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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Damn, Damn, Damn! Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop Dies at 50!

You guys know that Mr. Starks and I will have to use our microscopes to discuss this tragic event on Sunday's show. Despite MJ's personal battles and transformations, he literally WAS the definition of modern popular culture. Here's more on the story, courtesy of People:

Michael Jackson has died, according to unconfirmed media reports. He was 50.

After the King of Pop was rushed to the hospital in L.A. on Thursday, both TMZ and the Los Angles Times reported he had died.

Representatives for Jackson did not immediately comment.

In his 50 years, Jackson went from the cute little singer in his family's group to dazzling headliner and unquestionably the reigning pop star of the '80s to – amid accusations of child molestation – social outcast. The seventh of nine children of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, Michael was born in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 29, 1958, and began his career performing with his brothers. His professional debut with the Jackson 5 came at age 11.

The group set chart records with its first four singles, including "I Want You Back" and "ABC." As a solo artist, Jackson also recorded four studio albums for Motown Records before moving, with his brothers, to Epic Records, where they continued to record as the Jacksons until 1984.

Forming a partnership with producer Quincy Jones after working together on the 1978 movie musical The Wiz – Jackson played a rather sheepish Scarecrow to Diana Ross's Dorothy in this urban adaptation of The Wizard of Oz – Jackson released his solo album Off the Wall, which he co-produced with Jones. Released in 1979, the disc spawned hits including "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You." His second Epic solo album, 1982's Thriller, is often cited as the best-selling album of all time.

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