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MJ Gets Posthumous Sales Boost, Black Eyed Peas Go Gold

Although he sold over 415,000 discs in only three days, the King of Pop will not be sitting atop the Billboard 200 sales chart this week. Due to The Billboard 200 sales chart’s stipulations – the list bans any record that is older that 18 months – MJ instead holds the top three slots of Billboard’s Overall Top Albums chart.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan, the late singer’s Number Ones CD, which landed at no. 1, sold 107,800 copies, the Essential Michael Jackson moved 102,000 units and 101,000 fans picked up his classic Thriller LP. Further down the Overall chart, Jackson’s seminal Off the Wall album sold 32,600 units and the Jackson 5’s Ultimate Collection pushed out 17,900 from the stores. Bad was purchased 16,900 times, Dangerous 14,100 and MJ’s Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. One disc 12,000.

On the Bilboard 200, the Peas continue to lead the pack. The E.N.D., the group’s latest album, moves back to the no. 1 slot, bagging up 88,000 discs this week. After three weeks on the charts, BEP has officially gone gold, with an overall sales figure of 540,000.

Eminem drops one spot to no. 5 on the charts this week. The Detroit heavyweight sold 47,200 units of his comeback disc Relapse in his sixth week, making his total tally stand at 1,168, 800.

R&B star Ginuwine debuted on the charts this week with A Man’s Thoughts. The disc landed at the no. 9 spot, after it sold 37,300 in its first week.

Next week look for Brooklyn rapper Maino to hit the Billboard 200. –Elan Mancini

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