Michael Jackson‘s music has seen a major decline with its sales and streaming in the week following HBO’s Leaving Neverland broadcast premiere.
Sales for Jackson’s albums and songs as a whole, including both his solo work and his time with Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, dropped 4 percent in the wake of Sunday’s premiere, while his combined sales for March 3-5 also dropped from the previous week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition, on-demand audio and video streams dropped by 5 percent, with radio airplay falling to 13 percent, the outlet reported.
There was also a noticeable decrease in playing time for Jackson’s songs on Tuesday — the day after the second part of the bombshell documentary aired — in comparison to Sunday, before it had been shown on television.
Not everything dropped, however, as Jackson’s song sales did increase by 6 percent, going from a total of 6,000 to 7,000, according to THR.
Leaving Neverland chronicles allegations from two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both claim Jackson befriended them when they were children and that their relationships quickly turned sexual.
Safechuck, who met Jackson when he was cast in the star’s 1986 Pepsi commercial, claims Jackson taught him how to masturbate, while Robson, who met Jackson when he was just 5 years old, says the star performed oral sex on him and kissed him.
“You and I were brought together by God. We were meant to be together,” Robson claims Jackson told him. “This is how we show love.”
Both men allege they were instructed by the star to cover their tracks, with Robson claiming Jackson told him they would “go to jail for the rest of our lives” if anyone found out about their alleged sexual encounters.
Jackson’s family has repeatedly denied all allegations put forth in Leaving Neverland, and said in a January statement the film was “another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” calling it “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
Two co-executors of the singer’s estate and Optimum Productions also sued HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, for $100 million in February, claiming that the network’s decision to air Leaving Neverland violated a non-disparagement clause, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, HBO responded: “Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland. … This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”
Meanwhile, since the two-part documentary film made its television premiere, other Jackson boycotts have begun, including a decision by Canadian radio stations to delete Jackson’s songs from their rotation.
A 1991 episode of The Simpsons featuring the voice of the late singer is also being pulled from its archives, including all re-runs, streaming platforms, and even upcoming DVD/Blu-ray box sets, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” executive producer James L. Brooks told the outlet. “The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — we’re of one mind on this.”
Jackson’s music is not the only thing of his to decline in the wake of the allegations.
Neverland Ranch, the 2,700 acre property where the pop star lived for 15 years is currently on the market, and the realtor’s description of the property, which has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch includes features like a fire department building, a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, game rooms, a zoo, and multiple guesthouses.
Jackson’s famous private amusement park, which featured a Ferris wheel, carousel, roller coaster and an arcade, has been removed.
Despite the attractive features and land, it has struggled to sell on the market following Jackson’s death.
Jackson purchased the home in 1987 for $19.5 million. It’s now co-owned by the singer’s estate and fund management company Colony Capital. It was listed for sale six years after his death for $100 million in 2015. The price has since been lowered by 70 percent (or about $70 million) to $31 million. The most recent reduction comes amid the legal battle with the HBO filmmakers.
Jackson was 50 years old when he was found dead on June 25, 2009, in his L.A. mansion.
Leaving Neverland is now available on HBO.
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