“How you choose to remember Michael Jackson is up to you.”
Since his death, the Jackson estate has profited around $2.4bn from the sale of his half of the catalogue to Sony and from his EMI music publishing stake, while his songs were boosted on the charts following the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. Nielsen music, for example, reported that both Jackson’s song and album sales increased after the documentary premiered. Video and audio streams saw an increase of 6 per cent with 19.7 million play from 3-5 March. (independent.co.uk)
On Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of his death, millions of Jackson’s fans and casual listeners recalled where they were when they heard or saw the news. Jackson’s death at age 50, from an overdose of drugs he had been administered to help him sleep, was a generational moment of shock. It also allowed a conflicted public to put off dealing with the uncomfortable rumors about his behavior with children.
Radio play is down slightly, but the King of Pop’s Vegas show goes on and Broadway is still in the air despite HBO’s “Leaving Neverland.”
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