MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM SALES

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Michael Jackson Album Sales Total 800K In Pre-Memorial Week
July 07, 2009 – Rock and Pop

By Keith Caulfield, L.A.

On the day the world said goodbye to Michael Jackson, his legacy continues to shine on Billboard’s charts, a testament to his lasting musical legacy and impact.

Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Jackson’s catalog of solo albums sold a whopping 800,000 copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended at the close of business on Sunday (July 5) night. That’s an increase of 90% compared to the previous week, when his combined albums sold 422,000.

A jump in sales was expected, since this was the first full week of sales since Jackson’s passing on June 25. Additionally, after most physical retailers swiftly sold out of available Jackson albums, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group were able to replenish brick-and-mortar stores with CDs last week to meet customer demand.

In turn, physical albums accounted for 82% of Jackson’s sales last week — 656,000 physical albums versus 144,000 download albums. In the week previous, when Jackson’s albums moved a total of 422,000, physical albums accounted for 43% of that sum (181,000) while digital albums made up the other 57% (241,000).

When Sou ndScan’s charts are released in the morning on Wednesday, July 8, Jackson’s “Number Ones” collection will be the top selling album in the United States, with 339,000 (up 215%) and will also be No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Comprehensive Albums chart. “Thriller” will be No. 2 with 187,000 (up 86%) while the third place set will be the newly released “Now 31” various artists compilation, which will start with 169,000.

Jackson will also again dominate the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. It tallies albums that are more than 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don’t have a current radio single. Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on The Billboard 200 chart though they can chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart.

Last week, Jackson had a record eight albums out of the top 10 on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, while a Jackson 5 compilation also found its way into the upper tier. This week, the entire top 10 is all-Jackson, all the time. He alone has albums at Nos. 1-6 and Nos. 8-10 while a Jackson 5 title (“The Ultimate Collection”) resides at No. 7.

On Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Jackson will hold down five out of the top 10 slots, with “Man in the Mirror” leading as his top selling digital download song of the week (159,000; down 3%). Overall, it ranks as the second-best selling song of the week, next to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (215,000; up 6%).

Jackson’s total song download sales this week — including his works with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons — stand at 2.2 million downloads. Last week, the collected total was 2.6 million.

HUGH HEFNER’S SIX VOLUME AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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Hugh Hefner’s $1300, Six-Volume Autobiography
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In September, Taschen will publish Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s illustrated biography in six volumes, combined with a chronological selection of highlights from the seminal men’s magazine’s first 25 years (1953 to 1979). Limited to 1,500 numbered and signed copies, the six-volume set comes packaged in a luxurious plexiglass box and costs $1,300. Beginning with Hef’s youth and his boyhood comic collection and ending with the height of Playboy’s success, the anthology is billed as “the mos t probing and intimate portrait of Hefner ever made.”

Hefner’s extensive participation and the inclusion of a wealth of memorabilia from his personal scrapbooks set this anthology apart from other Playboy books. The six volumes contain over 700 pages of autobiographical text about Hef’s youth, army days, first attempts as a cartoonist, early career, girlfriends, and Playboy’s launch, illustrated by original Hefner artwork and cartoons, correspondence, and a huge selection of archival photos, many previously unpublished.

CHRISTIAN DIOR FALL ’09 SHOES

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The Christian Dior shoes for this upcoming Fall 2009 are very distinct and have an old world quality. It’s the curved heel with the brocade inspired metal work that gives the shoes that quality. These shoes, like most this season from the top designers, have a double platform and a towering heel.

MJ TRIBUTES

ON THE STREETS OF LA THE MJ TRIBUTES ARE DOPE THE WHOLE ED HARDY STORE IS COVERED

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EVIAN ROLLER BABIES US

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LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

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We wonder if JD can DJ and update his blog simultaneously.

What’s the difference between Jermaine Dupri the producer and Jermaine Dupri the DJ, and when did you learn to spin?

I started DJing first before I started producing. This is where the inspiration came from to get me making beats and wanting to be a producer … [DJing is] almost something I do now as hobby, for fun, to continue to keep the music fresh and me loving the music business.

How would you describe your Vegas set?

Usually, my set at Privé is all hip-hop for the most part. I like playing all the Vegas music and all the club shit that’s usually played in Vegas. I like going into that, because a lot of people don’t know that I know how to DJ that type of music as well. But for the most part, I’ve noticed that when I come on, the crowd is usually … waiting on me to bring that Southern hip-hop, that New York hip-hop—just hip-hop in general.

Do you play your own productions often?

People want to hear “Money Ain’t a Thang,” “Let’s Get Married,” “Sleeping in my Bed,” the list goes on and on. I started incorporating more Bow Wow records and old Brat records and whatever. Those come from requests, though. For the most part, that’s not usually in my set. I do play Ocean’s 7 music; whatever’s current that I have out I play.

Calendar

Jermaine Dupri at Privé
June 26 & July 4, 10:30 p.m.
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Beyond the Weekly
Jermaine Dupri’s blog

In the Vegas megaclubs, it seems like there’s a lot less breaking new records and more recycled tracks. Why do you think many DJs keep playing the same songs?

The DJ of the 2000s wasn’t the “break music” DJ. The motto of the 2000s DJ has been just “create a set.” That’s pretty much everywhere. I think people like myself started DJing more and let people see I’ll play whatever because can’t nobody tell me what to do. I just think that these DJs that don’t really have names, they’re just trying to keep the attention of the crowd, and I think that’s hard enough for them. So playing new music will fuck their whole set up.

Last year, you said, “The DJ is dead.” Is there any chance of bringing them back to life?

That wasn’t talking about club DJs. What I grew up knowing what a DJ was is not what a DJ is today … On the radio, they call people that talk “DJs.” Those guys are not DJs. They are radio personalities. They’re not DJs. They don’t touch turntables. They don’t put on one record … The people that I thought was responsible for breaking music? They definitely wasn’t doing it. They definitely weren’t trying to open the door for new music … “So who’s the DJ now?” That’s what I was basically asking. It was more of an executive thing from a record company standpoint of me asking, “Who was gonna break my music?”

Who do you think breaks the music now?

The fans are dictating the breakage of new music … All the new music that’s coming out that’s hot, it’s coming from independent artists, and the fans want to hear this independent music. Take for instance Drake. Drake is an independent artist, and the people want to hear his records.

You and Ocean’s 7 (Dupri, Nelly, Usher, Bryan-Michael Cox, Trey Songz, Johnta Austin and Tyrone Davis) just came out with the track “Vegas Baby.” What’s so great about this town?

What’s great about Vegas? What ain’t great about Vegas? It’s damn near everything that you could possibly do all in one place … It’s always been said that people go to Vegas when their careers are over … But when the Palms was built, when the Maloofs came, you could feel the synergy start to turn into younger people getting ready to take over Vegas … Now, Vegas is a place that if you really want to have a good time—and we’re about having a good time—[Vegas is] the place you’re supposed to be at.

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