When I read this morning that after a huge increase in sales, both physical and digital, since his death on Thursday, it was being predicted that MIchael Jackson would return to the top of the charts when the week’s numbers are released on Wednesday, I was all ready to do a post about it, then I decided it probably wasn’t very surprising. A quick stop by the iTunes music store right now would tell you as much: seven of the top ten highest-selling tracks are by MJ, and seven of the ten best-selling full-lengths are as well, plus a whopping nine out of ten for the music video section.
But I’m sorta blown away by this piece over at Billboard, which says that Michael Jackson received a 1,735% boost in plays on terrestrial radio over the weekend. That is a lot of per cents.
In case you were wondering, here’s a list of the ten songs that got the most plays. After the jump, of course.
1) Billie Jean, 4,540
2) Thriller 3,570
3) Rock With You 3,546
4) Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough 3,135
5) P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2,986
6) Beat It, 2,852
7) Man In The Mirror 2,827
8) Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2,493
9) The Way You Make Me Feel 2,387
10) Human Nature, 2,175
Frankly, I’m impressed that “Man in the Mirror” didn’t wind up even higher on the list.