Was the King of Pop a Smooth Criminal?
Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009 R.I.P.
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Image source: Michael Jackson to perform in London
Ironically, the rumors of Michael Jackson’s death and the news of his death caused Twitter spikes and Internet Interruptions for AOL’s TMZ site.
A BlogPulse Index by Nielsen reveals the posts of Michael Jackson’s death (almost 9%) far exceeded those of the inauguration of President Obama (nearly 4%) and the swine flu (about 2%). Source: USA Today
“Today was a seminal moment in Internet history. We’ve never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth. Historically, celebrity news prompts a worldwide outpouring with several key consumer behaviors – searching, sharing and reacting to the news followed by online tributes has become the modern way to mourn. Princess Diana was the first notable Internet example. Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett are the latest.” Source: AOL statement as reported by Reuters
Michael Jackson breaks Billboard Charts Records with 2.6 Million Downloads and 580,00 CD’s Sold In the U.S. after his death. Did the King of the Pop rise from the dead? According to Keith Caulfield, "Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts" based on Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking released on July 1st, 2009.
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