I feel a little guilty as the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death arrives. It’s the guilt of abandonment: the guilt of a fan who loved Jackson as a performer, and then turned on him as he struggled with the personal demons that ended his life.
By Allison Samuels
Viral sensations perform in Newsweek.com exclusive: the kids of Staten Island’s PS22 choir eulogize Jackson with a track they’ve never performed: “Man in the Mirror.” (Video is muted to left: click volume for sound)
Michael’s death lead to more questions than answers—and in some sense, Jackson’s legacy lives on in the lives of those still dealing with the fallout of his passing. One year later, a look at those unfinished stories.
By Raina Kelley
Profiting from Jackson’s death is its own cottage industry—and since last summer alone, Jackson’s estate has made an estimated $1 billion. Here’s a round-up of some of this week’s most egregious anniversary merchandise.
By Isia Jasiewicz
He was the king of pop, and he’s the last we’re ever likely to have. Before Jackson came Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles; after him has come absolutely no one, however brilliant or however popular, who couldn’t be ignored.
By David Gates
As the case of Michael Jackson proves, famous people have a draw and impact that last long after they’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. But there is a surprising inconsistency to the final resting places of the famous.
By Raina Kelley
Critic Nelson George’s new book discusses the year 1982 in Michael Jackson’s life, when his album Thriller topped the charts.
The basketball star knew that the King of Pop almost bought his house. What he didn’t expect was for Michael to pop in for a visit.