Michael Jackson Holds Top 9 Titles On Pop Catalog Chart

The numbers are in, and as predicted sales of Michael Jackson’s music broke records this week (including the record set by David Cook in May 2008).

Check out the deets below. You can read more at Billboard magazine HERE:

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Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, the entire top nine positions on Billboard’s Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house Jackson-related titles when the tally is released in the early morning on Wednesday (July 1). Nielsen SoundScan’s sales tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday (June 28) night.

The King of Pop’s “Number Ones” will fittingly lead the pack at No. 1 with 108, 000 (an increase of 2, 340%) while “The Essential Michael Jackson” and “Thriller” are in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots with 102, 000 and 101, 000, respectively.

Collectively, Jackson’s solo albums sold 415, 000 this past week. That’s extraordinary, since his titles sold a combined 10, 000 in the week that ended June 21. Of the 415, 000 total, 58% were digital downloads.

Additionally, the 415, 000 albums sold just last week is nearly 40% more than what Jackson’s catalog had sold the the entire year up through June 21 (297, 000).

Speaking of digital albums, on the Top Digital Albums chart, Jackson has a record six out of the top 10 slots, including the entire top four.

With the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” moving back to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart with 88, 000, this week marks the first time that a catalog album has sold more than the No. 1 current set on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (All three of Jackson’s top sellers on the Pop Catalog chart outsell “The E.N.D.”)

Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200 albums chart, though they can chart on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums list. On the latter chart, Jackson’s “Number Ones, ” “Essential” and “Thriller” are at Nos. 1-3, followed by the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” at No. 4.

Jackson places a record 25 songs on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart (21 solo hits and four with his siblings), smashing the mark of 14 charting titles established by David Cook in the June 7, 2008 issue. Jackson’s Halloween radio staple, “Thriller, ” moves 167, 000, which is good for second place on the chart behind the 203, 000 shifted by the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.”

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58 Comments

  1. wow… I would like to say Congrats MJ but he isn’t here anymore to enjoy it… but I am happy that people are rediscovering his music because his era was the best ever in pop music… :)

  2. Hopefully he’s looking down and enjoying realizing how much everyone loves his music. There will never be another like him. Still can’t believe he’s gone at such a young age.

  3. The wonderful thing is, I see young children, 8 and 9 years old, suddenly discovering Michael Jackson. In many cases he’s become their first album purchase, my 5 year old niece is on of them – she demanded I take her to buy a Michael CD because she “loves him”, her favourite song is “They don’t care about us” so we bought the Essential Michael Collection Album – Michael
    is her first album purchase just as he was mine. Isn’t that amazing?

    RIP Michael.

  4. I’m very impressed that 3 of MJ’s albums sold over 100K this week. Truly shows that people remember the wonderful legacy he left us in his music. I know I’ve personally been re-watching videos and downloading his songs for the past few days.

    As a Cook fan, it tickles me to see him mentioned by Billboard this week. If you’re going to lose a record to anyone, Michael Jackson is certainly the person to lose to. (DC still holds the Hot 100 record, though, right?).

  5. The wonderful thing is, I see young children, 8 and 9 years old, suddenly discovering Michael Jackson. In many cases he’s become their first album purchase, my 5 year old niece is on of them – she demanded I take her to buy a Michael CD because she ‘loves him’ , her favourite song is ‘They don’t care about us’  so we bought the Essential Michael Collection Album – Michael
    is her first album purchase just as he was mine. Isn’t that amazing?

    I love this!

