The Pop King (Still) Rises: The Social Legacy Of Michael Jackson (Video)

Source: Forbes – By Liv Buli


Michael Jackson will always be the King of Pop.

This past weekend, the audience at the Billboard Music Awards were treated to one very special appearance – a hologram version of Michael Jackson – performing “Slave to the Rhythm” off the recently released posthumous album XSCAPE. The album, which hit stands last week, topped the UK charts, and is set to race for the peak position on the Billboard 200 with the Black Keys’ Turn Blue. Almost five years after the pop star’s untimely death, Michael Jackson’s music still resonates with his fans, and his legacy is reflected in the vastness of his social following.

With more than 74 million page likes on Facebook, Michael Jackson is the fourth most popular artist on the social network , and rivals contemporary artists such as Rihanna, Eminem and Shakira. His fan base here continues to grow at steady clip, in the past month alone he amassed another 1.2 million new page likes, and close to 15 million over the past year. The pop star has a less prevalent following on Twitter, with a total of close to 1.4 million, though the press around the release saw him add about 37,000 new followers in the past month, a 66% increase from the month before.

The video for the lead track off the album, “Love Never Felt So Good,” has racked up more than 10 million views and 11,000 comments in the six days since it went live on the official YouTube channel for Michael Jackson. Featuring Justin Timberlake, and a clear homage to the king of pop and his infamous dance moves, the track is infectious and well-produced, and is strong lead single for the album.

The BBMA performance also had a clear impact online. More than 80,000 mentions on Twitter following the performance is a jump of more than 700%, and the Wikipedia page for Michael Jackson saw close to 350,000 visits in the past week. All of this attention is pushing massive sales numbers, and if Jackson snags the top slot on the Billboard 200, it will be the seventh number one US album for the pop star.


While they may have been beat out for the top rank in the UK, Turn Blue is the most successful album release for The Black Keys to date. Given their relative size to Michael Jackson online (Jackson has 18 times the number of Facebook page likes, and more than double their following on Twitter), they are performing remarkably well and the race is tighter than expected. With about 300,000 Wikipedia page views in the past month, and more than 6.5 million video views on YouTube, they are achieving mainstream success, with an alternative sound.

If someone is going to beat you to the top of the charts, I can think of worse people than the King of Pop.


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MJ Still Holding At #9 On Facebook’s Top 25 Pages – April 2014

Source: Inside Facebook – By Justin Lafferty


Last month, we talked about how Shakira’s Facebook fanbase was rapidly growing. Now, according to PageData, Shakira is Facebook’s most-liked person, with 87.7 million fans on the social network.

Shakira’s Facebook page has gained nearly 1 million fans in the past week and passed Rihanna as the person with the most likes on Facebook. She still trails Facebook for Every Phone and Facebook’s own page.

Shakira officially earned the honor on March 21 and shared the news with her fans in a post.

Discover which Facebook pages have the most likes by clicking below. 

Please Note: As of this posting, Michael has 72,163,355 likes and he has the 5th popular celebrity Facebook page.

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# Name Total Likes  Daily Growth Weekly Growth
1     Facebook for Every Phone 413,741,416 +539,003 +3,832,024
2     Facebook 144,365,483 +68,665 +445,543
3     Shakira 87,849,760 +134,672 +993,727
4     Rihanna 86,462,819 +18,811 +134,589
5     Eminem 84,660,986 +66,106 +494,914
6     Coca-Cola 80,905,045 +32,848 +311,955
7     YouTube 78,947,450 +13,527 +103,068
8     Cristiano Ronaldo 76,786,141 +52,956 +448,098
9     Michael Jackson 72,133,022 +41,962 +362,873
10     The Simpsons 71,717,070 +22,210 +155,666
11     Vin Diesel 70,830,125 +72,704 +524,041
12     Texas HoldEm Poker 70,247,014 +2,840 +22,967
13     Harry Potter 69,870,527 +50,431 +378,574
14     Katy Perry 66,214,187 +48,562 +354,613
15     Will Smith 65,036,935 +27,886 +212,233
16     Candy Crush Saga 64,945,134 +59,030 +448,161
17     Justin Bieber 64,703,278 +59,410 +395,864
18     Lady Gaga 64,109,805 +32,529 +245,644
19     Linkin Park 61,001,390 +25,348 +181,692
20     FC Barcelona 59,626,939 +111,095 +835,835
21     Beyoncé 58,610,885 +56,782 +404,915
22     Bob Marley 58,454,270 +56,291 +407,666
23     Taylor Swift 58,024,730 +89,229 +652,435
24     Selena Gomez 57,466,759 +46,421 +312,781
25     Family Guy 55,604,989 +3,285 +26,138

