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Nokia names Michael Jackson as the most-downloaded musician of all time

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop has posthumously beaten out every recording artist, even the Beiber, to become the most-downloaded solo artist of all time. The study was conducted by Nokia’s Ovi Music Store using its download sales records. According to information collected by Nokia’s Ovi music store, Michael Jackson has even surpassed the previous record holder, Elvis Presley; modern day entertainer Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Jay Chou, Rihanna and a host of other world’s most popular musicians to achieve this title.

Critics speculate that Jackson’s first death anniversary on 25th June and the overwhelming tribute from his fans on what would have been his 52nd birthday this 29th August, has lead to a surge in the sales figures. Geoff Roberts, a student of music, said, “Michael Jackson has perennially been a music legend in pop. However, the anniversary of Michael’s death and his upcoming birthday celebrations appear to have revived  Jackson's fever all over again amongst his fans.”

Michael Jackson‘s popular 1982 solo, “Beat It,” is the most popular music track in Nokia’s Ovi store, with his “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” track lagging close behind. The Ovi store reveals that the track “This Is It” has been downloaded almost twice as much as any other of Michael’s albums. Moreover, the “Beat It” track has been downloaded most across 36 countries with India contributing 26 % of all these downloads. This is because Michael Jackson is highly popular in India followed by countries like UK, Germany, Netherlands and Finland.

Unfortunately, the view counts for Michael Jackson‘s sound tracks on online music portals, YouTube and Vevo, are not even near to those of Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga who constantly have been battling it out in these portals for pop music’s supremacy all through this year.

However, when it comes to overall impact on international music fan culture, YouTube records are hardly any standard barometer of importance. When Michael Jackson died last summer, tweets mentioning his name accounted for an unparalleled 30% of all tweets that particular day. Moreover, during Jackson’s memorial service the same year, more than half a million status updates were seen in Facebook.

Though Nokia’s Ovi store is a small representation of a larger market of online track sales, nevertheless the company’s sales data surely makes sense when one considers other social media statistics around Michael Jackson, his life and his tragic death.



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Re: Nokia names Michael Jackson as the most-downloaded musician of all time
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 09:13:14 PM »
I 'm not surprised. :)