Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 — two years ago. The King of Pop was gearing up for a comeback, a new album and a new tour, reported to be his last. Of course, sadly, he never saw his plans reach fruition. But it did not stop his music from making a comeback. According to Billboard, the music sold since his death accounts for 33 percent of all the cumulative sales of Jackson’s catalog in the Soundscan era (since 1991).
Through the week ending June 19, 2011, Michael Jackson has moved 32.3 millions albums total. Since his passing, the “Beat It” singer has sold 10.6 million units.
“Number Ones” is the artist’s biggest-selling album since his death, moving 2.74 million. Jackson’s 2009 “This Is It” soundtrack album to the hit movie took second place with 1.67 million. Then there is “Thriller” (1.49), “The Essential Michael Jackson” (1.38) and “Bad” (550,000).
As for single tracks, the King of Pop has sold 16.3 million copies since 2009. Led by “Billie Jean” with 1.26 million, the top five bestsellers are “Man in the Mirror” (1.23), “Beat It” (1.11), “Thriller” (1.04) and “Smooth Criminal” (872,000).
According to Billboard, the bulk of those sales came in the six months following his death (11 million tracks; 8 million albums). In 2010, he sold 3.7 million tracks and 2.1 million albums. It is estimated that he will sell 3 million tracks and 1 million more albums by the end of 2011.
Shortly after his death, MTV reported that Jackson’s “Thriller” was about to surpass The Eagles “Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975.” It was later certified by the Guiness Book of World Records as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. “Thriller” has sold over 29 million copies in the U. S. alone. His website notes that the album has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, but there are also various reports that list the sales to be in excess of 110 million.
Michael Jackson died from complications brought on by an overdose of the aenesthetic propofol, further complicated by the administration of anti-anxiety medications. His caretaker and personal physcician at the time, Dr. Conrad Murray, still faces charges of involuntary manslaughter. His trial is set for September 2011.
Myrtle Beach fans and visitors to the Myrtle Beach area have been catching the JLucas tribute for Michael Jackson Celebration Week at Legends in Concert all week. Billed as The World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show, Legends is an award-winning show, featuring impersonators of such performing legends as Barbra Streisand, Elvis, Tom Jones, ABBA, and Rod Stewart.