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Michael Jackson Still Holding 11th Place On Facebook’s Top 25 Pages (February 2014)

Source: Inside

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For the past few months, one of Facebook’s most popular people has been actor Vin Diesel. In January, Diesel’s Facebook page crossed the 60 million fan mark and shows little signs of stopping.

According to PageData, 1.1 million people have clicked “like” for Diesel in the past week, making his page the 13th-most liked page on Facebook. Among living people, he is the fifth-most popular, behind Rihanna, Eminem, Shakira and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wondering which Facebook pages have the most likes? Click below to find out. 

# Name Total Likes  Daily Growth Weekly Growth
1     Facebook for Every Phone 382,566,163 +516,049 +4,026,134
2     Facebook 110,959,881 +71,894 +582,400
3     Rihanna 85,001,512 +42,895 +293,510
4     Eminem 81,413,248 +54,193 +388,528
5     Shakira 81,096,090 +135,197 +715,176
6     Coca-Cola 79,275,807 +55,597 +213,843
7     YouTube 78,205,353 +19,778 +145,453
8     Cristiano Ronaldo 72,775,745 +78,696 +529,284
9     The Simpsons 70,045,642 +22,623 +164,556
10     Texas HoldEm Poker 69,974,979 +3,575 +32,984
11     Michael Jackson 69,629,904 +47,483 +344,995
12     Harry Potter 68,334,612 +25,684 +181,664
13     Vin Diesel 64,643,747 +140,531 +1,106,224
14     Katy Perry 63,403,482 +56,489 +404,474
15     Justin Bieber 62,981,084 +25,885 +176,575
16     Lady Gaga 62,700,480 +28,042 +221,795
17     Candy Crush Saga 60,726,342 +86,398 +595,854
18     Linkin Park 59,564,508 +24,864 +184,415
19     Will Smith 59,059,040 +156,030 +701,323
20     Beyoncé 56,023,625 +49,943 +300,160
21     Family Guy 55,179,047 +11,403 +88,305
22     Selena Gomez 55,167,545 +31,649 +316,022
23     Bob Marley 54,858,848 +48,696 +340,060
24     Taylor Swift 54,163,017 +53,534 +376,187
25     FC Barcelona 53,939,251 +91,253 +657,482

Other changes from January 2014:

  • Shakira jumped over Coca-Cola and YouTube to become the No. 5 most popular page.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo went from No. 10 to No. 8, swapping spots with Texas HoldEm Poker.
  • Lady Gaga fell two spots to No. 16.
  • Linkin Park and Candy Crush Saga swapped positions.
  • Beyoncé overtook Family Guy for the No. 20 spot.
  • Selena Gomez was not on the January 2014 leaderboard, but is now the 22nd-most liked page on Facebook.
  • Leo Messi and Akon fell off the list, but FC Barcelona is now on the leaderboard at No. 25.


Michael Jackson Among The Top 25 Facebook Pages — January 2014

Source: Inside


Every month, we track the top 25 Facebook pages with the most likes, according to PageData. In our first PageData leaderboard of 2014, we see that Coca-Cola has passed YouTube to move into the No. 5 spot.

While Facebook for Every Phone and Facebook always generate tons of likes, this month’s chart shows that Shakira, Vin Diesel and Candy Crush Saga also added hundreds of thousands of fans in the past month.

