Michael Jackson Tops Dance/Club Airplay Songs Chart Again

Posted June 1, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Blood on the dance floor: King of Pop remains highly significant on dance/club charts after his death

Record sales for the posthumous album release Michael may have not been the equivalent to Thriller or Bad, nor did the album itself point towards the pop star’s most memorable work released during his zenith, but King of Pop Michael Jackson, who passed away at the age of 50 in 2009, can still be heard loud and clear in the pop world.

His second single, “Hollywood Tonight,” stated its ascent on the Billboard Dance/Club Airplay Songs’ charts and has since reached No. 1. It is his eight No. 1 on the survey, tying with Enrique Iglesias. Prince follows the King of Pop charting the survey seven times. The late pop star’s last No. 1 appearance on the chart goes back to “Scream,” his duet with sister Janet Jackson, in 1995.

In March 2010, Sony, the owner of MJ’s massive catalog, signed a lucrative seven-year, $250 million dollar deal to hold the rights of music distribution and to release several posthumous albums in the upcoming future but has since run into a financial brickwall with the recent first quarter reports of a $3.1 billion loss in revenue. Although upcoming album releases are still in the works, worries at Sony began to bubble up after allegations of falsifying MJ’s voice started to develop amongst family members and after initial record sales came in. Despite all the opposition behind Michael, the album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum in over twelve countries, including the US and the UK.

“Behind the Mask” is the most recent single to be released from Michael. No word yet if Sony will consider another single for the album.

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