Who gets the money?
Isn’t that...kind of weird?
I mean, if you like the guy’s music, then you should own his music. *Already*.
But if you like the guy’s music because he’s dead....
I suppose a newish generation of youngsters not generally familiar with his book of tunes have been inundated by the wall-to-wall media coverage and cannot help but act as the consumers they’ve been trained to be.
I would rather have kids downloading Jackson on the Internet, then having to download Jackson at the Neverland Ranch.
I contributed in my own little way by buying 4 Thriller songs from iTunes.
Joe Jackson and the rest of the Jackson “entourage” would like to thank you!
On the peer to peer or “file sharing” networks yesterday, the top 10 music downloads were ALL MJ.
Who are the idiots out there buying this music?
I’ve never known anyone to go and buy music because a musician died. Haven’t these people heard of BitTorrent? lol
But the amount of attention to this is beyond absurd. I'm not surprised by the Entertainment Press. This is more or less their job. But the behavior of the MSM is outrageous. The amount of time on this is preposterous. Fox News in particular is disgusting. I thought better of them. I guess anything for ratings.
The truth of the matter is that Michael Jackson's life is a tragedy brought on by having fame greatly in excess of his talent. Yes I said it. Jackson was a really good dancer and performer but for real rock and roll fans he was lame. His fan base are the types who really don't like true rock and roll, rhythm and blues and the like. He was POP and that's it. He wasn't even Soul. I don't think he wrote any of his own material (I might be wrong on that). He didn't play an instrument that I'm aware of and he didn't have a great singing voice. Ask yourself a question, does anyone cover Michael Jackson tunes” ? I didn't think so.
Yes he had his adoring fan base (mostly people with no taste). Yes Thriller was a good album. Although the test of time will diminish it. I really don't understand his popularity. He was a precursor of the trash Madonna. Without Jackson, she would not have been possible. It's hype over substance.
I won't go into his personnel life. It's been covered enough. Suffice it to say it was beyond bizarre.
I'm saddened by his death. It was a tragedy. But as for my opinion his fame and talent were GREATLY EXAGGERATED” .
I would not want to be in MJ's position for all of eternity for all of the wealth this old ball has to offer.
He’s dead Jim.
If these buyers really were fans, they would have already owned the music.
Getting dead was a good career move, if a bit extreme. It worked for Elvis.
Death is always a good career move, they say.
I knew a record store owner in MA (used vinyl, CDs, cass.)
who would always prominently feature someone who had just passed on, like Roy Orbison. He knew there would be instant nostalgia for the performer.
In many cases it goes no further than the radio playing a few tunes by the recently deceased artist—heck, I do a long running blues show in MA and, for example, when Koko Taylor passed on, I played some of her songs in remembrance (as many as the company that webstreams our signal would allow, which was about 4). Jacko though was huge like Elvis or Lennon. Lots of radio play and things like radio documentaries on him (heard one on XM 70s on 7 just last weekend, right after the Amer. Top 40 rebroadcast)
Jackson will dominate the music charts this week.
I also remember my college radio station had a 45 by an artist from Wash DC named Martha Hull; a kind of ironic tune about musical artists becoming legends by dying.
“Jim Croce’s records never sold/ But when he died they all turned gold!” (Actually Croce did have some decent hits before the plane crash but Time In A Bottle went to #1
shortly after his death)