June 26th, 2009
11:52 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The master of the moonwalk

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Is it just me or have Michael Jackson’s songs become a constant soundtrack since he died of cardiac arrest yesterday?

On the subway this morning, I sat between two people listening to iPods, bopping their heads and humming along to his songs - “Man in the Mirror” on my left, and “Billie Jean” on my right. After years of being appalled or perplexed by the odd look and behaviors of Michael Jackson, it seems it took his sudden death for everyone to rediscover just how much they loved the ‘King of Pop.’ As of last night, the Top 5 albums downloaded on iTunes were all Jackson’s.

We’ll bring you more on the details surrounding Jackson’s death tonight. We’re expecting to get results from an autopsy this afternoon which should provide more clues as to how the 50-year-old went into cardiac arrest. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be on to explain the results.

Jackson’s death is obviously something felt by people across the world. The 1,500 inmates in the Philippine prison who danced to ‘Thriller’ in the famous viral video will dance again on Saturday and hold a minute of prayer for Jackson.

In London, there’s a gigantic moonwalk planned in his honor. London is where Jackson was set to make his big ‘comeback,’ with 50 sold-out concerts now canceled. AEG Live, the company that arranged the concerts, will now have to refund approximately $85 million in tickets. How will that mess be sorted out? And Jackson’s death also raises a lot of legal questions – what will happen to his children and his fortune? But does he even still have a fortune? We’ll continue to look at Jackson’s legacy – through the stories of many of his friends who will be on with Anderson tonight.

We’re following the situation in Iran closely. The country’s Guardian Council says there was no election vote fraud. In Italy, G8 foreign ministers urged Iran’s rulers to seek a peaceful resolution to the violence. But will world opinion make a difference at this point? What do you think?

And violence is on the uptick in Iraq. A bombing in a central Baghdad market killed 15 people this morning. This comes as a deadline approaches for the U.S. to withdraw combat troops from Iraqi cities. Over the past three days nearly 100 people have been killed in and around Baghdad. Michael Ware is there and will bring us the latest.

What do you want to hear? Let us know and see you tonight at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. xristen07

    Some of you guys are missing the point entirely. MJ's music was the "soundtrack" to our collective lives. We are not only remembering him, but how young we once were, what we were doing at the time his particular song scame out. We are also awe struck by his incredible talent and how it made him seem invincible. And, this makes us wonder about our own mortality and what contributions and regets we leave behind?

    June 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  2. Ashley K

    Immediately when I heard that he had passed, my phone was flooded with chain texts and jokes about his death. I found myself baffled. Here I am, truely saddened and stunned by this news and already people are starting to make jokes. It saddens me that people have become so desensitized to emotions and perhaps were never taught kindness or propriety. I feel for his family, friends and for the world. He was a human being, who meant alot to the world for his innovation, his talents and his passions. He has shapped my generation and his music will shape generations to come. The Jackson Five and Michael's Solo career were truely unmatched by any other group or artist the world has seen. Yes, we have other news going on in the world, and have serious matters that we as a world community need to address. In a few weeks, this frenzy will pass and we'll be back to the daily grind. But for today, I know that I'm going to celebrate the life and the works of the King of Pop. MJ: Whatever happens to us in the afterlife, I hope that you have found peace. Thank you for spending some time with us!

    June 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  3. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    Micheal's death is the loss of a true icon .There will never be annother like him again .

    June 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |

    I will miss michael jackson, he has been a wonderful vehicle in life on how a human being can rise and touch the whole world besides the issues throughout his career, set aside the issues in the news and we as a people should look deep on how this man tried to make peace and bring people to better understanding on how we should share and look after one another across boundaries and keep our humanistic values together to achieve such love for each other thru his music and his humanitarian skills. i will deeply miss him and his work and his efforts to change the planet . god bless you Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Linda P.

    Fame and Fortune does not equal happiness. What a sad man.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  6. Buffyblue

    Farewell to an artistic genius and a gentle, if troubled, soul. Your music inspired so many, and your choreography lit a spark in all of us who were dancers in the 80s. It was truly the best time of our lives, and you were a part of it. Be happy, Michael. RIP.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Hip Like [blank]

    its true that people have not appreciated him for probably the past 10 years. Maybe he would still be alive if we always showed him the love we are showing him now. I wish he was still alive to see this tribute. We should have payed more tribute while he was alive. All he ever wanted was for everyone in the world to accept one another.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  8. Lydia

    Michael Jackson. No words describe the loss this is to the musical and humanitarian pulse of the world. Although his heart may have failed him, beat by beat, the rhythm of his music and love will forever pulse in the hearts of billions.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  9. D. Mark O'Neill

    If Michael Jackson was not rich and famous he would have been in jail and if half of what was said about him was true that is where he should have been.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  10. Michelle

    It is amazing that Michael's music is very very popular
    on I-tunes.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  11. Rotem (Toronto)

    The world is empty of genuine love for everything now that you're gone.
    You've changed the world Michael, you really did! I wish I got the chance to shake your hand and tell you that your calling as a human being has been fulfilled by your kind eyes, beautiful smile, generous loving heart and amazing capability of expressing yourself through writing and performing. The trials you've experienced throughout your life are unfair and undeserving for you gave so much to the world.
    You were way ahead of OUR time.
    I just really really love you and I thank you. RIP
    June 25th, 2009 – THE DAY THE MUSIC really DIED.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  12. An

    Hi Anderson.

