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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Michael Jackson's Catalog Albums Outsell The Black Eyed Peas, Rob Thomas Still Perplexes

You can't go without acknowledging Michael Jackson's sales accomplishment this week. Though because of official rules—and unlike in the U.K.—it doesn't affect the main album chart (Billboard Top 200 Albums).

Instead, his Number Ones and Essential Michael Jackson compilations and Thriller studio album each sold over 100,000 copies to appear at #1, 2 and 3 positions on the Top Pop Catalog chart. A record has now been broken, as this marks the first time an album on that Top Pop Catalog list has outsold the #1 on the Top 200 Albums chart—in this case, Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., which had sales of 88,000.

To clear things up, the differentiation is that Billboard deems an album older than 18 months which has fallen below the #100 position on the Top 200 Albums chart is now scooted over to the Top Pop Catalog Albums. Comprende?

And, unless you're living in a tent in Siberia and weren't aware, this resurgance in the Jackson catalog is all because of the singer's death last Thursday.

Over on the Hot 100 Singles, Black Eyed Peas' swap singles in the #1 and #2 positions, with "I Gotta Feeling" now overtaking "Boom Boom Pow" as the top song in the country after the latter's 12-week reign.

Elsewhere, Pink's "Please Don't Leave Me" manages to lollygaga up two spots to #18, while Jordin Sparks lumbers up one to #31.

I also can't not mention Rob Thomas, who I've often been conflicted about as to whether he's actually hot or like one of those deceitful photos you stare at for a minute and it begins to shift in scope. His latest, "Her Diamonds," jumps up to #32, and becomes only his second Top 40 solo single in the U.S.—outside of that Santana one, "Smooth," which was #1 for, like, 2,640 weeks 10 years ago.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas *1 week*
2. "Boom Boom Pow" - The Black Eyed Peas
3. "Best I Ever had" - Drake
4. "Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo
5. "LoveGame" - Lady GaGa
6. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - Pitbull
7. "Fire Burning" - Sean Kingston
8. "Birthday Sex" - Jeremih
9. "New Divide" - Linkin Park
10. "Waking Up In Vegas" - Katy Perry

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  • At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for 'splaining this. I would have been mystified.

    Rob Thomas is hot and a really sweet guy.

  • At 2:30 PM, Anonymous John in PA said…

    Rob Thomas is hot, but his arrogance is a turn-off!

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i totally don't get the relegation of old albums. oh but i sort of do. comprende? :)

    Rob Thomas used to be hot, but is not right now. it really does depend on his hair...

  • At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I sat next to Rob Thomas at a Chris Rock show and he seemed really cool.

    At the end of the show I quizzed him about a song I'd read about that he wrote for Tina Turner but she turned it down.

    He got all excited & said that it was more rock like her Private Dancer days and he was bummed she didn't take it. Super friendly.

  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Trust me, Rob Thomas is the least arrogant rock star out there. What he is is witty, articulate, intelligent, with a killer sense of humor and you'll never meet a nicer guy. He's also hotter than ever. I just saw him do an acoustic show last night for a radio station and, even though I knew he was not feeling great, he just killed it.

  • At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Rob Thomas's first solo single, Lonely No More, was a Top 40 hit for him. I guess you're counting that as part of the two on that chart?

  • At 8:31 AM, Anonymous DISHY said…

    the rob thomas cover is reminescent of the first pressing of CHER's fabulous Heart Of Stone - I can't be the first homeo to pick that up!!!

  • At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Dishy said…

    Hey Paulie - I don't get the regulation of old albums either - the charts should reflect what is being purchased. That said, Michael Jackson is without a doubt the most overrated performer in history.

  • At 8:01 PM, Blogger undisco_me said…

    Hmmm, Rob Thomas, it's a 'no' from me. He has taken some 'okay he is quite cute and hard-body looking' pictures, and then there are Jerry-Springer-guest looking ones to sober me out those thoughts.

    The MJ song that's lodged itself in my brain is the 'One More Chance' song, and his most impressive image for me is 'In The Closet' clip (maybe it represents a time where he might have actually been most happy with his appearance).


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