Boyz to Men
"Ben, most people would turn you away
I dont listen to a word they say
They dont see you as I do
I wish they would try to
Im sure theyd think again
If they had a friend like ben..."
SO who is this 'BEN' then Michael?????? And there lies the problem with Michael Jackson. There was always too much sexual ambiguity about him and I feel that, and his bullying father, is what broke the man early on and led to his alleged overdose. Some say he was a boy in a mans body, others say he was a man in a boys body (the prosecution!) and knew exactly what he was doing all along, hiding behind this constructed childish persona to get away with it. I'm Michael Jackson so you can't touch me type deal... How has he been able to make so much money if he is this child like immature figure? Did he not have the nouse to buy half the Beatles back-catalogue? The jury is still out on the dark side of Jackson and for legal reasons we cant accuse him of being a Gary Glitter although the same city and jury demographic that found Michael not guilty on that score also found OJ Simpson not guilty on his score, he, too, a man who may have a left a glove or two at the scene of the crime. 'Ben', the song supposedly about his pet rat, has a whole new meaning in 2009. Let's not forget Will Young's first few songs took on a whole different meaning once the screaming teen girls twigged he was gay. We just don't accept that our stars too have our problems and our conflicts and when they die we look to blame others, as is the case with Jackson's fans, his heart surgeon in the frame over the toxic cocktail of medication Jacko seemed to be taking. But if Wacko asks for more pills he gets more pills. Depression gets most creative people in the end.
After watching the Martin Basher interview we saw a guy who likes the company of children, of which Jackson admitted, and shared a bed with some to back it up. Come on guys, if you wanted to attract kids around to your place then you would build a fairground in your back yard and dress like Peter Pan. I don't believe that was just some personal plaything where he relived his youth or something. It was a fantasy alright but not one his fans want to talk about. We want to remember 1980s Michael Jackson as our parents want to remember 1960s Elvis. But when you have the best lawyers and can pay off the accusers with twenty million dollars, enough people will always refuse to believe the obvious that's starring you in the face. Surprisingly it was the black American fans of Michael, including Janet Jackson, who turned away from him first when those stories started to break in the mid-nineties. My opinion on that is if he did do anything with children it wasn't him anymore and all part of some sort of mental breakdown.
More proof of his unwillingness to accept who he was are his children, who look nothing like him, Michael seemingly thinking his plastic surgery would somehow mutate into their genes and sperm and appear to carry the line to his kids. When he married the Presley girl it was almost as if he was seeking out the perfect Caucasian gene so to be accepted to all Americans. The kids from his last wife were kept out of sight because they had none of his characteristics, and not an exercise to protect their privacy so much. The constant face mask was just as much about him subconsciously trying to stop inhaling his lies and fantasy world he had created as it was about Michael thinking he was immortal...if he could stop breathing in the pollution of the mere mortals like you and me in he would live for ever, a plastic heart the final piece of the creation. This was a guy who couldn't face the world - and who could in his shoes.
His mounting debts and painkillers are fair enough as that huge ego was expensive and hard to deal with. But the plastic surgery and colour bleaching is about a very good looking black kid not wanting to be black, end of, one of many taboos in his life. Since the recent African and Asian immigration to my home town of Northampton loads of these shops selling hair extensions and bleaches have sprung up everywhere. I suspect that is what hurt his black fan base the most that once he was King of Pop he wanted a female tennis players square jaw and an albino sun tan, getting whiter and whiter every record.
We all loved the music and I have three CDs of his but you do feel the white majority will remember the bad stuff and the black's folks will remember only the music and the brilliant stage performances for his legacy. Everyone will remember where they were when he died but all I will recall was that the clock was midnight and I was ready for bed, the big hand on the little hand, if you excuse the pun.
Some of you think we shouldn't speak ill of the dead but all your cell phones are chirping away with those jokes and most of you laughed or giggled. Its human nature to joke about death as we know it comes to all of us so fairs fair, even Jackson a mere mortal in the end. I wasn't so shocked he died as I was when Diana died, the curse of Martin Basher striking again. I thought Britney would beat him to it though. He was never going to be one of those really old black blues guys telling stories of riding trains and playing the harmonica for a buck.
'Thriller' was a superb album, seven number ones and the most purchased record on the planet to date, sales going through the roof once again with his untimely death. A lot of young kids are about to discover an amazing artist. 'Off the Wall' is also a great album and if you consider how handsome he was back then and how many people adored that guy you can understand why being black can be such a tough journey when even a guy like that isn't happy. But the music is his legacy and the tunes are immortal and my favourite is Beat It, a guy who not only put black music on the world map but on the predominately white MTV in the early days. Now MTV is only black music.
After 'Bad' his albums tailed off dramatically as he started to believe he was God and the rest is history, forgetting about his music and getting mixed up in medicine and young children. Alas there's too much darkness there for me to idolise this guy and only wish someone had got hold of him and not his wallet at the right time. RIP son and I do hope they accept the old Michael Jackson up there and not the dark one that one the battle. Now go teach God the moonwalk as he's been itching to do it.
