Michael Jackson albums reenter the charts following 'Leaving Neverland'
Michael Jackson’s music is reentering the music charts following the airing of Leaving Neverland in the UK.
The four-hour documentary detailed the graphic claims of sexual abuse made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson. Both allege that the late Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
After the astonishing accusations were aired on Channel 4 Wednesday and Thursday night, many former fans declared on social media that they would no longer listen to his music.
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Despite this, Jackson’s music has reentered the British music charts. Jackson’s ‘Number One’ album currently sits at 43rd on the top 100 British album charts as of Friday evening, and the ‘Essential Michael Jackson’ is currently at number 79, while ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1’ is currently placed at 80.
Additional Jackson albums – ‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’ – are also back in the top 200 charts.
In addition to radio stations no longer playing Jackson, The Simpsons has also pulled their episode which features the voice of Michael Jackson.
A stream of high profile figures – including Katie Couric, Louis Theroux, Sia and Oprah Winfrey have voiced their support for the alleged victims Robson and Safechuck.
However, the Jackson family adamantly denies the claims, and is currently suing HBO for $100 million (£76 million).
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Fans of the late pop star gathered outside Channel 4’s London headquarters to protest against the screening of Leaving Neverland on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Posters in support of Jackson have also appeared on London buses. The ads use a quote from Jackson’s nephew, Taj, that states: “Facts don’t lie. People do”.
The poster also includes the hashtag: #MJInnocent. The bus ads were funded by a GoFundMe campaign.