Blueprint 3” is No. 10.