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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Michael Jackson's sudden death shook the world Thursday.

Friday the music icon continues to have an impact on fans everywhere, including people right here in Albany.

Several Albany stores sold old of his CD's and music videos Friday morning, and radio stations are being flooded with calls requesting his music and expressing their disbelief.

His death has led to the skyrocketing sales of his music and videos in stores right here in Albany.

Target, Wal-Mart, and FYE sold out early Friday morning. One fan I spoke with today was almost in tears when he found out he wasn't going home with a piece of his favorite music artist.

It's Michael Jackson mania.

"This is his section. As you can see, his section is cleared out," said Laquita Smith, FYE.

One after the other, customers filed into FYE, looking to take home just a piece of the music legend they lost.

"Since Mr. Jackson passed it's been chaos. A lot of customers coming in wanting to get CDs, DVDs. Had to turn them away," said Smith.

FYE sold out this morning, along with several other Albany stores.

But the chaos and outpouring for Jackson goes far beyond the shelves.

WJIZ and other Clear Channel radio stations in Albany are being flooded with calls of sadness and disbelief.

"We've been playing his music, running promos with MJ testimonials," said radio personality Big Scoop with Clear Channel Radio. And it seems as though everyone has one.

"For people my age it's like we grew up with Michael at the same time," said Kurt Baker with Cear Channel Radio.

And who can forget the dancing. Michael Jackson's moves and sounds impacted, and will continue to impact every generation.

"I admit it, I was crying last night," said one Albany man.

Despite his sometimes controversial life, it seems as though the King of Pop will be missed in Albany, and across the world.

After Jackson's death was announced Thursday Amazon.com sold out of his CDs within minutes.

60 percent of Amazon's CD orders Thursday were for Michael Jackson music.

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