Daughtry knock Michael Jackson off US album top spot

Ex-American Idol finalists knock Jackson's Number Ones album from the top of the charts

They may be virtually unknown in the UK, but rock band Daughtry are so big in their native America that the band have knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the album charts.

The group, fronted by ex-American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, went straight in at No 1 with the release of their second album Leave This Town. The LP has reportedly sold 270,000 copies in its first week. Jackson's Number Ones album has been at the top of the charts since he died on 25 June.

However, Jackson's back catalogue still dominates the US Billboard charts elsewhere; the late singer holds six places in what Billboard calls the top 10 comprehensive chart (the biggest-selling albums in America, regardless of when they were released or how they were sold), including Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad. It hardly differs from the standard Billboard 200 chart, but also includes catalogue releases from any date that continue to sell well.

Billboard does, however, report that sales of Jackson's records are now beginning to slow down.


Rosie Swash

The GuardianTramp

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