MJ (still) moonwalks to musical success

2010-06-25 12:01

King of Pop Michael Jackson may be gone but his music has made

quite a comeback locally since his death a year ago.

Following the news of his death on June 25 last year, South African

music stores were inundated with requests from fans.

Musica merchandise executive Robbie Ferns said: “Prior to his

death, we had the singer on our catalogue and our estimates show that his music

was selling 6 000 units per year in the market.

 However, there has been a

radical change since June last year to date, where the number has increased to

166 000 units per year.”

He added: “It just shows what a great artist he was, as we now have

kids that didn’t grow up during the Jackson era, being exposed to his music and

loving it.”

International figures released by Sony estimate that more than 31

million copies of the pop legend’s albums had been sold since his death. Sony

South Africa was not willing to release local figures.

Jackson’s newfound musical success is one of the few positive

stories to have emerged since his death. Claims that he had been murdered and

the tussles over his estate as well as the custody of his children dominated

headlines instead.

Significant developments since his death include:

» His personal physician Conrad

Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter after it was reported that he

had administered the lethal drug Propofol, which resulted in Jackson’s


» Two

autopsy reports were conducted on Jackson following speculation that he had been

murdered. The LA County Coroner eventually declared his death a homicide.

» Jackson’s mother, Katherine, was granted temporary

guardianship of his three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II

on June 29 last year.

Recent reports claim that she plans to enrol his kids at

an education centre later in the year to enable them to make friends.

» His attorney John Branca

and accountant John McClain were appointed as executors of his will.

» The movie This Is It was

released and it became a blockbuster.

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