  6. So, to sum up his album numbers from the article:

    Albums:
    1. “Number Ones” 108,000 (2,340%; lw 4,000)
    2. “The Essential Michael Jackson” 102,000
    3. “Thriller” 101,000
    4. “Off the Wall” 33,000
    5. Jackson 5’s “The Ultimate Collection” 18,000
    6. “Bad” 17,000
    7. “Dangerous” 14,000
    8. “Greatest Hits: HIStory – Volume 1” 12,000
    9. Michael Jackson “The Ultimate Collection”: 11,000
    Total: 415,000 (lw 10,000)

    Digital Downloads:
    2. “Thriller” 167,000 (3,551%; lw 5,000)
    3. “Man in the Mirror” 165,000
    4. “Billie Jean” 158,000
    6. “The Way You Make Me Feel” 136,000
    7. “Beat It” 134,000
    8. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” 125,000

  7. Personally, it kind of amazes me that people are buying his music again. I guess the younguns have realized that the crap they pass off as “music” these days is a farce.

    I was hooked on MJ (and JJ later) from his Off the Wall album. But I’m really not inclined to listen to it any more. One can’t help but start dancing and I’m afraid I’d hurt myself. I’d probably end up in traction!

  8. In the Stars says

    Hopefully he’s looking down and enjoying realizing how much everyone loves his music. There will never be another like him.
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    Amen and amen! :)

    Still can’t believe he’s gone at such a young age.
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    Yeah me neither. :(

  9. Is this the Michael Jackson thread for today? I posted this in one from yesterday but doubt many saw it:

    In matters like this I don’t know who to believe when reading interviews about Michael J. However, I read this interview and this fellow is a Rabbi who has been on Oprah talking with families who were stressed from divorce or other issues. He seemed then to be a caring man, who was thoughtful as well as a straight shooter.

    Here’s a good article about his friendship with Michael, how he tried to talk straight with Michael, what Michael thought about his parents, etc.’“ lots of things covered in this interview:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/30/jackson.rabbi/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

  10. Personally, it kind of amazes me that people are buying his music again. I guess the younguns have realized that the crap they pass off as ‘music’  these days is a farce.
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    Yup!!! :) Michael Jackson was one of a kind! :)

    I was hooked on MJ (and JJ later) from his Off the Wall album.
    ==================================
    Who is JJ?

    But I’m really not inclined to listen to it any more. One can’t help but start dancing and I’m afraid I’d hurt myself. I’d probably end up in traction!
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    ROFL ROFL!

  11. You know what is strange? I haven’t watched Micheal’s videos in a long time! Before he died like maybe a month ago (I think in May) I went on youtube to watch Micheal’s videos. Then he dies. :(

  12. WOW That’s a lot of music! It’s interesting the first 3 albums kinda get the same numbers, it’s almost like people bought the 3 of them at the same time.
    Didn’t Amazon say they got 1million orders? Doesn’t seem to reflect, or maybe it will take time to ship them.

  13. If you’re going to lose a record to anyone, Michael Jackson is certainly the person to lose to.

    Very, very true!!

    Personally, it kind of amazes me that people are buying his music again. I guess the younguns have realized that the crap they pass off as ‘music’  these days is a farce.

    Trust me, most of us already know how bad today’s music is. I’m in my 20’s, and almost all of the music on my Ipod are older. The entertainment industry today is more about image than actual musical talent, which is why talent shows like AI annoy me at times when they push “current”, and “commercial” versus actual singing talent.

    Yup!!! :) Michael Jackson was one of a kind! :)

    He definitely was. MJ quoted Michelangelo in his last print interview (Ebony 2007). He said “I know the creator will go. But his work survives. That is why to escape death I attempt to bind my soul to my work.”

    Michael definitely achieved that. He will live on through his music.

  14. He definitely was. MJ quoted Michelangelo in his last print interview (Ebony 2007). He said ‘I know the creator will go. But his work survives. That is why to escape death I attempt to bind my soul to my work.’ 
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    I never read that interview. I didn’t know he did an interview. What a great quote! :) So true!

    Michael definitely achieved that. He will live on through his music.
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    He sure will!!!! I wish there was an american idol in the 80’s! I would have voted for him! :)

  15. The songs are deserving to, so would still be hits today.

    Absolutely. My 9-year old daughter is obsessed with MJ music now and she didn’t even know who he was until last Friday. Amazing man, amazing music.

    RIP Michael.

