Michael Jackson – Number Ones – Part 1
Number Ones is the definitive single-disc greatest hits album of singer-songwriter Michael Jackson released by Sony Music worldwide on November 17, 2003 (and one day later in the United States). It was Jackson’s first proper compilation album with Sony, after the release of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I in 1995 (and after the re-release of that album as a single-CD, only-hits edition in 2001). Adopting the concept from blockbuster greatest hits compilations such as The Beatles’ 1 (2000) or ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (2002), the album included Jackson singles that reportedly reached #1 in charts around the world (this way, the number-one rule was extended besides the UK/US-restricted politics used for the Beatles and Elvis compilations).
Number Ones was successful around the world, reaching #1 in the UK and #13 in the United States. It proved to be an enduring catalog seller, eventually returning to the top spot in the UK and US charts in 2009 after Jackson’s sudden death. It stayed as the number one album in the United States for six non consecutive weeks and according to nielsen soundscan, it’s currently the best selling album of 2009 in the US with 1,876,000 copies sold and nine million copies worldwide. It has become Jackson’s best-selling album in the U.S. since 1991’s Dangerous, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with sales exceeding that of 3,584,000 copies as of October 1st 2009