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Jackson's reign atop British charts ends

By AFP

Michael Jackson has finally been knocked from the top of the British album charts, after eight straight weeks since his death at number one.

Jackson's 2005 "The Essential" compilation dropped from number one to number seven, the Official UK Charts Company said.

It had led the charts for seven weeks, after his "Number Ones" album had spent the previous week at the top, purely on sales in the two days immediately after Jackson died.

The late "King of Pop" has nine other albums in the British top 100, with "Bad" at number 19 and "Thriller" in 23rd place.

"The Essential", which had seen sales soar after Jackson's death, was the US singer's longest stay at the top of the weekly British album charts.

"Thriller" (1982) and "Bad" (1987) each spent five consecutive weeks at number one.

"The Essential" gave way to Scottish singer Calvin Harris's second album "Ready for the Weekend", which went straight to number one, while London vocalist Tinchy Stryder's second album "Catch 22" debuted at number two.

Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25, aged 50, after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest -- but the cause of his death remains unclear and police are investigating.

He had been rehearsing for a mammoth 50-date return to the stage at London's O2 Arena.

Jackson has two songs in the British singles charts, "Man in the Mirror" at 52 and "Billie Jean" at 96.

The high-tempo track "Sexy Chick", by David Guetta featuring Akon, over took Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" atop of the singles charts.

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