Michael has entered the Billboard Catalog Chart at number 1 this week with ‘Thriller 25’. It has also sold more copies than any other album on the catalog chart for over a decade.
Although coming in as the 2nd biggest selling album of the week (new releases included), Billboard USA does not count the release of Michael’s ‘Thriller 25’ album, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the biggest selling album of all time because to Billboard, the addition of five newly remixed tracks with several other musicians, and one new unreleased track, do not make “Thriller 25’ eligible for their pop chart. Instead they have included it on their Catalogue Chart!
The album has outsold Jack Johnson and Amy Winehouse, both Grammy winners but Geoff Mayfield, Billboard’s chart guru was conciliatory. “I always understand when people are disappointed when they don’t show as high up on the chart, or on the chart they wanted.” Mayfield also added that Michael should be happy as; “It’s the largest sum for an album on the catalogue chart to be sold in ten years.”
The reviews of Michael’s new release are everywhere, too many to list, and are mostly positive. Some of the criticisms are from other artists who feel that the original ‘Thriller’ album should not have been altered in any way, as it was perfect. They all praise Michael’s talent, musical ability, dance moves, and speak of their regard for him and desire to work with him. They speak of him as their major influence during their careers, and the comparisons with others such as Usher and Justin Timberlake who emulate Michael as part of their acts, are many and varied.
Michael’s influence on the world of music has reached legendary proportions and is justifiably well deserved.