As anticipated, the passing of Michael Jackson rocks the Billboard charts, as consumers were moved to purchase the King of Pop's catalog of work. Jackson makes history on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart where the top nine titles are all Jackson-related albums. On the Hot Digital Songs chart, his hits take up a whopping 25 slots on the 75-position tally. This week also marks the first time a catalog album has outsold the No. 1 current album on the Billboard 200 . . . Speaking of the Billboard 200, Regina Spektor's "Far" is the list's highest debut, arriving at No. 3 with 50,000 . . . In Progress Reports, we also have updates on Daughtry, the Pussycat Dolls, Kings of Leon and Eric Hutchinson.


FLASH POINTS

• As predicted, Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts.

• Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles when the tally is released in the early morning on Wednesday, July 1. Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night (June 28).

• Jackson himself has a record eight out of the top 10, while a Jackson 5 compilation also reaches the upper tier.

• The King of Pop's "Number Ones" will fittingly lead the pack at No. 1 with 108,000 (an increase of 2,340%) while "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" are No. 2 and No. 3 with 102,000 and 101,000, respectively. Last week "Number Ones" was the only Jackson title on the chart, at No. 20 with 4,000 copies; both "Essential" and "Thriller" re-enter the tally this week.

• Additionally, his classic 1979 studio set "Off the Wall" re-enters at No. 4 with 33,000 while his 1987 album "Bad" returns at No. 6 with 17,000. At No. 5, the Jackson 5's "The Ultimate Collection" debuts with 18,000. Jackson's fourth studio album for Epic Records, 1991's "Dangerous," re-enters at No. 7 with 14,000 while his 2001 compilation "Greatest Hits: HIStory—Volume 1" also returns to the list at No. 8 with 12,000. Finally, Jackson's 2004 boxed set "The Ultimate Collection" charts its first week on the Pop Catalog chart, arriving at No. 9 with 11,000.

• The lone non-Jackson-related set in the top 10 is a reissue of the "Woodstock" movie soundtrack, which bows at No. 10 with 8,000.

• Collectively, Jackson's solo albums sold 415,000 this past week. That's extraordinary, since his titles sold a combined 10,000 in the week that ended June 21. Of the 415,000 total, 58% were digital downloads. Additionally, the 415,000 albums sold just last week is nearly 40% more than what Jackson's catalog had sold the entire year up through June 21 (297,000).

• Speaking of digital albums, on the Top Digital Albums chart, Jackson holds down a record six of the top 10 slots, including the entire top four. "The Essential Michael Jackson" leads the list with 80,000 downloads sold, while "Thriller" is No. 2 with 57,000.

• With the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." moving back to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 with 88,000, this week marks the first time that a catalog album has sold more than the No. 1 current set on the Billboard 200. (In fact, all three of Jackson's top sellers on the Pop Catalog chart outsell "The E.N.D.")

• Ironically, the feat almost occurred when Jackson reissued "Thriller" in February 2008. The set relaunched with 166,000, re-entering at No. 1 on the Top Pop Catalog chart. That week, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" led the Billboard 200 with 180,000 while Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" was No. 2 with 115,000.

• Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200, though they can chart on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums list. On the latter chart, Jackson's "Number Ones," "Essential" and "Thriller" are at Nos. 1-3, followed by the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." at No. 4.

• Jackson also places a record 25 songs on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart (21 solo hits and four with his siblings), smashing the mark of 14 charting titles established by David Cook on the June 7 chart. Jackson's Halloween radio staple, "Thriller," moves 167,000, which is good for second place on the chart behind the 203,000 shifted by Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."

• "Thriller" was also Jackson's best seller in the week before his death with 5,000 downloads, which translates to a 3,551% jump. Jackson's total volume of downloads this week—including his tracks with the Jackson 5/the Jacksons—account for 2.6 million downloads, a remarkable number considering last week's cumulative sum was 48,000. Moreover, Jackson becomes the first artist to sell more than 1 million song downloads in a week.

