August 2, 2009 / 6:06 PM / 11 years ago

Jackson still top of British album charts

Fans gather in the perimeter of the Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles July 7, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Jackson’s popularity with British music buyers shows no signs of waning as “The Essential” stayed top of the album charts for the fifth week in a row, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

Jackson has topped the album chart since his death in June, with “Essential” and hits package “Number Ones” occupying the top spot for the last six weeks as fans snap up copies of his back catalogue.

There was no change at number two where Florence & the Machine held on with “Lungs,” while U.S. hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas moved up to third with “The End.”

Former number one “Sunny Side Up” by Scottish singer songwriter Paolo Nutini remained in fourth, with Norwegian band A-Ha, who shot to prominence in the 1980s, in fifth place with their comeback album “Foot Of The Mountain.”

In the singles chart, the Black Eyed Peas took top spot with “I Gotta Feeling,” knocking “Beat Again” by JLS, the R&B boy band that featured on TV reality show X-Factor, into second.

Mr Hudson, featuring Kanye West, dropped a place to third with “Supernova.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Michael Roddy

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