Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jackson Breaking Music Sales Records

Since Michael Jackon's untimely death, his music is setting all-time sales records, whether it be a physical format or a download. Check out these stats:

Three of his collections - “Number Ones,” “Essential Michael Jackson” and “Thriller” - are the three top-selling albums in the US, according to figures released yesterday by Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks record sales. For the week ending Sunday, Jackson sold a combined 415,000 albums. It’s an impressive number considering he sold only 10,000 records the week before. All three outsold what will be the number one album on the regular album chart, the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. It sold only 88,000 copies. This is the first time a catalog album has outsold the top album on the regular Top 200.

Jackson’s “Number Ones” set - which is a half-decade old - sold 108,000 copies. At, Jackson holds the top 10 spots for CD sales - with indie rock kings Wilco’s new “Wilco (the Album)” coming in at a lowly 11th. On eBay, copies of “Thriller” on vinyl run from $10 to $999.99

Since Jackson’s death, 2.3 million tracks have been downloaded in the US, dominating both iTunes and Amazon mp3 sales. The downloads were enough to break records on Billboard’s digital album chart, where Jackson currently holds six of the Top 10 slots with 167,000 downloads of “Thriller,” 165,000 of “Man in the Mirror” and 158,000 of “Billie Jean.” No artist before had ever sold over 1 million.

Unbelievable, but this shows his music is legendary and stands the test of time as older fans relive their past and new fans get a taste of the "King of Pop" for the first time.


Jackson left an ‘endless’ supply of music that could be released for years

Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come.

The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of Jackson’s best albums, as well as more recently recorded songs made with Senegalese R&B singer and producer Akon and Black Eyed Peas frontman

“There are dozens and dozens of songs that did not end up on his albums,” said Tommy Mottola, who from 1998 to 2003 was chairman and CEO of Sony Music, which owns the distribution rights to Jackson’s music. “People will be hearing a lot of that unreleased material for the first time ever. There’s just some genius and brilliance in there.”

The details of who owns Jackson’s unreleased music and concert footage are not entirely clear. Sony Music declined to comment. A person involved with the label who requested anonymity said no new projects or compilations are being planned yet.


Top Selling Albums of All Time

•Michael Jackson - Thriller - 100 –109 million

•AC/DC - Back in Black - 45 million

•Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon - 45 million

•Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell - 43 million

•Eagles - Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) - 42 million

•Various artists - Dirty Dancing - 42 million

•Whitney Houston / Various artists - The Bodyguard - 42 million

•Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera - 40 million

•Backstreet Boys - Millennium - 40 million

•Bee Gees / Various artists - Saturday Night Fever - 40 million

•Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 40 million

•Shania Twain - Come on Over - 39 million

•Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - 37 million

•Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill - 33 million

•The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 32 million

•CĂ©line Dion - Falling into You - 32 million

•Mariah Carey - Music Box - 32 million

•Michael Jackson - Dangerous - 32 million

•The Beatles - 1 - 31 million

•Celine Dion - Let's Talk About Love - 31 million

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