It took an "Idol" to supplant an icon. Michael Jackson has posthumously had the top-selling album in the U.S. for the last three weeks, but the honor this week belongs to Daughtry. The act's second effort, "Leave This Town," sold 269,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing it at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts.
Jackson's sales are not reflected on the Billboard Top 200, as they are eligible only for the catalog chart. The artist's hits collection "Number Ones" added another 192,000 to its sales total this week. But that's down significantly from the 349,000 copies it moved last week, hinting that Jackson's sales momentum may be slowing -- at least until concert promoter AEG releases a tribute film. All told, 647,000 Jackson albums were sold this week, down from the 1.1 million last week.
Daughtry, led by "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry, earns its second No. 1 album. Billboard informs us that Daughtry's self-titled 2006 debut landed a bit higher, opening with 304,000 copies sold. Yet the latter's sales were no doubt helped by the album being released during the start of the holiday season.
A breakdown of some other notables on this week's chart:
-- Bluesy supergroup of sorts the Dead Weather lands at No. 6 with "Horehound," an album the Times awarded four stars. A collaboration among Jack White, the Kills' singer Alison Mosshart, Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita, "Horehound" sold 51,000 copies. The band, who appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last week, are still a ways away from White Stripes-like numbers. The group's 2007 effort "Icky Thump" opened at No. 2 after selling 223,000 copies.