Michael Jackson 1958-2009 : A Look Back

Today we continue to mourn the death of one of the most influential icons in history. Not only did he have a great impact on music and artists today, but his sensational presence transcended music. He was a humanitarian, an artist, an actor, a brother, a son, and an idol to millions.

In fact, icon and idol are not great enough words to describe just how much Michael impacted the world. As a child star he won over the nation as he and his brothers performed as the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan show. As a solo artist he released 10 albums and had 13 #1 hits. Thriller, since its release in 1982, has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and remains the highest selling album of all time.

Michael had his troubles along the way, but through it all he still persevered and maintained fan approval. He had been preparing for his comeback July concert series in London, tickets for which, sold out in minutes across the globe.

On this day, lets reflect on the career of a musical genius whose legacy will ultimately withstand the test of time. Rest In Peace to the KING of Pop. You will be missed.



Michael Jackson influenced many artists throughout his career, here are a few words from some of today's artists on Michael's impact on their lives and their careers:

"This is such a tragic loss and a terrible day. The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be. He will always be the king of pop! Life is not about how many breaths you take, but about how many moments in life that take your breath away. For anyone who has ever seen, felt, or heard his art, we are all honored to have been alive in this generation to experience the magic of Michael Jackson. I love you Michael."

"Michael Jackson will always be remembered as one of the greatest performers in the history of popular music. As a child of the 80's, I feel as though his music and his videos have been an inseparable part of my life and that of an entire generation. And the powerful thing about great music is that it will always live on. He was and always will be an icon. My heart goes out to his family, friends and countless fans for their tragic loss."
-John Legend

"Michael Jackson was my Music God. He made me believe that all things are possible, and through real and positive music, you can live forever! I love Michael Jackson. God Bless him."
- Wyclef Jean

"Michael Jackson was an icon. One my musical icons. As 1/3 of Destiny's Child we had the privilege of performing at MSG concert September 10, 2001. It was magical, I have vivid memories of seeing him clapping his hand and singing along. Not a day will pass that I won't think of him and his legacy. RIP Michael Jackson!!"
-Michelle Williams