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August 27, 2009

Is Michael Jackson The Elvis of Generation Y?

Posted: 11:41 AM ET

By Sharalyn Hartwell via Examiner.com 

Most Gen Y’rs probably remember their parents (or grandparents) talking about the wonder that was Elvis Presley. Even as a kid I remember hearing things on the radio or seeing things on TV about Elvis sightings. All the hype since Michael Jackson’s death makes me wonder, will he become the Elvis of our generation–in that we never let him die? Michael-Jackson-concert

Sure, Elvis was “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll and Michael was deemed the King of Pop. But, does this mean we are doomed to years and years of supposed Michael sightings? Are our children going to grow up knowing a little too much about a singing sensation whom did not produce a new song during their lifetime?

Are they going to know the details of their pretty unglamorous deaths, in what appears to be overdoses of some sort of drug in both cases? (Although at least Michael died in a bed, Elvis was in a slightly more compromising place—the restroom.) Will our children not only know and understand all the connotations and awe behind the word “Graceland” or Memphis, but also be fully equipped to launch into a detailed soliloquy about the imminent Michael shrine sure to attract millions each year?

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Janice   August 27th, 2009 11:52 am ET

I think, no disrespect to Elvis, that Michael is BIGGER than Elvis. These past few months have proven that with over 100 million coming in, his records are 8 in the top 10 Billboard Catalog Chart, he's all over the papers and the networks.

Michael Jackson's music has staying power and cuts across genre. His legacy of breaking down the walls of MTV are legendary, not to mention the fact that his dance moves can be seen in all of the current stars of the day like Usher and Justin Timberlake.


Patty Anderson   August 27th, 2009 11:55 am ET

He's bigger than Elvis


Michael C. McHugh   August 27th, 2009 11:57 am ET

I suppose it's better than being the Lawrence Welk of Generation Y. A one, and a two...


irene   August 27th, 2009 12:02 pm ET

No:
MJ was better.

Unfortunately not always appreciated enough / recognized.
Michael would have even more fans today, if people knew more about him – plus be not so ignorant. And media would have been just a bit more considerate, and not always focus on the negative aspects.

Negative aspects, that most of the time were just pure fiction.

Its a pity.

Lve Irene

* Elvis was great (!) too – dont want to deminish him. But MJ, wrote, sang, danced.... He did everything.


M. Aberra   August 27th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

I agree that he is much bigger than Elvis...think about it..he has fans from so many different generations..Yes, Elivs was BIG but he didn't start singing when he was 5– My uncles are 45 and 58 years old my cousin 30, my niece 21 are big Michael Jackson fans !!

Micheal Jackson was the epitome of what a true huge entertianer, a superstar, a legend is !!!!


M. Aberra   August 27th, 2009 12:09 pm ET

jdf - I guess you are not well informed in Holland?? he was INNOCENT !!! he was found not GUILTY !!!...in case you missed it


stu   August 27th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

Thanks Gene.I guess,thay controlled Michael all the time.No wunder,why thay killed hem,thay gat lotsof money out of hes death.I casnt believe,LAPD dont see this.


stu   August 27th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

Now i am gonna aganst everybody,couse i think,Elvis was this big too.All over the world every wooman (the merrield ons too) was in love with hem,and he had unbelieveble voice.Dont forgat,in that time was no technologi,like in Michael time.


stu   August 27th, 2009 12:40 pm ET

Yes Irene,you are wright.If the idiots and the media would not lie so much about Michael,but show the realy Michael,he would have even more fans now.


stu   August 27th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

M Aberra,Elvis died 36 years ago...


Rose   August 27th, 2009 12:59 pm ET

True enduring talent is recognized by their influence in society. Elvis basically created Rock n Roll. He was one of the first (if not the first) to incorporate African American R & B sound for white singers. He started this entire music revolution. The Beatles always said they owe a great debt to Elvis.

Michael Jackson took it to the next level. Aside from his amazing talent as a dancer, song writer and performer – Michael's abilities allowed black artists to be on MTV. He appealed to virtually everyone, and opened the door for black singers to be represented in the new genre of videos in the 1980s. He crossed race lines in his music. A true superstar.

Now decades later, it may be difficult for people who are young to understand what both Michael's and Elvis' great contributions were many years earlier. They have to be looked at in reference to their specific time, not simply in terms of their music. Michael was our contemporary. As for Elvis – I can't imagine a world without Rock n Roll. Both are kings.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Stu: Elvis died in 1977, 32 years ago.


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Hi everyone. Anyone here?


M. Olivia   August 27th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Larry, you are obsessed with MJ. Let the poor man rest in peace.
Enough is enough. The public has had it with MJ news. Over exposed in life and in death. If you don't change your tune to something current and new, we are turning you off.


Bette   August 27th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

I hope he does continue to make headlines and inspire future generations. Mj has a library full of music yet to be released, so hopefully Mj's music will thrill generations to come.


Gene   August 27th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

Hi to everyone into here. somebody to sayeing about lawrence welk. Ok. funny thing. tom brehen he marry onto one lennon sister names is janet. he is to writeing song she out of my life with MJ. truths--yes to stu. now I am to stay into here this bloggy so not jumpy round. you seeing connet thiese dot to dot what is to happeneing just berfoe MJ to death. now pushy to doing things so fastely. mabye they kowing in the time they all sinkeing the ships. ------ differences Elvis and MJ. tom paker he limited to moenys to Elvis. MJ haveing much more pwerfuls thiese people who to controling him. smartest one woman I ever to be seeing prisilla. she makeing smart moveing never to be marry agian when Elvis to death. Elvis they keepeing busness into the family. MJ haveing too many thiese hands into his pies. right aways stopping MJ parents controls going to oter peoples family never to seeing what is real goings on.--Ok. I am to going now. comeing back later on. shopping for thiese foods haveing to or I am going to be hungrier. haveing the nice day to every body into here.


Farewell   August 27th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

I am so sick of CNN and other News Media always trying to make Michael look bad . Elvis was great , but Michael was 100% better than Elvis , he could sing, dance , compose his beautiful songs and he was a great humanitarian and he once said 'they don't give me credit for anything' And unfortunatly is true. But I am a fan and always will be and nothing will ever change that ! I love you Michael and I wish you could have been happier in your life! Peace my baby!


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

@gene
you're right–too many people were involved in his finances. Probably robbed him blind.


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 27th, 2009 1:26 pm ET

Elvis was way before my time.


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

Well 32 years is not much time when you talk about music surviving through the centuries. Mozart died 1791, Bach 1750. And still people paying a lot of money to go to their concerts. They were the genius of their time and that was 290 years ago.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

@Farewell-

Elvis had a great voice and he changed music for his generation -but Michael definitely was more talented.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

I vote for Heidi Montag (see previous blog) to be the Elvis of Generation Y.

Micheal is in a class by himself.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 1:34 pm ET

late guys


ttw   August 27th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Michael Jackson was definately bigger then Elvis. He had a much longer career as well he was much for global in his fan base then Elvis ever was.

As for talent, Elvis was one of the greatest singers of all time, however that being said, although his hip swiveling and so forth was interesting and to some shocking at the time, I would not say that Elvis has this exceptional dance moves. As well, Elvis basiscally sang songs other people wrote, so not much of a composer either.

Michael Jackon on the other had was a great singer (same as Elvis) but Jackson also had incredible dancing skills and nobody can deny recognizing his signature moves. Michael was also an incredible song writer.

As with Elvis, Michael will remain same as Elvis, if not more so, in the news with the 'sightings – He's Alive' non-sense, various people claiming to be a 'love-child' and general tabloid giberish regarding legal challenges to his estateand various rediculous claims and info. I am sure down the road his children will become tabloid 'food'.

And, lastly, I am sure the Jackson family will ensure that he remains in the news cycle for as long as possible. They will just keep attempting to cash in on Michael, as they did for so many years while he was alive.

RIP Michael!


Jacquelyn   August 27th, 2009 1:37 pm ET

Michael should not be compared to Elvis in any way. Michael surpasses him in by all means.


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

So you are all here 🙂

Both of them, Elvis and Michael changed the world of music and entertainment. Each in his own way. But Michael was also a great humanitarian, I don't know if Elvis was also. Did Elvis write his own songs? I don't remember this, anybody knows it?


sarah   August 27th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

HI every1.... No disrespect to Elvis but Michael was much more popular, in younger generation, older, middle, and the rest of the world knew MJ for his humanitarian work, and his moon walk , all those military jackets that MJ wore, so cool .........

FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN!!!PEACE!!!!!


stu   August 27th, 2009 1:48 pm ET

Rose,sorry,yes,its wright,i dont know,why did i wrighd 36... 😕


stu   August 27th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

I think you guys or dont remember what carsyness was in Elvis time,or you are to yung,so didnt live that time.Elvis was BIG.If somebody say,the person,who made Rock$roll with that voice was smoler,that person need to take a time tripp back to see,who was Elvis.But it was 32 years ago,whenn he died,that a long time.Whenn he was on top,probebly the oldest peaples was just kids then,if thay was a life.He dive the world crasy too.And i am repeting,in that time he didnt have the technologi,like Michael.He couldnt doo that big kincerts,or klips...


