"The Essential Michael Jackson" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) has given the late singer his longest consecutive run atop the U.K. album chart. Yesterday's (Sunday) new sales figures from the Official Chart Company also saw East London "grime" star Tinchy Stryder secure a second consecutive No. 1 single with "Never Leave You" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island), featuring Sugababes member Amelle.
The Jackson compilation is now in its sixth week at the U.K. summit, overtaking the five consecutive weeks achieved by "Thriller" in 1983 and "Bad" in 1987. "Thriller" had two other weeks at the top before that run, and one more in early 1984, for a non-consecutive total of eight, but "The Essential" now has his longest unbroken bestselling sequence.
"Bad," meanwhile, benefited from its inclusion in retail chain HMV's summer price reductions campaign. Now available there and elsewhere for £3.99 (about $6.65), it races back onto the U.K. chart at No. 9. "Bad" reached No. 59 immediately after Jackson's death, but this is its highest ranking in the territory since early 1989. The late singer is also in the new top 20 with the Jackson 5 on "The Motown Years" (Motown/Universal), down 8-15, and "Thriller," down 11-17.