Click below to see a full list of the most-liked Facebook pages. Here’s the list from December 2013

# Name Total Likes  Daily Growth Weekly Growth
1     Facebook for Every Phone 362,101,546 +621,530 +4,379,284
2     Facebook 108,385,727 +81,321 +630,357
3     Rihanna 82,237,709 +43,479 +259,896
4     Eminem 79,657,079 +48,522 +327,383
5     Coca-Cola 78,286,825 +58,574 +470,855
6     YouTube 77,521,891 +19,615 +129,619
7     Shakira 76,526,243 +61,812 +442,337
8     Texas HoldEm Poker 69,832,118 +4,033 +26,999
9     The Simpsons 69,222,337 +11,716 +85,148
10     Cristiano Ronaldo 68,685,054 +56,146 +392,735
11     Michael Jackson 67,946,032 * +43,687 +283,507
12     Harry Potter 67,484,601 +26,023 +168,168
13     Katy Perry 61,566,344 +51,249 +326,641
14     Lady Gaga 61,531,612 +25,927 +163,534
15     Justin Bieber 61,389,439 +77,175 +512,897
16     Vin Diesel 59,218,025 +141,745 +639,674
17     Linkin Park 58,734,330 +23,137 +148,995
18     Candy Crush Saga 57,632,748 +96,795 +627,620
19     Will Smith 56,425,503 +39,694 +315,630
20     Family Guy 54,772,864 +7,670 +49,966
21     Beyoncé 54,427,784 +32,609 +232,001
22     Bob Marley 53,351,310 +36,748 +239,330
23     Taylor Swift 52,096,021 +56,701 +331,219
24     Leo Messi 52,075,136 +23,632 +181,825
25     AKON 51,893,490 +21,760 +148,687

Other changes since December 2013:

  • Michael Jackson and Cristiano Ronaldo switched places, with the late King of Pop sliding down to No. 11.
  • Katy Perry moved from No. 14 to No. 13, bumping Lady Gaga down one spot.
  • Justin Bieber advanced from No. 16 to No. 15, with Linkin Park falling from No. 15 to No. 17 and Vin Diesel rising all the way up from No. 20 to No. 16.
  • Candy Crush Saga fell from No. 17 to No. 18.
  • Will Smith went down one spot, to No. 19.
  • Family Guy also fell one spot to No. 20.
  • Taylor Swift rose from No. 25 to No. 23.
  • AKON fell from No. 23 to No. 25.

*Administrator’s Note: Michael’s Facebook page is currently at 68,884,220 likes.


New Shirts Use Michael Jackson And Other Celebs To Fool Facebook’s Facial Recognition

Source: Digital Trends – By Kate Knibbs

michael-jackson-facial-recognition-970x0Can you trick Facebook? More importantly, can Britney Spears help you trick Facebook? A graphic designer named Simone C. Niquille created an art project privacy advocates will love that tests the limitations of facial recognition software. She designed a series of shirts called “RealFace Glamoflage” specifically to help Internet users evade facial recognition technology all over the Internet. 

Many websites use facial recognition software, but Facebook’s decision to take advantage of the technology is important because it’s the most widely used social network, so the recognition database it is amassing will likely be more vast than any other. If you’re not comfortable with Facebook’s forays into facial recognition, the company’s decisions to buy facial recognition software and to change its terms of service to allow your profile pictures in auto-tagging tests may leave you cold. If the social network’s insistence on moving forward with facial recognition gives you the heebie-jeebies — but not enough to quit using it — Niquille’s t-shirt campaign may bring you closer to a solution. 

Niquille sells shirts featuring prints of the faces of celebrity impersonators for Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and Britney Spears — shirts specially designed to make facial recognition algorithms go berserk. Other shirts feature the faces of women culled from pop-up ads on Facebook. “I reverse Google Image searched their images to try and figure out how one might end  up as a face on a fake pop up ad,” Niquille explains. “I didn’t find the identities of those girls, instead multiple social media profiles, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr selfies with the same photo. Thus, those girls are as hard to identify as a celebrity lookalike, I’d argue.” 

The shirts haven’t been tested on Facebook because they were designed before the company stepped up its campaign to incorporate the technology, and Niquille doesn’t use the website. She initially had other facial recognition usage in mind when she developed the project “Picasa has an online automatic photo tagging service as well as iPhoto. Cameras have facial recognition to snap a photo when your smiling or to focus on your face, PayPal’s iPhone app let’s you pay with your face, or that’s a pilot, to mention only a few,” she says. 

