Michael Jackson Maintains U.K. Chart Dominance
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Jackson had topped the singles chart until late in the sales week with "Man In The Mirror" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), but Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" (All Around The World/Universal Music TV) moved ahead of it for a No.1 debut, as "Mirror" finished with an 11-2 climb. It's Cascada's first U.K. No. 1 single and fifth top tenner.
The "King of Pop" made another posthumous return to the U.K. top ten as "Billie Jean" climbed 25-10, and was inside the top 20 with "Thriller" (up 23-12), "Smooth Criminal" (28-13) and "Beat It" (30-19). His eight other titles in the top 40 were "Black Or White," up 45-25, "Dirty Diana" (50-26), "They Don't Care About Us" (67-32), "Earth Song" (38-33), "The Way You Make Me Feel" (47-34), "You Are Not Alone" (44-35), "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (48-38) and "Bad" (57-40). Jackson was further represented by another 14 titles in the 41-75 part of the published top 75, including four with the Jackson 5, one with the Jacksons and one with Janet Jackson.
Epic's "The Essential Michael Jackson," in turn, raced 20-1 to deprive British electro-pop duo La Roux from a No. 1 debut with their first, self-titled Polydor album. The duo of singer Elly Jackson and co-writer Ben Langmaid nevertheless made a strong start, with sales of 63,000 the best first-week total for a debut album this year. The previous best tallies were 46,000 for female British electronic string quartet Escala's self-titled album on Syco Music/Sony Music
Entertainment in late May, and 42,000 for Daniel Merriweather's "Love & War" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) last month.
Jackson's "Number Ones" compilation, which raced to the top last week, fell 1-3, as another retrospective, "King of Pop," improved 14-5. His classic studio albums "Thriller" and "Off The Wall" climbed 7-6 and 17-10 respectively, with the "Thriller 25" deluxe reissue up 45-18.
Former UB40 frontman Ali Campbell scored a No. 13 debut with his "Flying High" album (Jacaranda) and British trio Noisettes climbed back 24-19 with "Wild Young Hearts" (Vertigo/Universal).
New York rock outfit Dream Theater's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" (Roadrunner) opened at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums. Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope/Universal) scored a third non-consecutive week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.