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PostSubject: Michael Jackson sells 35 million albums since death   Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:40 pm

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Michael Jackson has sold an estimated 35 million albums worldwide since his death one year ago today, according to Billboard an unprecedented response to a musician's passing.

"Last year, when we saw the instant response from consumers wanting to purchase Jackson's albums, there was nothing to compare it to," Keith Caulfield, Billboard Senior Chart Manager and Analyst, told "Certainly since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991."

View the photos: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Premieres Around The World

While a shocking number of beloved musicians have suffered untimely deaths over the last two decades Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Elliott Smith, to name a few none have resonated with audiences quite like the King of Pop's. According to Billboard, in the U.S. alone, he sold 9 million albums over the last 12 months, with another 800,000 for sales of his releases with his brothers as the Jackson 5 and Jacksons - and another 12.9 million track downloads.

The music sales are only part of a worldwide Jackson phenomenon that has included ringtones, ticket and home video sales for the Sony Pictures concert film "This Is It," publishing revenue and more, generating a reported billion dollars in overall grosses since the singer's death.

"This particular situation is unique the reaction from fans, the reaction of the marketplace all of that was uncharted territory," Caulfield said, adding that a sales bump is likely this week as fans honor the anniversary of Jackson's death. "His catalog is still selling quite well."
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