updated 06/24/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/25/2014 AT 8:30 AM ET
But the former king’s influence is still felt all across the pop-music landscape. Below, read just 13 ways Michael Jackson’s legacy is still with fans today.
1. He Made R&B the Sound of Pop
2. He Made Music Videos an "Event"
In the early ’80s, music videos were widely considered a secondary piece of promotion. MTV changed that, and Jackson was one of the first artists to realize the artistic powers of the medium, creating million-dollar mini-movies for each of his biggest singles. The music video has been declared dead at various times since the TRL era, but as artists as varied as Katy Perry, Psy and Robin Thicke have learned, an iconic video still has the power to make a song a hit.