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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Yanks The Rug Out From Under La Roux With Major U.K. Chart Feat

While La Roux snag the top single on the U.K. chart this weekend with "Bulletproof"—thereby besting the #2 peak of previous release "In For The Kill"—it's really Michael Jackson who dominates this week, both in news and in chart feats.

His 2003 collection Number Ones grabs the top spot on the Brit album chart, while 43 of his past singles have entered the Top 200 singles chart—20 of which are in the Top 75—following a resurgence of interest in Jacko's back catalog following his death on Thursday. The highest entry from him is "Man In The Mirror," in at #11. That one's also been the top download on U.S. iTunes since Friday.

Ironically, I remember picking up that Number Ones CD after a trip to London in late 2003, where it was on display everywhere you went.

The impressive part is that there were only two days left once Jackson died before the U.K. chart was tallied up, and yet over 300,000 of his singles and albums were snatched up in that time period.

Here's an article from Friday about Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble here in the U.S. selling out of all things MJ within 24 hours.

I also liked the ending of this other article, which sums up the legacy Michael Jackson will end up leaving behind, and puts it in terms of where he currently was as far as his relevancy was concerned when he died:

"A comeback seemed to be most unlikely. His reputation was considered irreparably damaged, his image mocked and his name an automatic punchline. But when he announced he'd be doing a series of comeback concerts at London's famed O2 Arena, not only did the initial dates sell out immediately, the demand was so insatiable he was signed on for an unprecedented 50 shows. He was expected to embark on a worldwide tour sometime after the concert series was completed in March.

"Of course, there will be no comeback now, no Jackson 5 reunion, no new music to share with millions of fans. But the legacy he leaves behind is so rich, so deep, that no scandal can torpedo it. The 'Thriller' may be gone, but the thrill will always remain."

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Bulletproof" - La Roux
*1 week*
2. "When Love Takes Over'" - David Guetta/Kelly Rowland
3. "Boom Boom Pow" - Black Eyed Peas
4. "Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga
5. "Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo
6. "Release Me" - Agnes
7. "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" - Pixie Lott
8. "Red" - Daniel Merriweather
9. "Bonkers" - Dizzee Rascal
"Untouched" - The Veronicas

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  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    When will we see your review of La Roux?? Gotta focus on the living!

  • At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you absolutely have to go back and get some MJ, I would suggest the "Essential" collection. Though not perfect, it comes damn near close covering the Jackson 5 era through the Jacksons and on through Michael's solo material. "I'll Be There" isn't included plus a couple of other notables, though you could pick that up from the Jackson 5 remastered collection that came out through Motown several years back and just add it for posterity's sake. Regardless, the #1s is relatively lame package compared to what else is available for purchase. Nothing like a famous person's death to get your album catalog going again.

  • At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Blanket's Budissy said…

    I absolutely had to go back and get some MJ, so I just stuck a freezing cold white turkey leg up myself and hee-hee'd my way through Captain EO.

  • At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    I loved the ending line of the article you cited (i.e. "the thriller may be gone but the thrill still remains"). It couldn't have been said any better. From my perspective, this is all very heartbreaking. I watched Michael Jackson in concert when I was 15 in Mumbai (India). It still remains one of the most unforgettable evenings of my life. I never stopped admiring the guy. In my opinion, he wasn't this "washed up relic of the 80s" that the cynical media made him out to be. Here is a link to an article that captures some of the overlooked aspects of his career:


    In terms of a recommended collection to buy, I'd recommend the "Ultimate Collection" (released in 2004). It contains quite a few remarkable previously unreleased tracks (especially "The Way You Love Me").

  • At 2:23 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    i do like that ending line too. very clever. and poignant. strangely Man In The Mirror was the only single from Bad not to make the top 20 first time around (21) so it's a new chart high for that song. Be interesting to see what happens to sales this week...

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