Check here for daily updates all this week regarding the Michael Jackson sales spike. You’ll get the most recent numbers from iTunes and Amazon.com for both singles and albums.
Wednesday morning – 6 days after his death, Michael still has 4 songs in the top 10 most downloaded songs on iTunes. Smooth Criminal got bumped to #11, with Colbie Caillat’s Fallin’ for You being the most recent addition to the top 10 (she’s at #5).
In the past 3 days, Michael Jackson songs in the iTunes top 100 have decreased from 50 to 25. But with his death being old news at this point, it’s still quite a feat to be carrying one-fourth of the most downloaded songs on the most popular music downloading program.
Whereas 3 days ago, all of the top 10 most downloaded albums went to MJ, today only 4 of the top 10 belong to him. But The Essential Michael Jackson is still sitting comfortably at #1.
Sunday afternoon - Michael has relinquished one more spot in the iTunes Top 10 to the Black Eyed Peas. I Gotta Feeling is still #2 and Boom Boom Pow is #4. Sean Kingston’s Fire Burning got pushed out of the top 10 by MJ’s Billie Jean. Man in the Mirror hasn’t moved from the #1 spot since his death. Jackson has 47 of top 100 most downloaded songs (3 down from Saturday)
The Black Eyed Peas E.N.D. and the Transformers soundtrack are the only two non-MJ albums in the iTunes Top 10 most downloaded albums.
Michael Jackson still has the top 10 albums and the top 5 music videos/concerts on Amazon. He has 4 of the top 5 MP3 albums (giving up the #5 spot to Newsboys’ In the Hands of God).
Saturday evening - Michael has finally pushed the Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling out of the top position (It’s now #2). He now has 7 of the top 10 most downloaded songs on iTunes, with P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) rounding it out at #9. And Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 now represent exactly half of the iTunes top 100 most downloaded songs!
For albums, E.N.D. by the Black Eyed Peas has moved up two spots to #8. Jackson has control over the other 9.
The top 3 albums are:
- The Essential Michael Jackson ($16.99) – compilation of singles by Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons
- Number Ones
Jackson still has almost a quarter of the top 100 album sales on iTunes (23, 1 down from Friday)
On Amazon.com, Michael Jackson takes the top 10 most downloaded albums, the top 5 most downloaded MP3 albums and the top 5 most downloaded music videos/concert tours.
It seems that a little more than 24 hours after his death, the King of Pop still has a considerable hold on all music sales.
Friday afternoon - Black or White has moved into the Top 10 iTunes spots, and Jackson still has a strong hold of almost half (44 now) of the Top 100 songs. Songs downloaded include singles by Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons. The Black Eyed Peas seem to be the only group that can withstand the pressure coming from Michael Jackson fans.I Gotta Feeling still occupies the #1 spot on the iTunes Top 100.
Michael Jackson takes over the top albums even more than the songs. He claims 9 of the top 10 albums downloaded on iTunes. #10 is, of course, E.N.D. by the Black Eyed Peas. Jackson has almost a quarter (24) of the top 100 albums (not all of his albums are solo, and not all are LPs).
Friday morning - 43 of the top 100 most downloaded songs on iTunes (as of 12:30 p.m. ET Friday, June 26) are by Michael Jackson. Record sales do generally increase after an artist dies, but this is almost half of all songs downloaded today…that’s incredible!
His top 5 most downloaded songs:
- Man in the Mirror (#1 hit)
- Thriller (#4 hit)
- The Way You Make Me Feel (#1 hit)
- Don’t Stop till You Get Enough (#1 hit)
- Smooth Criminal (#7 hit)
I wonder how long this jump in Michael Jackson song/album sales will continue.
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