07/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Who's Heir to the Throne?

"The King of Pop is dead, so who's the new heir to the throne?"

So begins this essay by Brandon McFarland, host of Recipe Radio and Music Editor for Youth Radio.

"It's obvious that Michael was a one of a kind artist. But for every iconic musician, there's someone primed to step into the void. You hear that Lady Gaga's the new Madonna, or Beyonce's the next Diana Ross. These artists are performing in a different context than their predecessors, but they have that star power that could propel them to legendary status.

"To follow in Micheal Jackson's stead, even the basic requirements on the application are daunting."

Read the rest of the essay at Youth Radio's website.

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Hear Brandon and others in this Audio Montage tribute to the King of Pop.