  16. I was hooked on MJ (and JJ later) from his Off the Wall album.

    Off The Wall is still may favorite album of his. Le sigh.

    You know what I realized yesterday? I was trying to explain why Michael Jackson was such a big deal to my daughter, and I was talking about his groundbreaking videos and whatnot, getting nowhere with her. Then suddenly it hit me… he and his family were the first Jonas Brothers. LOL. That got her attention. There had been kid/teen phenom acts before that, but they were the first kid band, and mj along with Stevie Wonder were the first supernaturally talented kid pop prodigies. Then he went on to become even more groundbreaking in adulthood. Freaking amazing.

  17. You know what I realized yesterday? I was trying to explain why Michael Jackson was such a big deal to my daughter, and I was talking about his groundbreaking videos and whatnot, getting nowhere with her. Then suddenly it hit me’ ¦ he and his family were the first Jonas Brothers. LOL. That got her attention. There had been kid/teen phenom acts before that, but they were the first kid band, and mj along with Stevie Wonder were the first supernaturally talented kid pop prodigies. Then he went on to become even more groundbreaking in adulthood. Freaking amazing.
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    Let her watch the videos on youtube!!!! Then she will see how talented he is! :)

  18. I’m pissed that the Black Eyed Peas are competing with MJ. Why are people so crazy for them? That song–boom boom pow–horrible. And millions of people love it. Honestly, I completely do not get the attraction at all.

    The MJ sales are incredible. (I downloaded Man in the Mirror myself.) Have you seen the Leave Me Alone video? Pretty strong statement by MJ.

  19. There had been kid/teen phenom acts before that, but they were the first kid band

    They were the first huge, huge family band. There were family bands and singers before that tho. The Cowsills? (The prototype for the Partridge Family.) And of course the Osmonds–but they didn’t play instruments. Of course, three of the five Jacksons didn’t play anything either. And a ton before the rock era–the Lennon sisters, the Andrews sisters, etc.

  20. I am so happy that MJ has knocked BEP down a few notches. Honestly, it breaks my heart for pop music when I listen to them.

    This really is amazing. It is such a testament to how many truly LOVED Michael Jackson’s music. I mean, plenty of singers have died in the last few years and experienced nothing like this type of sales phenomenon. He was something truly unique and groundbreaking in the history of popular music, and I’m happy old fans are rediscovering him, and new fans are seeing his genius for the first time.

  21. Wow. Redundant at this point, but that is pretty impressive.

    Funny. I haven’t listened to MJ in years. I was a big fan back when Thriller came out in my tween years. Listening to his music the past few days, I can’t get over how much better his songs are compared to so much of the pop music I hear on the radio today. It’s probably pointless to make such comparisons. And there are plenty of talents out there today. But so many of the “pop” songs I hear today sound inane next to even some of his lesser stuff. The melodies, beats, even the lyrics in his songs hit a level of excellence that is very rare in pop music.

    That Leave Me Alone video is one of my favorite videos, actually.

  22. I think that my age group, peeps who didn’t witness the MJ phenom firsthand, actually like the later stuff like Dangerous. So, I am not surprised that Man in the Mirror is so high on the charts. I was really struck by the videos that use his songs to convey a message like MITM or the vid about destruction of earth showing very vivid images of poached elephants, etc. I don’t remember the title. I also love the still pictures of MJ, he was such a beautiful child/man until he destroyed his face with various surgeries. There is a picture on the current issue of Time mag from In the Closet vid that is just gorgeous.

  23. Here’s what’s so astounding to me…Neither Michael, Paul McCartney nor Lionel Richie can read or write music and I’m sure there are others.

  24. One more set of numbers:

    BB200
    191 “Michael Jackson – Gold ” 2,700 Total: 3,400

    This album was released on August 26, 2008 so it is the only one eligible to appear on the main BB chart (others are on the Catalogue chart)

  25. When I see those numbers I think to myself, who the heck didn’t already own Thriller? I mean, didn’t it sell like 70 million copies or something like that over time? LOL – I just assumed everyone already had that one!

