Money back – or a Jack­son sou­venir?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 03.07.2009 -

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the death of Michael Jack­son has dom­i­nated the in­ter­na­tional press over the past week, with many mu­si­cians weigh­ing in with their opin­ions on the King of Pop.

Paul McCart­ney, who worked with Jack­son on sev­eral songs, re­mem­bered the singer as “a mas­sively tal­ented boy-man with a gen­tle soul. His mu­sic will be re­mem­bered for­ever and my mem­o­ries of our time to­gether will be happy ones.”

Justin Tim­ber­lake, Bey­oncé, Madonna and Sh­eryl Crow were among those who re­leased state­ments pro­claim­ing the im­pact that Jack­son had on their ca­reers. Many oth­ers ex­pressed their thoughts through the so­cial net­work­ing site Twit­ter, in­clud­ing mu­si­cians as di­verse as Pa­trick Wolf and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.

In Dublin, a group of fans has laid flow­ers and set up a makeshift shrine to the star out­side HMV on Grafton Street.

HMV spokesman Gen­naro Castaldo said that sales of Jack­son’s al­bums have rock­eted. Ra­dio­play of his songs has re­port­edly in­creased by 1,735 per cent.

Mean­while, con­cert pro­mot­ers AEG Live are giv­ing fans who had bought tick­ets for Jack­son’s Lon­don shows the choice be­tween a full re­fund or keep­ing the ticket as a sou­venir, claim­ing that they were “de­signed” by Jack­son him­self. The singer's fu­neral is ex­pected to take place on Sun­day.

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