It’s easy to forget how good something is until it’s gone. I guess this is also the case with the king of pop, whose musical career weren’t exactly flying in the past decade, but now that Michael’s passed away, everyone remembers him for the good, old, unforgettable hits he’d given us in the 80ies. And, apparently, everyone is buying them, because, based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, 2.6 million Michael Jackson (his work with Jackson 5 and the Jacksons included) digital downloads were sold in just one week.
The week before his death, 48,000 Michael Jackson songs were sold, which makes this week’s numbers a staggering jump. But for an even better idea of how big these numbers are, suffice to say that no artist has ever sold more than one million digital songs in one week. Furthermore, eight Michael Jackson albums have found themselves in the top 10 bestseller list, and 25 of his songs are in the top 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart.
Topping the album charts was “Number Ones” with 108,000 copies sold, with “The Essential Michael Jackson” following with 102,000 copies. “Thriller,” Jackson’s most popular studio album, is third with 101,000. When it comes to individual songs, “Thriller” was sold 167,000, which earned it the second place, behind Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” In the week before Michael’s death, 5,000 copies of “Thriller” were sold, which makes this week’s results an incredible 3,551 percent increase.