    I think a lot of us with young kids just didn’t really share Michael’s music with them before this because we didn’t really want to have to expain all of the other creepy stuff. But now that he’s everywhere, and we sort have to show them why he was such a big deal, it’s pretty much creating a new generation of fans.

    Actually, Sean Daly wrote a really interesting article about this the other day. (He’s the local music critic here in Tampa that each summer you guys either love or hate depending on his critique of your favorites at our tour stop each year :wink_wp:). It was something about seeing young kids dancing to and enjoying his music, and the parents not really knowing how to feel about that.

    For me personally, I guess I just feel that there’s really no harm in letting them enjoy the music. I know I can still enjoy it when I want to. I could still get up and dance to a good MJ tune long after I was aware of his disturbing behavior. It’s just really 2 different things. The art can stand apart from the personal life if you let it.

    Just like the way my dad can share his deep love of Elvis with my kids without ever mentioning that he was a big fat junkie who died on the toilet. They’ll hear all of that stuff when they’re older and draw their own conclusions.

    Also – I do not get the massive appeal of this most recent BEP album. I really, really don’t.

  26. They were the first huge, huge family band. There were family bands and singers before that tho. The Cowsills? (The prototype for the Partridge Family.) And of course the Osmonds’“but they didn’t play instruments. Of course, three of the five Jacksons didn’t play anything either. And a ton before the rock era’“the Lennon sisters, the Andrews sisters, etc.

    Yes, but they were all singers, right? Harmonizing kids had been around before. But 2 of the Jacksons played instruments and Micheal sang, and they were all teens or younger. The Osmonds sang christian music only (?) until the Jacksons blew up, then they put out a sound alike pop record. The Cowsills were around the same time, I think. The Partridges came after. The J5 kicked off the big entry of teen bands into pop culture consciousness.

    I could be wrong about the details though, since I was way too young to remember most of it. My sister is the actual MJ superfan, which is how I know this stuff. I should ask her!

  27. sonyab, I saw an interview the other day with Lionel and he said that. I already knew about Paul McCartney. They somehow managed to be great songwriters but I’m not sure how you do that w/o reading/writing music!

  28. razzle211 says

    sonyab, I saw an interview the other day with Lionel and he said that. I already knew about Paul McCartney. They somehow managed to be great songwriters but I’m not sure how you do that w/o reading/writing music!
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    I had no idea about Lionel and Paul either! Well they don’t really need to write music in order to sing it. Not sure about reading. You can learn how to read music. :)

  29. When I see those numbers I think to myself, who the heck didn’t already own Thriller? I mean, didn’t it sell like 70 million copies or something like that over time? LOL – I just assumed everyone already had that one!

    Well, ahem, those who bought MJ’s stuff when it was first released may have needed to update from vinyl to CD if they’d not yet done so. I’m not naming names here, of course… but I’ll admit that a couple of purchases I made last weekend may not yet appear in those totals because Amazon predicted shipment in 1-3 weeks. That’s all I’m saying… LOL

  30. LOL..The Osmond Brothers (I guess we’d call them the O-Bros today), did’t play musical instruments? Actually, they did! Many instruments…including Marie on saxophone. 4 of them started as a novelty barbershop quartet at Disneyland…then went on as regular featured performers on Andy Williams. Donny’s first appearance on Andy Williams is adorable…talk about taking a bow LOL

  31. I’m going to guess JJ is Janet Jackson? Just a wild guess on my part.

    I could not find any Michael Jackson’s cds anywhere. Finally purchased off of Itunes (thank you Itunes). I went with the Essentials Collection. Essentials has 38 songs in a 2 cd set, includes some Jackson 5 info (I still love ABC and I Want You Back). Number One has 18 songs – quite a collection as well though.

    Now I’m looking for a concert dvd. Anyone have any suggestions? I never did get to see Michael in concert.

