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Jackson sales boom in the US too

By | Published on Tuesday 30 June 2009

While Jackson sits atop the UK album chart this week, with seven appearances in the album chart, and twenty tracks in the singles Top 75 (if you count Jacksons tracks), the King Of Pop has been shifting serious units in the US too following his premature death last week.

Official figures won’t be out until tomorrow, but Billboard records that the Jacko compilations ‘Number Ones’ and ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’, and Jackson’s most famous album ‘Thriller’, all shifted more than 100K copies each in the week up to Sunday night, the vast majority in the three days after his death. By comparison, sales of the entire Jackson catalogue in the previous week were in the region of 10,000 units. Those three albums are expected to top the Billboard pop catalogue chart this week, with a very real possibility that Jackson will take up nine spots in the pop catalogue top ten.

Jackson has also been scoring record plays on most online streaming services. Omnifone, who power unlimited music services (mainly mobile based) in nine territories around the world, reported yesterday that there had been a 525% increase in the amount of Jackson music being played by their subscribers since the king of pop’s death. And interestingly, while Jackson’s death had a huge impact on the UK chart, it is in Asia where Omnifone have seen the biggest rise in consumption of Jacko’s music. While in the UK there was a 323% increase, in Omnifone’s Asia Pacfic market there was a massive 750% increase.



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