Michael Jackson fans really came through for their beloved star. The “Xscape” album beat the new release from the Black Keys and took the number 1 spot for last week. Jackson sold around 570 more albums than the Black Keys with a total of 161,909 sales (that’s physical CDs and digital downloads).
That number isn’t very high, but overall CD and digital sales are way down anyway as opposed to streaming. Nevertheless “Xscape” sales are not strong, certainly nothing like any number of contemporary and or living artists.
Did the hologram help? It doesn’t seem like it. As I wrote yesterday there was no sales bounce from the Billboard awards. But give Michael his due. He’s number 1 for his debut week. We’ll see if he can hold off Coldplay’s new album this week.