  32. Well, ahem, those who bought MJ’s stuff when it was first released may have needed to update from vinyl to CD if they’d not yet done so.

    LOL, or those who had an old worn out CD maybe wanted to upgrade to the digital version?

    So, I suspect Thriller will continue to hold the record for the best selling album of all time. I’m guessing that record will be tough to beat. It’s not like baseball. You can’t just inject a bunch of steroids and start popping out homeruns like they’re base hits LOL.

  33. sonyab
    Jul 1st, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I was hooked on MJ (and JJ later) from his Off the Wall album.
    ==================================
    Who is JJ?

    sonyab, JJ is Michael’s sister Janet. She is iconic in the music world herself having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Quite the talented family!

  34. anna in vegas says sonyab, JJ is Michael’s sister Janet.
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    OH! Okay! I wasn’t sure if you ment her or Jermaine Jackson. :)

    She is iconic in the music world herself
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    Yeah I know. :)

    having sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
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    Did she? Cool!

    Quite the talented family!
    ================
    Oh yeah they are! :)

  35. Anya
    Jul 1st, 2009 at 10:00 am
    I think that my age group, peeps who didn’t witness the MJ phenom firsthand, actually like the later stuff like Dangerous. So, I am not surprised that Man in the Mirror is so high on the charts. I was really struck by the videos that use his songs to convey a message like MITM or the vid about destruction of earth showing very vivid images of poached elephants, etc. I don’t remember the title.

    It’s called Earth Song

    SpenserJ
    Jul 1st, 2009 at 10:18 am
    When I see those numbers I think to myself, who the heck didn’t already own Thriller? I mean, didn’t it sell like 70 million copies or something like that over time? LOL – I just assumed everyone already had that one!

    Believe it or not, I don’t have a copy of Thriller nor any other Michael album. don’t get me wrong I’m intent to change that status sometime this month.

  36. sallyas1
    Jul 1st, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Now I’m looking for a concert dvd. Anyone have any suggestions? I never did get to see Michael in concert.

    The HIstory tour was amazing as a live show!

  37. LOL, or those who had an old worn out CD maybe wanted to upgrade to the digital version?

    That too. (Ahem, now that you mention it, my original Dangerous CD sounded pretty low quality when I popped it in this weekend, particularly after listening to the Thriller I downloaded from iTunes. :-) )

    I’m guessing that record will be tough to beat. It’s not like baseball. You can’t just inject a bunch of steroids and start popping out homeruns like they’re base hits LOL.

    Too true!

  38. The HIstory tour was amazing!

    I saw the Victory tour with Michael and his brothers in ’84. That one too was pretty cool, as far as I recall.

    Funny enough – a few months ago – I started amassing a collection of vintage cartoon DVD’s to give my brother for his 40th birthday (which is in a few days). The old Jackson 5 cartoon was among them. So, I guess that was a timely purchase. I would have had to pay quadruple for it this week.

  39. I have most of his stuff….Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, etc on CD, had about 60 of his songs on my ipod before he died…glad that many are discovering, or rediscovering the music. It’s really good. I think I will purchase some video though….

    I wasn’t a big part of the recent buying frenzy, but I did download The Essensial Jacksons, I think it’s called…culled from the stuff he did with his brothers post Motown. You can hear some of the tics and nuances he utilized later in his career.

  40. Here’s a really cool video of the auditions for dancers for the tour. MJ is in a few shots and meets the winners at the end.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdcytuKhVQo

    Thanks for posting this video mandalay. Very cool, yet heartbreaking to watch, thinking about the tremendous loss — of MJ and of opportunity for the chosen dangers. Ugh.

  41. sonyab, I saw an interview the other day with Lionel and he said that. I already knew about Paul McCartney. They somehow managed to be great songwriters but I’m not sure how you do that w/o reading/writing music!

    I’m not sure about how Paul McCartney does it, but Michael would get an idea (for example, the bass line to Billie Jean) and he would record it and then build off of it. It would just go straight from his head to tape, without paper in the middle. A lot of musicians write like that.

