“By now, we know that many of you have seen all of the charts around the world. We are so proud of the way that the MJ fan community has rallied to support Michael and his legacy by buying Xscape. The events that you organized were outstanding, and the posts, tweets, Instagrams, blogs, and other messages encouraging friends and family to buy, along with your purchases of multiple copies of the album were instrumental in selling as many units as we did. While we were disappointed that the record fell just short of claiming Michael’s 7th #1 on the Billboard chart, the album is number one in many territories and is the #1 album in overall worldwide sales, a feat we are extremely proud of. It’s a new world out there, and the fact that Xscape remains #1 on Spotify and Rhapsody and that the “Love Never Felt So Good” video is #1 on iTunes and in the Top 20 at YouTube cannot be ignored. The world has rallied again behind Michael’s music, and we, as a community, should be proud of the album’s performance this week. We’re only just getting started!”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rockers the Black Keys debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 weekly album chart on Wednesday, coming in ahead of an album of original songs from late singer Michael Jackson and country music star Dolly Parton’s latest album.
“Turn Blue,” the eighth studio album from the Ohio duo, sold 164,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
“Xscape,” a posthumous collection of eight unreleased tracks from Jackson, sold 157,000 copies, boosted by a high-profile performance featuring a singing and dancing Jackson as a hologram at Sunday’s televised Billboard Awards.
The Michael Jackson hologram stole the show at the Billboard Music Awards.
Some people thought it was cool, others just plain creepy, but almost everyone agreed it looked just like the real thing.
So, how did they do it? CNN’s Stephanie Elam has a closer look at where holograms will go from here.
As with so many times before, Michael Jackson’s artistry and genius is again at center stage. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of promotion for Michael’s new album, XSCAPE – starting with the premiere of the album’s first single “Love Never Felt So Good” on the iHeart Music Awards, and continuing to the performance on the Billboard Awards Sunday night. These performances were the highlights of both shows and netted Michael the #1 album on the planet, the #1 spot on iTunes and Spotify and the #1 single/video on iTunes! Michael’s music is also part of two worldwide advertising campaigns – Sony Mobile using “Slave To The Rhythm” and Jeep using “Love Never Felt So Good.” This is an incredible testament to the King of Pop! Our goal is to reach as many people as possible and to expand the community to include as many new fans as possible. Given all that has happened in these last few weeks, that goal has been accomplished. Everyone around the world is talking about Michael’s music and his achievements! Our other goal is to use new and innovative ways to create entertainment on a grand scale that allows the world to experience Michael’s magic – something that reflects Michael’s love of spectacle and grandeur and his own desire to be a step ahead of others. The best entertainment is that which evokes “suspended disbelief”; it’s about entertainment, not reality. When David Copperfield makes an airplane disappear, the illusion is no less compelling because it is not real. No one will ever replace Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. And certainly no one can dance like the greatest entertainer who ever lived – not even an illusion. Michael’s music and spirit are immortal, and that has been proven again these last few weeks. In bringing Michael’s spirit to the stage, the entire world was reminded of Michael’s genius as a singer, a dancer, and an innovator who pushed the envelope. We want to thank the MJ fan community for their continued support for Michael and wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the things that we are seeing and reading. The incredible visibility over the last few weeks as the world has celebrated the release of XSCAPE is amazing. We hope the fans are as thrilled as we are to see all of this promotion call attention to Michael’s music. Here are some of the highlights of the reaction to the Billboard performance. You will soon see the reaction to the first week sales of XSCAPE.
|Chart (2014)||Peak position|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||3|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||1|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||1|
|Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)||10|
|Danish Albums (Hitlisten)||1|
|French Albums (SNEP)||1|
|German Albums (Media Control)||2|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||2|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||4|
|Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)||1|
|New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)||5|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||3|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||3|
|UK Albums (OCC)||1|