Hanim   August 27th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

No offense to Elvis, but MJ is bigger than he, hands down.
yes, elvis did start a so-called 'revolution' in rock music. but, basically, all he did was take afri-american songs and sang it like a white person. thats pretty much it. its not like he 'created' that style or anything – he just 'took' it from the blacks, and it created a sensation cuz he was probly the first caucasion to do so. And he ended up taking credit for what was originally an african-american type of music. (MJ has mentioned this in his speech "MIchael the Angry Black Man", search youtube.)

MJ sang beautifully, danced phenomenally (till this day, no one so far cud immitate his moves 100% – its THAT complex), wrote beuatiful tunes, and even better, tunes that had great messages in them (i.e. heal the world, earth song, etc), and was a humanitarian his entire life..
singing since the age of 5 for gudness sakes..
his LIFE was about singing, dancing, and performing.
most importantly, he was such a great soul, relentlessly demonized by so many people, for their own gains. but he had rhinoceros skin – he never yielded. Thats what makes him bigger, in any way, far none. among anyone or anything else.


stu   August 27th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

sory for my bad fast wrighding,i hope,you can figure out,what i whant 😀


Rose   August 27th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

Elvis created a new fusion of music, he didn't just replicate "black music". A lot of the groups that later came in the 1960s wouldn't have been there if it were not for Elvis. You can't underestimate Elvis' contribution.


Maria   August 27th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

Rose: excellent post.

Now the article asks a legitimate question, about how much time we will need to distance ourselves from the immediate emotion of MJ's death, with all the avalanche of information and rumors about his life, his death, hoaxes, investigations, speculations etc.
But the author asks this question way too early – for a pop star and cultural figure of this stature, two months since his death are very little time. It's inevitable for all this avalanche to continue. I guess it was the same after Elvis' death, but on a much smaller scale, only because there was no internet back then.

And if the author is really fed up with rumors and details about his death, then she should not spread them further by giving the link to that video. For example, if I am disgusted or bored by a tabloid story which says that MJ harmed himself to obtain drugs, I will not write a blog post about it or comment here on it. I am not even mad at the tabloid, because I know that such things are inevitable at this time. All this will eventually die of natural death. And what's really important about MJ will survive. That's all.


Alicia   August 27th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

LARRY, WHEN WILL YOU PRINT SOMETHING ON YOUR BLOG THAT SHOWS MICHAEL THE RESPECT HE DESERVES??

There really is no comparison, Michael is bigger in every way. More talent (dancing, writing songs, poetry), greater global appeal.....Michael had fans ACROSS THE GLOBE. I don't know if Elvis cared about healing the world, or about children and or anything like that, but even if he did, he didn't give as much as Michael. I do like Elvis, but I love Michael.


Elly   August 27th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Michael was and always will be so much bigger than Elvis and this article is disrespectful to both artists. The next generation should be informed about Michael Jackson because he was the greatest entertainer that ever lived on this planet. He was also a great humanitarian which these journalists don't mention in their articles.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 2:19 pm ET

Stu –

I am Michael's age but I remember the "older kids" and the Elvis craze back then. There is no doubt that Elvis was a huge icon in his time. He certainly drove the girls wild and broke ground for a new type of music. And he will be remembered as one of the greats for sure.

I think what some of the folks are saying here is that MJ was multi-faceted. He started when he was 5 years old, was a major humanitarian, wrote his own music, was technically involved in the production of his music, did much of his own choreography, was unrivaled in his dance moves, was an astute business person, was nominated for the Nobel prize, and was sought out by his contemporaries in music as well as young musicians for his advice and collaboration. Michael injected his genius and talent into all areas of his performances unlike anyone before him and he continued to evolve and grow.

Not to take anything away from Elvis because I am with you.....he was great but to me, he wasn't as prolific in so many areas as was MJ. Just my opinion here!


stu   August 27th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

Michael didnt wrighd every song.I dont know about Elvis.


Mary U from Ohio   August 27th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

Michael was way better... Michael did dance moves like not other...and his Music is way better....more hits... you can't compare Elvis to Michael.....


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

Hi everyone,

Oooowaooo !!!!...absolutely the greatest, probably LARGER THAN LIFE.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

Elvis' live "Aloha from Hawaii" was broadcast live via satellite in 1973. Over one billion people worldwide watched it – including a young me. Very few (if any) entertainers at that time (or even now) had such a privilege. A billion people 36 years ago was HUGE. This is pre-internet, pre-MTV video, pre-almost everything.

I don't think many people today understand the magnitude of Elvis' fame and following. I "LOVE" Michael. His career spanned 40 years. Elvis' career spanned about half of that (just over 20 years). That may influence why people think Michael is bigger – he's our contemporary while Elvis has been gone for over 30 years. We can't compare the two men. It's unfair and out of perspective. Both were giants.


stu   August 27th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

Dont miss understand,for me personaly Michael is tha vinner,couse i live trou hes time,i am just saying,back in the time Elvis was same.


stu   August 27th, 2009 2:30 pm ET

Thats what i am saying,that time without technology...


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 2:30 pm ET

Rose –

That's a good point. I don't think they should be compared either. OMG – I remember to 1973 special. It was ground-breaking.


Alicia   August 27th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Diane in Minn, well said.


Lori   August 27th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

Simply, Michael was the greatest entertainer of all time. He was a living legend. The legacy of his music will live forever. His ability to create music that spoke to the souls of millions is without equal. Michael is incomparable.


sherry   August 27th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Michael was a pioneer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Mara   August 27th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

Not trying to take anything away from Elvis but.......Michael is famous world wide not only in the states. Michael attracted all cultures not just one type. Michael is popular with all generations not just one in particular. Michael is it.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 2:58 pm ET

When Elvis introduced the new Rock n Roll in the 1950s – he was banned or could only be on TV shown from the waste up. It was very controversial. Elvis' music was very controversial and many parents were against it. It created an uproar that lasted for years. He was not welcomed with open arms, but teens loved him. There were actual movements to get rid of this music. Elvis was able to establish this "new" style of music through all of this. Rock n' roll was born and all of the music we have now came from this.

What we take for granted now, was not the case then.

Michael didn't step into music controversy. His music was fabulous and embraced by all when they heard it. The advent of video on TV in the early 1980s also led to his great popularity (imagine if very few saw Thriller?) Elvis' groundbreaking allowed pop music as we know it to happen.


Terrie   August 27th, 2009 2:58 pm ET

Don't mean to be disrespectful but Michael Jackson was far more talented than Elvis. Michael J. was a fantastic dancer and a great singer. He had won more awards than Elvis. Elvis was the King of Rock of the 50s up to the 70s. Michael extended himself in music entertainment from the late 60s up to the present. He was way popular with a variety of age groups across the board.


Katinka from germany   August 27th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

your so funny , diane in minneapolis!!!


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

Thanks Katinka. I am am OLS for Michael. It all started with that closet video you sent.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

Mara: Elvis was big worldwide (not just in the states) – that's why over a billion people watched him decades ago. Michael had the benefit of videos and the internet which make international access to his music easy. We would have to wait another 30 years after Michael's death, as is the case with Elvis, to see if he still has the same impact that he has now.


Connie ~ IL   August 27th, 2009 3:07 pm ET

Hello everyone


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Diane,both.Elvis was a heartbrakeing guy too,whenn he was yung


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

Diana,you are crasy! 😀 😀 😀


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

That is bowring alon. 😀


Connie ~ IL   August 27th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

I'm in agreement with those who feel Michael is the better entertainer.

Elvis was awesome for his time and for him to acheive star status that he did without touring outside the US was something.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:13 pm ET

@Rose–I think Michael will have the same impact because the day after Michael died I went over to the Apollo theater in NYC; I was expecting to see people arround my age-people who grew with Michael–there were alot of young peopple there–I men kids with their parent, teenagers and young adults and that was just at the Apollo. When you say over a billion people watched him decades ago–are you referring to what–Aloha from Hawaii or the comeback special


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

HI EVERY ONE NOTHING REALLY NEW ABOUT MICHAEL..........I had red some where the van video was a fake lol,,,,,love you Michael and will miss you


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

thrs no debate michael hands down


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Rose,i dont think you can explain this here.Thay dont whant to take it.Thay need time travel.I am 32,but whenn i was kid,thay still play Elvis moies and music,and i was fal in love with hem,just like my grandmuther was in love with hem.And my friende,who is a grait singer,he thoughd Elvis voice was a voice of god,and he was sing it crasy good.Elvis was very big,you just forget about it guys...


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 27th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Let's ask Lisa Marie what she thinks of this:)


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

Linda,the question is not that,Michael was not as big as Elvis,but Elvis was olso that big,like Michael.he was,but the time was diferent.


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:18 pm ET

Eli.... 😀 yesss,thats a good one! 😀


stu   August 27th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

My way...


Connie ~ IL   August 27th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Graceland is definately something to see. I was amazed by the overwhelming sense of greatness. I'm hoping to experience the same at MJ's final resting place.


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

hi trying to catch up on all the blogs I think I saw that the informer was on or Iam seeing things lol


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

@Diane-I have to say Elvis was not bad on the eyes at all but he was always out of reach age wise–but MJ was the perfect age for me.


