album sales:Undoubtedly, Michael Jackson has sold more albums than any other artist. Estimates put his sales between 350 and 700 million worldwide. Thriller is the best selling album of all time selling over 110 million copies. Prince's best known album, Purple Rain, on the other hand has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 million copies. In fact Jackson, in an obvious attempt to detract attention away from prince, died on June 25th, 2009 - the 25th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain. Clearly, Jackson get's the edge in record sales. This only serves to prove another point, people love shit music. Don't believe me? The Bodyguard Soundtrack sold 42 million copies, the Eagles Greatest Hits - 42 million, The Backstreet Boys' Millennium - 40 million, and the BeeGees Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - 40 million. Shit, Shit, Shit, Shit. Well you say, no one buys music anymore - top three songs on iTunes this week: Paparazzi - Lady GaGa, Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus, I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas. There is a reason why American Idol is so succesful, people love to listen to shit. So Jacko wins this round, but with an asterisk.
So there you have it Prince beats out Michael Jackson by a score of 4-1, ending the debate once and for all. Jackson faded into obscurity, rarely seen in public, his face becoming a charicature of a 50 year old white woman - looking nothing like he had some 25 years ago at the peak of his popularity. Then, upon his death, every yupie in the country suddenly rushed to download thriller, and proclaim how tragic his death was. It begs the question, will other celebrities be mourned inspite of their transgresions upon their death? Will OJ Simpson be revered in death as one of the greatest running backs of all time, with no mention of killing Nicole Brown Simpson & that other dude that no one remembers? Will everyone rush to Best Buy to pick up the Naked Gun Trilogy, while wearing their USC hats? Will Pete Rose be voted into the hall of fame the first ballot after his death, while everyone forgives him for gambling on baseball? Clearly you can jerk off as many 12 year old boys as you want and when you die - all is forgiven. Cry me a fucking river Jacko fans, I guarantee you on June 24th, 2009 you couldn't have cared less about Michael Jackson. In summary: Prince > Jacko