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Advertisement411 Music Roundtable: The Death of Michael JacksonPosted by Mitch Michaels�on 06.26.2009The 411 music staff gives their reactions to the passing of a legend�It seems surreal, but yesterday, Michael Jackson � the man who made Thriller and ruled the charts throughout the 80's � had a heart attack, fell into a coma and died at the age of 50.

The music world isn't just buzzing with this unexpected news � it's throbbing.

With Jackson's death just hours old, the 411 music staff took some time to give their raw reactions.

You may love him or hate him, but when it came to Michael Jackson, there was no indifference.

There was also no denying that - as a musical entertainer - he had no peer.411 Music Roundtable: The Death of Michael JacksonSandeep Murali: It's over.

The haters can finally move on to another weak target.

As for those of us who cherished his music for what it is, we'd be left wondering for eternity what that farewell concert could have been.

Did the practice routines take a toll on his frail body? Quite possibly.

Did the demons from his past get the last laugh? Can't rule that one either.

We'll know in a few days.

But whatever the cause of death may be, the greatest recording artist of all time has been taken away from us and that's a bitter shame.

I wasn't around the day Elvis left the building.

Therefore, I have no idea how the world reacted to that news.

But today, as I walked down the streets with a sinking feeling inside, I realized that Michael's music captivated the world in a manner quite unlike anything else.

For today; it didn't matter if you're black, white, brown or yellow.

Today, the world came together to silently mourn the King of pop.

Godspeed, Jacko.

We shall forever miss you.Joshua George: think the death of Michael Jackson is something that will have deep ripples all throughout the music industry.

Has Michael put out anything new or crazy good recently? No.

Can you deny that Michael was truly the "King of Pop"? No.

If you weren't at least somewhat saddened (if nothing else, for the music industry) by his death, then I have to question your musical tastes in the first place.

Michael Jackson didn't make the right decisions with some of his life, though not that I can judge...

but he did do good things for the music industry.

I'm glad he left the rights from The Beatles catalog to Paul McCartney in his will because I feel that that's the proper thing to do.

I love pretty much everything MJ ever put out.

The Dangerous album had a few songs that went on "love mix-tapes" that I made for several girls back in Jr.

High when I knew I was in love.

The Thriller album has gotten me through a lot of things and very little will ever compare to the HIStory album.

"Earth Song" was one of my personal favorite songs for a while, and I honestly believe that song has the best drum fill of all time.

Say what you want, I'm gonna miss the guy.

I looked forward to seeing bootlegged video from the 50 shows, and I was INCREDIBLY looking forward to the new dance move he was going to unveil and now we'll never know.

It's a sad day today.

Sure we'll move on, but MJ will always have something in the music industry that everyone will remember.Fred Richani: Say what you want about his media exploits and plastic surgery.

The bottom line is this: there would be no Usher or Justin Timberlake, among others, if it were not for Michael Jackson.

He created new styles, dance moves, broke sales records, and was beloved by millions who were entertained by his every move.

Loved him or hated him, he died way too young, but his legacy as a musical and heck, cultural icon will forever be intact.

Long live The King of Pop!Aaron Mayagoitia: To me, Michael Jackson had been dead many years.

I was born in 1985, so I got to experience some of Jackson's glory years.

The Thriller album and video, the "Bad" video, the Moonwalker movie and arcade game, and theFree Willy thing are what I remember most fondly of his.

Also, when I think of Michael Jackson, I like to think about the black Michael, or at least the Michael that didn't look like a monster.

The thing is, as soon as Michael started drifting, I stopped paying attention.

I didn't want my memories associated with his work tainted by controversy, scandal and overt weirdness.

So, his death doesn't cause that much of an impact on me because whatever grieving I could've gone through passed years ago.Ben Czajkowski: The world has changed.

Today, we lost one of the most important people in our music history.

Jackson's influence has stretched decades and will linger on through the rest of our lives and into those of our children.

The man will become a legend that will only be overshadowed by alleged accusations of child molestation.

Michael's music will become even more anthemic; society and pop culture will only find new ways to pay it homage: musicals, books, tribute albums, maybe even a video game of some sort, a la Rock Band.

It's difficult for me to really formulate what and how I truly feel about Michael's life and death.

It's only been a handful of hours since everything broke (for me through a text, then the AP and Twitter).

Since then, I've seen such varied reactions that I don't even know what to think.

Some more shocking and appalling than others; some genuinely heartfelt and sullen.

Regardless, though, we should take time to celebrate not the misgivings of Michael, but to remember all of the things that he contributed.

