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There’s one thing our culture has seemed to make habit of since the days of 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. Death makes our hearts grow fonder.  Even death doesn’t seem able to stop fame in its tracks, with 2Pac releasing another CD 13 years after his death.

The same has proven true with our latest songwriter casualty, Michael Jackson.  In the days leading up to his death, Michael Jackson was planning a comeback tour and working on a music video to revive his career.  His death changed those plans permanently, but it did accomplish the main goal: Reviving Jackson’s career.

Jackson sold 10,000 copies of his albums in the days leading up to his death.  It’s a paltry amount for the man known as the King of Pop.  

In the three days after, he sold between 300,000 and 400,000 albums and 1.8 million individual tracks, far eclipsing his recent rate of sales.

This is indeed a Michael Jackson Internet fire sale.

One of the benefits to this fire sale, however, is that most of the music is on a digital medium, meaning that even though the point of a fire sale is “everything must go,” fans of Jackson won’t have to worry about his art becoming scarce and difficult to obtain.

Michael Jackson’s legacy will not be forgotten within our lifetime, and even generations too young to have experienced his music in the moment have aided to his popularity.  Jackson’s music was able to span generations, and as it’s been demonstrated, it will continue for generations more.

Rob @ July 2, 2009

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