Michael Jackson Takes Over Amazon and iTunes

By  |  Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Michael JacksonReasonable people can disagree about just what Michael Jackson’s legacy is, and whether or not he was the biggest pop star of all time. But this much seems pretty much undeniable: He’s the biggest pop star to have died in the Web age. And so the Web is reflecting things about the reaction to his passing that give us more knowledge than we had when Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and John Lennon left us.

Amazon.com and Apple’s iTunes Store, for instance, both tell us their top sellers on a continuous basis, and as I write this, both are awash in Michael Jackson and Jackson Five items. More details after the jump.

Right now, all ten of the top Amazon CDs are his…

Michael Jackson CDs

And so are nineteen of the top 25 Amazon MP3 downloads

Michael Jackson MP3s

And eight of the top ten DVDs.

Michael Jackson Movies

At Apple’s iTunes store, seven of the top ten songs, nine of the top ten albums, two of the top five ringtones, and all five top videos are Jackson’s.

Michael Jackson iTunes

I was startled for a moment that so much Michael Jackson is selling so well–I mean, Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, so doesn’t almost everybody who wants it already have it? Naive me. Clearly, news of his death has piqued the interest both of dedicated fans and those who weren’t even alive when his fame was at its height. I also forgot factors such as the fact that a very, very high percentage of those copies of Thriller were sold on vinyl or tape. (Trivia: Both CDs and Thriller first reached the public in November of 1982.) I’ll bet a lot of people who loved the album in 1982 are just now getting it in CD or MP3 form. And people who loved Jackson in the 1980s may be catching up on his later albums.

The Jacksonmania will fade away over time, but it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes. Will he still be at the top of the charts a month from now?


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12 Comments For This Post

  1. myarthritistreatments78 Says:

    Michael Jackson is my favorite pop artist ever since i was a child. He is truly the King of Pop and i am saddened by this news.

  2. jacksonstinks Says:

    why the nation is honoring the death of Michael Jackson i don’t understand. survivors of child abuse and those abused by sexual predators are scratching their heads. Jackson used his fame and fortune to lure boys to Neverland Ranch.. Other bigger more talented celebs such as Bono (love or leave him) are actually making a difference on this planet.. and were not sulking pedophiles.. I hope the media decides to focus on more meaningful issues such as health care and Iran.

  3. boakyewaaglover Says:

    You know, the child abuse thing was never proven. Come on, he is a legend, no matter what. What of Elvis? He had his issues too, women, drugs, alcohol, weight. He wasn’t perfect and he’s idolized like he was. Elvis was a role model, yet he abused drugs, someone can argue how bad that is, on kids, on everyone, like drugs is okay. I don’t care about all that, its about the talent. Elvis had it, and Jackson had it. Jackson is the King of Pop, he will never be forgotten. He’s a legend, thats just it.

  4. the observer Says:

    This is pretty cool.

    For my bit on Jackson’s death:

  5. Kautsar Rivolta Says:

    I’m sorry for hear that, because I very sad about him in the news he die in Los Angeles Hospital. He is my favourite person and I like all song since 14 years ago. Goodbye…King of Pop… you always my hearts though you nothing more in here, You will become a legend musician success in the world is the moments forever.

  6. acnetreatmentsjenny Says:

    michael jackson is a very very talented person to the point that he rose as a pop icon. he would live forever in our history books and memories.

  7. JDoors Says:

    I gotta admit, I spent much of that day online watchin’ MJ’s video legacy, and I’m tempted to buy the one MJ album I want but never got around to purchasing; Off The Wall.

  8. Janet | Web Design Says:

    Does this really surprise any one, music has lost an icon, and today they lay him to rest, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, he will truly be missed.

  9. acne treatment | acne therapy Says:

    all of my friends are Michael Jackson fans, we would really miss the King of Pop.

  10. Carly Hawa Says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this. The reviews that I’ve seen say that it’s pretty good. I REALLY hope that this movie does the great man justice.

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