Lea   August 27th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

Here's a weird coincidence in my own life with these two. I was 11 when I heard Elvis died. I was riding in a car on our way to vacation to go camping. My mom and Dad were stunned. Unbelieveable. Jump ahead to 2009. I spent the day packing to go on vacation with my family to the exact same place we went to in 1977. I came in to eat and turned on the tv. Michael Jackson is dead. I called for my son and he got on line right away to verify. I was stunned. I actually turned on station after station in disbelief. It was history repeating itself.
Regards to who is bigger –not even close - Michael. He was the total package. He wrote, preformed, and took part in all aspect sof the musical process. He was the perfectionist. He did have the advantage of the internet and video, but his talent is unmatched and will forever be unmatched. MJ forever.


Katinka from germany   August 27th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

diane in minneapolis-sorry,what does OLS mean?

would you have rather not seen the making of in the closet...lol !!


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

the only advantage elvis might hav over mj is dat the media convicted michael of bein a child molestor(which isnt true) and some ppl beleive dat ....i still think mj is better but the media needs 2 bac the f' off an leave michael and the jacksons alone


Rose   August 27th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

Linda from NY: Yes, I was referring to the Hawaii special. Meaning Elvis was big around the world, not only in the US. The world population in 1973 was less than 4 billion people. 1 billion watched Elvis. More probably would have watched if they had access to satellite viewing technology back then. Elvis died 4 years later.


Kristy Lynn   August 27th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

I believe that Michael Jackson will be remember forever. He was the best at what he did. No one could ever or will ever do it like Michael.

Everyone should go to YouTube and check out The Untold Story of Neverland. It shows the truth about the 1993 and 2005 cases against Michael. He was innocent and after watching that video no one should ever question that again. Why wasn't this shown to the world so everyone could judge fairly? Why did we see just the negative? Larry King should show this documentary on the air so everyone has a chance to see it and discover the truth once and for all.

Kristy Lynn


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

George Pelecanos’s “The Way Home


Kristy Lynn   August 27th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Reply to: Eli, Jerusalem/Israel

I love Michael's low voice, very sexy. I have always heard that his voice was much lower when he wasn't shy and he was always shy in interviews. He was however the most comfortable on the stage. That must be why his voice was differnent than what we were used to hearing. He once said in an interview that if he could sleep on stage, he would.

No matter what tone his voice was in...I was always listening.

Kristy


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

omg eli i heard it mj's voice is pretty deep wow


Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   August 27th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

who's that "sort of journalist" that wrote that pseudo-new?

shouldn't she show a little more respect when talking about kings?

by the way, Mr Larry, don't you think should be more profitable discussing the role paparazzi and media play and the impact it has in celebs' life and how responsable they are for what they have to endure?


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

@Rose-
My mom was a huge Elvis fan–Elvis was very talented and also loved by millions–but he never toured outside the U.S. Back then, that Elvis Via Satelite from Hawaii was huge, but since Elvis never went on tour, I don't think he reached as many as he could have in person. Michael was huge around the world because- there is not a country that you can go to where they do not who Michael Jackson is- from A-Z. Had Elvis toured around the world like Michael did-more people would have experienced his talent. I do feel that Michael was the consumate entertainer-singing, dancing and he wrote alot of his own songs.


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

yea i noe who sliva brown is y did she say somwthng bout mj


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

@Eli
I've heard Michael's deep voice–very sexy-put that along with In The Closet-What can I say


Jacquelyn   August 27th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

angelswings

Yes. Why?

Rose

Michael become an icon to all cultures. Elvis did not do that. Yes Elvis is big but not like Michael.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

@angelswings
what about Sylvia Brown


Kara   August 27th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

I truly think that Michael Jackson will be much bigger than Elvis. He lived longer and was more global. There will till the end of time be Elvis and Michael sightings and yes, generation after generation will know and listen to his music. As for new music during their life times, possible... I was reading that when Michael would do new CDs he always recoreded anything from 30-over 100 additional songs and then chose from them as to what was placed on the CD. That would mean there are 45 years of songs unpublished. That is many more decades of new releases, and they are talking about doing just that.


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

in the closet is such a sexy video


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Read this

Not to be outdone, another popular psychic Sylvia Browne rushed to confirm that she too had conducted an interview with the singer, only with physical confirmation:

"I asked him to identify himself by moving my desk. The desk started trembling, then it moved a feet (sic) or two away from me. He wrote his name on my desk," she said. "This was Michael's sign of life."

What more evidence could anyone need?

Luckily for her fans, Sylvia Browne will have more information on an upcoming Montel Williams show.


lex   August 27th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

lol i dnt beleive her one bit


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

so Linds this is not real??? sorry every one I just got to excited


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

Hi KATINKA,

hast du meine comment letztes mal gesehen ??? Geh't du zur MJ tribute morgen bei Essigfabrik ??? seht gut aus und ich glaube es werde eine tolle party sein.

I would be happy at least once in a while to be at a dance party with people who have one thing in common ; MJ fans und ich glauben die werden alle mitmachen, nicht immer diese idioten die manchmal nur herum stehen und nur gucken auf den anderen und nerven. Ich gehe fruh morgen tickets kaufen weil sie bei der abendkasse teuerer sind.

Kölle alaaf !!! 🙂


Rose   August 27th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

Linda: I think the easy access to videos on TV had a lot to do with Michael's well deserved fame. In fact, many major stars today are well known, with multi million in sales, without ever going on tour due to videos. That's why smart marketers like Quincy Jones spent millions of dollars on video like Thriller etc. It gets played over and over and the sales keep coming in. Pre-video stars did not have this benefit.

Michael is well known for his talent because access to television sets around the world increased during the rise of video in the 1980s. He became a household name in part due to his entertaining videos.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

@angelswings
I've seen Sylvia Brown on Montel Williams before; I just don't know if I would trust her. Right now, everybody has a connection to Michael.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

Sylvia Brown is a big fraud and scam. She's already been convicted of investment fraud and grand theft (yes it's true). A lot of her "predictions" are guesses and many have turned out to be wrong. Don't trust her concerning anything. She's out to make money by claiming Michael is communicating her. What a joke!!!


Lisa S   August 27th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

They might have had the same statues and size of popularity but it is impossible to compare as the world looked different back then. There was no Youtube, no CDs no VHS or DVD. People had less acess to Elvis work and interviews. What has happened now with MJ is that a whole new generation has discovered him after his death and they can immediately go back and catch up on a lot of stuff on youtube and the rest of internet. Elvis was outstanding back then as he was the first real big teen ager idol and star and he define a whole new generation that had never existed before.

They both were great milestones but they both were doing the right things at the right time. Elvis was there when this new teen-age cultrue poped up.Record company, tours jeans etc. He was part of a new phenomena, together with James Dean and Marlon Brandon. He was a symbol of a new time and a change. He was the new cultrue.

Same with Michael. He was something new but he was also part of the energy of the 80s. Fame, Paula Abdul, MTV, Dancing and popping culture. If you could have swopped their places they would probably also have been big. When the world was ready, they showed up but they also led the world in a certain direction.

I dont know that much about Elvis and I listen to his music that much. Michael jackson is part of my growing up in the late 80s and especially his dance music and choreography has inspired me to live the life I am still living.

We dont know what would have happened if Elvis had shown up 1982 with MTV and everything as he managed to become that big and spread around the world without the whole huge media pr. And I think it is impossible to compare them.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

@Rose
I agree-Michael was a star since the 60's-but after Motown 25 he became a Megastar.

BTW–Can't Help Falling in love with you by Elvis–is one of my favorites.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

maria u–can you post that on the other blog-i will watch it later


Marmoura   August 27th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

What Michael was 'about' makes him untouchable. We shouldn't even be comparing him to anyone. It's like comparing Mozart to Mother Theresa. Or Ghandi to Bach. You can't go there. Michael was a giant indeed – but his heart made him soo astoundingly wonderful. He served mankind and used his music as the means to accomplish his mission – his theme – it's woven in and out of his music. Can you say that about any other entertainer? I think not.

Although, he will live as the greatest entertainer – in songwriting and dance, I would stand for him as one of the greatest people we have had the pleasure to know. I wish more of us would try and live like him.


Lisa S   August 27th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

lindafromnewyork August 27th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

Elvis was huge outside US as well. I dont know if he toured here but I can tell you that in Sweden and Norway, that is very far from US he is still King of Rock and you will find people walking around dressed like him and touring around the country dressed up like him.

IMaybe he was even bigger outside US than inside.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

@Mamoura–
well put


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

hi linda 🙂
i have very special video on Aug. 29 for MJ>. on his birthday..


Marmoura   August 27th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

Larry – please stop positing articles from wanna-be journalists. It's getting stupid.


Eva   August 27th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

Michael was genious,more talented in many ways than Elvis.
I love both musician,but I'm suprised how many young people tribute Michael all over the World!!!
I've got 2 children – daughter 24 and son 21,niece 14 and they love Mike's music and they're interesred in his life. So I think Michael's music is so fantastic that it'll be famous forever...


