FIT FOR A KING: Just as he did in his life, Michael Jackson continues to break Billboard chart records. Following his passing June 25, Jackson's music floods Billboard's Top Pop Catalog, Top Comprehensive Albums and Hot Digital Songs charts.
The King of Pop commands the entire the top nine positions on Top Pop Catalog Albums. His solo sets rank at Nos. 1-4 and 6-9, and a Jackson 5 compilation bows at No. 5. Jackson is the first artist to lock down the top four positions on the survey.
Jackson's "Number Ones" leads the list, while "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" re-enter at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Last week, "Number Ones" was the only Jackson title on the chart, at No. 20.
"Off the Wall" re-enters at No. 4 and the Jackson 5's "The Ultimate Collection" debuts at No. 5. "Bad" returns at No. 6, "Dangerous" re-enters at No. 7, "Greatest Hits: HIStory - Volume 1" revisits the list at No. 8 and "The Ultimate Collection" charts its first week at No. 9.
Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200 albums chart, though they can chart on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums list. On the latter chart, "Number Ones," "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" soar to Nos. 1, 2 and 3. For the first time, catalog titles outsell the Billboard 200's top album: the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D.," No. 1 on the Billboard 200, is No. 4 on Top Comprehensive Albums.
Jackson also places a record 21 entries on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart (not counting an additional four with his siblings), smashing the mark of 14 charted titles established by David Cook on the June 7, 2008, chart. One of Cook's cuts that week? His cover of Jackson's "Billie Jean."
Of Jackson's 21-track haul, all but one are debuts. His top-ranking title, "Thriller," re-enters at No. 2 in its 13th total chart week. The track has appeared following Halloween each year since 2004.
The other Jackson favorites that fans downloaded the most in tribute: "Man in the Mirror" ranks at No. 3 on Hot Digital Songs and "Billie Jean" bows at No. 4. Also making the top 10: "The Way You Make Me Feel" (No. 6), "Beat It" (No. 7) and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (No. 9). "Thriller" singles account for six of Jackson's 21 entries; of the album's seven single releases, only "The Girl Is Mine," with Paul McCartney, falls short of charting. "Bad" sports the second-most titles (five) of any Jackson album on the tally.
Another chart also turns into a Michael Jackson countdown of hits. Amazingly, the top 19 slots on the 30-position Billboard Hot 100 Recurrents chart all belong to Jackson and the Jackson 5. Jackson's solo efforts own the top 14, led by "Billie Jean."
VIDEO STAR: It's fitting, too, that the artist who rose to iconic status due in part to groundbreaking exposure on MTV presides over this week's Top Music Video Sales chart.
Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" vaults 31-1, marking the collection's second week on top. It previously led the list dated Jan. 24, 2004.
Jackson, credited with paving the way for MTV's eventual widespread acceptance of R&B music videos, knocks Taylor Swift and Def Leppard's "CMT Crossroads" set to No. 2. The country/rock crossover concert video, recorded last fall and featuring duets of each act's biggest hits, last week became Swift's first No. 1 on the chart and Def Leppard's second. The group first led with "Historia" in 1988-89.
Jackson also caps Hot Videoclips with "The Way You Make Me Feel." "Rock With You" ranks at No. 2.
(For further Jackson chart achievements, view last week's special Chart Beat devoted entirely to the feats that helped the King of Pop don his crown).
'FEELING' LIKE THE SECOND TIME: In what would be the top story in almost any other chart week, the Black Eyed Peas replace themselves at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling," their second leader, swaps places with runner-up "Boom Boom Pow" after the latter track reigned for 12 weeks.
(The Peas have their own direct connection to Michael Jackson: on last year's 25th anniversary re-release of "Thriller," Fergie was featured on "Beat It 2008," and will.i.am guested on "The Girl Is Mine 2008").
BEP becomes the ninth act, and fourth duo or group, in the history of the Hot 100 to succeed itself at the summit. The others: the Beatles (three-in-a-row in 1964), Boyz II Men (1994), Puff Daddy (1997), Ja Rule (2002), Nelly (2002), OutKast (2004), Usher (2004) and, most recently, T.I., whose "Live Your Life" dislodged "Whatever You Like" on the chart dated Oct. 18, 2008.
