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Those continued Jackson sales were more than enough to bring smiles to the faces of Sony Music Entertainment chief Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, RCA/JIVE Music Group honcho Barry Weiss and Columbia/Epic Chairman Rob Stringer, who control seven of the Top 10.

MICHAEL’S STILL KING,
FABOLOUS FOLLOWS

Jackson Boasts Three in Top 5, Nine in Top 50, Fabolous Top Bow
The late King of Pop lives up to his name this week, with Michael Jackson’s Number Ones once again #1, while Essential (#3) and Thriller (#4) give him three of the Top 5.

In all, Jackson scores nine of the Top 50, including Bad (#15), Off the Wall (#17), Dangerous (#19), Jackson 5’s Ultimate Collection (#21) and 20th Century Masters (#36), both on Motown, and the re-entering History: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (#45).

Those continued Jackson sales were more than enough to bring smiles to the faces of Sony Music Entertainment chief Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, RCA/JIVE Music Group honcho Barry Weiss and Columbia/Epic Chairman Rob Stringer, who control seven of the Top 10, including RCA/RMG’s Daughtry (#5), Columbia’s Maxwell (#6), Sony Music’s Now 31 (#7) and RCA/RMG’s fast-rising Kings of Leon, up another 21% this week to #9 thanks to the crossover smash, “Use Somebody.”

Def Jam/IDJ rapper FabolousLoso’s Way is the top debut, landing at #2 with just this side of 98k in first-week sales.

Interscope’s Black Eyes Peas (#8) and Walt Disney’s Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack (#10) round out the Top 10.

Warner Bros. High School Musical alum Ashley Tisdale scores the next highest chart debut at #16, followed by Soda Pop/Island/IDJ newcomer Kristinia DeBarge at #30.

Mercury Nashville Grammy-winning Country act Sugarland returns to the chart at #43 with Love on the Inside, with their brand-new Live on the Inside hitting Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club exclusively today.

A number of Country artists show upward mobility, including Capitol Nashville’s Darius Rucker (#29-24, +16%), Lyric Street’s Rascal Flatts (#42-35, +17%), Mercury Nashville’s Billy Currington (#44-40, +9%) and Atlantic’s Zac Brown Band (#20-14, +6%).

Hitting retail this week are Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kidz, Emblem/WB’s Gloriana, Universal Republic’s K’Jon, Epic’s Modest Mouse EP, Hank III’s A** Jack on Curb and Atlantic’s Matt Hires.

Now excuse us while we share a long-distance beer with Obama and celebrate the end of racism in our time.

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