Gordon Smart clutches the sides of his chair in shock as America turns its back on the rotten faux-Jacko album:
AN album of unreleased tracks by the King Of Pop would be expected to shift a huge number but MICHAEL JACKSON's new disc is struggling.Is it that unexpected, though? Jackson hadn't bothered to release a proper record since 2001, and while that still shifted, it was clear that interest in records that actually had Jackson on was dwindling; why would you expect people to be spending cash on a record that had dubious parentage?
Michael has failed to make the Top Five in the US - the first time that's ever happened to one of the late star's albums.
Sony will be very disappointed. They signed a £128million deal with the Jackson family in March, giving them rights to his unfinished material.Oddly, this sort of stupid decision is never mentioned when the BPI wails about how hard it is to turn a few quid in the music industry.
It's good news, though - perhaps now the songs that were never going to see the light of day can be left where they are.