Michael Jackson albums defy controversy, fly up the charts

The release of controversial documentary Leaving Neverland has seen Michael Jackson albums climb the charts around the world.

New Zealand's iTunes albums chart features two of his records in the current top 100 at the time of writing, with his Number Ones greatest hits record coming in at number 41.

While in the United Kingdom, the Independent reported the same album climbing as high as number 23 on their iTunes albums chart on Saturday.

This surge in popularity comes despite radio stations banning his music from airwaves, The Simpsons pulling an episode featuring the pop star and a former maid's claims of witnessing child abuse at Jackson's estate.

Leaving Neverland features interviews with James Safechuck and Wade Robson  - as well as their family members - about their first encounters with the singer and how they were allegedly groomed by him.

Both men were involved in Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial, with Robson testifying the singer never molested him - something he now says he did because he was scared of what would happen if he told the truth.

Jackson repeatedly denied sexual abuse allegations and was acquitted.