Going back to my comment on the world changing, today, Twitter just exploded with posts about it.

If you're a user, what did you say? What do you want to be remembered for saying? In what is probably the first major explosion or Tweets (at least since I started actively using it), I can only imagine how things would have looked on 9/11 if this networking technology had been around back then and how it will influence events in the future.

For now, though, I for one am going to bed with a heavy heart, knowing that someone who influenced me in some way has passed away.

I take comfort in knowing that I won't be the only one grieving, if even in a small manner.Lucas Wesley: So, the King is dead.

CNN was playing his music videos, which was pretty awesome in a very sad way.

I might be able to go on about this for a long time, but for now I'm gonna try and be brief.

Michael Jackson is the reason I listen to music.

It all started when I heard "Billie Jean" at a wedding.

Though I don't listen to Michael too much anymore, he still wrote several of the most timeless pop songs in the history of music, and for that he will always be remembered.

As for me personally, though it's a long path from Michael to The Stooges to everything else I listen to now, it's one I took, and for that I'll forever be indebted to his music.

In addition to this debt, two years ago I dressed up as Michael for Halloween, and though I was only given one official award, it's been documented that I won three out of four of the day's costume contests: Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Most Creative Costume.

There's a picture of me dressed up as him in my high school yearbook with the caption "Smooth Criminal." Later I wrote a spec-script based on his song "Billie Jean", which came in second in a screenwriting class contest.

The day of his death, both my mother and sister called me to see how I was dealing with the news.

I'm fine, but clearly he influenced me more than some others.

May he rest in peace.

Jeremy Thomas: Like many of the people on staff - and surely many of our readers, not to mention fans around the world - I cannot begin to fathom how much influence Michael Jackson has had on my life and the music business as a whole.

Here is a man who helped revolutionize the music industry.

Many people are given titles of royalty within the music industry, but I don't think anyone's was as deserved as those of "the King of Pop." He was already a star when MTV came around of course, but the two became inextricably linked and much like Hulk Hogan can be largely credited to the rise of the WWF and "Rock �n' Wrestling," Jackson deserves a huge amount of credit (if not practically all of it) for the prominence MTV gained.

As time went by his prominence stayed strong, and he was among few people for whom every new single wasn't just a new release - it was an event.

As a visual person with a love for the cinematic, Jackson's mini-movie videos always appealed to me.

Certainly, his star fell when the child molestation rumors surfaced.

I was never fully convinced that he was guilty, although there was enough there to throw a lot of doubt on his innocence.

Either way neither was the jury, and while that may not mean much in a post-OJ world, it was enough to keep him out of prison.

It's unfortunate that he had to die at the (relatively) young age of 50, especially when he seemed about ready to go out on top of the world again.

To me, Michael Jackson will always be three things: the young musical prodigy and shining light of the Jackson Five, the breakout pop star who soared to unprecedented fame in the 80's and the Jackson of the 90's, when he was at his artistic peak but commercially least-viable.

The bad things fade into the distance eventually, and in the end I'll be left with my good memories of one of the most talented musical artists to ever sing in front of a microphone.Jasper Jones: After I got home from work Thursday, I took a two hour nap.

A giant piece of my childhood was stolen from me while I slept.

"The King of Pop" Michael Jackson had died.

My phone was lit up with texts from friends passing along the news and sharing memories.

When his time of death was announced on CNN, a shiver went down my spine.

At the approximate time of his passing, I was on my way home from work jamming "The Way You Make Me Feel" in my car completely clueless to the day's events.

It's a shame that his legacy is going to be tarnished by his eccentricities, but the speculation over the children never deterred me from the man's music.

I can remember my family gathering at my grandmother's house to watch the premiere of the new Michael Jackson videos.

His videos weren't just videos, they were prime time events.

"Thriller", "Bad, "Scream", and countless others were mini-movies sometimes lasting almost twenty minutes, and I loved them all.

He's been the butt of many jokes, but no one can deny his mega-star power.

The man sold over 105 million records in his lifetime, with many more to go.

We've never seen the likes of a superstar like Michael Jackson since Elvis Presley's heyday, and we are likely to never see one like him again.

Thanks for the music and the memories, MJ.Julian Bond: As a true blue child of the 80's, it's so crazy that MJ died.

Not to directly compare the two, but Michael seemed like he was the "Elvis" of our generation.

Just hit after hit after hit...and kind of like Elvis...he went a little bit weird.

But even with the constant jokes everyone made and often odd behavior seen, I had always hoped that the man would make a comeback one day.

And sadly just when he was about to in London, he passed away.

