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MICHAEL Jackson continues to sell big in South Africa.
This is according to Sony strategic marketing director Duncan Gibbon.
While 1,5million Jackson CDs and DVDs have been in the country over the years, Sony BMG has received orders for 50000 units of his music since his death last week.
Gibbon said Thriller had the most orders at 7500 units, Off the Wall got 1000 units, Bad 2000, Dangerous 600, Invincible 3500, and the balance is made up of compilations (History number 1 - The essential) and Live in Bucharest got 7000 orders.
"Michael Jackson is the most popular international artist in South Africa and his concert in the country in 1997 is one of the biggest we have ever organised," Attie van Wyk, CEO of Big Concerts, said.
"Big Concerts promoted the five stadium dates - two at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, one at Absa Stadium in Durban and two at Johannesburg Stadium, which were all sold out and Michael performed to about 234000 people."
Film director Anant Singh said Jackson loved South Africa so much that he had even considered buying property here.
"In fact, he spent a lot of time here after the concert. He came to Sun City, spent a few months there and even thought of buying Sun City at one point."
His greatest memory of Jackson was the concert in 1997.
"I never thought there could be such an amazing following of people of every race group and, more significantly, every age group," Singh said.
Metro FM DJ Penny Lebyane, a big fan of Jackson's, said: "The Bible says 'many are called but few are chosen'. His gift was God-given and no matter what we might have thought of his life and how he lived it, he achieved what he was brought to do in this world."
Gibbon said: "It is strange that Thriller has the most orders I thought most people already had it."
This is a trend with dead legendary musicians. Elvis Presley, John Lennon and James Brown sold more albums after they died than when they were alive.