HBO’s two-part documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ has Michael Jackson’s sales, streaming numbers, and radio airplay dropping since its premiere.
The four-hour documentary shares allegations of two men who claim Jackson sexually assaulted them during their childhood and has many fans reconsidering the legacy of the King of Pop.
According to #Billboard, Jackson’s combined album and song sales dropped 5% after the documentary’s premiere. His album sales dropped 39%, and his on-demand streams fell by 10 million. Radio airplay is getting the brunt of the force, where some DJs have committed to not playing Jackson’s music anymore. His radio airplay has fallen by 13% since the ‘Neverland’ airing. Three radio stations in Canada owned by Cogeco Media have removed his music from their playlists.
The resurfaced allegations are receiving both defense and persecution from the late singer. Many celebrities and his daughter Paris have defended Jackson, while the creators of ‘The Simpsons’ have decided to remove episodes featuring the singer from their catalog. In wake of the allegations being re-explored, old footage has popped up of an interview with Jackson’s sister LaToya from the early ’90s where she plainly states that she thinks Michael is guilty of abusing children.
LaToya said, “Michael is my brother, I love him a great deal but I cannot, and will not, be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small, innocent children. If I remain silent, then it means I fuel the guilt and humiliation these children are feeling and I think it’s very wrong. Now you stop and think for one second and you tell me, what 35-year-old man is going to take a little boy and stay with him for 30 days?” she continued. “And take another boy and stay with him for five days in a room and never leave the room?” She later retracted her statement, claiming her then-husband coerced her to say what she said.
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