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

you mentioned it earlier–is that what your tried to put up-


Katinka from germany   August 27th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Hi cocovelvet!!
Sorry,I couldn´t be here yesterday-I felt so sick-this roller coaster is killing me
I would like to go if you go there too-don´t really want to go all by myself-you said something about the neuschwanstein,but I think the one at the essigfabrik will be better-what do you think?


Marmoura   August 27th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Thanks lindafromnewyork! You guys are all so great. We have to keep his message alive and demand news that is worthy. this is not inside edition! it's CNN for crying out loud!


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

no linda, this time i made it on myself.. this is very special video..
thats why i'm not on blog today.. i created this video.. and included all this bloggers..
it's finish.. but making sure it's perfect.. 🙂


Rose   August 27th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

Michael had spent time with the great French mime Marcel Marceau. Marceau had developed the moonwalk and other movements encorporated by Michael in his dances. Michael said he greatly admired him. Watch Michael's moves and you can compare it to Marceau's routines from years earlier.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

Lisa S
I didn't say that Elvis wasn't huge around the world; what i said was:

I don’t think he reached as many as he could have in person. Michael was huge around the world because— there is not a country that you can go to where they do not who Michael Jackson is- from A-Z. Had Elvis toured around the world like Michael did-more people would have experienced his talent. I do feel that Michael was the consumate entertainer-singing, dancing and he wrote alot of his own songs.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

mariau–are you serious? can you send it ome on facebook later so that I can watch it


Connie ~ IL   August 27th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

@Eli –
Lower voice singing live and out of breath maybe. Plus wasn't he also singing someone else's part?


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

i'm serious linda.. that's why i'm too busy today... i couldn't blog..
dont worry.. i will send it to facebook and jacquelyn group..

but this time they will watch Michael.. all his handsome photo... i hope it's ok..


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

mariau I can"t wait to see it


Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 27th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

To all,

Thanks for commenting on the low voice issue. I think I read around 7 or 8 books about him and in some of them this issue comes back. It is said that when he quarreled or in deep discussion about something he had a different voice, a much lower voice. A voice we probably don't know.


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

linda.. 🙂 🙂 on Aug. 29


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

mariau–I will send you an email later


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

ok.. no problem.. just ignore that bugsss.. ok..


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

linda - hahahahahahaha very well said.. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Anne   August 27th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

No, Michael Jackson is spectacularly superior to Elvis in performing, writing music, singing, dancing, philanthropy, film making, and social issues. MJ appealed to everyone black, white, male, female over 4 decades and all types of music.
I am 53 so I do not know that I am part of generation Y.


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

rose:
about the moonwalk. Search on Google about history of moonwalk. You will be surprised! 🙂 Several black artists did it before Michael. Same or nearly the same.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

@cocovelt
which concert are you talking about


Merna   August 27th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

I think there is something about MJ's music that connected with people in a way no artist before him has. He once said he gave all his soul in his music so it'll live beyond his life here and I think he did achieve that. My nephew is only one yrs old and the only music that cheers him up is MJ's. It's the cutest thing when he's crying and we put on Rock with You and he just starts smiling and popping his head with the music.


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a tremendous performer with generous heart..
they shouldn't compare him to Elvis.. because Elvis didn't take his part as a humanitarian. Elvis doesn't have charities.. so why they should ask this question??????

JUST MICHAEL JACKSON -- HIS OWN LEGACY WITHOUT COMPARISON TO ANYBODY.. .. PERIOD


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

sorry... youtube not google, it's faster to get the right videos


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

I think one of the biggest difference is Elvis wasn't a composer. He was a singer. He didn't compose nor did he write lyrics. As far as I know most if not all of this songs were written by other people. Or am I totaly wrong now? If I am wrong, I am sorry. For me it makes a huge difference if people jst get a song from someone and sing it. Or people and bands create their own things. A huge difference. One is a singer and the other one a musician.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

Brigida: Yes, it could be. Michael was successful because he used different elements in his dance and his music was great to dance to. He just wowed everyone.


mariau   August 27th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Tina (Germany)
very well said.. i agree with you 100%


Katinka from germany   August 27th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

COCOVELVET

I won´t be able to buy a ticket in advance,since I will be at work the whole day
Heumarkt sounds good-direkt bei dem Pferd mit dem Reiter?
what time?


Jessica   August 27th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

Cocovelvet, I want to go to a MJ dance party so bad. Would be the best to be with all his fans who know his songs, words and feeeel his music. If anyone hearsof a celebration on the western side of Canada or US in next couple months please inform me.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

@brigida Italy
Several black artist may have done; but when Michael did it–he took it to a whole other level.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

Hey, Don't respond to Gerald Jolly. Let it go. He doesn't deserve a write-back.


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

When you really want to compare the music talent I would not compare MJ to Elvis at all. If you want to compare him to more modern music e.g John Lennon fit better. Pavarotti was also a great singer and a big loss for the classic music scene, still he only sang songs others composed that died 200 years ago.


Jessica   August 27th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

Kara: Oh, was he singing there. I only noticed his sexy dancing. It's getting hot in here:LOL


Janice   August 27th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

No comparison...Michael was the most gifted entertainer and musical genius to ever walk our planet and always will be! He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by dignitaries around the globe (funny how that never gets reported), one of the world's most charitable humanitarians, just a beautiful, beautiful soul. He touched millions of lives, if not billions of lives. He has been relevant for over 40 years and will continue to be relevant for an eternity because of his musical genius as a composer, performer, singer and dancer. Everyone who is current now list Michael as their biggest influence. His legacy will never die!

Yes, the media should be made to broadcast Untold Story of Neverland and there should also be a petition filed to force Hollywood to make a motion picture out of the truthful book and factual account of the trial "Michael Jackson Conspiracy." We must preserve his legacy!


Ian   August 27th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Michael Jackson is the biggest music star ever, apart form Mozart.
Three quarter of a billion records sold (almost 3 times US Citicens equivalency), almost avery blockbustor written totally by himself (Billy Jean, Beat It, Don't stop 'till You get enough), be able to compose a variety of songs, from ballads to rock to disco, 120 million copy's sold of only one album (and still selling) and tens of milions and milions
of videos en records downloaded or seen on YouTube....I think there is not any question nor any doubt left. Elvis was great, U2 is nice, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, al fine. But only for the record, if you count all of their albums all together and multiply the total amount of all these artist times 2, you still far from the figure of record Michael Jaskson has sold. That's how big he was, or better stil is.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Sorry ladies-


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Hi all

Back from a long walk and a stop at Timothy's for a caramel latte and guess what.....thought of Michael the whole time.....what is wrong with me!


sarah   August 27th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Linda just ignore it, that what he want you to do respond back so he would keep posting pathetic comments ok ....

FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN !! PEACE!!!!!!!!!


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

@Janice Agree, beside the multitalent of composing, doing lyrics, singing, dancing, he also was very, very different from all other big entertainer when we talk about his charities for the world and his calm behaviour.
You also can't compare him with one of the classic genius, they are a complete different thing. The classic composers where also god blessed but on a totaly different level. Music was like mathematics at those days and some kind of science. They had rules for every tone and Beethoven would not even realize that hipp hopp could be music at all, he for sure would think some machine is not working *grins*


sarah   August 27th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

LOL z Lora canada


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

linda, that's out of question 😀
But rose referred the moonwalk to Marcel Marceau and it wasn't the origin of it.

To Elvis, I can tell you... I'm the age of MJ but I knew also Elvis and I had most of his albums. I agree, in this time there didn't exist tecnology like now but Elvis was an idol worldwide. He was the one that changed music from the Frank Sinatra Style to Rock! And it's a fact that he took the style of black music and transposed it to white singers too. Without him, Beatles and the following would have had a harder stand or never could come out like they did. My opinion.

Michael brought then other styles and moves and like Elvis, he gave his signature to the next generations.


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

Eli

Just listened to the 2 versions of In The closet....I heard somewhere that Michael lip-sinked some songs during his concerts may that is why the difference in voices...


Tina (Germany)   August 27th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

When I think about it some more. You cannot compare any of this great singers and muscians at all. They are all special and unique and each one of them existed only one time. It also isn't about how many people someone reached, that depends at what time they lived. We have the internet nowadays, 25 years ago we had the first videos, when Elvis was popular we had 3 TV channels in Germany. Josephine Baker had the radio. And Mozart went by horse from town to town.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Brigida: I agree. Elvis completely re-defined popular music. That "sound" did not exist before. Without him there would be no Beatles, no Jacksons. Also, Michael did spend time learning mime routines with Marcel Marceau.


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

KATINKA,

what time do you knock off ????....Would 20.00 hours ( 8 p.m. ) suite you coz the event starts at 7.30 p.m.

If you don't mind I can get you a ticket and we sort it out when we meet, up to you.

JESSICA,

thats exactly one great thing about celebrating MJ ; to do it together with all other fans who enjoys his music and love and respected MJ for all what he did for the love of Mankind.

LINDA,

Its not necessarily a concert, but its a party where there will be impersonators, MJ dance contests, MJ song contests etc and everything to celebrate the life of MJ and mainly what would have been his 51st birthday. It will also feature some form of Flash dance thing like the fans did in Schweden and Paris. Most people will come dressed in anything that symbolises MJ ; white glove, armbands, fedora black hat etc.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

I just watch Marcel Marceau and Michael together on youtube. Michael definitely learned dance movements from him.


