We made him the king of charts again after Michael Jackson's death. Many music stores reported record sales and here is the Sprint Music store's story...
"While music stores and online sites were overloaded with fans seeking Michael Jackson songs after his death last week, the Sprint Music Store powered by Sprint's nationwide 3G network - seamlessly offered customers a quick and easy route to download the late singer's most popular hits.
Friday saw the Sprint Music Store post its biggest single day ever, with 25 percent of the tracks sold belonging to Jackson. Sprint Music Store sales have increased 21 percent on average since news of Jackson?s death Thursday.
The week before his death, Jackson ranked 80th in Sprint Music Store sales. Since he died, he?s catapulted to No. 1. The most popular downloaded tracks are ?Billie Jean? and ?Thriller,? both from the 1982 blockbuster album ?Thriller.? In addition, Jackson ringtones constituted 28 percent of total sales on Friday. Top three ringtones are ?Thriller,? ?P.Y.T.? and ?Don?t Stop ?Til You Get Enough.?
If customers aren?t sure which Jackson songs they want, then they can turn to Sprint Radio, which is offering a Michael Jackson bonus stream through the end of July. The ?Who?s Bad? radio stream is available for any customer with a basic data plan and access to Sprint TV. The stream includes not only Jackson?s vast collection of songs, but also tracks from his early years with the Jackson 5. It also includes songs from performers inspired by his legacy, including sister Janet Jackson and Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer doing a cover of ?Beat It.?
MJ has been tearing up the iTunes charts too. In fact, the Thriller video has consistently been on the "Top Music Videos" list ever since it was first added to the store (when he was still alive).
Michael Jackson owned the rights to a lot of the Beatles' catalog, and it's rumored that Paul McCartney has been wanting to buy them back, but MJ wouldn't sell. With MJ's estate facing massive debts, this could be a golden opportunity for Paul McCartney to buy the rights back, if he has any money left after his divorce.
MJ's death is very sad, and I'm sure Paul McCartney thinks it's sad too. I certainly don't mean to imply that this is a "good thing" for Paul, but I'm just saying it could have one big benefit even though it's a tragic situation overall.
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