So in a strange way, I'm going to give tribute to the guy tonight by listening to some MJ, MJ covers (the way too awesome to describe Alien Ant Farm cover of "Smooth Criminal"), play some old MJ Moonwalker on the web, and then top it off with watching one of my favorite "Simpsons episodes" with MJ himself singing the great "Lisa, It's Your Birthday".

Great stuff.

RIP Mike.Jacob Leo: Michael Jackson IS pop music.

I'll always remember the first time I heard "Beat It", saw "Thriller", laughed with Chris Tucker to "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", and danced to "Bad".

Michael got a lot of shit when he was alive, but the man deserved much more respect than he was treated with.

No matter whether you believe he was innocent or not, you have to believe that he was miles ahead of his peers in the 80's (except for maybe Prince) and his music will live on.

RIP Michael.Weng Yu: I am devastated at the death of MJ.

His music was a huge part of my life, through childhood and adulthood.

The legacy he left cannot be contained in a few words - needless to say he influenced many of the artists out there today, and his music brought joy and happiness to millions of people around the world.

There will always be questions about his private life, and it's a fact that his memory will always be tainted.

But what will stay with me forever is the memories I have - dancing to the Bad album when I was seven years old, discovering New Jack Swing with Dangerous, and seeing the "History Concert" at Wembley in 1996.

R.I.P Michael Jackson.Jason Chamberlain: I can't believe the King of Pop is gone.

From the outside looking in, he may have seemed like a weird dude, but that's not for us to judge (those who never met the man).

There were obviously well publicized allegations made towards him throughout his life, but he was proven innocent on them all - that's important to remember.

As a musician and performer, he was simply without compare.

Easily one of the best of all time.

The man gave us Thriller.


If that alone comprised his entire body of work, he would still be a legend, and deservedly so.

Death is always tragic, but doubly so here because he was reportedly preparing for a big come back.

With his skill and gift for performing, and all legal issues behind him, he was poised to take his spot in the music world back.

I believe he would have.

At this point, all we can do is offer whatever sympathies we can to his family and close friends.

They've suffered the loss of a loved one, while the rest of the world has suffered the loss of a musical legend, far too soon.Jeff Modzelewski: There will be plenty of people on this site that will be talk about Jackson's impressive career, and I'm sure that there will be others that will focus on his tabloid behavior and lifestyle.

For me, though, Michael Jackson will always hold an important place in my musical history.

In October 1988, just after my 9th birthday, I saw Michael Jackson on his "Bad" tour.

I already had the singles from both the Thriller album and the Bad album pretty much memorized.

The show was at the Richfield Coliseum outside of Cleveland, and I remember the concert being a huge event for me.

I went with my father, my brother, and a couple of cousins.

Obviously, at that age, I had no real concept of the fact that I was going to see a legend, or the fact that Jackson was at the pinnacle of his musical career.

However, I still remember the lights, the stage show, and Jackson turning into a werewolf during "Thriller." That show was a catalyst to my love of music, and especially live music.

Within the next couple of years I went to see Billy Joel (twice), Rod Stewart, and Genesis.

I would save my allowance to buy tapes, and I'd ask for tapes or concert tickets for every birthday and holiday (something I still do).

I continued to follow Jackson's career, listen to his tapes, and tape his videos (especially his long-form videos) and watch them on a regular basis.

I even did a "dance routine" in sixth grade to a Michael Jackson song (it did not go well).

I imagine that even if my first concert had been mediocre, I would probably still love music as much as I do.

Luckily, that wasn't a problem.

I'll always consider myself lucky that I got to see a true musical legend in concert.Rick Tym: Wow.

No matter what kind of tasteless jokes you read, no matter how overspending or the specter of long-lost fame overshadowed his later year - and they weren't that much later; not at all - the world has lost a musical icon.

Rather than speculate about the sometimes murky circumstances that surrounded him when he begrudgingly left the spotlight, I'll choose to remember the entertainer that gave me so much enjoyment in my younger years and keep the stage light burning tonight, even though he can't step into its halo to thrill us one more time.

Like one commenter suggested, I'm gonna moonwalk in his memory as well.Mikey MiGo: Say what you will about the man's alleged personal life, he's a legend.

From the Jackson 5, to his solo work, and his huge part in "We Are The World", Jackson has accomplished more in his 50 years than most artists could only dream of.

My family is from Gary, Indiana.

My father used to play basketball with Tito and Jermaine.

My grandfather used to work with Joe Jackson at the mills.

My first cassette tape was a Jackson 5 Greatest Hits album.

