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Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009 12:56 am
Never land.

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krskrft
krskrft
Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)

I think what the cynics forget is the fact that he sold 47 million copies of a single album. This alone does not a legend make, but the fact that the majority of those albums were sold outside the US says a great deal about Jackson's widespread international appeal. I mean, for God's sake, he was the soccer of music. Probably the most recognizable celebrity name if you did a worldwide poll. Yet the cynics will maintain, at least until the end of this news cycle, that the general interest surrounding Michael Jackson in the wake of his death is overblown and undeserved.

You don't have to like him at all in order to appreciate the fact that he was a very influential figure, and that he, at one point, made pop music actually pretty damned exciting. It's so easy to act jaded and to conveniently forget just how much he energized pop music.

Obviously, it's not enough to just be "iconic," but I think Michael Jackson was obviously more than that.


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