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MJ's Fans Turn to Texting on 1 Year Anniversary

This Friday, Michael Jackson fans across the globe will mark the one year anniversary of his untimely death by immersing themselves in the artist’s countless hit singles. To help celebrate MJ’s legacy, leading mobile entertainment company Predicto Mobile ( has created “The King of Pop’s Top 10 Text Message-Ready Lyrics” that are certain to get recipients humming along in 140 characters or less:
10) I want 2 luv u P.Y.T. pretty yung thing U need sum luvin T.L.C. tender luvin care I’ll take u there
9) Keep on w/ the force dont stop, don’t stop til u get enuf(x8)
8) Heal the world make it a better place 4 u & 4 me & the entire human race if u care enuf 4 the living make a better place 4 u & 4 me
7) ABC EZ as 123 o simple as doe ray me abc baby u and me grl
6) The-way-u-make-me-feel(x2) U-really-turn-me-on(x2) U-knock-me-off-of-my-feet(x2) My-lonely-days-are-gone(x2)

5) 2 hi 2 get over yah yah 2 lo 2 get under yah yah ur stuck in the middle yah yah & the pain is thunder yah yah
4) Just beat-it(x4) No1 wants 2b defeatd, showin how funky & strong is ur fight it doesnt matter whos wrong or right just beat-it(x4)
3) U know Im bad Im bad u know it u know & the whole world has 2 answer rit now just 2 tell u once again – whos bad?
2) Cuz this is thrilla thrilla nite there ain’t no 2nd chance against the thing w/ 40 eyz, grl
1) Billie jean is not my luvr shes just a grl who claims that I m the 1 but the kid is not my son she said i m the 1 but the kid is not my son
About Predicto has established itself as one of the most sought after web sites that provides live feeds and information for people and the media to discover what the country really thinks about current issues. With more than 1.8 million visitors/month, the company challenges Americans to predict the right answer to a wide range of pop culture questions, from whether or not MJ would be the top selling artist of 2009 (86% of 10,000 votes cast correctly predicted YES) to the likelihood of a tribute concert taking place by the end of this month (75% of respondents currently believe it will occur).

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