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Michael Jackson's Posthumous Album "XSCAPE" Stops Short of #1

Image courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)

Hologram or no hologram, the King of Pop couldn't manage to rule the charts this week.

Michael Jackson 's new, posthumous album XSCAP E debuts at #2 on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of 157,000.  It was beaten to the top spot by Turn Blue , the new album by alt-rock duo The Black Keys , which sold 164,000 copies.  It's the act's first-ever #1 album.

XSCAPE , meanwhile, is the late King of Pop's tenth top 10 album.  His most recent entry was 2010's Michael, which reached #3.  It, like XSCAPE, was made up of previously unreleased tracks. 

Elsewhere on the chart, two big country acts, Rascal Flatts and Dolly Parton , debut at #5 and #6, respectively.  This is Dolly Parton's highest-charting solo album in the entire history of her decades-long career.  '90s alt-rock goddess Tori Amos debuts at #7 with her new album, Unrepentant Geraldines.  It's her highest-charting album since 2007.

Meanwhile, the year's best-selling album, Frozen, has fallen to #4.


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