Exclusive: AEG's Randy Phillips Talks About Michael Jackson Fallout
Exclusive: AEG's Randy Phillips Talks About Michael Jackson Fallout

"Michael was a great and wonderful artist and performer. We were privileged and honored to record him and his brothers here at Philadelphia International Records. We are very honored to have been a part of Michael Jackson’s music and creative career in helping to write and produce his own music with his brothers. We know his music and legacy will live on for a very long time." --Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International

"Peace to the King. I'm devastated by the passing of Michael Jackson; incredibly sad. He was one of my childhood idols. I salute you King of Pop. You made the whole world MoonWalk together." --LL Cool J

"Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him." --Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation

"I woke up, like this is not happening. Still tearing up. I can't believe this, so crazy to listen to that right now. We recorded that in NY when hit factory was in NY in 2000. spent 2 weeks of my life with that man teaching me about life, period. Not just about music. He heard the demo that was done over the summer in 2000 in philly. Wrote in in 97 and no one was checking for it. it was a floetry demo that went out. He didn't want to touch my ad libs. For him to be mesmerized by my voice, I cant do it. he said, were just gonna keep you in there. 'I Cant Help It' was my favorite. I'm an 'Off The Wall' fan." --Marsha Ambrosius, Floetry

"Michael Jackson's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the Sony Music family to work with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss him greatly." --Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment

"Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences." --Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing

"I'm shocked. He was a pioneer who transcended genre and race with the most unique talent and style the world has ever or will ever see." --Rob Thomas

"The first album I ever bought with my own money was Thriller. His performance at the Grammys is a milestone in the history of American music. I watched it on tv and spent the next two weeks in my kitchen trying to learn how to moonwalk." --Mark Hoppus, Blink 182

"Michael Jackson has been a part of my life for as long I have heard music. He in my mind is the ultimate entertainer of our generation. I can remember exact moments of my life based on Michael Jackson songs and videos." --Pete Wentz

"His death is a shock. I grew up being inspired by Michael Jackson's music and magic. He is a legend and his music and heart will forever inspire." --Ashlee Simpson Wentz

"Words can't begin to describe my sadness for the loss of Michael Jackson. I was honored and humbled to have the opportunity to perform with him several times and he had a profound influence on my career. Michael forever changed the world of music and entertainment and I will always remember him for his kind and sweet spirit." --JC Chasez