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Daughtry outsells Jackson in US

Chris Daughtry
Singer Chris Daughtry was a finalist on TV show American Idol

Rock band Daughtry have scored the top-selling album in the US - taking the title from Michael Jackson.

The group, fronted by 2006 American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, went straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with Leave This Town.

It sold 269,000 copies in the week ending 19 July, according to music sales tracker Nielsen Soundscan.

Jackson's Number Ones album, which sold 192,000 in that period, had shifted the most copies every week since his death.

Top 12

Jackson's albums have not been in the Billboard 200 because it only features new releases.

His albums continue to dominate the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Album which is made up of older releases.

But there is evidence of a slowing down of the initial sales rush following his death on 25 June.

Michael Jackson
The Essential Michael Jackson is the current UK number one album

The top 12 slots are taken by Jackson or albums recorded by The Jackson Five, but the 192,000 copies sold of Number Ones, which tops that chart, is down 45% on the previous week.

At number two is The Essential Michael Jackson, which sold 125,000 - down 15% on the previous week - while the third spot is taken by Thriller, which sold 114,000 - down 57%.

On Sunday, it was revealed that Michael Jackson had topped the UK album chart for the third straight week.

The Essential Michael Jackson is at number one for the second week running while Number Ones spent the previous week at the top.



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