The Black Eyed Peas additionally are the fourth duo or group to occupy the top two slots on the Hot 100 in the same week, joining the Beatles, Bee Gees (1978) and OutKast.
BIRTH OF 'AUTO-TUNE': Jay-Z enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24 with "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." The track previews "The Blueprint 3," due Sept. 11.
The song marks Jay-Z's 55th Hot 100 appearance, breaking him out of a tie with Madonna.
Here is a look at the acts with 50 or more chart entries dating to the Hot 100's Aug. 4, 1958, inception:
108, Elvis Presley
91, James Brown
74, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles
67, Elton John
63, Stevie Wonder
57, The Rolling Stones
56, Marvin Gaye
56, Frankie Valli
56, Dionne Warwick
55, The Beach Boys
53, Neil Diamond
53, Connie Francis
53, The Temptations
53, Jackie Wilson
51, Rod Stewart
Jay-Z, who first drew Hot 100 ink April 6, 1996, owns the most chart hits of any artist who first appeared on the survey in the '90s. R. Kelly, a veteran of the chart since 1992, ranks second among acts arriving in the '90s with 48 Hot 100 hits.
The new entry is one of two songs on the Hot 100 to rework Steam's 1969 No. 1 "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." Kristinia DeBarge ranks two notches higher with "Goodbye." (Read on for further chart news on the DeBarge family).
63, OH WHAT A SIGHT: Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" not only tallies a 63rd week on the Billboard Hot 100, but it actually reverses course, rebounding 33-31.
Here is an updated list of the songs to rack the most weeks on the chart:
69 weeks, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
65 weeks, "You Were Meant for Me/Foolish Games," Jewel, 1996-98
64 weeks, "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood, 2006-07
63 weeks, "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, 2008-09
By passing the 62 weeks logged on the list by Lifehouse's "You and Me," Mraz's smash is now the longest-charting title featuring a male vocal in Hot 100 history.
'FAR,' SO GOOD: Regina Spektor’s last album, "Begin to Hope," became her first to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 20 in February 2007. The set spent three weeks on the list in July 2006, ranking no higher than its debut position of No. 135. It re-entered that December and rose to its new high point two months later.
This week, Spektor enjoys a much quicker ride to the chart's upper reaches. The Soviet-born, Bronx, New York-based singer-songwriter wows the tally as her fifth studio effort, "Far," launches at No. 3.
CHART BEAT BITS: Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" rises 16-11 on the Billboard Hot 100. That's not usually the most notable of chart moves, but in this case, the flight represents a new peak for the song. It first spent a lone week on the list at No. 12 in November, originally charting as an introductory track to her album "Fearless" ...
Ginuwine notches his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as "A Man's Thoughts" bows. The singer previously led with "The Senior" in April 2003. Lead track "Last Chance" concurrently climbs 11-9 on Adult R&B to become Ginuwine's first top 10 on the chart since "Differences" (No. 3) in 2001 ...
"El Culpable Soy Yo" jumps 17-9 on Hot Latin Songs to become Cristian Castro's 29th top 10 on the tally. The song's rise solidifies his standing for second-most top 10s in the chart's history after leader Luis Miguel (39). Chayanne ranks third with 27 top 10s, followed by Enrique Iglesias (25) ...
Chico DeBarge returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after eight years with "Oh No" at No. 89. The uncle of Kristinia DeBarge (who, along with Ciara, will open on Britney Spears' "Circus" tour in August and September) last appeared the week of Jan. 27, 2001, with the No. 87-peaking "Playa Hater" ...
A change in locks brings a change of luck to Ashley Tisdale. A blonde as Sharpay Evans in Disney's "High School Musical" franchise, the now natural brunette inks her first solo No. 1 on a Billboard chart, as "It's Alright, It's OK" launches atop Hot Dance Singles Sales. Not a bad birthday present for Tisdale, who turns 24 today.