Jackson’s not dead, he’s living in a bunker with Elvis Presley

June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson’s album reaches No 1

Michael Jackson is richer in death than he was in life, with his songs generating millions of pounds in record sales, downloads and radio royalties in just three days.

By Matthew Moore
Published: 7:15PM BST 28 Jun 2009

Music industry experts described the sales impact of the King of Pop’s sudden passing as “unprecedented” and “explosive”.

Last night his best-of album reached No 1 in the UK charts, with four of his other albums also entering the Top 20. Forty-three of the Top 200 singles feature the singer.

As the first pop superstar to die since the digital revolution made music easily available online through websites such as iTunes, Jackson’s posthumous sales are expected to dwarf those of Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Eamonn Forde, music industry analyst and contributing editor of Music Week said that Jackson’s death was “far, far bigger than the The Beatles making their back catalogue digitally available”.

“Because of the instant gratification of digital, a lot of people who would never have bothered going to the record shop are buying Michael Jackson songs, because they can do it with a couple of clicks from their bedroom,” he said.

“The last time we saw such interest in a particular artists was when Sir Elton John released Candle in the Wind after Princess Diana’s death, but a whole industry was required to get those records to the shops. There are no such restrictions this time.”

Concrete sales figures since Jackson’s death are not yet available, but industry sources said that well in excess of 100,000 of his records had been bought or legally downloaded in the UK since Thursday. At one stage on Friday his albums filled the top 14 places on the online retailer Amazon’s sales ranking.

Jackson was an even bigger star in the world’s two biggest music markets – the US and Japan – where his albums have also jumped up the charts.

However, record sales are just the tip of the iceberg. “The real money will be made through royalty fees, every penny of which should go to his estate,” said Gennaro Castaldo of HMV, the music retailer.

“You could not walk along any street this weekend without hearing Michael Jackson’s music coming out of almost every shop radio. If you replicate that across the world, you are looking at millions of pounds.”

The renewed appetite for his music will be exploited by the release of “new” Jackson material, ensuring the sales boost is drawn out over weeks and months.

The star is understood to have collaborated with some of the biggest names in urban music, including Will. I. Am of the Black Eyed Peas, on an as-yet-unnamed album, and he reportedly left 200 unpublished songs to his children in his will to secure their future in the event of his bankruptcy.

Sony Music is also understood to be preparing a new compilation album.

The income will go some way to easing the precarious financial position in which Jackson left his estate. His executors may be forced to sell the singer’s lucrative share in the Beatles back catalogue to help clear his estimated £200 million debt.

“Quite frankly, he may be worth more dead than alive,” said Jerry Reisman of the Hit Factory recording studio, where Jackson produced his best-selling album Thriller.

‘Jackson’s not dead, he’s living in a bunker with Elvis Presley’: Conspiracy theories flood the internet

 

Now here are the crazy Conspiracy theories,  just like the Fake Moon Landings and 9/11.  o wait that one’s true……. 

Internet site 68comeback reported that Jackson was living in a ‘bunker’ with Elvis Presley.

It wrote: ‘Surely you’ve heard of the secret, seven-storey-deep bunker that Elvis Presley had built underneath Graceland, prior to faking his own death? MJ lives there now with Elvis and certain other “dead” celebrities. You don’t have to be sad for him any more.’

Michael Jackson in March this year
Elvis Presley

Weirdest claim: A site called 68comeback reported that Michael Jackson was living in ‘seven-story deep bunker’ in Graceland with Elvis Presley (right)

On the run as a nun

Minutes after his death at 2.27pm Pacific Time in Oakland, California, Dwight Santos  –  an unemployed toilet cleaner  –  told reporters at the UCLA Medical Centre that he had seen Jackson emerging from a back door of the hospital disguised as a nun.

Celebrity blogger Perez HiltonCelebrity blogger: Perez Hilton wrote that Jackson’s death was a ‘stunt’ so the singer could get out of his London tour

He told those who would listen that the singer was heading for a Caribbean island where he planned to live as a fruit seller called Thomas Di Loco.

Fled by jetpack to live with Eskimos

Moments later, another fan called Elisa Chan claimed she had seen Jackson strapping on a jetpack and flying to Los Angeles airport. From there he was going to visit his birthplace of Gary, Indiana, before flying to Greenland to live with Eskimos.

Escaping hit O2 commitments

Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton alleged Jackson was ‘pulling a stunt’ in order to get out of his concert commitments at the O2 in London.

Hilton added: ‘Jacko pulled a similar stunt when he was getting ready for his big HBO special in ’95 when he “collapsed” at rehearsal!

‘He was dragging his heels on that just like his upcoming 50- date London residency at the O2 Arena, of which he already postponed the first few dates.’

Killed by a biological weapon

Contributors to the website topix.com suggested that Jackson had been killed by a ‘new experimental biological weapon’.

Faked his death at Neverland

On the internet site weekleyworldnews.com there was discussion about claims that Jackson had always planned to fake his own death while living at his Neverland ranch.

He would have his ‘ashes’ scattered in the grounds of his former property and then be able to start a new life.

As newspapers across the world report Jackson's death, some bloggers on the web are insisting the star faked his death

As newspapers across the world report Jackson’s death, some bloggers on the web are insisting the star faked his death

Despite video footage of Jackson's body being carried away in a waiting van to the coroner's office, some people spread bizarre rumours that he was in fact taking a jetpack to live with EskimosDespite video footage of Jackson’s body being carried away in a waiting van to the coroner’s office, some people spread bizarre rumours that he was in fact taking a jetpack to live with Eskimos

Already has a new identity

The digitalspy website message board included the claim: ‘Millions in debt and realises he can’t deliver on a 50 gig comeback tour, so he fakes his death, assumes a new identity (which he’s been trying to achieve for many years) and disappears.’

Ploy to sell more records

On the denverpost.com forum one contributor was convinced Jackson faked his own death to make more money, explaining: ‘He was broke. .. and was in no condition to perform one show, let alone a string of 50.

‘Now that he’s “dead” his record and merchandise sales will skyrocket, filling his “estate’s” bank account and allowing him to live in seclusion for the rest of his natural life.’

 

 
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