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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