    Hi AC. 360.

    Good morning to all people. Michael Jackson had lived a very hard respectful life. His creative humanity entertainnings are nice to watch but he had to pay a lots of prices for them beside.


    June 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  13. Dawn

    First off let me give my respects to the Jackson Family for their loss.They said that it could be drugs that killed him,it is sad that he is gone but with this being said if it is true then it goes to show you that addiction doesn't make a difference if you are white,black,rich or poor.They are too many people that are being locked up instead of getting help to stop this disease of addiction,as society we add to the people's problem by locking them up,they are only humans beings that need help not caged up like animals.Some people sell drugs to get stronger drugs for theirself were they are addicted to them.The law needs to change quick to help people instead of locking them up.RIP Michael you are much missed !!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  14. AMF - RI

    How Farrah Fawcet has been suffering a terrible agonizing and long battle with cancer and lost the battle only to have the "Freak of Pop" gettting more attention – RIGHT ON BEVERLY!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  15. Lisa

    people really cared about Michael and it is truly touching to see the extent of their care and love for him and his family.
    His music touched our lives, made us laugh, dance, sing. He brought alot of happiness into many of our lives. He broke through the walls of racism. He appealed to many ages.
    His music brought joy to our lives.
    That is why all those people show up at his house, hospital, and the Appollo. It proves that media can’t tear his talent away. His music does transcend any form of destruction the media contributed to Michael.

    It is no wonder why thousands of people are showing up at the report of his death. It is the trend.

    The world is mourning Michael Jackson and as always He steals the limelight, the show, the spotlight today. This is the way he would have planned his aftermath if he could have- making headlines- creating the buzz-His death is as big as He was.

    The remarkable Michael Jackson-
    #1 selling songs on I tunes today is who????

    June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  16. Lori from IL

    In addition to the MJ coverage - would like to see more on other events happening in our world - If need be, maybe 2 hours again - one on MJ, one on Iran, Iraq, etc.

    Also, was really looking forward to the Roxana Saberi interview - when will that air?

    June 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  17. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    This is all about his Music & talent!, not those who use & abuse him! Michael is the Best Eve!! R.I.P. "Michael King Jackson". so sad!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  18. Nick Christian

    And tell Jack Cafferty to tone it down, stop yelling at the box with the blinking red light in it, there are millions of people behind it that don't give a toss what a middle aged white collar thinks about oppression and recession. A little hard to meet halfway when the people your talking to know that you go home to your nice house and full belly every night. So stick to giving advice to the already-rich on how to stay that way, whilst snubbing everyone around you, especially the needy.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  19. Jahy (NYC)

    Sad 4 the death of an icon!! Michael, we always loved you for your talent, performance & charisma since your beginnings & we celebrated with you your many successes! you were truly gifted, had an amazing voice, uprising career...where did you get lost when you failed 2 realize your blessings and your inner beauty? or did you ever manage to find yourself? It hurts 2 loose u, but it's sad that u lost yourself 1st!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  20. Eugenia - San Francisco, Ca

    We have something brewing in the Caribbean.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  21. Cindy

    I have to say that I loved the Michael Jackson tribute that you all did last night! Thank you all for that. He deserved to have two hours dedicated to him. He was an awesome entertainer and will be greatly missed by all!

    I doubt very seriously that Iran gives a rats butt what any other country thinks about what they are doing now. They'll just tell everyone to butt out of their business. They'll do as they please as always!


    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  22. Beverly

    I noted in all of the TV coverage (CNN included) that nothing is ever mentioned about Michael Jackson's past troubles with being perverted?

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  23. Nick Christian

    So, another person has died. It just so happens that this person has done a lot of things that have been put on the television box, as well as our lesser liked, but still there, radio. Please stop filling your minutes with needless overdone remembrance. 1000's of children died within the same 15 minutes of his death, for reasons far more trivial and horrible then the king of Pop. Let us remember why we have news, to inform/scare the public, not to offer grievances for fallen pop idols.
    Ahh, and as I finish this sentence, Billy Jean has just come on the radio. Irony is inexplicable sometimes.
    Please report the news, not new useless information.

    Nick Christian
    mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
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    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |