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First Elvis Presley, now Michael Jackson

This morning, American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio program examined the deal Sony Music Entertainment struck with the estate of pop star Michael Jackson to distribute music recordings, DVDs, video games and other material.

In the radio segment, analyst Mark Mulligan called Jackson, who died suddenly last summer at age 50, the new "dead artist of the 21st century," one who could replace Elvis Presley as the most popular deceased celebrity.

You can listen to the program here. Read L.A. Times coverage of the Sony-Jackson deal.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Michael Jackson in 1988. Credit: Associated Press

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