Michael Jackson's record sales and streams drop following release of controversial Leaving Neverland documentary

The four-hour documentary debuted on HBO in the US on March 3 and 4, and on Channel 4 in the UK on March 6 and 7.

The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that sales of the late superstar's substantial back catalogue fell between March 3-5 by four per cent compared to February 24-26.

On-demand audio and video streams also shrank by five per cent, and radio plays plummeted in the US – falling by a whopping 13 per cent.

The stats includes songs recorded by the late King of Pop with Jackson 5 and The Jacksons.

However, the singer’s music initially re-entered the charts following the harrowing two part doc.

His 2005 album The Essential Michael Jackson, 1987's Bad and 1982's Thriller all entered the top 200 chart in recent weeks.

Jackson's Number Ones album found itself at number 33 in the iTunes chart, but has subsequently dropped to number 87 this week.

The Billie Jean singer faces claims that he groomed young children, even carrying out a fake wedding ceremony with a ten-year-old boy in the HBO doc, which aired on Channel 4 over the last two nights.

The documentary details fresh abuse claims from Wade Robson, a choreographer who says Jackson began abusing him when he was seven, and James Safechuck, a former child actor who says the singer began molesting him when he was 10.

It was so graphic that viewers were forced to switch off the doc, which revealed gruesome accounts from two of Jackson's alleged victims who are now in their 30s.

But his die-hard fans are insistent they will continue listening to his music.

Discussing it on Twitter one person wrote: “I will still listen to his music regardless it just makes me sad that they have waited until he can’t defend himself and they are going to cash in from this documentary #LeavingNeverland.”



While a second commented: “Leaving Neverland. I still don’t believe anything them two have said. Full of shit they both are. Just in it for the money. I will always listen to Michael Jackson’s music just like I did growing up. Only ones I feel sorry for are his children having it all brought up again."

And another wrote: “I will still listen to #MichaelJackson i don't believe the accusations at all. Let him rest in peace ffs.”

Dozens of countries around the world have pulled his songs from the airwaves following the explosive documentary.


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