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Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson 1958-2009

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Interviews & Profiles

A fan dressed as Michael Jackson's zombie character participates in the 2009 "Thrill the World: A Global Tribute to Michael Jackson" in Astoria Park in the Queens section of New York.

October 28, 2011 "Michael contacted me and he just wanted to turn into a monster," says director John Landis.

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July 7, 2009 Teresa Wiltz says Jackson's artistry became eclipsed by his increasingly bizarre behavior.

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June 29, 2009 Michael Jackson's death shed light on the many conflicting images the public has of him.

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June 27, 2009 Associated Press Linda Deutsch gives her insight on Jackson's debts, kids and more.

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June 27, 2009 Dakar, Senegal, was the first stop on Jackson's tour of Africa when he was with the Jackson 5.

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June 27, 2009 Youth Radio's staff, students tell personal stories about their relationship with Jackson's music.

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June 27, 2009 Spike Lee directed Michael Jackson on one of the late star's more controversial music videos.

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June 26, 2009 Music critics and fans react to Michael Jackson's 1984 concert in Kansas City, Mo.

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June 26, 2009 Choreographer Jeffrey Daniel taught Michael Jackson "the backslide," which became the "moonwalk."

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June 26, 2009 Writer Vertamae Grosvenor is a longtime fan of Michael Jackson but doesn't plan to attend a concert.

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June 26, 2009 Guests and callers recall the odd genius of a dazzling singer, iconic dancer and tabloid fixture.

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June 26, 2009 The world mourns the loss of Michael Jackson.

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June 26, 2009 Commentator Marie Nelson just lost her first love: Michael Jackson.

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June 26, 2009 Jimi Izrael, Arsalan Iftikhar, and others remember when they first discovered Michael Jackson.

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June 26, 2009 TV critic David Bianculli remembers pop icon Michael Jackson, who died yesterday at age 50.

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June 26, 2009 Michael Jackson revived Motown, pushing black performers back into the main arena of pop culture.

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June 26, 2009 We watched Michael Jackson grow up and become a star. Then we witnessed his long, strange fall.

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June 26, 2009 The singer's life is highlighted by breathtaking commercial success and odd lifestyle choices.

June 25, 2009 Legendary music producer Quincy Jones reflects on his relationship with the king of pop.

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Discover Songs

June 27, 2009 The New Yorker writer Kelefa Sanneh picks three songs that reveal his musical legacy.

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News

'Michael' by Michael Jackson

November 9, 2010 We found 16 Michaels and images from Moonwalk to Captain EO. We need your help to source the rest.

The Record

November 8, 2010 A single from Jackson's first posthumous album of new material, plus Boyle's Lou Reed cover.

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August 2, 2010 The new album, featuring 10 previously unreleased songs, will come out in November.

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June 25, 2010 Michael Jackson's editor, Shaye Areheart takes time to remember the music legend.

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July 8, 2009 Singers Mariah Carey and Steve Wonder were among the people on stage who paid tribute to Jackson.

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July 7, 2009 Many African Americans haven't always supported the pop idol, but in death he's been more accepted.

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July 7, 2009 Thousands of fans jammed the streets, hoping for a glimpse of Michael Jackson's funeral motorcade.

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July 7, 2009 Fans around the world mourn Michael Jackson, but others why a celebrity's death is so important.

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July 7, 2009 Friends, family, fans and luminaries remembered the King of Pop and performed his songs.

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July 7, 2009 Read the chat that look place while the service was streaming on NPR.org.

July 6, 2009 His most valuable asset is likely his 50 percent share of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

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July 2, 2009 Each day brings new revelations — and questions — about Michael Jackson's death and life.

June 30, 2009 It's been an ongoing street wake since Thursday under the Harlem theater's big red art deco sign.

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July 1, 2009 The theater admitted 600 people at a time for a series of tribute videos and eulogies.

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June 26, 2009 An autopsy performed Friday was inconclusive as to cause of death, with more tests ahead.

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June 26, 2009 Even through the difficult times, residents remain proud that Jackson called Gary his hometown.

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June 26, 2009 Pop icon Michael Jackson died Thursday following an apparent heart attack.

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June 26, 2009 An autopsy performed Friday on the pop music icon was inconclusive. More tests were ordered.

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June 26, 2009 Choreographer Jeffrey Daniel taught Michael Jackson "the backslide," which became the "moonwalk."

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June 26, 2009 Michael Jackson's fame stretched around the world. In Africa, he was a legend and an inspiration.

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June 26, 2009 Producer Kenny Gamble and singer Howard Hewett recall their time in the studio with the singer.

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June 26, 2009 Michael Jackson revived Motown, pushing black performers back into the main arena of pop culture.

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June 26, 2009 Jackson was hoping for a comeback after years of personal and financial setbacks.

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June 26, 2009 We watched Michael Jackson grow up and become a star. Then we witnessed his long, strange fall.

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June 25, 2009 Robert Siegel talks to DeRogatis about the death of the king of pop.

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June 25, 2009 Bruce Swedien shares his memories of the late king of pop.

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June 25, 2009 Many are crying and others are chanting the name of the king of pop.

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June 25, 2009 The child star turned global music icon, 50, died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest.

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June 25, 2009 Paramedics arrived at Jackson's home and found he was not breathing.

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June 25, 2009 Paramedics arrived at Jackson's home and found he was not breathing.

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May 26, 2008 Oliver Wang discusses music recordings the Library of Congress has decided to preserve this year.

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December 1, 2007 Hear thoughts on Michael Jackson's Thriller, released 25 years ago on Nov. 30.

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Reviews

Michael Jackson in concert

October 28, 2009 The pop star's posthumous film is the latest proof of how enduring the coin of celebrity can be.

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June 26, 2009 A Milwaukee, Wisc. high school music writer says Badsuffers from overuse of synthesizers.

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June 26, 2009 Despite the name and potential anti-climax, Ken Tucker says Thriller's follow-up is good.

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June 26, 2009 What was it like to be on set with Michael Jackson?

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December 1, 2007 Hear thoughts on Michael Jackson's Thriller, released 25 years ago on Nov. 30.

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July 7, 2009 Thousands of Michael Jackson fans have descended on Los Angeles.

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July 7, 2009 The patent was for an illusion Jackson performed in the video for his song "Smooth Criminal."

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July 3, 2009 Since Michael Jackson died, his signed letters, albums, trading cards are selling for huge amounts.

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November 9, 2007 Michael Jackson's Thriller was released 25 years ago. What's ahead for the pop music icon?

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The Immortal Show

November 18, 2011 The soundtrack to a new Cirque du Soleil show offers lush remixes of dozens of Jackson's songs.

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July 14, 2010 Channel your rage into these hard-hitting, fast-paced songs. They'll get you into fighting shape.

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April 15, 2010 The rest of Glee's first season will be ridiculous. Here are some of your best song suggestions.

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