• Besides "Thriller," Jackson places five other songs in the top 10: "Man in the Mirror" (No. 3, 165,000), "Billie Jean" (No. 4, 158,000), "The Way You Make Me Feel" (No. 6, 136,000), "Beat It" (No. 7, 134,000) and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (No. 8, 125,000).

• Not surprisingly, each of the tracks in the top 10 of Hot Digital Songs were among the top 10 most-played Jackson selections at radio following his passing. According to research provided by Nielsen BDS of monitored airplay from more than 1,600 terrestrial and satellite radio stations and cable music channels, "Billie Jean" was the Jackson track with the most spins for the week ending June 28 with 4,540—97% of which occurred after news of his death became public. The track posted only 318 plays in the prior week.

• Switching gears back to the Billboard 200, last week's No. 1, the Jonas Brothers' "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," slips to No. 2 with 68,000 (down 72%). Regina Spektor's fifth studio album, "Far," arrives at No. 3 with 50,000. It's the singer/songwriter's best sales week and highest-charting album. Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" moves down one notch to No. 4 with 47,000 (down 46%) while Eminem's "Relapse" is also down one notch to No. 5 with 47,000 (down 35%).

• Dream Theater's new "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" arrives at No. 6 with 40,000 while the rockin' soundtrack to the No. 1 movie in the country—"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"—begins at No. 7 with 39,000. Lady GaGa's "The Fame" slips two spots to No. 8 with 37,000 (down 20%) while Ginuwine's new "A Man's Thoughts" starts at No. 9 with 37,000. Finally, at No. 10, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack falls two rungs with 34,000 (down 18%).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.2 million units
• DOWN 8% from last week's charts: 6.8 million units
• DOWN 18.9% from same week, 2008: 7.7 million units
• This week: No albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Coldplay remained at No. 1 for a second week, with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" shifting 249,000 (down 66%). The highest debut was Motley Crue's "Saints of Los Angeles," opening at No. 4 with 99,000.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• Daughtry claims its sixth straight top 10 single on the Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart as "No Surprise" rises 11-9 in its eighth week on the list. Only six other bands have racked up as many top 10 singles: Goo Goo Dolls (13), Matchbox Twenty (12), Nickelback (nine), 3 Doors Down (seven), Maroon 5 (seven) and Train (six).

• On the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, Kings of Leon score their first hit, as "Use Somebody" bows at No. 34. The band has had four hit singles on the Alternative radio tally—"Use Somebody" spent four weeks at No. 1 in April . . . Elsewhere on the Top 40 radio chart, the Pussycat Dolls claw their way in at No. 39 with the debut of "Hush Hush." It's the group's ninth charting single and the second to bill their lead Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, as a "featured" performer. The last Dolls track to chart before "Hush Hush" was "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"—credited to A R Rahman & the Pussycat Dolls Featuring Nicole Scherzinger—which peaked at No. 37 April 4.

• Eric Hutchinson earns his second straight top 10 on the Triple A radio airplay chart from his debut album, "Sounds Like This," as "OK, It's Alright With Me" vaults 11-7. The Washington, D.C., native becomes the first artist in 18 months to land top 10s in his first two chart appearances from his debut album as "Rock & Roll" spent 20 weeks in the chart's top 10 including one week at No. 1. The last artist to accomplish the feat was Mat Kearney, who reached No. 2 with "Nothing Left to Lose" in June 2006 and No. 9 with "Breathe in Breathe Out" in January 2008.



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Wilco's "Wilco," Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night," Rob Thomas' "Cradlesong," the "Now 31" compilation, Killswitch Engage's "Killswitch Engage" and Jeremih's "Jeremih."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" returned to No. 1 with 156,000, displacing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" from the top slot. The latter set slipped to No. 2 with 149,000. The chart's highest debut came at No. 4, where G-Unit bowed with "T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight)" (102,000).