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News |  30 Jun 2009 17:11 |  By chiragsutar

Michael Jackson album sales soar in India

MUMBAI: Just five days after his death, pop star Michael Jackson's albums are in high demand across stores globally. Music industry market groups reported on Sunday that Michael Jackson's 2003 album of his greatest hits, 'Number Ones', has surged again to the top of the album charts in Britain. A week ago, the 'Number Ones' album with 18 number-one hits by Jackson had stood at 121.

The album sales have not risen in the UK or the US alone, Sony Music's India division witnessed a sudden demand for the pop star's albums in a few days after his tragic death.

An official from Sony Music said that the rise was completely unexpected, "We supplied around 30,000- 40,000 units in last few days. To keep up the inventory, we have now initiated fresh stocks." Among the other albums, The Essential Michael Jackson hits compilation, HIStory and Thriller are in most demand said the official in-charge of Jackson's repertoire 

The Essential Michael Jackson is a 2005 greatest hits compilation released by Sony Music's catalog division Legacy Recordings as part of The Essential series. The compilation features 38 hit songs by Michael Jackson, from his days at Motown Records with The Jackson 5. Following the announcement of Jackson's death, 'The Essential Michael Jackson album soared on the second spot and on the American iTunes Download chart the next day peaking at number one.

Popular music retail chain Planet M in their official statement said that so far they have approximately sold 1000 units of Michael Jackson CD/VCDs in the last few days across India. King of Pop, and Thriller 25TH Anniversary being the top-selling albums.

The British music store chain HMV reported that sales of Jackson CDs had surged 80-fold in the first 24 hours after the pop star's death, a higher figure than, by comparison, the growth in sales after the deaths of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Freddie Mercury.