  42. Nearly 2 million Michael Jackson songs, more than 300,000 albums bought in days after his death. Article Link

    This is really amazing. There is no one out there with this type of buying power right now. If I remember correctly, The Beatles, and Elvis are the only two that have outsold MJ. I don’t think we will ever see stars this like this again. Not in today’s commercial market.

  43. I wasn’t a big part of the recent buying frenzy, but I did download The Essensial Jacksons, I think it’s called’ ¦culled from the stuff he did with his brothers post Motown. You can hear some of the tics and nuances he utilized later in his career.

    I downloaded The Essentials this past weekend. It’s awesome! I confess that when I read about how phenomenolly his music was selling, it brought tears to my eyes. Some were happy tears because apparently a whole new generation (including my own children who won’t stop watching him on youtube) is now being exposed to MJ’s amazing talent. Many were sad tears because I keep thinking about how sad and lonely MJ seemed to be. If only he could see what’s happening with his music now. His death hit me hard. I have so many happy memories of being with my friends and having that great MJ music in the background. Darn it Michael! Why did this have to happen??? :(

    Also, as someone asked upthread, I’d like to order a concert dvd and am looking for recommendations.

  44. Believe it or not, I don’t have a copy of Thriller nor any other Michael album. don’t get me wrong I’m intent to change that status sometime this month.

    Nor I.

    However, I am rectifying that situation by ordering my CD (want a hard copy) on Amazon even as I type this. I decided on “The Essential Michael Jackson” since it contains a few J-5 tunes; I mean, why not? Now I just need to make another puchase of $10.01 and I will qualify for Amazon’s Free Super Saver shipping…

  45. I remember going on family vacation from Canada to LA in ’84 when I was in my early teens. My whole family was allowed to choose one thing they wanted to do more than anything before we left. I chose going to the Neverland gates, hoping to catch a glimpse of Michael or any activity. I remember my Dad rolling his eyes and saying he’d be a nobody in another year or two. lol Funny thing is, he was the most excited one when we arrived. Unfortunately, Michael and his brothers were on the road in the midst of the Victory Tour. Still, I’ll never forget the thrill of just being there.

    Michael’s music just never gets old. From the Jackson 5 stuff, to Off the Wall to the Thriller era. You can still play any of it over and over and never grow tired. For me, he was an amazing showman more than anything. I could just watch his videos endlessly. There will never be anyone like him again. It’s exciting to see that he’s garnering new young fans and I love that he’s dominating the charts again. What a fitting tribute!

  46. lilbrusc102 says but Michael would get an idea (for example, the bass line to Billie Jean) and he would record it and then build off of it. It would just go straight from his head to tape, without paper in the middle. A lot of musicians write like that.
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    Yeah that makes more sense because in the movie about the Jacksons called the american dream Micheal’s brothers were talking to him about his song.

  47. As a Cook fan, it tickles me to see him mentioned by Billboard this week. If you’re going to lose a record to anyone, Michael Jackson is certainly the person to lose to. (DC still holds the Hot 100 record, though, right?).

    Yes, me too Jolene. It’s nice to see his name mentioned right there in the same article as MJ.

  48. Wow according to Hits Daily Double, Sony shipped out one million units of MJ albums in the last five days and are working to ship out another two million units to fill backorders along with 2.4 million digital track downloads. Crikey.

  49. David Cook had many of us at Hello, but Billie Jean turned David into a star that night. It only seems fitting and somewhat ironic that the person to top David Cook’s record, is the man whose song catapulted David Cook to the front runner during his season on American Idol. I am sure David is highly honored and cool with his record being broken, because MJ’s talent is in a league of his own. But like all of us, I am sure he would have chosen far different circumstances to be the reason Michael broke his record. RIP Michael.

  50. Darn it Michael! Why did this have to happen??? :(

    Because it was God’s will……..and perhaps Michael had suffered enough?
    RIP Michael

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