Michael Jackson (1958-2009)


Time magazine will publish a special commemorative issue on Michael Jackson on Monday, June 29. The stories from the issue appeared on Time’s website. (Many newsweeklies — The New YorkerNewsweekNew York closes press late in the week but Time closes on Wednesdays, and missed the boat on MJ’s death).

For the special commemorative issue, Time spoke with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Nancy Reagan, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Jackson, Tommy Mottola, Berry Gordy, Spike Lee, Sheryl Crow, Anjelica Huston, Clive Davis, Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, Lance Bass, Oscar De La Hoya, Savion Glover, A.R. Rahman, Peter Gabriel, John Mayer and more.

The special edition will be published in addition to TIME’s regular weekly issue and will retail for $5.99–a little more than $4.95 retail price of weekly issues. The last time the magazine published an impromptu special issue was after 9/11., but last special issue addressing a celebrity death was after Princess Diana’s. Then, Time released an unprecedented gold-bordered issue which sold more than 1.1 million copies domestically. In comparison, 9/11 cover sold 3.25 million copies domestically.

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