on thursday night a crowd gathered at union square
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On Thursday night, a crowd gathered at Union Square in Manhattan for a fond and.
spontaneous memorial to Michael Jackson. A few hundred onlookers formed a circle, leavingenough space in the middle for the grand standers and the brave to dance like the King ofPop', or try to Watching this spectacle, you had to wonder: When will this happen again?When will another pop culture figure mean so much to so many that people are moved toassemble, hug and dance?Michael Jackson has sold an estimated 100 million copies worldwide of the 1982 album* Thriller", that spent more than 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. It's one of thosehigh-water marks that nobody will touch because record stores are vanishing, and along withthem, mega-hit albums are vanishing too. And it's rare for an album to last even three weeksat the topWhen the Beatles were on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, more than 70 million peoplewatched it, that is more than one hird of the entire population of the United States, Yes, theBeatles were that good. But at that time, there were three networks and the radio. No onlinemessaging apps, video games, movie multiplexes, malls or a dozen other potential drains onan audience. There weren't a lot of rock bands, either. And now that anyone with a computerhas a miniature studio, and anyone with an internet connection can post a song, there aremore dienreiboentes, and artists than ever. sentance mistake