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

and I would say more: without Elvis even Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and all the others couldn't hardly come out. One gave it to the other and Michael did it all perfect 🙂 So we can close the circle.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 5:22 pm ET

@Rose and Brigida
Michael never had a problem admitting that he learned by watching the best-James Brown, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Chaplin and of course Marcel Marceau. I know who Marcel Marceau was–I saw him perform live a few times–he was marvelous.


lindafromnewyork   August 27th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

@ cocovelt
that sounds great–I hope someone post it on Youtube


Katinka from germany   August 27th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

COCOVELVET

I won´t be able to be there before 9 or even 9:30-I guess its better to meet inside then...


Jacqueline   August 27th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

Elvis Is and always will be The King Of Rock -N Roll....Michael Is and always will be The King Of Pop!!!!


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I havent heard of the police in Massachussetts or Boston tell the Kennedy fans to stay away from the procession, etc.....so why is LAPD telling MJ's fans to stay away....they are getting paid big bucks form the jackson family!!!


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Linda I know it 🙂


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

Brigida

What a great video and yes the MOONWALK is old....probably didnt have a name back then.....Michael brought it to light!


Lori   August 27th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

@ Lora Ottawa - maybe the difference is that Michae's burial is supposed to be "private". Senator Ted is going to lay in repose so the public can pay their resepects. That option was never offered to Michael's fans. 😦 I wish that it had been, but I support whatever decisions the Jackson family has made.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Hi Everyone – I was off for awhile and am catching up now. I see Linda NY lost it on Jolly. You go girl!


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

MJ's funeral can be private I understand that, but it would be nice for the fans to be there, as close as they can be to show their love for Michael....doesn't matter if you are not on the lawn! Oh well, I hope people show up and I hope they show as much as possible on CNN


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

GREAT KATINKA, LETS DO THAT. U know how to recognise me !!????..........I'll be dressed all in black with a black leather trouser trimmed with a red pipping ( band ) on the right side and a red arm band on my black shirt.......belts ofcourse and maybe a black hat...kind of trying the BAD album look Haa!!haa!!! 🙂 🙂


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

Brigida,

I've been watching this video you just posted. Is this guy really moonwalking ???.....It looks to me more like tap dancing than moonwalking......


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

Coco

She means the last seconds of video....Bailey does a moonwalk


Jacqueline   August 27th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

Thanks Linda ...for puttin jolly in his place


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

It breaks my heart to listen to Tatiana talk about Michael....she really loved him!


Terri   August 27th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

The difference is that Michael Jackson Perfected what every dance he did with style and percision which made him so great. He watch and added his OWN MJ STYLE TO IT. HE HAS ALWAYS SAID HE SAW THE KIDS DOING THE MOONWALK ON THE STREET,


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

Mimi
Point 2 isn't true and we wrote it why 🙂


Rose   August 27th, 2009 5:58 pm ET

Thanks Brigida for the video. Marceau's moonwalk was a lot closer to what Michael did. It was cleaner. Obiviously as Linda pointed out, Michael learned many moves from the best.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

yes elvis was a pioneer he jsut didnt write his own songs his manager/handler name colonial Tom i think wrote them. Michael wrote and produce alot of his songs Elvis was a Performer Michael and genius of Musican thats a Big Difference his Performances were Awesome in its own right, thas my opinion


lex   August 27th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

tatina really cared bout michael and u could tell thr was somwthng b/w thm but dileo fired he like the douchebag he is


Cocovelvet   August 27th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

LORA,

I saw it now.....thanx, I missed it at the first glance.


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

TMZ is now reporting that heroin was found in Michael's bedroom


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

I saw that Lori... of course something bad had to be reported... I hate it when they put story developing..... Who even knows if that was Michaels!!!!


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

LORI

Ah Christ!

Maybe it belonged to MURRAY!!!!!!

Michael was set up absolutely set up!


Rose   August 27th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

Manager Colonel Parker took gross advantage of Elvis and kept 50% of his earnings. He also stopped Elvis from taking serious acting roles that would have advanced his career, instead limiting him to do fluffy, poorly written movies to showcase his songs. Elvis would have gone a lot further if he wasn't influenced by Parker so much.

In 1976, Elvis was offered the starring role with Barbra Streisand in "A Star is Born". It would have made a big difference in his career at that point in his life. Parker said no, Elvis then rejected the role. He slid down hill after that and died the next year.

Michael Jackson was fortunate to have top business savvy people around him like Quincy Jones. That led to good marketing decisions, which led to better videos, songs etc.


Rose   August 27th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

Mimi: Elvis STARTED Rock n Roll. What more of a pioneer is there?


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

Lol... TMZ just posted:

UPDATE: A source connected with the case tells TMZ the "tar heroin" was tested - and the results showed it was not heroin of any kind. This is not reflected in the warrant.


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

Just saw that– was this a law enforcment effort to make MJ look bad?


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

well they are saying the family called and reported it... so why would the family just assume it was heroin?


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Lex– just shows that that some of these search warrant affidavits have some fiction in them.


lex   August 27th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

yea lori i only think dat we'll nvr really noe the truth


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

It seems weird that the family would tell law enforcemt that the kids were at risk if tar heroin ws found in Michael's home. After all the family came in and had control over the children. So there would not have been any kind of a problem.


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

Lori

As I mentioned before, it could very well belong to MURRAY!


Terri   August 27th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

herioin wasnt found in his system just in the bedroom or so the family said


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Heroin WAS NOT found. It did not test out, per TMZ.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

Yeah the whole heroin thing is bogus. Plus it was found in the home!!! how many people were passing in and out of that there are sooooo many staff members in the house!


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 27th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

Then why print it in the first place if it wasn't confirmed.....not reading TMZ anymore or any other tabloid junk ET, The Insider, Access Hollywood!


Terri   August 27th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

the family claims they found it there


Lori   August 27th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

The tar heroin reference was in a search warrant affidavit for MJ house. The officer who wrote it said that he was told the tar heroin was found by a family member. But it was tested and it wasn't heroin. Just another incident of search warrant affidavit fiction.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

A source tells ET that the "tar heroin" found in Michael Jackson's rented home, as listed in a search warrant, was not heroin - but was rancid marijuana.

Continue reading...


lex   August 27th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

y does the tar of herion r watevr it is matter thr waznt any fond in mj's system so y is the media evn reportin this somebody in the family needs 2 come out and set the media straight cuz thr ruinin the investigation


Terri   August 27th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

I agree @ lex but they were the ones to have claimed to found it maybe they put it there who knows with case everything is Wacky!!


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

@Terri

Rancid as in someone came in Mj's home and left it there without Mj knowing to rot... lol


Mara   August 27th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

Rose

Hawaii is the 50th state. Where else was Elvis popular besides in the US?


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

WAAAAAAAAAAAAY Better Than Elvis.


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

hi every one


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

God!! The art work sucks rocks!!


Brigida, Italy   August 27th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Mimi:
Pop, Rap, HipHop and all the other type of modern music had developed all from Rock. Without this "revolution" we would still sing like Frank Sinatra 🙂

Mara: Elvis was loved also outside US. Especially in Germany and neighbour states during his time as a military (how do you call this service?) And with his movies he became famous everywhere.

But I think we never come to the end of the topic, both were icons of their time and live forever as legends. Maybe Michael more than Elvis but both signed their times.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Hi Everyone.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

@ Anthony

Wow, Thanks for the Link.


beth   August 27th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

Michael was by far more talented than Elvis. He wrote, danced and was just more beautiful to watch on stage. Michael was also more generous and more of a humanitarian. Michael was a true artist and lived the life of a tortured soul.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

@ Anthony

Do you know Paul Rivoche/ or his work????


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

You can't compare Michael to Elvis.

Different generation.

Different Music.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Yeah I agree Sandy.

Elvis was before my times. Even Michael said in his book Moon Walk that he doesnt really relate to Elvis.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

@RFergy

Where are you from??


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

@ Rhonda

Wow, you've changed your web site and I have to say it looks greta.

No more Blogs on your site????


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

OK so, noone is here tonight.

I'll try to find you guys.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 8:26 pm ET

@Rhonda whats your website?

@Sandy Toronto Ontario.. fellow Canadian


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

Canada Sandy,

That's what I wondered. Where are the regulars: Luda, Lora, Linda, Mara, Maureen, Gene, Eli, Jacquelyn et al ?


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

I know Diane... as I said earlier it is a search of the house not just MJ's perssonal things. It could be from anyone!!!


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Cool RFergy.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

@ Dianne in M

Looking back there was a lot of blogging earlier today.

Guess we missed it.


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Do you know Paul Rivoche/ or his work????
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

No. I do not.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Where are you from in Canada Sandy?

Are you doing something for MJ's bday this Sat???

I have not found one great Tribute in Toronto. I have to keep following the US to hear anything. It's a shame!


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Elvis did not create Rock and Roll.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Thanks @Sandy


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:34 pm ET

@ Anthony

Paul is a big time graphic comic artist who lives in T.O. I went to High School with him.

Just wondered if you knew him.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

@ RFergy

I live in Mississauga.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Wow,

I just have to say that I totally don't have the time to blog all day long.

