Beyond the Top 10: June 30 edition


Sweat Sweatin’ It Out:
Veteran soul man Keith Sweat has the top debut outside the top 10 this week. His “Ridin’ Solo” (Kedar) moves in at No. 13 with a 24,000-unit first week.

You Again?: Lots of familiar faces placed new albums in the top quarter of the chart this week: Cyndi Lauper (her “Memphis Blues” bows at No. 26 with 14,000 sold), Danzig (their “Deth Red Sabaoth” logs in at No. 35 with a 12,000-unit debut week) and Macy Gray (her “Sellout” arrives at No. 38, shifting 11,000).

One Year Later: The first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death on June 25 sparked sales of his bestselling catalog. “Number Ones” leaped 58 slots to No. 42 (an 86% gain), while “The Essential Michael Jackson” vaulted 104 positions to No. 53 (a 116% boost). “Thriller” (No. 79) and the “This Is It” companion album (No. 96) both return to the chart, with respective jumps of 71% and 64%.

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