X Factor, the UK TV talent show, had all eleven remaining contestants performing songs from Michael’s extensive back catalogue this weekend. As a result, Michael’s 50th birthday album ‘King Of Pop’ has re-entered the UK Top Ten album chart, up from number 47, midweek sales show.
Speaking about its boost in sales since last week’s midweek figures, HMV’s spokesman, Genaro Castaldo, told 6 Music: “The X Factor shows have become the biggest way of promoting music in the UK ever since we lost Top Of The Pops. Everyone queues up to get on there. It just shows you the enduring appeal of Michael Jackson, reminding you of how brilliant his songs are.”