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Michael Jackson: A look back at a pop legend's life

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  • Michael Jackson was one of the most sought-after entertainers for decades
  • His concerts spanned continents -- from North America to Europe and Asia
  • He and his well-known family made a permanent impression on musical landscape
  • Watch memorable performances from "I Want You Back" to "Thriller"
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(CNN) -- Michael Jackson help usher in the age of video, and his life -- for better and worse -- was beamed into homes for decades.

He started out with The Jackson 5 with his brothers and went on to even greater fame in a solo career.

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His seminal album, "Thriller," changed the landscape of music and the budding music video industry.

Even the more controversial aspects of his life were captured forever on video.

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