Nobody loves you when you're down and out, but as John Lennon put it in a song of that title, "Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground." Michael Jackson has yet to be buried, but in death the King of Pop has finally recaptured the commercial dominance that largely eluded him since his 1980s heyday.
Of the Top Ten titles on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog album charts, eight are MJ solo sets, and a ninth is the Jackson 5 best-of The Ultimate Collection.
The 108,000 copies moved by MJ's hits collection Number Ones, according to Nielsen SoundScan, sold more copies last week than the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., which held down the number one position on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with 88,000 copies sold. (Though why that doesn't qualify Number Ones as the #1 album on the Top 200 - catalog albums are "ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200 albums chart," according to Billboard.com - is beyond my understanding.) The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller also moved over 100K, at 103,000 and 102,000, respectively.