Peter Andre DEFENDS Michael Jackson following sex abuse claims

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Sony Music entered into a $250 million deal in 2018 for the rights to distribute Michael Jackson's recordings.

Multiple radio stations in New Zealand have dropped Jackson's music from their stations.

Two major Australian broadcasters - Australian Radio Network (KIIS FM, WSFM and Gold FM) and Southern Cross Austereo (Hit and Triple M) - said they had not altered their playlists.

It focuses on The Thriller singer's child companions, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege Jackson abused them as young boys.

Leon Wratt, the content director of MediaWorks, said the decision is not an indication of the station's personal sentiments on the matter.

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The Montreal, Quebec based CKOI and Rythme said Michael Jackson's music wouldn't be played on the station, indefinitely.

Nova Entertainment's current Nova 93.7 playlist does not include any of Jackson's music, but programme director Daniel Underhill said that wasn't "a reaction in response" to the documentary, but rather a result of their playlist not being "a fixed thing". So there's the artist and the alleged abuser...but can we really separate the two?

Oprah Winfrey's follow-up special, which aired on HBO following Part 2 of Leaving Neverland Monday night, also did well ratings-wise.

Jackson, of course, is one of the most successful entertainers of all time: He is known as the "King Of Pop", he has sold over 350 million albums, and his 1987 album Bad produced five consecutive No. 1 singles, including "Man In The Mirror" and the album's title track.

He emerged as a cultural icon in the 1980s, but the latter stages of career were dogged by allegations of child sex abuse, which were first reported in the early 90s.

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