Michael Jackson continues to rule the chart this week as his overall catalog of solo albums moved 1.1 million copies last week (up a whopping 37% compared with the previous week) . . . He also claims the top-selling album in the United States for a third week in a row with "Number Ones" (349,000; up 3%) . . . Big bows also greet new albums from Maxwell and rock band All Time Low while the latest "Hannah Montana" TV soundtrack starts strong . . . In Progress Reports we've got updates on Lady GaGa and Britney Spears on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, Kings of Leon's latest top 10 single and the Jonas Brothers' unlikely dance hit.


FLASH POINTS

• Michael Jackson's catalog of solo albums sold a mighty 1.1 million copies in the United States in the tracking week that ended at the close of business Sunday (July 12). That's a jump of 37% stacked next to the previous week, when his combined albums sold nearly 800,000. In just the past two-and-a-half weeks, American consumers have purchased more than 2.3 million Jackson albums.

• Record label sources suggest that Jackson's album sales were particularly strong last week because of publicity surrounding his July 7 memorial service. Additionally, a wider selection of his albums were restocked by key retailers, in addition to integral hits compilations like "Number Ones" and "The Essential Michael Jackson" and of course, "Thriller."

• "Number Ones" is the top-selling album in the United States for the third straight week, with 349,000 copies sold (an increase of 3%). "Thriller" moved 264,000 (up 41%) while "Essential" powered through another 149,000 (up 18%). Some older Jackson titles also made great gains, likely owed to the one-two punch of restocking by brick-and-mortar retailers and the publicity generated by the memorial service. "Off the Wall" sold 107,000 (up 108%), "Bad" did 97,000 (up 332%), and "Dangerous" blew through 67,000 (up 157%).

• In turn, Jackson is still the King of the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. It tallies albums that are more than 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don't have a current radio single. Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200 though they can chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart. This week, the entire top 12 albums on the Catalog tally are all Jackson-related. The singer specifically has the titles at Nos. 1-6 and 9-12, while two Jackson 5 compilations hold down the fort at Nos. 7 and 8.

• On the Billboard 200, Maxwell makes big news, entering at No. 1 with "BLACKsummers'night" and a career-high sales week of 316,000. It's his second chart-topper. The singer's last set, 2001's "Now," also opened at No. 1 with a then-best 296,000 copies sold.

• The "Hannah Montana" parade on the Billboard 200 continues as the TV soundtrack "Hannah Montana 3" bows at No. 2 with 137,000. Earlier this year, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" film soundtrack started at No. 2 with 139,000. The first two "Hannah" TV soundtracks both reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 back in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

• Rock band All Time Low has its all-time high week as "Nothing Personal" enters at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000. It's the group's best sales week and highest-charting album. The Hopeless Records' band took its last album, "So Wrong, It's Right," to No. 62 back in 2007.

• And finally, here's a recap of the rest of the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. The "Now 31" compilation slips two spots to No. 3 with 101,000 (down 41%) while the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." holds on at No. 5 with 63,000 (down 10%). Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" falls four positions to No. 6 with 44,000 (down 66% in its second week) while Rob Thomas' "Cradlesong" also falls four rungs to No. 7 with 41,000 (down 66% in its sophomore frame). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" climbs three slots to No. 8 with 36,000 (up 1%), Eminem's "Relapse" stands still at No. 9 with 34,000 (down 12%), and Jonas Brothers' "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" slips two spots to No. 10 with 34,000 (down 19%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 12) totaled 7.3 million units, up 4.5% compared with the sum last week (7 million) and down 0.8% compared with the same sales week of 2008 (7.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 188.7 million, down 14% compared with the same total at this point last year (219.5 million).




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7.3 million units
• UP 4.5% from last week's charts: 7 million units
• DOWN 0.75% from same week, 2008: 7.3 million units
• This week: The top three albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000 copies. The top seven albums on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart sell more than 100,000.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" held at No. 1 with 125,000 (down 20%) while the chart's top debut was Beck's "Modern Guilt" at No. 4 (84,000).



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Lady GaGa becomes just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three No. 1 singles from a debut album. "LoveGame" rises 2-1 on the tally, marking the singer's third No. 1 following "Just Dance" (two weeks at the top) and "Poker Face" (five weeks). The three songs appear on her top five Billboard 200 album, "The Fame" . . . GaGa joins just two prior acts in accomplishing the triumphant triple play. In 1993-94, Ace of Base reigned consecutively with thee cuts from its debut set, "The Sign": "All That She Wants," the title cut (a record 14 weeks at No. 1) and "Don't Turn Around" . . . In 2002-03, Avril Lavigne repeated the feat with a trio of tracks from her debut set, "Let Go"—"Complicated" (eight weeks), "Sk8er Boi" (one week) and "I'm With You" (four weeks).

• Britney Spears debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart this week with "Radar"—the fourth single from her "Circus" album—entering at No. 35. Spears now reigns as the artist with the most Mainstream Top 40 chart hits since 2000—with 21—breaking out of a tie she was in with Nelly. All told, Spears has collected 23 Mainstream Top 40 hits. (Two of those charted pre-2000.)

• Jonas Brothers find themselves on a rather unlikely chart—the Hot Dance Club Songs tally. "Paranoid," courtesy of uptempo remixes from the likes of Soul Seekerz and Dave Aude, debuts at No. 48 on the tally. It's the JoBros. first Dance Club chart hit.

• Over on the Alternative radio airplay chart, Kings of Leon net their third top 10 single as "Notion" rises 12-10. All three of the band's top 10 hits happen to be from its current album, "Only By the Night," which holds at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 with 30,000 (down less than 1%).



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Daughtry's "Leave This Town," the Dead Weather's "Horehound," Joe's "Signature" and Celtic Thunder's "Take Me Home."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Nas' self-titled effort bowed at No. 1 with 187,000 while Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" fell to the No. 2 slot with 105,000 (down 15% in its sixth week).

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