Michael Jackson: A True Video Vanguard

It is a loss of immeasurable magnitude. Michael Jackson, arguably the biggest pop-music star of the past quarter-century, unquestionably one of the greatest entertainers of all time, is dead at the age of 50.

A star since age 11, Jackson lived in the spotlight for four decades, selling more albums than any other solo artist not named Elvis and forever changing the worlds of pop, R&B, hip-hop and even rock (check Eddie Van Halen's solo on "Beat It" for proof) in the process. He was a true icon of the entertainment age, an international superstar who spread his fame across screens and stages around the world. He revolutionized the art of choreography, touring, multiplatform promotion and — of course — music videos.

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