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Michael Jackson tops UK album chart

Michael Jackson, King of Pop

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Jackson has topped the UK album chart and made six new entries in the singles top 40 following his death from a cardiac arrest last week.

The singer’s greatest hits album Number Ones rocketed from 121 to No.1 after Jackson’s death prompted a surge in sales.

Ironically, the same album earned Jackson his last No.1 when it was first released in 2003.

Four of his other hit albums also returned to the top 20, according to the Official Charts Company, with Thriller racing from 179 to No.7. It remains the biggest-selling album of all time.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, King of Pop reached 14, Off The Wall sits at No.17 and The Essential Michael Jackson came in at No.20. A total of 11 Michael Jackson or Jackson Five albums now feature in the top 200.

Singles return

In the singles chart, meanwhile, 43 out of the top 200 singles feature Jackson hits, accounting for all but one of the new entries in the top 40.

Overall, Michael Jackson accounted for over 300,000 record sales across singles and albums in the two days following his untimely death this week.

The highest singles entry was Man in the Mirror, which re-entered at No.11. The singer misseed out on a top 10 spot.

Billie Jean got to 25, Smooth Criminal lies at 28, Beat It reached 30 and Earth Song lies at 38.

Jackson’s albums have also dominated sales at music download sites across the world since his death with his songs topping Apple’s iTunes download charts in every country except Japan.

His album success in the UK came at the expense of Kasabian, who saw their latest LP West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum knocked off top spot.

His singles success also overshadowed La Roux’s new entry at No.1 with Bulletproof.

Read our Michael Jackson obituary