Michael Jackson the most downloaded artist of all time
The `Thriller` singer-who died of acute Propofol intoxication aged 50 last June -is the world`s most popular solo star, ahead of Lady Gaga, Elvis, the Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna according to download records from Nokia`s Ovi Music Store.
Musicologist Geoff Roberts believes the singer`s upcoming birthdate on 29.08.10 could be responsible for an increase in his popularity
He said: "MichaelJackson has always been a pop music legend. But the anniversary of his death and upcoming birthday celebrations seem to have revived Jackson fever as fans rediscover his songs - making him the most popular solo artist of all time."
The `King of Pop` - who would have turned 52 this weekend - is most popular in India where he accounts for 26 per cent of the country`s entire Ovi downloads, followed by the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Finland.
Singer`s 1982 single `Beat It` is the most popular track at the Ovi store, with `Billie Jean` and `Thriller` close behind.
Meanwhile Michael`s hometown of Gary, Indiana, will mark his birthday with a party outside his childhood home on 28.08.10.
The party will take place alongside a separate four-day `MJFanvention` which began in the town on 26.08.10.
The main attraction at the fan event will be a special tribute concert on Saturday, featuring Tony Award-winner Melba Moore and the late singer`s former tour guitarist Jennifer Batten, as well as impersonator Edward Moss and a choir of Indiana residents.