Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of the King of Pop and the tributes have been underway since early this morning. A statue of Jackson is being unveiled in his hometown in Indiana, the Motown Museum is cashing in on the anniversary with a new exhibit that opens today, and fans arrived as early as 3 a.m. at the Glendale cemetery to pay homage at Jackson’s gravesite.
Even the Filipinos have joined in. The Cebu prisoners who made international headlines in 2007 by dancing to Jackson’s tunes are doing a one-year anniversary concert tomorrow. About 300 people are expected.
The “best of” lists are also out today. Joe Vogel, who’s writing a book on Jackson’s career, has published what he thinks are “the top ten Michael Jackson songs of all time.” “Billie Jean” makes it at No. 1 (no argument there), but “Beat It” is in a tie with “Black or White” at No. 10 (that’s clearly up for debate). If you don’t think so, check out the mariachi version of “Beat It.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Michael Jackon anniversay without a lawsuit.
Jackson’s always-so-classy dad is suing Conrad Murray, Jackson’s doctor, claiming he didn’t tell EMT workers about all the drugs he’d given Jackson. The lawsuit alleges that Jackson’s dad suffered $75,000 in damages. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the Los Angeles County coroner rules that Jackson died from an overdose of propofol, an anesthesia that’s used to put surgical patients to sleep. The hearing for Murray’s case is expected this fall.
MJ in the archives:
in The Root
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