Jackson has always been a hometown hero and the superstar of all superstars.

Whatever opinion you have on the man, at the end of the day Michael Jackson's work was once in a lifetime genius.

There were only one Beatles, only one Elvis, and there will only be one Michael Jackson.

He will always reign supreme as the King of Pop.Ryan Kaye: Michael Jackson never quite fit the definition of normal, and we've all gotten jokes in at his expense.

And not everyone agreed that his scandals were simply allegations or if there was truth to them.

The fact that his music transcended any of your ideas or disagreements about the man himself is a testimony to his talent and genius.

Michael left a canon of music that defined the transition from 70's Motown to 80's and 90's pop.

Not a single Halloween goes by without everyone doing the dance from "Thriller," not a single 80's party goes by without "Smooth Criminal" or "Billie Jean," and not a single person hasn't tried to Moonwalk to "Bad." The King has fallen.

Long live the King.

RIP.Johnny Firecloud: Michael Jackson's Bad record was the first album I ever bought, and the only performer I've seen that can reduce men to screaming little girls in concert.

Growing up, there was never any brighter star, and none more bizarre than Michael.

But after years of trying, I still couldn't Moonwalk if my own feet depended on it.Cory Johnson: Growing up in the 80's, Michael Jackson was everywhere, completely over-saturated, a rare feat before the Internet age.

Micheal Jackson was the one who broke the color barrier on MTV, and was really the first artist to truly "own" MTV.

Everyone knew that "Billie Jean" had a great vibe, and for some reason, the way that everything lit up in the video when he touched it was just damn cool when most music videos were awful.

When "Beat it" was released, everyone knew that guitar, especially that solo, owned everything that had come before it in pop music.

Most kids didn't realize that guitar was courtesy of Eddie Van Halen (and that he royally ticked off his own band by inadvertently keeping 1984 out of the #1 slot).

Then came "Thriller", the short film video that really expanded the music video to a little work of art.

"Thriller" made me realize that people are overly sensitive to everything, because Michael put that ridiculous warning at the beginning saying that the video in no way reflects his belief in the occult.

I also understood that I had to find out more about Vincent Price, because his "rap" was just incredibly spooky.

Michael Jackson understood how to present himself as a musician, performer, and pop culture phenomenon.

Michael Jackson might be remember more for the punch lines and scandals he would provide at the end of his career, but even though I wasn't a fan, I will thank him for providing us international pop songs that still feature guitars (especially Jennifer Batton), for being an amazing visual performer, for exponentially growing MTV, and for giving "Weird Al" Yankovic a career by giving him something incredible to parody (twice).

Watch and see how many books come out of the woodwork now that he isn't around to sue them for libel.

It is sad that his proclivities (both real and imagined) will overshadow most of his legacy.

Best Songs: "Beat It", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Scream", "PYT" and "Leave Me Alone"Mac Scarle: This is definitely a huge loss for the world of pop music, as well as the R&B community.

I've had more than one friend dub this the "death of R&B" and these are people with the sense of context and general wisdom that normally lends a tendency to avoid overreaching hyperbole.

It's hard for someone of my generation - I'm 22 - to fully grasp the extent of the influence that someone like MJ had over the world, and the amount of time that he had it.

I grew up during the tail end of the Jackson era - Thriller was already four years old at the time of my birth, and though I still have hazy memories of the titular single's video getting heavy airplay (and scaring the living daylights out of me), the only MJ I vividly remember are tracks like "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Black or White," and "Smooth Criminal." All of these tracks are classics, no doubt about it, but they all occured when MJ's relevance was being questioned by the music media at large.

Lest we forget, Dangerous was ultimately bumped out of the #1 spot in America by Nevermind.

As I said before, MJ's death is hard to put in perspective for people my age, and even harder for those even slightly younger than me whose only real exposure to MJ was at a strictly punch line level.

Myself, I'll be content with recalling his best years, in my opinion: his work with the Jackson Five and Off the Wall, which remains my favorite of his catalog.

The real shame in all this is that MJ was the "King of Pop," but it remains to be seen just how he will be remembered in the media: in that regard, or discolored by his later controversies and eccentricities.

I'm not one to shove aside indiscretion in favor of output, but I think I can rest easy remembering Jackson the performer, the artist, the King of Pop, rather than the sideshow.

Tom Santoro: I owe my love of music to Michael Jackson.

When I was ten years old my parents bought me my own boom box with the Thriller cassette tape.

I watched all his videos on MTV as everyone in the MTV generation did.

Granted as I grew older the Bad and Dangerous albums did nothing for me as I expanded my musical horizons.

