Jackson manages to attract headlines all by himself, but the noughties were particularly media-rich. Child sex abuse allegations plagued the first half of the decade, quickly becoming a showbiz storm that engulfed anything in its path.
The results left Jacksons finances, reputation and his health in tatters. Never one to go away quietly, he announced a series of comeback gigs in London set for 2009 but died during rehearsals. His death at the age of 50 resulted in an outpour of emotion and rejuvenated record sales, while his memorial service was viewed by a billion people worldwide.