Michael Jackson Dominates U.K. Charts

Michael Jackson's death prompted a massive surge in sales of his singles and albums in the U.K., with his "Number Ones" compilation (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) racing to No. 1, four other albums hitting the top 20, and six songs re-entering the top 40 of the singles chart. Those achievements somewhat overshadowed the first No. 1 single for La Roux, whose "Bulletproof" (Polydor/Universal) debuted at the top.

"Number Ones," first released in 2003, was at No. 121 in last week's U.K. chart, but became the album most fans focused on after news of Jackson's death, in sales on Friday and Saturday. Kasabian's "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) fell to No. 2 after two weeks on top, with Paolo Nutini's "Sunny Side Up" (Atlantic/Warner Music) down 2-3. Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal) rebounded 12-4 and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) jumped back 18-5.

Jackson's all-time bestseller "Thriller" reappeared at No. 7, its first appearance in the top 75 since 2004 and its first time in the top ten since 1984. Last year's "King of Pop" compilation, which reached No. 3 in September 2008, re-entered at No. 14, "Off The Wall" at No. 17 (also its highest ranking since 1984) and 2005's "The Essential Michael Jackson" at No. 20. Additionally, the "Thriller 25" deluxe reissue reappeared at No. 45 and "Bad" at No. 59.

The top 20 also included new entries for Neil Sedaka, whose 70th birthday release of hits and new recordings "Music of My Life" (UMTV/Universal) came in at No. 15; Jack Penate at No. 16 with "Everything Is New" (XL) and Gossip's "Music For Men" (Columbia) at No. 18.

La Roux's singles chart-topper "Bulletproof" follows her debut hit "In For The Kill," which just missed the top with four weeks at No. 2 in April and May. David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI), featuring Kelly Rowland, fell 1-2 as Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" improved 8-4.

Jackson's six songs to make the singles top 40 were "Man In The Mirror" at No. 11, "Thriller" at No. 23, "Billie Jean" at No. 25, "Smooth Criminal" at No. 28, "Beat It" at No. 30 and "Earth Song" at No. 38. Another 14 titles, either by Jackson or the Jackson 5, were in the top 75.

There was also a No. 12 debut for Florence and the Machine's "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" (Universal Island), plus climbs of 15-13 for "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)" (Loaded) by Freemasons featuring Sophie Elllis-Bextor, and 21-19 for Linkin Park's "New Divide" (Warner Bros.).

On Billboard's European sales compilations, Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope/Universal) moved back to the top of Billboard's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, but the group's "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" was again held off No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums by Placebo's "Battle For The Sun" (Dreambrother/PIAS).