Michael Jackson’s music tops charts

Stores across the country are seeing a surge in sales for Michael Jackson's music.
In death, Michael Jackson is topping charts all over the world again.

Jackson’s albums hold the top nine positions of Billboard’s “Top Pop Catalog Albums” chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data released Tuesday. Jackson’s albums are not eligible for the current Billboard 200 chart, which is for newer albums. But if they were eligible, his record sales would bounce the Black Eyed Peas’ current No. 1 album to fourth place, Billboard said. Jackson’s albums “Number Ones,” “The Essential Michael Jackson” and “Thriller” all sold more than 100,000 copies last week, close to 20,000 more copies than the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” Scores of listeners have downloaded Jackson’s music on iTunes as well. Jackson’s songs were on the Top 10 download lists in 21 countries, according to iTunes’ Web site early Wednesday. Watch crowds pack Apollo Theater for Jackson tribute »

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In the United States and United Kingdom, Jackson’s introspective song, “Man in the Mirror,” was No. 1 in iTunes downloads. In France and the Netherlands, “Billie Jean” was No. 1. In Sweden, “Smooth Criminal” was in the top spot, while pop fans in Luxembourg preferred “Earth Song.”

Of the 22 countries that iTunes tracks, Japan was the only one without a Jackson song in its Top 10. Jackson had 25 songs on the Top 75 “Hot Digital Songs” chart, according to Billboard. Twenty-one of the songs were solo tunes, while the other four included Jackson’s siblings.