Michael Jackson’s long awaited Epic album “Invincible” will debut at No. 1 on this week’s The Billboard 200 on sales of 366,300 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The set has already bowed at the top of the charts in the U.K., Australia, France, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and six other countries, according to Sony Music. The new chart will be posted tomorrow (Nov. 8) on Billboard.com.
“Invincible” is Jackson’s first album of new material since 1995’s “HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1,” which opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 391,000 copies, Jackson’s high water mark for first week sales since Billboard began using SoundScan data in 1991. Overall, it’s his fifth No. 1 album as a solo artist.
The 16-track set features guest spots from guitarist Carlos Santana and the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., plus production work from Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, and Babyface.