Home Celebrity Michael Jackson Album Swamped in Sales this Week by Coldplay

The “Xscape” phenom is over. Billboard put it at number 2 in its debut, hitsdailydouble.com gave it number 1. But even Hits concedes the part is over. “Xscape” sold 161K copes in its first week. Hits predicts  a 50% drop to 80K in the second week which ends Sunday night. Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories,” they say, will come in around 360K. 380K. Country star Brantley Gilbert will pluck his strings at between 200 and 220k. The so called hologram didn’t help Jackson. “Xscape” was a valiant try. The Jackson estate should start releasing live albums. And put the hologram away. Creepy creepy creepy.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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