Michael Jackson’s Music Surges Up Charts In Wake Of ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Music, Netflix, News, World
Published 11.03.19

It’s been a while since the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary first aired and to begin with I was just as horrified as the vast majority of people.

However, now that the dust has settled a little, I have found myself slowly back-tracking on my initial feelings.

There was definitely something wrong with the guy, and I strongly believe he wasn’t an innocent party, but I’m just not as convinced by the extent of the allegations as I first was. But the truth is, with MJ no longer here, we’re never truly going to get to the bottom of what actually happened.

As sad as that is.

Nevertheless, the documentary was hugely divisive, with many condemning the former pop icon and others supporting him and his music.

In fact, Jacko’s extensive back catalogue of albums has actually climbed the iTunes charts since the documentary aired in the UK.

According to the Evening Standard, Jackson’s ‘Number Ones’ album charted at Number 43 after climbing 44 places, and currently sits at 28. Meanwhile, his ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’ greatest hits record was at Number 79.

The pop star’s singles were steadily surging too, with ‘Bad’ climbing to Number 147 and ‘Thriller’ below it at Number 172.

This comes after radio stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands have removed Jackson’s songs from their playlists following the allegations.

There were several reports that Radio 2 had done the same but the Beeb denied it saying:

“We consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind.”

However, The Simpsons have still decided to pull their episode featuring the star.

The episode, titled Stark Raving Dad, will be pulled from television schedules after the decision was made by longtime producer, James L. Brooks, alongside show creator Matt Groening and former show runner Al Jean.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Brooks explained:

“It feels clearly the only choice to make. The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — we’re of one mind on this.

This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain.

I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”

The thing is, I understand why radio stations and such would want to ban his music, but at the end of the day if fans want to listen to his music they will do. And should be allowed to.

I think having the perspective to detach the art from the artist is important; I mean, should we vaporize his whole contribution to music in light of the recent allegations? It’d be a dangerous precedent to set.

There’s no right or wrong answer to this such is the complexity of it, which is exactly why now would be as good a place to sign off as any. You know, before I start getting hate mail.

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