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Jackson's music dominates iTunes, Amazon

By Andrew Heining / June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson claimed many of the top-selling albums on iTunes following his death.

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A day after the death of Michael Jackson, the pop icon's songs and albums are seeing a rebirth on online music stores.

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As of this Friday afternoon, Jackson's albums fill Amazon's top-15 sellers list, and claim eight of 10 spots on iTunes. Old-time Jackson hits like "Man in the Mirror," "Thriller," "The Way You Make Me Feel," and "Billie Jean" also held their own, upstaging popular offerings from The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga.

News of Jackson's death dealt a crippling blow to some of the Web's biggest news sites, as TechCrunch's MG Siegler reported last night:

Various reports had the AOL-owned TMZ, which broke the story, being down at multiple points throughout the ordeal. As a result, Perez Hilton’s hugely popular blog may have failed as people rushed there to try and confirm the news. Then it was the LATimes, which had a report saying Jackson was only in a coma rather than dead, so people rushed there, and that site went down. (The LATimes eventually confirmed his passing.)

CNN reported "a fivefold rise in traffic and visitors in just over an hour, receiving 20 million page views in the hour the story broke."

Twitter, too, faltered under the load of Web users scrambling for information. Jackson-related terms filled all "trending" terms spots, and on Friday went into triage mode, disabling the display of search and trending topics on its main site. The Guardian points to an interesting video showing the explosion of tweets about Jackson's death, and used the event to trace how social networks now play a major role in breaking news.

Click here for Monitor Design Director John Kehe's first-hand account of how Michael Jackson got his one white glove.

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