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Friday, July 3, 2009

The world of J-pop pays tribute to the King of Pop

Special to The Japan Times

Michael Jackson's musical influence reached all corners of the globe — and Japan too. Artists across genres and generations have all spoken about the loss of one of the music industry's all-time greats:

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Gutted: Crystal Kay and the J-pop fraternity are saddened by the demise of Michael Jackson.

Crystal Kay — singer

I am really sad. Much more than sad. Many friends mailed me about it, but I only accepted the reality when I saw the pictures on CNN, I just could not believe it was true. In the music industry we all wanted to be like him, and his immense influence reached so many people.

Thank you for your wonderful music. Your songs will be with us long into the future. King of Pop, thank you for inspiring us all through your powerful music.

Your melodies will live on forever. . . . R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

Toshinobu Kubota — singer

If it wasn't for him, black music would not have made it onto MTV, and R&B would not have become the world's pop music. It was a miracle that he could achieve the thawing of the theory and practice of racial discrimination.

Hiromi Go — singer

(Michael) was the world's greatest performer and it's so sad that we will never again be able to see him. I met him together with his chimpanzee, Bubbles, at Tokyo's Hilton Hotel, and we took a picture together. That I could be working in the same business as him during the same era is itself an honor.

YOSHIKI — musician (X Japan)

Michael Jackson was not only a great artist but also a true entertainer. He had, and still has enormous respect from artists all over the world. That includes myself. It is a very sad time for us. My heart goes out to all his family members and all of his fans.

Verbal — rapper (M-Flo)

Michael, you fascinated the world and I thank you for your great inspiration. The treasures of the music that you leave behind will always echo in our hearts.

Yuna Ito — singer

Today is a very sad day. The legend that is Michael Jackson, King of Pop, has died. A true great in the history of music, Michael had given so much influence to so many artists, including me.

The strength of his music brought people together throughout the world. I can't imagine how the world of music would have been without him, such was his greatness. We will always remember him. Michael Jackson, may you forever rest in peace and we will love you always.

MISIA — singer

To me, through his music, Michael gave us pure excitement beyond joy and happiness. Michael, I am so sad that you will no longer be with us. I wanted to listen to your music forever more. From my heart, may you rest in peace.

Nana Tanimura — singer

I will love Michael Jackson forever. When I heard the news, I was so shocked that I froze still for a moment. I cried from morning and felt a hole in my heart. The shock was so big I still can't believe it.

The first concert I went to was Michael Jackson and I still remember the impact to this day. Such was the power of his influence. His music is still fresh in my heart, and in everyone's hearts. He's done so much for all of us. . . . I'll never forget. May he rest in peace. Thank you Michael, I will love you forever.

Noriyuki Higashiyama — singer (Shonentai)

A symbol of my youth has gone. When I first saw him dance, I remember feeling such reverence that I wanted to pray to god. I wish I could have seen more of him.

BoA — singer

Rest in peace Michael Jackson. I'm going to miss you so much.

Tatsuya Ishii — singer (Kome Kome Club)

The eras that preceded and followed him were so different due to his very greatness. And he was still capable of achieving more.

Double — singer

I was so shocked when I heard the sad news. I can't believe it still now.

I can hear Michael Jackson's influence in all the singers that inspire me, so I could never forget Michael Jackson and I will always have great respect for him.

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