'This Is It': Michael Jackson soundtrack tops the albums chart in a busy week

Michael Jackson’s This Is It won the box office easily last weekend, so it should come as little surprise to find the concert film’s soundtrack topping the Billboard 200, too. The King of Pop’s latest posthumous release sold a strong 373,000 copies in its first week on shelves, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s comparable to the big sales his greatest-hits set Number Ones was putting up in the weeks immediately following his untimely death — and since This Is It is categorized as a new release, Jackson finally gets to take the No. 1 Billboard 200 spot that a technicality robbed him of for much of this past summer.

A busy pack of other new releases crowded into the shadow of This Is It. Creed came Full Circle to No. 2 with a respectable 110,000 copies sold, answering the question of how many people still consider themselves Creed fans in 2009. The public’s appetite for Rod Stewart covers albums remained unwhetted as his latest such set, Soulbook, bowed at No. 4 with 84,000. Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s Night Castle checked in at No. 5 with 83,000. Sting‘s If on a Winter’s Night… traveled to No. 6 with 80,000.

Jumping down to No. 11, 39,000 laid-back folks (I’m guessing) picked up Jack Johnson‘s En Concert. Another 30,000 sprung for horrorcore-leaning rapper Tech N9ne‘s K.O.D. (No. 14), which is about as far away from a live Jack Johnson album as one can get. The Swell Season, with no Oscar bump to help them this time, moved a solid indie-sized 28,000 units of Strict Joy (No. 15). Wolfmother‘s Cosmic Egg sold a slightly smaller number that also rounded up to 28,000 (No. 16). Train cried out Save Me, San Francisco, and 27,000 people from that city and elsewhere responded (No. 17). Atreyu invited 26,000 members to their Congregation of the Damned (No. 18). Brian McKnight‘s Evolution of a Man brought him to No. 2o with 24,000.

And that was it for new releases in the Top 20 this week. Are you surprised by where any of them landed? Any predictions for how long This Is It will keep selling? Weigh in below.

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  • Clayton

    I picked up Strict Joy, and it is fantastic. Hopefully more people pick it up

  • Travis

    This Is It will fall to #2 next week, with sales of roughly 175,000, while Carrie Underwood’s new release will come in at #1 I predict.

    This Is It will end up selling a bit over 1 million copies in the US, and 3 million globally.

    • Angie

      How do you know???

  • pauch

    Glee debuts this week. That will top the charts next week. Hands down.

  • Meryl

    Can’t wait for Fame Monster. Lady Gaga’s BAD ROMANCE is my fave song right now

  • Rob

    Couldn’t you just have bought his #1’s album, its only going to be #1 for this week Carrie Underwood and Glee should have healthy sales hopefully more than 200k each if not more.

    • PNK

      Cuz it’s not just the Number Ones on This Is It. There’s a great set of songs on it, really, I saw the film twice and it’s cool to see/hear what songs he was gonna do in concert. They are not just the #1s, there’s a lot more, plus it has the “This Is It” (new) song too. MJ ROX!

  • Jason

    Creed’s new album Full Circle is really good and even if you never liked Creed back in the day definitely check it out…it is a lot harder then there previous albums and overall just a really solid return effort for the guys

  • Blue Silver

    I sure hope “This Is It” continues it’s winning steak at the box office and on Billboard. Great stuff! Plus, it’ll shut the HATERS up!!!

  • Northerner

    Michael Jackson = Miracle + Magic

    The media and “critics” dismissed both the movie and (especially) the CD before “This is it” was even on the market, soured everything Michael Jackson like they always did.

    The latest chart will not prevent them from either exploiting his name and image (like always), or chocking back their own words like nothing happened.

    SHAMELESS American media.

  • Samantha Delynne

    Thats sad that Pop star Michael Jackson isnt Alive anymore thanks to Dr murray.Hes sick in the Head.For what he did that day.June 25th 2009.Thats why on that day.June 25th 2009.He was Pronounced dead.His Heart stopped beating because of the overdose by Dr murray.Dr murray should be proscuted for what he did that day.June 25th 2009.Also Dr murray should be put in prison without parole.Make him pay for what he did that day.June 25th 2009. Pop star Michael Jackson was 50 years old.He was young.I liked watching the movie moonwalker on MTV.That was a great movie starring Michael Jackson.Also I Remember Going to Disneyland.Being at the Attraction Captain EO starring Michael Jackson as Captain EO.Also I liked watching his videos Bad Back in 1987.Dirty Diana Back in 1988.The way you make me feel Back in 1988.

    • gato

      he wanted the drugs rip

  • Cindy

    Strict Joy is so artistic! I love it!

    • Mayulis

      this massage to meahcil jackson from caroline yuliasari pukiat i will always support you and your three children because the three of you is my idole thank you so much for everything i’m indonesian

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