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THE MJ EFFECT: Celebrity weeklies weren’t the only ones that saw a boost in readership when they put Michael Jackson on their covers. Architectural Digest put the King of Pop on its November cover with images and a story composed by photographer Harry Benson, who shot the singer several times during his career, dating back to 1984. On Sept. 29, the first day the magazine’s Jackson story appeared on architecturaldigest.com, the site attracted 1.5 million page views, and through Sept. 30, subscription sales increased 700 percent.
The results left Donna Karan with some big numbers to live up to — she and her daughter are on the title’s December cover, while inside there are looks at the homes of Ralph Rucci, Elton John, Kelsey Grammer, Ferruccio Ferragamo and Patricia Heaton.
Meanwhile, rumors of the departure of editor in chief Paige Rense Noland from the magazine have swirled around the mediasphere for months. Asked whether Condé Nast was looking for a replacement for Rense Noland or if she is leaving the magazine, a spokeswoman for the magazine said both were “absolutely not true.”