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MJ Doc Fuels Reinterest in 'Whacko' Jacko’s Music

The media furor and speculation that followed HBO’s Leaving Neverland2-part doc has led to a small numbe

MJ Doc Fuels Reinterest in 'Whacko' Jacko’s Music

By David Farrell

The media furor and speculation that followed HBO’s Leaving Neverland2-part doc has led to a small number of radio stations erasing Michael Jackson’s hits from their playlists, the cancellation of a planned jukebox musical and the deceased singer’s estate volubly outraged. But here in Canada, the stink has created a cash cow with album, digital tracks and on-demand streams surging in the wake of the two-parter. The only significant evidence that The King of Pop’s influence is waning in Canada is a 27-percent drop in airplay spins since the show’s airing


Jackson’s alleged badness has created a thriller wave of good news for Sony Music and the estate.

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Here’s a breakdown of MJ’s Canada-wide metrics for the week ending March 7, 2019, as compared with the week ending Feb. 28, 2019.

  • Physical albums up a whopping 48%

  • Digital albums up 27%

  • Total albums up 39%

  • Digital tracks up 8%

  • On-demand streams up 7%

  • Airplay spins down 27%

Data provided by Nielsen Canada and SoundScan.

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The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024

Awards

The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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