If not for all of the eccentric tabloid stories and molestation charges he could have been the biggest entertainer in the world ever.

It is a shame we will remember him more for all his weirdness than the great music he released.Marshall Slayton: I'm devastated by the loss of Michael Jackson.

I can't believe we lost one of our greatest musicians so soon.

I've used MJ's music in my films, I've played "Smooth Criminal" on the bar jukebox every night I go out, and Thriller was a cassette tape that never left my mother's car as a child.

He was an inspiration to so many of us, myself included.

I am not the only one who will miss the King of Pop.Chris Crowing: I woke up this morning to find out the King of Pop was dead, so forgive me if these thoughts are a little confused, and not as smooth as he may deserve.

Given my usually cynical and sarcastic tendency to be jingoistic to anything that isn't rock, it would be oh so easy to make some snide comments about Michael Jackson's numerous issues.

However, I choose not to, for a few reasons.

Firstly, I believe his "differences" to be the product of being all but forced into a strenuous show business lifestyle at a young age - a schedule and way of living which destroys far older and stronger men.

His fey childish ways, and personality issues are easily explainable if you take the undoubted strain of his early life into account.

For the record, I don't buy him as a sexual predator of young children, rather someone who didn't appreciate the boundaries that should exist between adults and children, due to never having been allowed to be a child himself.

In my himble opinion, these differences made him easy prey for litigation and paranoia happy individuals and a merciless tabloid press.

Secondly, Michael Jackson is unquestionably one of the most successful and most influential recording artists since Elvis & the Beatles.

He has a list of greatest hits as long as anyone, and for all that my allegiance is very much given to rock, I will bow down and praise tunes like "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Smooth Criminal" and even more recent works like "Blood on The Dancefloor." Michael Jackson's death is a profound tragedy for all who love music, but the way his life panned out is the greater tragedy.

His undoubted musical skill was never allowed to flourish without qualification as his soul was too much harmed by the lack of a real childhood, and his increasing self-identity issues, reclusion and other problems should be taken as a signal warning of the dangers of "too much too soon." That said, it is best to remember him as the icon, one of the defining talents of his or any other generation.

I know I'll be throwing on some MJ tunes and trying to moonwalk (badly) in my own personal tribute when I get a moment tonight.Patrick Robinson: Say what you will about Michael Jackson's personal life or lifestyle, but to deny the impact and influence he had on music would be extremely short-sighted.

He helped revolutionize the way music videos were made and taught a whole generation how to dance.

When performing, he was a perfectionist to the end.

Reports are saying that right before his death, he had been hitting the gym in order to get back into shape for his upcoming 50 shows in the UK, a daunting task for any artist, let alone a 50-year old on a comeback tour.

Truly as an entertainer, Michael Jackson was in a league of his own.

For many, the day that music died was when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper passed away after that terrible plane crash.

For a whole new generation of fans, today will be the day that music dies once again.

Gone, but never to be forgotten, Michael Jackson � King of Pop.

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Your comment will show up on the site after it has been approved by an editor.� Name�:� Comment�:� Remaining Characters�:�2800 �Comments (6)�It sucks that Michael Jackson died but all these same people who are so sad about him are the same people who have been talking shit about him too.

The people saying he's a child molester, a weirdo, his looks after surgery, and the infamous picture of him putting his son over the balcony, etc...

I was never a huge fan of his post Thriller but he was definitely a music Icon.

Posted By: The Fett (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 12:46 AM��MJ will be remembered for his talent as well as the seemingly alien like behavior he displayed at times.

It reminds me sorta of another Mike, Mike Tyson.

Yeah, they had there ups and downs (and boy howdy, those were downs) but at the end of the day, Mike Tyson was one of the best boxers in history, and Michael Jackson is the best Pop artist ever, and one of the best musical talents ever.

Posted By: gfg (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 01:41 AM��The man was a true legend in his own right.

Songs and performances that will go down in history.

Personally, I myself have always preffered PRINCE over Michael but respect must be payed.

Posted By: Guest#4663 (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 01:47 AM��Michael Jackson was pure greatness.

Yeah, he may have been a bit strange.

Everyone is.

He was my idol..

BTW fett.

That's only some people.

Never once did I talk shit about him.

Posted By: Garrick (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 02:04 AM��So now that he died all of you decided now you could sing his praises again? You are bulbous manatee hypocrites.

Posted By: Reg (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 04:31 AM��thank you for appreciating the MAN not the 'controversies' Posted By: tazz (Guest) �on�June 26, 2009 at 05:46 AM�
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