But even though the designs haven’t been proven to definitively thwart Facebook, Niquille says they’ve beaten other systems. “Depending on the facial recognition technology, the shirts work more or less successfully. They aren’t designed to protect in any way but to confuse,” she says. “I have tested them on multiple facial recognition or detection devices I had access to and the success rate obviously varies from light, wearer and software.” 

Since the creator isn’t going to tests the concept on Facebook, looks like it’s up to the buyers to make sure these shirts work — and even if they don’t, they’re an interesting fashion statement. 

MJ Still Rules Social Media

Source: WOGL.CBSLocal (98.1) / Inside Facebook


Philadelphia, Pa (WOGL) – Michael Jackson’s Facebook page ranked in the top pages followed last month…four years after his death.

InsideFacebook reported that MJ’s fan page received over 72,000 likes a day in the month of September, putting the page at No.11 on the 25 Most Liked Facebook Pages.

Ahead of MJ on the list is The Simpsons, Coca Cola, Rihanna, and Eminem. Facebook for Every Phone took the No.1 spot, followed by Facebook at No.2 and Youtube failing in at No.3

MJ still holds the title for the King of Pop and, as the most influential person in Pop music history, it’s no surprise that he is social media royalty as well.

Sunday People Advertisers Boycott

Source: The Michael Jackson World Network


A Michael Jackson fan who is not happy with the standards of journalism in the Sunday People newspaper has set up a Face Book page where he will list all that papers main advertisers, and encourage other people, not only fans, but anyone who is heartily sick of the shoddy journaiism in that newspaper to boycott the advertisers products until a complete retraction of the stories dated (7/1/13) and (7/7/13) is issued.

Here you can connect with this campaign.

Did Bad Amazon Book Reviews Help To Kill Sullivan’s Book?

Swarming a Book Online

Source: New York Times – By David Streitfeld

Alessandra Montalto/The New York Times

Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published. 

In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer. They bombarded Amazon with dozens of one-star takedowns, succeeded in getting several favorable notices erased and even took credit for Amazon’s briefly removing the book from sale.

“Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed — and perhaps unjustly killed,” said Trevor Pinch, a Cornell sociologist who has studied Amazon reviews. “In theory, a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons.”

In “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson,” Randall Sullivan writes that Jackson’s overuse of plastic surgery reduced his nose to little more than a pair of nostrils and that he died a virgin despite being married twice. These points in particular seem to infuriate the fans.

Outside Amazon, the book had a mixed reception; in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani called it “thoroughly dispensable.” So it is difficult to pinpoint how effective the campaign was. Still, the book has been a resounding failure in the marketplace.

The fans, who call themselves Michael Jackson’s Rapid Response Team to Media Attacks, say they are exercising their free speech rights to protest a book they feel is exploitative and inaccurate. “Sullivan does everything he can to dehumanize, dismantle and destroy, against all objective fact,” a spokesman for the group said.

But the book’s publisher, Grove Press, said the Amazon review system was being abused in an organized campaign. “We’re very reluctant to interfere with the free flow of discourse, but there should be transparency about people’s motivations,” said Morgan Entrekin, president of Grove/Atlantic, Grove’s parent company.

Amazon said the fans’ reviews had not violated its guidelines but declined further comment.

The retailer, like other sites that depend on customer reviews, has been faced with the problem of so-called sock puppets, those people secretly commissioned by an author to produce favorable notices. In recent months, Amazon has made efforts to remove reviews by those it deemed too close to the author, especially relatives.

The issue of attack reviews, though, has received little attention. The historian Orlando Figes was revealed in 2010 to be using Amazon to anonymously vilify his rivals and secretly praise himself. The crime writer R. J. Ellory was exposed for doing the same thing last fall.

Attack reviews are hard to police. It is difficult, if not impossible, to detect the difference between an authentic critical review and an author malevolently trying to bring down a colleague, or organized assaults by fans. Amazon’s extensive rules on reviewing offer little guidance on what is permissible in negative reviews and what is not.

