Megastar Michael Jackson's musical legacy has been getting critically reappraised after a new documentary rekindled allegations of child sexual abuse, but at least two music museums in Detroit and Tennessee aren't scrubbing the King of Pop from their exhibits.
And as stated by NZME director Dean Buchanan, "Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them". Several of its competitors, including MediaWorks which runs nine major commercial stations in the country, also confirmed that Jackson's music was pulled from all its stations as "a reflection of our audiences and their preferences".
The 98five SunshineFM chief executive, Bevan Jones, said they "don't play much Michael Jackson" but had cut the singer from its playlist in response to feedback from listeners. Jackson's estate has pushed back against the film, calling it a "public lynching," and is suing HBO, which shares a parent company with CNN, Warner Media. The Jackson estate has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the network.
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Many worldwide radio stations have now banned the popstar's songs from being featured on their playlists, including several stations in Canada and New Zealand.
They claim the documentary failed to talk to family members and other defenders of Jackson, who claim the alleged child abuse never happened.
Another interesting element to the story is Sony's $250 million seven-year deal to distribute the late star's recordings. Most stations claim that as allegations of paedophilia are stacked up against the late pop star, it's in their duty to reflect both current contexts and audience interests.
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The removal of the statue comes ahead of the airing of the documentary "Leaving Neverland" in which two men, Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, allege that they were sexually abused as children by Jackson.