Michael Jackson's popularity endures, even after new scandal
In this Dec. 17, 2004, file photo, pop star Michael Jackson gestures after greeting several hundred children who were invited guests at his Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Jonathan Landrum Jr, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, June 23, 2019 12:10PM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's depiction as a child molester in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" earlier this year hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image, according to music insiders.
As Tuesday's 10th anniversary of Jackson's death approaches, experts say his music legacy is still going strong despite the documentary's detailed abuse allegations.
Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell says she interviewed around 30 music executives who believe Jackson's legacy will withstand the controversy.
Signs of any broad backlash against Jackson are few.
The superstar's music was taken off some radio stations, but is still being played in commercials and his memorabilia is still selling.
Jackson's album and theatrical video of "Thriller" remains in the National Recording Registry, and a pair of museums say they're not removing images or artifacts of him.