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Michael Jackson Beaten By ‘Boss’ On UK Charts, But Beatles Still All-Time Champs

Michael Jackson Beaten By Bruce

Michael Jackson is no longer the King of Pop, at least as far as British music buyers are concerned. The late “Bad” singer placed no fewer than nine albums at the Number One spot on the U.K. charts.

That total put Michael Jackson in a tie for fifth on the all-time list of U.K. chart-toppers. And now one of the artists who was tied with Jacko has whizzed past him.

Leaving Michael Jackson in the dust with his 10th Number One album on the U.K. charts — none other that The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen certainly had high hopes for the chart performance of his new album, High Hopes. But whether he expected it to open at Number One in the U.K. is another question. But that is exactly what happened when the latest charts were unveiled on Sunday, according to Billboard.

According to Britain’s NME music magazine, the boss was tied at nine not only with Michael Jackson, but with Swedish 70s pop ensemble ABBA and English rock stars David Bowie and Queen.

By taking the top spot on the British chart, The Boss bumped the Ellie Goulding album Halcyon to the second spot, with Beyonce’s self-titled album bumped down to third place.

With High Hopes, Springsteen shares the distinction of 10 Number One albums in the U.K. with U2 and the Rolling Stones. But even those massive-selling groups are only in fourth place.

There are two artists who have placed 11 albums at the Number One spot on the U.K. charts. One is Robbie Williams. The other, the real King of Rock and Roll — Elvis Presley.

Madonna stands alone in second place with 12 Number One albums there.

So, do we have to tell you who holds the undisputed record with 15 Number One albums in the U.K.? Of course, The Beatles lead the pack with 15, count ‘em, 15 Number One albums, the latest coming in 2000 with the greatest hits collection, 1.

That means that Michael Jackson, who was already 50 years old when he died in 2009, would have needed to record six more Number One U.K. albums before reaching The Beatles’ level.

For that matter, the still very-much-alive Springsteen needs five more U.K. chart-toppers to equal The Beatles, a tall order indeed for the 64-year-old Boss.

The Beatles record of 15 Number One albums is an even more remarkable accomplishment when you consider that they released only 12 albums in their brief, eight-year recording career — and one of those, the film soundtrack Yellow Submarine, peaked at Number Three. Compilations such as 1 and live albums such as Live At The Hollywood Bowl account for the other four Number Ones.

None of that diminishes Michael Jackson and his achievement of placing nine albums in Britain’s top spot.

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8 Responses to “Michael Jackson Beaten By ‘Boss’ On UK Charts, But Beatles Still All-Time Champs”

  1. Angela Macken

    Whoa!! Another idiot trying to downplay MJ!! Still baffling how some of you people feel the *Need* to use Michael Jackson's name in article titles whereby the actual story is not even exclusive to him and where you could easily have used any of the others mentioned within the title of article. Instead, we have poor attempts at subtleties in trying to downplay MJ, like – "…Leaving Michael Jackson in the dust …". The man hasn't been here for not far off 5 years now and yet you couldn't bring yourself to use one the other LIVE artists who were tied at 9 albums? Your MJ bias sticks out like a sore thumb throughout parts of this article.

    However, I think many of us already know the answer to why some of you do these kinds of things when it comes to MJ. (Rolls eyes)!!

    You'd be better off to stop using the power of his name in your titles simply in an effort to draw more hits to your articles. I, for one, wouldn't have bothered to click in as It is hardly of global importance, but there you go, MJ draws all sorts. Speaking of global, that *is* MJ's domain…On a global scale, no one comes close to his impact and record-breaking achievements.

  2. Elke Hassell

    Right On Sis – The Jealousy will consume them one day!!!! LOL who gives a flying f….. about UK Charts anyhow. Michael Jackson is in the ELITE Club of having sold over 1 Billion REcords as of January 2013, still has the biggest Album of All times and will no matter how many small narrowminded idiots want to bring him down be ALWAYS the Undisputed King of Pop, Rock and Soul as a matter of FACT the KING OF MUSIC all together.

  3. Anonymous

    Michael Jackson only released 10 SOLO ALBUMS in his lifetime and out of these 10, FIVE made it to the GLOBAL TOP BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF ALL TIME with Thriller of course on the no.1 spot. This is a feat no one can surpass. Take the ratios in —— 5 out of 10 is really something.

    Didn't Elvis have around 50 albums in his lifetime???? And the Beatles around 50 albums (including compilations)? And wasn't it a wishy-washy way of counting albums sold back in the 50's-70's?

    And hang on, the ALL TIME TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS IN THE U.K. – has Queen in no.1 spot, and MJ's album "Bad" is there and Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper..". Queen has the most spots in the top UK 10 best-selling albums (two). But I don''t see any Bruce nor Elvis in the top 10!

  4. Anonymous

    Michael Jackson only released 10 SOLO ALBUMS in his lifetime and out of these 10, FIVE made it to the GLOBAL TOP BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF ALL TIME with Thriller of course on the no.1 spot. This is a feat no one can surpass. Take the ratios in —— 5 out of 10 is really something.

    Didn't Elvis have around 50 albums in his lifetime???? And the Beatles around 50 albums (including compilations)? And wasn't it a wishy-washy way of counting albums sold back in the 50's-70's?

    And hang on, the ALL TIME TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS IN THE U.K. – has Queen in no.1 spot, and MJ's album "Bad" is there and Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper..". Queen has the most spots in the top UK 10 best-selling albums (two). But I don''t see any Bruce nor Elvis in the top 10!

  5. Anonymous

    Michael Jackson only released 10 SOLO ALBUMS in his lifetime and out of these 10, FIVE made it to the GLOBAL TOP BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF ALL TIME with Thriller of course on the no.1 spot. This is a feat no one can surpass. Take the ratios in —— 5 out of 10 is really something.

    Didn't Elvis have around 50 albums in his lifetime???? And the Beatles around 50 albums (including compilations)? And wasn't it a wishy-washy way of counting albums sold back in the 50's-70's?

    And oh, Bruce has one album, Beatles has 3 and NONE of Elvis' album is on the list of the GLOBAL best-selling ALBUMS of all time.

    And hang on, the ALL TIME TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS IN THE U.K. – has Queen in no.1 spot, and MJ's album "Bad" is there and Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper..". Queen has the most spots in the top UK 10 best-selling albums (two). But I don''t see any Bruce nor Elvis in the top 10!

  6. Anonymous

    Michael was a musical genius,an incredible dancer who sold millions around the world,not to mention how many fans he had.Now has any artist sold more than 750.000 million albums?