The Big News: The King of Pop resumed his spot at the top of the charts this week. The soundtrack to Michael Jackson's concert rehearsal documentary This Is It sold 373,000 copies to cruise to Number One on the Billboard Top 200. Jackson albums like Number Ones and Thriller have frequently hit Number One on the Top Comprehensive Charts following his June 25th death, however the albums were ineligible for the Top 200. (Regardless, Number Ones is the best-selling album of 2009.) Jackson's last official Number One debut came with Invincible in 2001, and This Is It earned Jackson's best first-week sales since HIStory moved 391,000 units in 1995. (Visit our Michael Jackson page for more news, plus photos and stories from the RS archives.)
Creed's Full Circle, the band's first album since 2001's Weathered, entered the charts at Number Two, selling 110,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The reunited band's previous two albums, Human Clay and Weathered, both debuted at Number One, with the latter sitting atop the charts for eight straight weeks. Taylor Swift's Fearless celebrated its 51st week on the charts by selling another 109,000 copies, good for Number Three. Two more debuts rounded out the Top Five: Rod Stewart's Soulbook and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Night Castle.
Debuts: Sting's If On a Winter's Night entered at Number Six with 80,000 copies. Jack Johnson's live En Concert bowed at 11 while five new LPs occupied 14 through 19: Tech N9ne's K.O.D., the Swell Season's Strict Joy, Wolfmother's Cosmic Egg, Train's Save Me, San Francisco and Atreyu's Congregation of the Damned, all five selling within 5,000 copies of each other. Tegan and Sara's Sainthood also hit the chart at 23.
Last Week's Heroes: Twilight Nation couldn't compete with the swarm of new albums and the New Moon soundtrack, which topped the charts last week, dropped to Number Eight. However, with the film due out in 16 days, the soundtrack's sales can expect to rebound in the coming weeks. After 10 weeks in the Top Five, Miley Cyrus' Time of our Lives slipped to 12. The Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. also fell out of the Top Ten for the first time since its release in early June, ending the week at 14.
In this space next week, we'll see who's the victor in a chart battle that finds This Is It facing off against Carrie Underwood's Play On and Weezer's Raditude.