According to industry insiders, three Michael Jackson albums Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller each sold 100,000 copies last week. The sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday (June 28) night and will be reported today. That means the bulk of the sales took place in the three days after Jackson's death.
Those six-figure tallies would've put the three discs at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the Billboard 200 slightly ahead of the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. but catalog albums are not eligible for the album sales chart, so Jackson will instead dominate the Pop Catalog survey.