Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2019

Michael Jackson music hits MAJOR achievement – 10 years after death | Music | Entertainment

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The late icon has been the subject of much heated discussion this year, after the release of HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.

The film – aired on Channel 4 in the UK – showed two men detailing horrific allegations of abuse against him, sparking huge controversy and debate around the world.

But this does not seem to have impacted the enduring popularity of his music.

In fact, this week, Jackson’s Number Ones album – a compilation record showcasing some of his biggest hits – is spending its landmark 400th week in the UK Top 100.

Last Friday it was revealed to be at No61, a climb of eight places on the previous frame.

The record was first released back in 2003, peaking instantly at No1 for one week.

It then returned to the summit following his death in 2009, and has continued to float in and out of the rankings ever since.

Although Jackson’s radio airplay has declined in the wake of the Leaving Neverland allegations, his sales and streaming numbers have increased.

Billboard reported in March that his songs saw an increase of 6% following the US broadcast of the film, while individual single sales went up by the same amount.

Last weekend, his sister Janet – whilst not commenting directly on the child abuse allegations – insisted that her brother’s legacy will “continue”.

She told the Sunday Times: “I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music.

“It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world.”

She added: “I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way — I’m just stating what is.

“It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”

She, incidentally, is set to perform at Glastonbury Festival this weekend.

Michael Jackson died on this day in 2009, at the age of 50, in Los Angeles.

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