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Jackson's album 'crowns US chart'

Michael Jackson
The This Is It track will not be available to download as a single

Michael Jackson's album This Is It is poised to top the US chart with sales of 373,000, according to early figures.

The new release, which accompanies the late star's concert rehearsals film, will be his sixth number one.

It is his strongest first week sales since HIStory in 1995 which shifted 391,000 copies, according to US chart compilers Nielsen SoundScan.

This Is It has also proved a box office success, entering the cinema charts in both North America and the UK.

Jackson's most recent chart-topper was his Number Ones compilation in the wake of his death in June.

It was knocked off the top spot by rock act Daughtry at the end of July.

His other US number one albums are Thriller - his first in 1983 - Bad, Dangerous and Invincible.

This Is It contains the previously unreleased title track, which was originally penned in 1983 by Jackson and Paul Anka, and features the star's brothers on backing vocals.

The song will not become a hit, however, because it is not being made available to download as an individual track.

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