With “Untouchable,” Grove had hopes for a modest best seller. The book was excerpted in Vanity Fair, and Mr. Sullivan, a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone who lives in Portland, Ore., promoted it on “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.” Amazon selected it as one of the best books of November, encouraging readers to “check out this train wreck of a life.” The retailer also selected it as one of the 100 best e-books of the year.

None of that helped when Mr. Sullivan tried to complain, saying reviews of his book were factually false yet being voted up by the fans so that they dominated the page for “Untouchable.” The bookseller replied with boilerplate. “Rest assured, we’ll read each of the reviews and remove any that violate our guidelines,” adding, “We’ve appreciated your business and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future.”

In an interview, Mr. Sullivan asked: “Should people be allowed to make flagrantly false comments about the content of a book or its author? This is suppression of free speech in the name of free speech.”

“Untouchable” is 586 pages of text, with 200 pages of notes. Much of it focuses on Jackson’s chaotic last years, including his efforts at comebacks, his struggles to remain solvent, his shocking death in 2009 and the battle over his estate.

It is a largely sympathetic portrait. For instance, Mr. Sullivan seeks to refute the popular notion that the singer had troubling relationships with young boys. Jackson was found not guilty of child-molesting in a criminal trial in 2005.

Yet even before the book was officially published on Nov. 13, the rapid response team declared, “It’s time for action!”

Within two weeks, the book had nearly 100 anonymous one-star reviews that included such comments as: “A disgrace and a disgusting insult to the greatest artist and entertainer the world has ever known.” “There is not one actual fact in this book.” “Sullivan seeks to criticize Michael’s spending habits? It’s none of his business what Michael spent his money on.” “Michael Jackson has dedicated his entire life to helping others. He doesn’t deserve this.” “The audacity to term Michael Jackson’s life a ‘train wreck’ is nothing less than evil and uneducated.”

For several days in late November, Amazon stopped selling physical copies of the book after buyers said copies were defective, in a development first reported by The Portland Oregonian. Mr. Entrekin said Amazon was the only sales outlet that had received such complaints.

The fans took the credit for removing the book from sale. “Book stopped selling,” one of them noted in a Nov. 26 post on the Facebook page. “MJ fans we have done it again!!! Who’s BAD!!!”

About that time, other readers started leaving positive reviews of the book and criticizing the negative reviews, turning the review forum into a full-scale brawl. The fans labeled these reviewers “haters,” saying: “Do not fight with the haters but we need you to focus on the book and leave negative reviews of the book. Rate it with one star. We do not want the book rating to go up.”

It also encouraged the fans to report “the MJ hating trolls” to Amazon for making “inappropriate and personal” attacks against those who left negative reviews.

Tom Mesereau, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who became a hero among Jackson fans when he successfully represented the singer in his molesting case, was a major source for Mr. Sullivan. In early December, he made a YouTube video calling the attacks on “Untouchable” a “disgusting, sophisticated, Hollywood-style P.R. campaign.”

In reality, the campaign is being run a long way from Hollywood. An administrator for the rapid response team, who identified himself as Steve Pollard, said five people run the Facebook site and Twitter efforts, only three of them in the United States. Going after “Untouchable” was “a moral responsibility,” said Mr. Pollard, a 52-year-old resident of Detroit. He explained, “If you were to drive by a graveyard and see someone steal a corpse in order to make a profit, you would feel some responsibility to do something.”

He said that the response team did not tell fans what to say in their Amazon reviews and that they did not try to have the book removed, despite messages to the contrary on the Facebook page. But he added in an e-mail that some of the favorable reviews of “Untouchable” “were removed (I think) because they were attacks against fans and not reviews of his book. We reported the attacks of course.”

Mr. Pinch, the Cornell researcher, said he got the sense that “Amazon is hoping that all these problems with positive and negative reviews will go away.” He added: “But as more and more abuses come to light, the overall effect will be a slow undermining of the process. There are so many ways to game the system.”

Grove distributed 16,000 copies of “Untouchable.” Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales in most outlets, counted only 3,000 copies sold. For a time this month, “Untouchable” was being outsold on Amazon by a book on Jackson’s body language, “Behind the Mask.”

That book, published by the author, had something going for it that “Untouchable” did not: the endorsement of the fans. “Michael Jackson would be pleased that such an objective book was written about him,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon.