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You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain his album sales. Or, ideally, just avoid releasing an album of your own for the next few months.
Michael Jackson continued his posthumous domination of the album charts this week, selling enough copies of Number 1s to make the 2003 greatest hits collection the second-best seller of the year, far outpacing Disney's finest underagers, with offerings from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Ashley Tisdale—especially Ashley Tisdale—falling well behind.
The year's supreme seller for the time being is Fearless from Taylor Swift , an artist with all the appeal of a Disney star but none of those pesky Mouse House associations. Unless you count the ex. And the rotating BFFs.
Guess a bedazzled guitar beats a sequined glove. At least for now...
Jackson only needs to sell 129,000 more copies to get the better of the country cutie. (A little perspective: He sold 114,000 this week alone.)
Tisdale, on the other hand, needs a lot more than that.
Unfortunately, the High School Musical grad, who, along with the chart-topping Fabolous, boasted the only other new release of the week, saw her Guilty Pleasure fail to live up to its name, debuting at a gotta-hurt no. 12.
Here are this week's Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Loso's Way, Fabolous
2. Leave This Town, Daughtry
3. BLACKsummers'night, Maxwell
4. Now That's What I Call Music! 31, various
5. The E.N.D., Black Eyed Peas
6. Only By the Night, Kings of Leon
7. Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack, various
8. Here We Go Again, Demi Lovato
9. Fearless, Taylor Swift
10. The Fame, Lady Gaga
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