It doesn't mean I don't care about MJ...... # 1 Fan.

I really like Rhonda and Jacqueln's sites.

Maybe some day, I can do the same.

My hat's off to you ladies, if you see this blog.


Gene   August 27th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

I am comeing back. went to the shoppeing then takeing long naps. I am wanteing to share something very funny. not to lie Ok. my freind comeing to get me. we driveing off MJ comeing ot visit me. radio starteing play Ill Be There when we comeing back to almost to my home anoter song Thriller. I am ot be wondereing how can it be so possble 2 singing from MJ less than 1 hour each. never to be happeneing berfoe like thiese. hi s to diane I am here stayeing for some time.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

I love your comments Gene.

Welcome.


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

I dont want to tell me age lol but my mom cryed when elvis died I was 15 I remeber that day...all day on t.v he was the king of rock and roll but Micheal is the king of pop ............


MaryRM   August 27th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

How can they be compared? The both revolutionized the artform. Elvis brought rock and roll to the mainstream and you can argue that without Elvis, there would be no Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson impacted a worldwide audience advancing both video and touring and had a more lengthy career. It's like asking who is the greater musician, Bach or Mozart.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

I saw your comments earlier angelswings.

Thank-you and welcome.


Susan   August 27th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Hi Bloggers: Hope your day is going great.

Ok Stu, I think we've both admitted our age today. LOL Yes, kids, I was alive at the time of Elvis. Elvis was as popular then as MJ is today. Elvis was the first to bump and grind, wear the jeweled outfits from neck to ankle, women would cry, faint, try to tear Elvis' clothes off, etc. When Elvis died, everyone was sad that he died at such a young age. Elvis was popular all over the world. He broke records then as MJ does now. Elvis' manager completely controlled him and Elvis worshipped his mother. Elvis had all the body guards and a lot of them came out after Elvis' death to get their 15 minutes of fame, write books and to this day no one knows who or what to believe. Elvis worshipped Lisa Marie. Elvis cheated on Pricilla during their entire marriage, but Pricilla (sp?) chose to stay in the relationship for many years before she finally divorced him. Elvis was on drugs for many years and the public could see he was deterioting in his later years. It took 2 years before Elvis' drug enablers were brought into court.

Both Elvis and MJ were both at the top during their individual era's.
Times then are so different now in the computer era. What is interesting is the things that Elvis & MJ had in common i.e., love for their moms, costumes, pelvic moves, managers complete control, love for their children, & body guards who betrayed them after their death.

Talent wise, MJ was more talented and intellictual (sp?) than Elvis.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Hi Gene!

Do you have any more Columbo theories?


Terri   August 27th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

ok back all hows everyone tonight


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

OK, so we're admitting our age.

49 and still into fitness/yoga despite some bad bloggers thoughts here.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

hi diane,sany ,susan


Terri   August 27th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

ET has learned that the Los Angeles County Coroner's office will announce tomorrow morning the cause and manner of Michael Jackson's death.

A press conference is not expected, but rather a paper statement will be released. This comes on the heels of the unsealing of two more search warrants on what police found in both Michael Jackson's rented home and the abandoned car connected to his former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

In the house, authorities located bags of marijuana, and a quantity of what was described in the warrant as "tar heroin in a bag in the decedent's bedroom located on the 2nd floor."

However, a source tells ET it was not heroin - it was "a bag of old, rancid marijuana…left to rot."

It was found in "a little bag within an athletic or duffle bag in Michael's bedroom," the source told ET special correspondent Diane Dimond.

Also found in the house, fourteen pill bottles containing sleep and anti-anxiety medications. Also taken by police - one tube of Benoquin skin bleaching cream, one box of anti-fungal ointment and three vials of a liquid used for glaucoma patients.

The police search of the 2005 BMW connected to Dr. Murray did not yield much evidence. Police expected to find medical records for Jackson and information on prescription medicines. They did not.

The only items taken from the car were a contract in Dr. Murray's name, a business card and an envelope with miscellaneous writing on it.


Susan   August 27th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

The news articles today regarding what was found in MJ's bedroom, my comments are:

I read a couple of website articles. 1 article said the video camera showed Murray arriving at 1:00 a.m., the other article said 11:00 a.m. Is that a typo or just how media messes up again. One article said they found 1 sheet of rolling paper, the other said, sheets of paper. To me, they really found a bunch of nothing. No more than you would find in any Dick and Jane's house today.

Did you see the report where Klein is canceling his court papers? He is satisfied that an attorney was appointed for the children. Klein did state that MJ's wishes were the children NOT be exposed to the public.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Canada Sandy –

52 yrs old – lifting weights, dancer, etc. Yes, we are admitting our age. I thought I would be the only one on here Michael's age but Linda New York and Rhonda are close as well.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

ET Exclusive: Michael Jackson & Macaulay Culkin on the 'Home Alone 2' Set


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

@Diane You are not alone Im 47 I grew up with MJ also


Gene   August 27th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Elvis he is to singing very good. songs some best tha oter. he never to be makeing many thiese shows when he getteing to older man. he never to writeing many somgs eter. MJ much differences. MJ going longer the time for singing. Elvis only thiese shorter time older when hes to starteing sing. MJ makeing many differnce musics for many thiese years MJ makeing songs onto thiese movies. Elvis never to do like that. you stop to thinking MJ liveing his lives much more than Elvis. Ok now go to oter bloggy beacuse thiese gets too longer now into here.


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

On the ET post.......the red flag for me is "a source close to the investigation told Diane Dimond". I will have to see the real documents – Dimond speaks half truths and embellishes.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

That ET exclusive is a video of MJ on the set but I didnt know how to link the video on here sorry If anyoen wants to check it out


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

@ Diane

Totally dismiss Dimond.


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

That was a nice little clip.. even though Diane Dimond's face was in it!!!


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Terri –

Alright this is cool. Many of us are truly in MJ's age category. I am actually Marlon's age but that's only 18 months older than MJ.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

OH God,

I just realized we gave Jolly more reason to Blog with our ages.!!!!!!!


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I don't like the way ET says that there's a 21 year age difference between them. They're making it sound like they were dating.


Susan   August 27th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

More info if you haven't already read it, not to take away from Elvis.

MJ's burial will cost the Jackson family 3 times the amount because the burial plans are on a weekend instead of a weekday. The weekday cost is $50,000....weekend is 3 times that. I wonder if the burial plans will change again?

Jet Jackson filed as a "creditor" in the L.A. Court. It was reported he is in a special needs school. Jet's mama was a druggie in the past. The lawyer has to represent Jet in court. Sounds like Jet may have some kind of a handicap. If I had to make a giant guess, the claim will be child support????? Who knows.


Heidi   August 27th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Hi everyone!

I'm two years older than Michael. And I remember Elvis saw him twice he came to Oregon Michael didn't or I would have seen him eveytime.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Hahahah I really dont pay him any mind at all. Some people just will never understand or except what we enjoy and love about Michael Jackson


RFergy   August 27th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

ET s bogus.... who cares about the age difference. The man who had the tape said it best they had a genuine friendship!!!!! Lots of people have friends at all ages!!!


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Are there any photos of this Jet Jackson person and is he subject to DNA testing?


SuzieCanada   August 27th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Elvis, although great, cannot compare to Michael. Elvis was a good singer and a good dancer. Michael was a great singer and the best dancer in history. In addition, he wrote his own delightful songs, music and lyrics, which Elvis didn't. Michael is also a much better entertainer. There hasn't been and will never be another entertainer who could equal MJ or even come close. The entire world mourned Michael and I mean, the entire WORLD. To me, he was not the King of Pop. He was THE KING. Period.


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

sooooo lol a lot of you remeber watching jackson 5 cartoon on Saturday mornings lol and there t.v shows hahaha my mom let me have friends over just to watch it oooooooooooo and of course the DONNY AND MARIE SHOWhahaha yes I had the puple hat and socks love the song PUPPY LOVE


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Even though Elvis didn't create Rock n Roll I understand why he was popular. The fact of the matter was that he had more sex appeal than Little Richard. And of course he was straight.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

No MJ did't step into music without controversy he had to fight even threaten to get his musice played on MTV they didnt play any black music and told him definitely NO! It wasnt easy when he started out black artist couldn't even be on a cover magazine


Susan   August 27th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Diane in Minn:

Jet Jackson's attorney submitted a photo with his court filings. The pic was not copied to the web like his court papers were.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Totally relate. Angelswings.


Jacquelyn   August 27th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Terri

You received the link yesterday right?


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

MJ changed alot of that with his music mtv started to play he made mtv of today and begin featuring black artist on the cover of magazine I dont mean just ebonyjet either, MJ was the pioneer for all of the black musican for today


Jacquelyn   August 27th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Anthony

Do a person sexual orientation matters?


Diane in Minneapolis   August 27th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I just went to the family show blog and Gene, Luda, Lori, etc. are all over there.


Terri   August 27th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

yes @Jacquelyn thank you so much You had left when I posted it 🙂


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Thanks Diane.


Canadian-Sandy   August 27th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I'm leaving but exactly Jacquelyn.


