Counter rebuttal: Michael Jackson vs. The Beatles in worldwide popularity
Frenimies: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
I've heard many fantastic opinions and facts commenting on whether Michael Jackson was more popular worldwide than The Beatles. I guess Elvis and, as one smart lady suggested, Frank Sinatra are out of the running. Really, this is a ridiculous comparison since you can't compare the world music industry of the 80s to that of the 60s. The world is a different place, record distribution and radio/television is different and music is itself, of course, totally different.
My response to Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci is this: you, and many others, have spent a lot of time quoting record sales and musical influence; unfortunately record sales equals popularity in this world of music we live in. I personally don't own any Michael Jackson records (I'm a much bigger Beatles fan by the way) and I know all of his hits. All of them, word by word.