Michael Jackson songs banned from radio stations around world, but still streaming on Apple Music

“Spotify and Apple Music have not taken action against Michael Jackson’s music catalog following the release of ‘Leaving Neverland,’ a two-part HBO documentary that accuses the pop superstar of sexually abusing two young boys in the ’80s and ’90s,” Sean Burch writes for The Wrap. “The move is a departure from the stance the two companies took against R. Kelly after the singer was hit with new accusations of sexual misconduct… Both Spotify and Apple Music removed R. Kelly’s music from its playlists last year.”

“Jackson’s music, it’s worth noting, isn’t actively featured when users open Apple Music, and hasn’t cracked Spotify’s top 200 global chart in the last week,” Burch writes. “Jackson has reentered the public conversation after ‘Leaving Neverland’ debuted on HBO on Sunday night. The four-hour documentary, which concluded on Monday night, featured comprehensive accusations from two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who said that Jackson sexually assaulted them when they were young boys.”

“The Jackson estate has vehemently opposed the documentary, calling it ‘the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death,'” Burch writes. “At the same time, the estate is suing HBO for $100 million, accusing the network of violating a non-disparagement clause that was part of an agreement the two sides had which granted HBO the right to air Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour in 1992.”

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  1. I watched half of the HBO special about MJ.

    I think the difference is a radio staton is “pushing” music on to it’s listener. While Apple Music is letting people buy it or stream it if they choose to hear it.

  2. Understand nothing is true until proven guilty, but the evidence appears to be overwhelming.
    So, what is the stance of our mighty SJW Chief?
    MJ too important to drop?

    1. I don’t believe any company should be deciding for people. AM and Spotify users can choose to not listen to MJ. As far as radio stations go a listener can change the station

      1. Of course, that’s the right mind.
        But with some radio stations (granted they are not streaming music), and Apple and others dropped R. Kelly in the past, I am just curious to see what Apple’s position would be. I do not think they would drop MJ, but considering the potion usually expressed by the CEO on this sort of thing, I am curious. Is he at least address the issue, or keep silence to this inconvenient truth?

  3. If Apple Music removes Michael Jackson’s songs then I will immediately cancel my subscription and go with one of the services who still has them. I listen to his stuff on there all the time.

    Don’t screw around with this, Tim. I swear to God.

  4. I am conservative and a Christian and I listen to everyone. If I only bought stuff (or listened) from/to people that I agreed with politically, I would be living in a small hut in the woods. If I have the chance, I will patronize those who I agree with, but I don’t use my checkbook to make political statements, usually.

  5. Whether Michael Jackson is guilty or not, these perpetual character assassinations of people in the media, without conclusive proof is just wrong. Many people can and will say anything for money. If he did it, he’s dead now, it’s over, he’s not coming back ever to do it again.

  6. I could see this if he was still alive and benefiting from the revenue. He is not. The songs are not a representation of the acts he is accused of and he is not benefiting from their sale so keep them.

  7. Michael Jackson is DEAD and the money made from his music today goes toward people like Katherine Jackson and his children who had NOTHING to do with the accusations against Michael.

  8. If every indecent act committed by every performer, musical or otherwise, was known and banned we’d have precious little enetertainment left to hear or watch. (Not that a pedophile or sexual predator/abuser should be let off easy.)

    1. Amen to that, bro. Being allowed to perform indecent acts on people is practically a perk for being a top performer. It’s probably in their contracts thanks to their lawyers/managers negotiating with the recording/film companies. That’s playing hardball.

      I thought there were always rumors about Michael Jackson and him touching underage males. Meanwhile, his records sold like crazy. I mean, hey, it’s the only talent and selling power that matters in this world. As long as an entertainer makes a lot of money (for all involved), they can do whatever they want while everyone turns a blind eye to their activities.

  9. Michael Jackson stopped being relevant to pop music about the time Ronald Reagan left the White House, if not before. Seeing all the fans is about as strange as the Elvis obsessed who flock to Whitehaven (the section of Memphis where Graceland is located) and he died in the 1970s.

    The truth of the matter is that much of what Jackson performed was penned by others and he did not play an instrument. He squealed and danced around, but others supplied his material for the most part.

    People like Rod Temperton- an Englishman who was in Heatwave.


    Everyone on earth has sinned but somehow we expect celebrities to be above the fray, hell….they are the fray. I say, leave my music and shows alone, let me decide, stop playing mommy and daddy, neither the media nor the industry are in any position to point fingers about anything – hypocrites all, so don’t mess with my Billie Jean, and damnit, give me the Cosby show series already!

  11. Michael Jackson was innocent, and all those accusations were lies. It’s disgusting that 10 years after the man died that people are still trying to make a him look like a disgusting villain.

  12. As long as “journalists” continue to dignify hit pieces – that is, reports which report only one side of a story, making it seem as though there IS only one side – as “documentaries,” which they are not, I will remain uninterested.

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