Michael Jackson Makes U.K. History With The Longest-Charting Album By A Soloist Of All Time

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Nearly two decades after it was first released, Michael Jackson’s Number Ones is still going strong in the U.K. This frame, by finding space on the weekly ranking of the most-consumed full-lengths in the nation, the set has passed one other legendary title and made history.
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Number Ones slips slightly on the latest edition of the U.K. albums chart, falling from No. 58 to No. 49. With one more turn anywhere on the tally, the set earns its five-hundred-and-twenty-third week on the ranking, and in doing so, becomes the longest-charting album by a solo musician in U.K. history. Number Ones now sits just one frame ahead of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, which managed 522 periods on the list, at least so far. Last turn, the two bestsellers tied one another, but now Jackson’s beloved release has pulled ahead.
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The compilation now stands out as the longest-charting release of any kind by a solo musician, but Bat Out of Hell holds on to that same title when looking solely at traditional albums of original material. Several albums by groups, like Queen’s Greatest Hits, ABBA’s Gold and Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend, have all lived on the same chart for hundreds more weeks than either Jackson or Meat Loaf, standing out as the longest-running successes in the country’s history.
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Jackson claims this bit of history 12 years after his passing, but clearly fans in the U.K. can’t get enough of the singer and his many, many hits. Number Ones, along with some other titles from the musician’s catalog, surge in popularity in the fall, as millions rush to buy and stream “Thriller,” which returns to people’s minds around Halloween. The rest of his music usually benefits as well, as projects like Number Ones climb the weekly charts again.

Number Ones was released in 2003 and features global hits like “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror.” It spent two weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart and 14 inside the top 10. The compilation regularly falls off the list and returns, and it will likely continue to do so for years to come.


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