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Three Michael Jackson albums top 100,000 in sales

June 30, 2009 |  4:57 pm

Three Michael Jackson albums sold about 100,000 copies apiece in the first days following his death Thursday, according to Billboard, which reports that those recordings will place high on its chart when final results are published Wednesday.

“Thriller,” “The Essential Michael Jackson” and “Number Ones” are each expected to top the six-figure mark and take the top three slots on the magazine’s Top Pop Catalog chart, which tracks ongoing sales of albums that are at least 18 months old. Such albums are not eligible to appear on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums ranking, but sales of Jackson’s albums figure to exceed the top-selling current release, the Black-Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.”

Billboard reports that Jackson’s music probably will account for six to nine titles in the Top 10 of the Pop Catalog chart. As of Tuesday afternoon, Amazon.com’s entire Top 10 bestselling music titles were Jackson releases.

— Randy Lewis