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Michael Jackson: 1958 – 2009

mjThis has been a surreal entertainment news day. Reports have surfaced that Michael Jackson, long dubbed “The King of Pop”, has died from cardiac arrest. He was 50. The legendary artist first came to fame when he was 11, as part of the Jackson 5, a group he formed with his family. Among other hits, the Jackson 5 scored big with “ABC” and “I Want You Back”, two solid and very catchy pop songs. By the end of the 1970s, MJ ventured solo and released his breakthrough album Off the Wall. His single “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” epitomizes the glitz and infectious groove of the disco era. It shot to number one. This carved the path for the enormous success he would encounter three years later.

Thriller was released in 1982 and, well, we all know what happened. Between the singles “Billie Jean”, “Thriller”, “Beat It” and “P.Y.T.”, the album broke sales records. To this day, it is the highest selling album of all time. It certainly deserves that honor. With its pumping dance beats, signature falsetto vocals and perfect sound mixing, Thriller holds up as well today as it did 25 years ago. The music videos made for it also broke new ground. The epic “Thriller” plays like a short horror/dance film and it set the standard for innovative in that medium. In the late 80s and early 90s,  MJ went on to release the Gold Certified albums Bad and HIStory, with such hits as “The Man in the Mirror”, “Smooth Criminal” and “Black or White.” All in all, he had 13 number one hits. Then things took a turn for the worst.

In the mid-90s and beyond, MJ became one of the most fascinating and sad public figures of the century. There were allegations of child abuse and, of course, all those surgeries that made him look like a white woman. And the media was there to cover his bizarre behavior every step of the way. It has been said that his obsession with children, and staying youthful himself, stems from his own lack of a childhood experience. His father, Joe Jackson, reportedly forced him into stardom and MJ never got to be a kid. That explains such things as the Neverland Ranch and his beloved pet chimp Bubbles. For every joke that was made about the pop star (and there were a lot), he still had a grand vision for changing the world and created many charities to help children. What his intentions always were, we’ll never know.

It’s a sad end to a remarkable life. And through it all, MJ was a great artist. That’s the person who should be remembered. His music will will never go out of style. As long as people are dancing, they’ll be listening to “the King of Pop.” Enjoy the highlight reel below.

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  1. Michael
    June 25th, 2009 at 21:13 | #1

    Hey, have you seen this news article?
    New details about Michael Jackson’s Death Emerge
    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this…

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