Gene   August 27th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

answer to diane. hi s to you. not many more thiese theorys for now. makeing me to thinkinkng some ways YES all thiese people is to be involemets beacuse many thiese things going out of the controls. lookeing too fishy to me when to put all together time lines same peoples. mabye I am to thinking of thiese when shops today. mabye quacker he is to kow MJ haveing shares into red rock countries clubs throuhg oter companes where quackers to liveing. quackers into many truble for thiese moeny. fisrt day I am to thinkeing quackerhead men he mabye getteing to maddening he wanteing his moenys for thiese wrok for MJ. now I am haveing thiese better piture beacuse you lookeing how many things to makeing so much thiese moenys. everybody onto MJ who is fireing comeing back and haveing reveges onto MJ. then you lookeing thiese drug what he useing same things like lethal onto thiese death row peoples. propnol now to be useing not pheyno bartal. my freind sayeing how dcotor is useing thiese drugs into MJ calleing it drug layereing. she is to esplain same like you takeing 1 pill and takeing anoter so sooner togeter makeing reacton fastely. she calleing thiese to compond high level already into MJ body.


Anthony   August 27th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

In the music biz of course it does. We are talking about the '50s are we not?

American Idol tried to hide Adam Lambert's sexuality until those photos came out about him.


Jacqueline   August 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I'm with you angelswings I remember


Luda   August 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Here's what producer/songwriter Cory Rooney said about Michael vs Elvis:

" How did Bruce Lee die? How did Marilyn Monroe
die? You know what I’m saying? Michael’s not comparable to these people. I would say Elvis Presley is the closest you’ll get to that. It had to be in Elvis Presley’s career even from Michael to stand on those shoulders and move beyond that. I’m not gonna discredit Elvis Presley, but they’re two different people. Michael, as far as I’m concerned, surpassed Elvis and everything that Elvis was about a long time ago.
And he stood for something different. No one talks about when he did the Victory tour, I remember as a kid Michael being on tour with the Victory tour right? And every night on the news they would announce that Michael Jackson donated his money from every city that he did, he donated it to anew charity. He donated his money from the Victory tour to charities. I thought that was amazing. I’m like, wow! This guys donating millions of dollars every night to a new charity. Then he would stop in every city and every city he would stop at a hospital and visit kids that were burned, ill or whatever. He took the time to do all that.”


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Yes Luda Michael was an amazing person to bad not a lot of people cared for what he did they just wanted to hurt him and they still do


cc   August 27th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Elvis was cool. Not like michael what did elvis do that was humanatarian. Also michael is more known around the world and he was a genius in every artistic musical aspect.


sherry   August 27th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I am so discouraged,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no news,,,,,,,,,no one seems to taking this seroiusly anymore


Gene   August 27th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Hi s to terri. Ok. if somebody to be readeing listeing what going on from coroner thns next days MJ birth day I hopeing I seeing some body go to pickeing up dcotor. hopeing so but I am not to be home go out for all day. mabye we haveing to wakening up early next day now for real thiese words. no more junks media stroies.


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

have u guys gone on youtube and watched michael jacksons media death hoax theres 9 parts to makes me more confused lol


sherry   August 27th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

no one seems to be taking the blog serous anymore


sarah   August 27th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

yah i watched that part too, im totally CONFUSED....don't know what to believe .......

FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN!!PEACE!!


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

you saw it Sarah ?????????all 9 parts??


sherry   August 27th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

well,im off,,,,,have to work tomorrow,,,,,,,,,,,,


sarah   August 27th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

i didn't watch all the parts but 7,8 and 9 yah watch those .....

FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN!!!PEACE!!!


sherry   August 27th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

I HOPE OTHERS CALLED SONY BOYCOTTING THEM<<<<<<<I want this blog to make a difference


Patty Anderson   August 27th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Hey everyone wow I just read what A SOurce posted rarlier. Interesting for sure


Patty Anderson   August 27th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

sherry did jessica ever get back to us with the address??


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Sarah you should watch part 1 wow


sarah   August 27th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

yah what in it ???

FANs OF MJ FROM PAKiSTAN!!!PEACE!!!


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

to much to type lol Sarah but it really makes you think


Terri   August 27th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

heyyyyy back again


sarah   August 27th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

will watch it then..... 🙂

FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN !!!PEACE!!!


angelswings   August 27th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

Hi Terri


beth   August 27th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Rhonda-
Your site is truly beautiful Patty's poem is so touching. I couldn't help but think how much Mj would have loved it. Hopefully his mother has a chance to read it.
I think I am the oldest person on this blog. I am 56 years old. I can remember watching Mj on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember watching it with my Mom, who passed away 20 years ago. I grew up with Mj and can't help but feel my childhood is forever gone and died on June 25.


Cynobia   August 27th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Hello everyone

All I got to say is get up and try to complete some of their moves and in this you will find the answer. MICHAEL WAS THE GREATEST NUFF SAID
No disrespect to Mr. Presley

Missing and forever missing Michael.


Dorothy Jackson   August 27th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Much love to all of Michael's FANS!

I came across this small speech and I thought about this and I decided to copy it for you. I felt that this is how he feels. (I take no credit for its origin)

" I NEVER WANTED TO GO AWAY, AND THE HARD PART NOW, IS LEAVING YOU ALL. I'M NOT AFRAID, BUT IT SEEMS AS IF I SHOULD BE HOMESICK FOR YOU EVEN IN HEAVEN."

Michael wanted all of us to know that he loves us MORE! He would always say"I LOVE YOU MORE".

MICHAEL I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!


Rhonda   August 27th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

Thank you beth and canadain-sandy there is still a blog you have to click on comments and then click on Love You More Blog and it will take you there


Terry, TX   August 27th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

No ....he's just a dead celebrity junkie....who could afford doctors as his pushers.


Cynobia   August 28th, 2009 12:14 am ET

IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM, STOP READING ABOUT HIM. Nobody has a gun to your head or told you, you would die if you didn't. Leave Michael alone. Everyone else on here likes him. SO DEAL WITH IT. : )


Jessica   August 28th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I don't think it's really fair to compare Elvis and MIchael. Most of us grew up with Michael , so we're probably biased. I know I believe Michael was more talented: his voice was more versatile ( sings ballads, rhythm and blues, dance, techno. , funk, anthem type, rock,soul,, gospel, even Speechless and Lost Childhood seem irish or folksy to me) ) Michael had a huge vocal range from low to high even his voice characteristics always seem so varied. As a dancer he's been compared to Fred Astaire. Michael has acted and produced videos and short films, of award winning quality. He's written many legendary songs: arranged the music and wrote the songs.Michael paved the pathways for other black artists to have their music and videos played on MTV. His concerts were always soldout around the world. Recognized and awarded for his humanitarian efforts over the years. I'm going to research Elvis then report back.


Jessica   August 28th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Here's what I read about Elvis: He's a cultural icon, as is MIchael. He fused country with Rock & Roll this made him first to perform rockabilly. He mixed black and white sounds. He performed in 30 musical movies , they did not get great reviews however. Like Michael he was versatile with his music: he sang Rock and Roll, country, ballads and pop. He sold over a billion records-huge for that time. He won 3 grammys. During this time period , Elvis was like Michael in our time. Totally different periods , so I still don't think you can compare them.


Terri   August 28th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Hi angel and everybody sorry didnt see your post@angel I was in a draft for my fantasy football. How are all the ladies doing this evening?


Terri   August 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET

yes but most of those records sales came after his death Elvis didnt sell a billion records alive


rich sottilaro   August 28th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Yes he has become the next elvis. he even said on many occasions that
he wouldn't live too long. Now they found pot where does this list of drugs end?? Crazy. I fell bad for Michael to a point but he was a father and you have to bring them first and if your on a long list of drugs then you should have done something to protect them from your abusive habits!! that's what is should have been about...but it had to come to his own death.. Also no doctor is reponsible for michael's death but michael

rich


Terri   August 28th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I disagree because what he was given couldnt have been self administer,now if he took things for himself than yes it lies with MJ but someone else did it for him, I doesnt matter what he wanted thats like me saying to my doctor i need crack to help me come on the blame lies wih the so call professional doctor point is HE DIDNT HAVE TO ADMINISTER SOMETHING HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT OR TRAINED IN IT


Samantha - South Africa   August 28th, 2009 2:42 am ET

I think you can't compare Michael to Elvis as Michael was truly in a league of his own and is by far the GREATEST


fcm   August 28th, 2009 2:58 am ET

It always amazes me how people try to compare different people from different eras, like was Ali greater then Tyson or Sampras greater than Federer etc. Elvis and MJ where of different generations, had different music genres and both had an impact in their time one way or another. For me MJ resonates more because he was of my time and no disrespect to Elvis, but I feel Michael was more of a global phenomenon as opposed to Elvis who truly was more an American / European sensation and that will be the difference in their legacy, a small portion of world mostly and will remember Elvis while MJ will be remembered by all the corners of the globe.

Both men deserve their due, and no I don’t believe MJ will be generation Y’s Elvis because MJ will be generation Y’s MJ


Amy   August 28th, 2009 3:01 am ET

He was looking for something to help his insomnia, not to get high per se. The doctors who prescribe the medication should not prescribe those which are addictive and which become useless when the body gets used to them.


