Michael Jackson Airplay & Album Sales Skyrocket
June 30, 2009


Michael Jackson
After radio stations nationwide paid tribute to Michael Jackson over the weekend, Nielsen BDS released airplay data showing that 143 of Jackson's recordings totaled 67,383 plays for the week ending June 28, which is up 1,735 percent from last week's sum of 3,671 plays before his death. Twenty-two of Jackson's hits racked up more than 1,000 spins this past week, led by "Billie Jean" with 4,500 plays. That was followed by "Thriller" at #2 with 3,570, "Rock With You" at #3 with 3,546, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" at #4 with 3,135 and "P.Y.T." at #5 with 2,986 plays.

Meanwhile, Jackson's music went flying off store shelves faster than they could keep it in stock. Nielsen SoundScan's sales numbers won't be released until Wednesday morning, but estimates say that three of Jackson's albums -- Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller -- each sold around 100,000 copies last week, according to Billboard.com. He may even lock up anywhere between six and nine slots in the Top 10 on the weekly sales chart.
The bulk of Jackson's album sales came from digital retailers, as many brick and mortar stores quickly ran out of stock. Sources say his Essential Michael Jackson, Number Ones and Thriller each sold more than 30,000 digital units, with Essential moving more than 70,000 downloads alone, notes Billboard.

Jackson's body will reportedly be taken to his Neverland Ranch in California for a public viewing on Friday, reports CNN. A private memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at Neverland, but the question of where he will be buried is still unanswered. Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, currently has temporary guardianship of his three children, as well as control of her son's "tangible personal property." The biological mother of Jackson's two oldest children, Debbie Rowe, will be invited to a hearing next Monday in which the judge will consider who should have custody of the kids, says CNN. The Jackson family also said it has not found Michael's will, which would leave the division of his estate to the court.

Meanwhile, concert promoter AEG Live has figured out how to handle the refunds for Jackson's 50 sold-out concerts at London's O2 Arena. The AEG website says that full refunds will be available to fans who purchased tickets through authorized agents, and the refunds will include all service charges. Buyers can go to MichaelJacksonLive.com starting Wednesday, July 1 for details on how to get the refund. Buyers also will have the option to be sent the actual tickets they would have received to attend the shows in lieu of the full refunds.

"The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known," said AEG Live President & CEO Randy Phillips. "Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death."

Photos from the rehearsals for those concerts also have emerged, which were taken by photographer Kevin Mazur on behalf of AEG Live. The images were shot on June 23 at the Los Angeles Staples Center during a practice session for the This Is It! concerts. The rehearsal was supposed to be one of the final run-throughs before Jackson and the entire production shipped off to London for the show's July 13 premiere. The pictures show a thin but happy-looking Michael smiling and practicing choreography with his back-up dancers.




 
Music News
Taylor Swift Leads Nominees for iHeartRadio Music Awards
Quick Hits: Kanye West, Disturbed & Breaking Benjamin, Lionel Richie tribute, Seether, Lamb of God, Way Home festival, Good Charlotte
Beyoncé Announces "Formation" Stadium Tour, Releases New Single
Metallica At CBS RADIO’s “THE NIGHT BEFORE” Concert in San Francisco
Rihanna Reaches #1 With Anti
Quick Hits: Grammy Awards, Zayn, Adele, Dead & Company, The Monkees, The Neighbourhood
Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White Dead At 74
The Entertainment World Remember Maurice White
Quick Hits: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Future, The Lumineers, Stone Temple Pilots
Justin Bieber, Pitbull and More Added to Grammy Lineup
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Future
Lady Gaga to Honor Bowie at Grammys, Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl
Quick Hits: Juno Awards, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Grammys, Joe Bunch
Quick Hits: Kanye West, Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown, Big Boi, Disclosure, The Roots Picnic, Moonstone Festival
RIAA Announces New Certification Methods
Breaking News
RAB: Radio Increasing Focus On Digital Sales
107.1 The Brew Is Sacramento's New Home For Rock
In Brief - February 9, 2016
February 8, 2016
"Saturday Night Online" Rebrands As "Most Requested Live With Romeo"
iHeartMedia Names Travis Moon Director of Country Operations for the Austin-San Antonio Region
Entercom Kansas City Announces Appoints Alan Furst PD Of KMBZ
February 5, 2016
Stu Bergen Named CEO, International & Global Commercial Services For Warner Music Group
JoJo Turnbeaugh Named SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Las Vegas
In Brief - February 5, 2016
February 4, 2016
John Strazza Joins RECORDS
Greater Media Promotes Buzz Knight to SVP of Program Development
MIWs Announce Results from 2015 Gender Analysis
February 3, 2016
Leslie Moonves Named Chairman Of CBS Corporation
FADER Label Annouces New Distribution Deal With Caroline
Jeff Hickcox Returns To Beasley SWFL As Promotions & Events Director
February 2, 2016
SiriusXM Reports Major Subscriber Growth, Record Revenue in 2015
BMG US Promotes Zach Katz To President Of Music Publishing
Bentley Named MD/Afternoon Drive Host at WEDG/Buffalo
SoundExchange Ends Record-Setting Year, $800 Million to Recording Artists and Record Labels
February 1, 2016
Alissa Pollack Named iHeartMedia EVP of Global Music Marketing
Entercom Atlanta Announces Jeff Dauler to Lead Mornings On STAR 94
John Shomby Named Director Of Programming for NASH Network
In Brief - February 1, 2016
January 29, 2016
FMQB NOW

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, OM
Entercom
Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!