Jackson still top of British album charts

A staff member of South Korean auction house Seoul Auction toasts in front of the "Portrait of the King" exhibit depicting the late pop star Michael Jackson, created by Korean artist Son Dong-hyun, during a private sales exhibition in Hong Kong July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Aaron Tam/Files

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

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”.