Nancy Endari   August 28th, 2009 3:07 am ET

Undoubtedly and unarguably Michael is bigger than Elvis.


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 3:32 am ET

OH MY GOD!!! CNN I CANT BELEIVE URE AFRAID OF THE TRUTH.... U HAVE ONCE AGAIN REMOVED MY POSITIVE AND TRUUUUEEE COMMENTS ABOUT MJ BEING BIGGER THAN ELVIS CAN EVER BE IN A DOZEN LIFETIMES !!...

REMOVE MY COMMENTS OR NOT, MJ IS BIGGER THAN ELVIS, JAMES BROWN, PRINCE AND EVERYONE IN SHOWBIZNESS ALL COMBINED TOGETHER... SIMPLE.... SO U CNN CAN SWALLOW DAT AND I HOPE...CHOKE HEAVILY ON IT !!!


marianne   August 28th, 2009 3:32 am ET

there is nothing to compare....mike is incomparable


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 3:35 am ET

WHEN MJ WALKS INTO A ROOM, BE IT AN AWARD VENUE OR EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE, EVERY OTHER SOOO CALLED CELEBRITY PALE OUT... THEY SIMPLY LOOK LIKE AMATEURES/BEGINEERS...

NEYO ADMITTED DAT... U JUST CANT COMPETE WITH MIKE... NOBODY JUST CAN, EVEN I DEATH !!!!


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 3:36 am ET

MARIANNE

DATS SOOO VERY TRUE BUT TH EHATERS AND THE MEDIA INCLUDING CNN JUST CANT HANDLE THE SIMPLE TRUTH.. MCHEAL HAS DONE IT ALL AND WAS EVEN ABOUT TO TOP DAT B4 HIS PASSING, RIP KING OF ENETERTAINMENT!!!


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 3:42 am ET

...... DOZENS OF SAME ELVIS PRESLEY ALL COMBINED TOGETHER CANNOT JUST COMPETE WITH MICHEAL..

MICHEAL IS A COMPETITOR, HE THRIVES ON COMPETITION, DAT IS WHY HE IS A PERFECTIONIST... ALWAYZ TRYING TO TOP HIS FORMER WORK AND MAKE SURE NO OTHER ARTIST CAN COME CLOSE..
IN A THRILLER 25 ANNIVERSARY VIDEO, THE ARTIST SHAGGY SAID THAT MJ HAS RAISED THE BAR SOOOOO HIGH DAT EVERY OTHER ARTIST JUST CANT COME CLOSE, U JUST HAVE TO WATCH AND HOPE U LEARN FROM HIM, ON QUOTE!!!


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 3:48 am ET

.... CNN N D REST OF THE MEDIA N HATERS.. TELL ME, WAT IS IT DAT ELVIS DID DAT HAS NOT BEEN TOPED??? N WAT IS IT DAT MICHEAL HAS DONE DAT HAS BEEN TOPED OR WILL BE TOPED??? I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW....

I TELL U MY ANSWER... NONE/NIL/INFINITO!! MJ WAS GIVEN A DIVINE TALENT MEANT FOR A GROUP OF PEOPLE, ALL IN AND FOR ONE PERSON ONLY (MICHEAL).

ITS GONNA TAKE SOOMEONE WITH A SIMILAR DIVINE BLESSING FROM GOD TO BE ABLE TO TOP MICHEAL'S ACHIEVEMENTS.. DATS IS JUST D TRUTH AND I DONT SEE THAT IN SIGHT COS PEOPLE WITH SUCH ANOINTED TALENTS COME TO THIS WORLD ONCE IN A LIFE TIME!!!!


Mimi   August 28th, 2009 4:17 am ET

REMAIN BLESSED MICHEAL.


Amy   August 28th, 2009 4:22 am ET

I tend to believe his statement that he sees nothing wrong with sleeping with children and that he'll never do anything sexual to them. Don't think he had any bad intentions. A real paedophile would never tell the whole world in an interview that he's sleeping with kids.


Katirina   August 28th, 2009 4:38 am ET

Michael Jackon was awesome,he is the greatest performer ever..
He can,sing and he even wrote many of his songs..He was so talented..He was also one of the biggest philantrophist ever..he wowed many and inspired many more..To me,he is bigger than Elvis,with all due respect to Elvis..Eventhough,Elvis was good,one should not forget that Michael's career stretched over 45 years and he has done many works for the betterment of the world and songs that have touched many.."We are the world","Man in the mirror","Heal the world" and "Will you be there" will always be playing..and who will forget "Billie Jean" or "Black or white" easily..These songs are evergreen and are here to stay for many years..he was the King Of Pop,who was a genius..the music industry has certainly lost its backbone..The perfect performer..


b   August 28th, 2009 4:41 am ET

No disrespect to Elvis, but absolutely no doubt, Michael is bigger. He is famous in every corner of the world. He is the entertainer for all time. His music, dance, lyrics and voice is beyond reach. Not only his music, but his generosity will keep him in the hearts of millions of people forever.


Sheryl   August 28th, 2009 8:53 am ET

Michael Jackson was given many, many talents. Would Elvis have been considered a pedophile now? Priscilla was a very young girl when he began their time in bed together.


Ivo   August 28th, 2009 9:13 am ET

He is a greater entertainer by my opinion. Michael had the whole package. The whole "circus", while Elvis had his sex-appeal and the good voice. Many of Elvis's songs were a remade black people's songs, to make them more attractive for white people. Now i am white, and i like Elvis, but... Michael Jackson was the absolute phenomena. Everything about him was (and still is) a mouth dropper. My children will know Michael, i will glorify his music, humanitarian work, music video revolutions until the day i die. Michael eternal!


sherry   August 28th, 2009 11:23 am ET

Hey PATTY ANDERSON,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Jessica posted the sony address somewhere on the blog,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I think if you google it it will come up, its in New York,,,,,


sherry   August 28th, 2009 11:24 am ET

can someone share what allthe "parts 1,2,3,ect,,,,,,,,,,,are about,,,,,,,,,,,its a video???? of what??? and where??????????


sherry   August 28th, 2009 11:28 am ET

any news today??


Elle   August 28th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

**************************************************************************
MJ, who donated more amount of money than ANY celeb,
who cared for world peace and the future of our children,
broke down the racial barrier,

No doubt, No question about it,
MJ >>>> Elvis
**************************************************************************


Rose   August 28th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

I don't think Michael Jackson can be compared to any artist. He's an ultimate artist with no peers. He's on his own up there.


Iva   August 28th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

I think both of them were as equal in their time..both were talented, both has a huge fan base, both had somehow changed the face of music..but they lived in different era, we really can't compare the two of them..plus michael had the advantage of a more sophisticated technology. About the way their lives, i guess that's their own problem. It's really not fair for us or the media to judge them because we don't know exactly what they had gone through in their lives. Who could tell other people's feeling but themselves. I'm a big fan of MJ and i respect Elvis as well.


Rachael   August 28th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

The biggest crushes I’ve had were on Elvis and Michael. I was 7 years old when Elvis died but that did not stop me from loving him. The very first album I ever asked for was an Elvis album that I got when I turned 10. So, I didn't grow up with Elvis but his influence, his music, his dance, his movies, his love, his smile, and beautiful face transcended time, generation, race, and all the negative stories about him. So will it be with Michael Jackson and deservingly so! Michael’s legacy as King of Pop is well deserved as he started performing when he was 5 and had major hits by the time he was 10. The man simply got better with time. He was not only a musical genius, a loving person with a gentle soul that only wanted to bring the world joy through his music and charitable giving, he was someone that entered the hearts of millions of people that felt his sincerity. Those of us that grew up with Michael were blessed to have witnessed all of his wonder and magic first hand. Those who will come to know Michael through their parents, friends, and his undying legacy will be blessed to learn about the greatest entertainer that ever lived. LONG LIVE THE KING OF POP!!!


Mariam   August 28th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

I am very interested in journalism and news stories and reading about entertainers, but after what I saw the media did to Lady Diana, Elvis Presley and now Michael Jackson I wont waste my money on useless tabloids that bring false news. I will watch entertainment news with an open mind where I decide what seems to be true and what seems to be sensationalized. I do respect shows like Larry King Live and other talk shows that are subjective and careful about their interviewing questions. What has American media done to entertainers. Its truly sad. If they focused on someone else MJ wouldn't be depressed and wouldnt turn to drugs. I urge all readers to not support facaded entertainment news that insult our minds with lies about other people and their lives. Make a change today.


FARAH   August 28th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

I just read the article and Not a single post on this blog.

No offense to Elvis. But MJ can not be compared with Elvis.

MJ was much much much much much ----------- greater than elvis.

I can give a whole article on this but i have to catch up with some sleep for office tomorrow. Just to mention only a few points: MJ was not only a singer, he was a song writer, composer, dancer, entertainer, humanitarian a philathropist. MJ broke racial and international boarders. MJ united the world. MJ was one and only one of his kind. People like MJ comes only ones in life. God no more produces artist like MJ anymore. rest later

bye everyone


Mion   August 28th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

Not to downplay Elvis at all, but I agree with everyone on here that Michael Jackson is BIGGER than Elvis. He not only united the U.S. but the WORLD. He was the most caring, genuine superstar there ever is and ever will be.


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