For the fifth straight week following his June 25 death, Michael Jackson continues to dominate the recording charts.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, the departed superstar notched 447,000 album sales and 433,000 digital song downloads for the week ended July 26. Jackson has averaged sales of roughly 667,400 unit sales per week over the last five weeks, which would essentially represent a high-water mark for most current top-sellers debuting an LP.
Jackson’s appropriately titled “Number Ones” led Billboard’s Comprehensive Albums chart, which tracks both new releases and catalog albums, with 154,390 units sold, compared with Demi Lovato’s “Here We Go Again,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart, with 108,436 units sold. Overall, discs by Jackson, including the Jackson 5’s “Ultimate Collection,” commanded seven spots of the top 20 bestselling albums.
“Leave This Town,” the LP from Daughtry — the North Carolina band fronted by former “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry — fell to No. 2 on the current LP chart, with sales just short of 101,000 units, having fallen 63% from its debut last week. The record has sold 370,492 units to date. Maxwell’s “Blacksummers’ Night,” the compilation album “Now 31” and the “Hannah Montana 3” soundtrack rounded out the top five current sellers.
In related news, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me” topped Landmark Digital Service’s Top 10 most performed songs on the radio for the week of July 20. The Black Eyed Peas claimed No. 4 and No. 10 on the chart, with “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow,” respectively.
The former tune also topped the Tag Chart as measured by Shazam, which measures the popularity of mobile content by tracking the number of times a song is “tagged” or identified for subscribers who use the service to identify songs they like. In addition, “I Gotta Feeling” was the most purchased song on iTunes as of July 29, according to BigChampagne Media Measurement, which tracks everything from downloads to file sharing.