Just hours after his death at 2:26pm PDT on Thursday, various Michael Jackson albums quickly ascended Apple’s iTunes Music Store’s “Top Albums” list, with Jackson’s landmark “Thriller” hitting #1.

These albums are moving up the charts rapidly, but currently:
• #1: “Thriller
• #4: “The Essential Michael Jackson
• #8: “Thriller (25th Anniversary, Zombie Cover)
• #15: “Off The Wall
• #16: “Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
• #19: “Number Ones
• #26: “Bad
• #35: “Michael Jackson Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1
• #39: “Dangerous
• #47: “Thriller (25th Anniversary) [Deluxe Edition]
• #64: “Off the Wall (Special Edition)
• #79: “Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection

That’s 3 albums in the Top 10, 6 in the Top 20, 9 in the Top 40, and 12 in the Top 100.

Michael Jackson at age 10: The Jackson 5 – “Who’s Loving You

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

UPDATE: 10:33pm EDT:
• #1: “Thriller
• #2: “The Essential Michael Jackson
• #7: “Thriller (25th Anniversary, Zombie Cover)
• #8: “Off The Wall
• #10: “Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
• #12: “Number Ones
• #20: “Bad
• #23: “Michael Jackson Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1
• #25: “Dangerous
• #30: “Thriller (25th Anniversary) [Deluxe Edition]
• #39: “Off the Wall (Special Edition)
• #44: “Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection
• #66: “History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1
• #81: “Invincible
• #94: “Thriller (25th Anniversary)

That’s 5 albums in the Top 10, 7 in the Top 20, 11 in the Top 40, and 15 in the Top 100.

UPDATE: Friday, June 26, 2009, 1:35pm EDT:
• #1: “The Essential Michael Jackson
• #2: “Thriller
• #3: “Number Ones
• #4: “Off The Wall
• #5: “Thriller (25th Anniversary, Zombie Cover)
• #6: “Bad
• #7: “Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
• #10: “Dangerous
• #11: “Michael Jackson Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1
• #14: “Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection
• #15: “Off the Wall (Special Edition)
• #18: “Thriller (25th Anniversary) [Deluxe Edition]
• #19: “History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1
• #20: “Thriller (25th Anniversary)
• #21: “Invincible
• #39: “Anthology: The Best of Michael Jackson
• #49: “Anthology: Jackson 5
• #50: “Michael Jackson: Gold
• #51: “20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection” The Best of The Jackson 5
• #83: “Greatest Hits – Jackson 5
• #86: “Blood on the Dance Floor / History in the Mix

That’s 8 albums in the Top 10, 14 in the Top 20, 16 in the Top 40, and 21 in the Top 100.