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Taylor Swift Retakes Top Spot on Chart; Michael Jackson Comes in Third

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's album Speak Now has regained the number one spot on the Billboard album chart, for a third non-consecutive week.

Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael had to settle for a number three debut, behind last week's number one, Susan Boyle's The Gift, which falls to number two.

Michael sold 228,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, a total that beat expectations, but still wasn't enough for number one.  Yahoo!'s Chart Beat column points out that Michael marks the first time that an album of new Michael Jackson material hasn't debuted at number one since 1982, when Thriller debuted at number 11.  If Michael never reaches number one, it'll be his first album of new material that hasn't reached the top spot since 1979, when Off the Wall peaked at number three.

According to Jackson's camp, Michael is a smashing success.  They're trumpeting the fact that the album sold over three million copies around the world in one week, and topped the charts in Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.  It's also top five in Japan, the U.K., France, Denmark and Belgium.  Its first-week sales in the U.K. were the highest ever for a Jackson album since Dangerous, nearly 20 years ago.

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Controversial New Michael Jackson Album in Stores Now

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- Michael, an album of unreleased material from the late Michael Jackson, hits stores Tuesday.

There's been plenty of controversy surrounding the release, on two fronts.  First, some of Jackson's relatives have claimed that the vocals on the album aren't really his.  And secondly, some fans and friends of the late King of Pop wonder if the singer, a notorious perfectionist, would've even wanted this unfinished music released.

Billboard Senior Editor Gail Mitchell, a Michael Jackson expert, has heard the record and says the vocals are definitely his.  As for whether the singer would've wanted the material released, Mitchell says, "Probably, in his heart of hearts, no, he'd want to take a lot of the things back and tweak it...But I think the fact that there's some new music going out to his fans, who he cared a lot about, is the selling point here." 

Mitchell also says that for all the controversy, Michael is actually a pretty good album.  She says, "None of us will ever know exactly what he had in mind in terms of songs that were chosen...but I still think there's some very strong tracks."  She adds, "I think folks are still gonna go out and buy [it] 'cause they want to get as much as they can in terms of his music, and keep his legacy alive."

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New Michael Jackson Song Streaming on iTunes "Ping" Service

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- Yet another song from the upcoming posthumous Michael Jackson album Michael has been released, but there's only one place you can hear it.  The track, titled "Much Too Soon," is now streaming exclusively for one week on iTunes new "Ping" social networking service.

According to Jackson's website, "Much Too Soon," a ballad about being rejected by a lover, was written around the time of Thriller, but Jackson never "found the right home for it."  The sparsely-produced track, written by Jackson and produced by him and John McCLain, the executor of his estate, is the final song on Michael, and is described as "a bittersweet closing to a stellar collection."

The album is set to hit stores Dec. 14.

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First Official New Michael Jackson Single, 'Hold My Hand,' Released

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- “Hold My Hand,” the first official single from Michael Jackson's upcoming posthumous album, Michael, has been released globally.  The tune began streaming at at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Monday.  The song will become available digitally later.

“Hold My Hand” is a duet with Akon that was recorded in 2007.  An unfinished version leaked in 2008, but this version is one that Akon recently completed.

Akon released a statement saying, “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago.  We were devastated about it.  But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all-time idols.”

The new Michael Jackson album also features Lenny Kravitz on the song “(I Can't Make It) Another Day,” and 50 Cent on a tune called “Monster.”  Michael arrives in stores Dec. 14.

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