Radio Stations Worldwide Are Pulling Micheal Jackson’s Music From Playlists

Radio stations have begun to pull Michael Jackson’s songs from their playlists.

It follows the premier of HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which details explosive allegations of Jackson molesting two men when they were children.

Three major radio stations in Montreal, Canada, have confirmed they have stopped playing his songs.

A spokeswoman for the owner of the French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and the English-language The Beat said they pulled Jackson’s music Monday morning, according to The Canadian Press.

“We are attentive to listeners’ comments, and last night’s documentary created reactions,” Christine Dicaire, director of marketing and communications for Cogeco, said in a statement.

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Radio stations in New Zealand have also dropped the late pop singer’s music.

In a statement, MediaWorks Group content director Leon Wratt told broadcaster RNZ the decision for Jackson’s songs not to feature on any stations’ playlists, is “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences”.

“It is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music and artists people want to hear,” he said.

He would not comment on when Jackson’s music might return to airwaves, but said they “will be guided by their audience”.

RNZ also confirmed it was not playing his songs.

Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film “Leaving Neverland” during the Sundance Film Festival. (Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Content director Willy Macalister said the only exception would be if a song is “being played as part of a news story or to provide colour around a commentary piece.”

NZME had also stopped playing Jackson’s music on its stations.

Dutch station NH radio said it would also stop playing Jackson’s music for a few weeks.

“I don’t think people can listen to the songs the same way anymore. They are supposed to make you happy, make you sing and dance,” NH radio editor Arjan Snijders said in a broadcast on Tuesday.

A documentary about two boys who accuse Jackson of sexual abuse has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (AP)

Jackson’s fans worldwide rallied around the singer using the Twitter hashtag #MJInnocent.

Leaving Neverland first aired at Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January and on cable-TV network HBO in the US on Sunday and Monday.

It will be shown in the UK on March 6.

Source: Standard via Thewildchild

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