When the news of Michael Jackson's death reached me five years ago. I wondered how sad it was that an icon of pop music left the world so unceremoniously. I can't believe it's been five years. "Wednesday marked exactly five years since Michael Jackson -- the "King of Pop" -- was found dead at his mansion in Los Angeles, but the world's most successful entertainer of all time is far from gone with last month's release of a new album.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's loved ones today as we remember the kind, gentle and giving spirit who generously shared his amazing artistic gifts with the world along with a limitless empathy for those in need," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.The estate's co-executors said the world is a "far better place" for having known Jackson. "Time has shown that with each passing year the world's appreciation deepens not just for Michael's talent but also for his lifelong passion to spread peace, unity, love and hope across every culture and society," they said." And though Michael is gone his music lives on. "Jackson's legacy has continued beyond his death with last month's release of a compilation album titled "XSCAPE". The new album features eight new recordings that were never released before, and the album's Deluxe Edition includes a selection of the recordings in their original form.The album name was chosen to honor the pop star's naming process, as he always chose a song from the album to name his projects and - beginning with "Thriller" - used only one word titles. The album's list of producers includes Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain."  http://nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=25074292&m=d