Jacko’s sales surge in wake of TV spots

Michael Jackson’s high-profile television appearances capped off by the Oprah Winfrey interview have reinvigorated his career, sending sales soaring for his 14-month-old “Dangerous” album.

Jackson fans snapped up 60,000 “Dangerous” albums last week, compared with 8, 000 albums the week of Jan. 10-17, according to SoundScan sales data released Wednesday.

“Dangerous,” which debuted at No. 1 on Dec. 14, 1991, also is leaping back up the Billboard 200 in its 63rd week. After bottoming out at No. 149 last November , the album reached No. 26 in this week’s chart.

“Dangerous” has sold more than 4 million copies domestically.

Jackson’s other albums also are getting a boost. “Thriller” is moving up a special chart for older albums, and even his old Motown albums are doing better.

The sales surge is attributed to Jackson’s media blitz this year, including TV appearances at the NAACP’s 25th annual Image Awards, the Clinton inauguration , American Music Awards and the Super Bowl half-time show.

The biggest event of all, however, was clearly the Feb. 10 prime-time interview with Winfrey on ABC.

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