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Sean Kingston: Michael Jackson's Death Is a 'Terrible Loss'

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Singer Sean Kingston performs during Jamaica Day at the South Street Seaport, Pier 17 on June 2, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »"Beautiful Girls" singer Sean Kingston was shocked when he heard the news of Michael Jackson's death in June, he and insists the King of Pop was a huge influence on his music.

The 19-year-old reggae star, who releases his new studio LP "Tomorrow" next month, said:
I wish I had met Jackson! He was a pioneer, he was an icon. He paved the way for me -- him and Bob Marley. I was in New York doing interviews on the day he died, I got a call and I was like, ‘What?’ I wasn’t even ready to understand.

So I asked what happened and they started to tell me and I jumped out of the chair. And I had to call up everybody. I couldn’t believe it. He could not be dead. The guy was in rehearsals for his new tour as well, it’s such a terrible, terrible loss.

I think about it all the time. This guy was soul, he had it, and that’s why I’ve got to try my best to carry on my music, and try make Michael Jackson proud. I had a "Thriller" jacket, I had the gloves and used to try to learn the moonwalk and everything.
Michael Jackson performing in 1996.
Despite his grief, Sean is not planning to record a special tribute song to commemorate the singer. He added: "You know, right now I have a part in my live shows where I pay tribute to him. But I don’t think I'd do a song. Because I don’t want to mess something like that up. I don’t want to risk it. A lot of people like to try stuff but I don’t want to take one of his songs and it not come off the way I want it to come off."


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