Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mariah Carey May Have Christmas, But Michael Jackson is the King of Halloween: “Thriller” Soared Last Week


Mariah Carey may have cornered the market on Christmas. But Michael Jackson is the King Ghoul.

According to Luminate, Jackson’s song, “Thriller” outsold Bobby Boris Pickett’s “Monster Mash” on October 31st.

The totals including streaming were 49,000 vs. 45,000.

Altogether, “Thriller” sold over 106,000 copies last week in streams and downloads. The “Thriller” album — the best selling album of all time — sold 20,474 copies as well.

Jackson fans are waiting to see where the Billboard charts put the song tomorrow. Whatever chart position is arrived at, clearly “Thriller” won Halloween week by a landslide.

Next year, the fans — who really made this happen as a grassroots affair — can team up with Jackson’s label, Epic, to go even higher!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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