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Michael Jackson radio play rises an astounding 1,735 percent

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Radio play for Michael Jackson’s music catalog increased 1,735 percent in the three days following his death, according to Nielsen BDS numbers reported by Billboard. For the week ending June 28, 143 Jackson recordings have been played more than 67,000 times on over 1,600 terrestrial and satellite radio stations, and 22 of those tracks surpassed 1,000 plays. Leading the pack was “Billie Jean” with 4,540 plays (compared with 318 the week before), followed by “Thriller” with 3,570 plays, “Rock With You” with 3,546 plays, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” with 3,135 plays, and “P.Y.T.” with 2,986 plays. Rounding out the top 10: “Beat It,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Human Nature.”

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