Michael Jackson Tributes

From Blur, Calvin Harris...
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A host of fellow musicians, friends and admirers have begun paying tribute to music icon Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson is dead. A pan cultural icon, Michael Jackson was one of the first major artists of the MTV Generation, and grew to global fame on a scale never before seen for a black American artist.

The hits, the dance moves and the later downward spiral in his private life - Michael Jackson had long ago become public property, a man whose image was recognisable across language and cultural barriers.

The tributes are already flooding into the ClashMusic news desk for the singer, whose death in Los Angeles yesterday (June 25th) has robbed the music industry of one of its most legendary talents.

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon was lost for words, stating simply that "Its... sad". The Britpop group are set to headline this year's Glastonbury festival, and were of course present at the 1996 Brit Awards when Jackson's performance was hijacked by Jarvis Cocker.

Electro producer Calvin Harris had previously thrown his name into the hat for a support slot with the star. Michael Jackson was preparing to perform 50 nights at the O2 Arena in London when he died, with tickets selling at near hysteric levels.

The Scottish producer said “I can't believe it, Michael Jackson rest in peace.” He later Tweeted: “Prince and Michael where I come from was our Elvis and Beatles..show sum Respect!!!”

Hollywood star Demi Moore also paid tribute to the singer, alongside actress Farah Fawcett who also died yesterday. "I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Especially for their children!"

Indie stars We Are Scientists were also keen to remember the star, who first hit fame with family group The Jackson 5. Chris Cain from the band said “R.I.P., Michael Jackson - fuckin' Death just wouldn't beat it.”

Tributes are still flooding in.

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