Entertainment: Will Michael Call the Tune?

Will Michael Call the Tune?

He was Bad. Now he's Dangerous. But what the recession-racked record industry most hopes Michael Jackson will be is popular -- and wildly so. The singer's new album, his first in four years, went on sale last week in the midst of the industry's worst slump in a decade.

Dangerous is an instant multiplatinum hit, with an initial pressing of 8 million copies. What remains to be seen is whether it can come even close to Jackson's 1982 Thriller, which sold 48 million copies worldwide. His label, Sony's Epic division, is coaxing customers with a huge promotional effort. Twin Peaks director...

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