Even dead, Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and proved that when the soundtrack to the recently released film, “This Is It,” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The album sold a whopping 373,000 in its first week out, the fifth-best sales week for album this year. This Is It is Jackson’s sixth no. 1, according to Billboard, his best sales week since 1995’s HIStory started atop the Billboard 200 with 391,000.
The film did just as well over the weekend at the box office, also landing at no. 1, taking in $101 million worldwide, and $21.3 million domestically.
Outside of Jackson, to round out the top 10 was Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, sliding six spots to no. 10 with 41,000 copies sold.
In at no. 13 was the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., selling another 30,000; while Tech N9ne’s latest album K.O.D. debuted at no. 14 with 30,000 sold as well; and singer Brian McKnight’s Evolution of a Man rounds out the top 20 with 24,000 copies sold.
Outside the top tier, we do have a few new releases.
At no. 44, Rick Ross’ crew, the Triple C’s, sold just 12,000 of the debut effort, Custom Carts & Cycles; while Swollen Members’ Armed To The Teeth sold just 3,400 to open at no. 146; and Texas rapper Z-Ro starts at no. 147 with Cocaine, selling 3,400.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 1) totaled 6.31 million units, up 10% compared to the sum last week (5.72 million) and down 9% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.96 million).