Feb 22, 2008

Billboard says no to Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Billboard has not given Michael Jackson’s Thriller a number # 2 position on its albums chart this week after selling 166,000 copies. Even though his album contained brand new reworkings of some of his biggest hits, they mysteriously classified the album a catalog release. The 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (Epic/Legacy) sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release, which would make it the second biggest seller of the week that ended Sunday.

The album has been categorized as a new release in much of the world and debuted at No. 1 in France, No. 2 in Germany, Australia, Holland, Norway and Switzerland, and No. 3 in the U.K. “Thriller,” which has sold 27 million copies, is No. 1 on Billboard’s catalog chart. Most catalog chart toppers sell between 15,000 and 20,000 copies per week.

Last year, Billboard eliminated its rule that barred from the top 200, releases available at a single retailer. That was in response to the Eagles selling more than 700,000 copies of "Long Road to Eden" at Wal-Mart outlets.
Billboard continues to make decisions on bonus packages that mystify many people in the industry.

SOURCE: The Set List

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