Michael Tops Charts
Michael Jackson is set to rule the charts once again,
if the last three days of sales are anything to go by. Just like legends Elvis Presley and John Lennon, the untimely death of the “King Of Pop” has spurred an unprecedented demand for albums, DVDs and memorabilia.
Record sales are at an astronomical high just three days after the death of the 50 year-old singer. Devastated fans are rushing to get a piece of the music that changed the face of the industry and inspired thousands across the globe.
The buying frenzy saw many retailers sell-out minutes after the pop legend’s death, while the hunt for unreleased tracks has already begun.
Sony Records worked furiously over the weekend to produce hundreds of thousands of copies of Jackson's catalogue, reports News.com.au. In the last three days, MJs albums, singles and memorabilia have taken over the top ten lists of almost every major music downloading site, including iTunes and Amazon.
As of now, Michael's biggest hits hold five top album spots on iTunes Top-Ten, with his 2005 retrospective release, ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’ taking the top album spot.
In a Courier Mail report, JB HiFi's National Music Buyer, Derek Durrant says "I've never seen anything like this, people rushed out and bought everything we had within a few hours of his death. The reaction has been the strongest I've ever seen in similar circumstances."
"People just want to buy whatever is available from Michael Jackson, from Jackson 5 to the solo material to the DVDs. We've always had reasonable stocks of his material as it's always sold strongly, but there's nothing left."
The increased demand for Michael’s music may also mean a hefty pay day for the label that owns his music – Sony.
"Michael pulled an Elvis. It's probably the best thing that happened to them [the label] this year," said Wayne Rosso, a music industry consultant and publicity executive reports Reuters.
About the time of Jackson's death, only one of his albums ranked in the top 100 on iTunes in the United States. By Friday morning, eight of the top 10 albums were Jackson's. Amazon also reported they sold more Jackson merchandise in the past 24 hours than in the prior 11 years.
But will record sales be enough to equalize the $500million of debut Michael is reported to have racked up before his untimely death? Only time will tell.
We’ll keep you posted.