Unless you are on the moon today- you would think there was nothing I could tell you about The King of Pop - Michael Jackson that you haven't seen on the hours and hours of television footage or read in the reams of media coverage.
But I wanted to write this review, because I do have something I want to share. I have followed and admired the work of Michael Jackson from Day One- from the release of his first single with The Jackson Five. I am not an obsessive fan, I never have fallen into that category for any artiste(s).
I am in love with talent, always have been, since I was a tiny tot.
I have been to see so many of the greats live- Bing Crosby to Bob Hope to David Copperfield and Madonna. From Placido Domingo to Margot Fonteyn. From Frank Sinatra to Queen. From Liza Minnelli to Live Aid, Torville and Dean to Prince. And of course no list would be complete if I hadn't been to a Beatles Concert and I did In 1964. The list goes on and on and on, it runs into hundreds.
Now to the point I wanted to make today, on this very sad day. With nearly 50 years of going to see the GREATS in all walks of entertainment- I want to say, having seen Michael Jackson live three times-(& I was looking forward to seeing him again at the O2 - but that is now not to be);
that he was in my informed opinion and without equal the greatest live performer - ever. We will never see his like again.
As they said at the end of the last concert of his that I saw:-
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN-MICHAEL JACKSON HAS LEFT THE ARENA.
Theres many words describe this man. Legend. Icon. National Treasure. The Biggest Selling Artist of All Time.
I could go on... but I wont.
We are, of course, talking about one of very few commonly known names on the face of this planet - Michael Jackson.
Reviewing Michael Jackson from my perspective is actually quite a hard thing to do. Hes been aquitted of Child Molestation, hes dangled his Baby Boy over a Balcony, had his Hair set on fire and has had more reconstructive surgery than any Doctor should legally be allowed to undertake. But right now, he is the King of Pop and a record-breaking artist, whose music has inspired and touched millions of people aroun the world.
Whether you like him, hate him or just listen to him, there is no escaping Jacko. Whether it be walking through the local town centre, and hearing Dont Stop 'til You Get Enough, or hearing endless remakes from popular bands and solo artists, such as Bond Theme Singer Chris Cornells rendition of Billie Jean.
Jackson may have had troubles in the past. He might be critisized for everything he does, and ridiculed for getting himself into situations, but in a World where current teen-idols are high on drugs or seen falling over on the pavement without underwear on because they have had too much booze, you could never say that about Jackson. I wouldnt say he is a role-model to anyone, due to his troubles in the past, but if you need someone to look up to in a professional sense, MJ is the one.
Many have tried to conquer what Jackson has accomplished, namely the 109m Thriller Copies sold Worldwide (making it a record, with the second placed album selling a mere 40-odd Million) but its quite possible that nobody will overtake this record in this planets existence.
I feel very strongly about Michael Jackson, and with all this stuff going on about child abuse (again), I thought I'd give you my opinion of him! Don't be expecting a lengthy biography of him, I'm simply just writing my views on 'Wacko Jacko'. Millions of people watched the Martin Bashir documentary, and laughed at Michael, with his strange ways and thrifty spending habits. I just felt uncomfortable and embarrassed - I thought Martin Bashir just took advantage of Michael's trusting nature and stabbed him in the back with his cheesy, two-faced documentary. Martin's caring, sympathetic reputation is in tatters now and nobody wants to be interviewed by him - can you really blame them?! Michael Jackson is a 44 year-old musician who has made dozens of hit records, and is the father of three children. According to which tabloid you believe, he is a hugely wealthy man, or is millions of dollars in debt, as a result of his lavish lifestyle. These ugly child abuse allegations have reared their head again, and I am 100% certain that he did not do anything indecent with a child. It seems to me, that in his head, Michael IS a child. He didn't have much of a childhood when he was in the Jackson Five, and he hasn't really grown up. He hasn't had the chance to. He's very naive and innocent; far too trusting, which is where he runs into trouble. He just doesn't have the mentality to sexually abuse children. When he sleeps in the same bed as little boys, that's as far as it goes, and I don't doubt that for a second. Sex doesn't come into it - deep down, I believe that Michael thinks sex is dirty and shameful. He is trying to relive his miserable childhood, and give disadvantaged children a happier childhood than he did. The greedy parents of these children who stay with him see an opportunity to make money, and grab it. Anyway, why would anyone let their child stay overnight with a compl
ete stranger? I definitely wouldn't, whether he's an alleged celebrity paedophile or not. He lives in his own fantasy world, Neverland, where he has his own zoo and theme park. He shuts himself away from the outside world - he can't cope with the harsh press he receives, and deals with it badly. For example, he dangled 'Blanket' out of a window to try and placate the huge crowds of journalists and fans outside his balcony. It was silly and foolish, but hardly stupid enough to merit calling in social services - it was obvious he had a firm grip on 'Blanket'. Some people just think 'Oh he's a freak, look at his face!' and have it in for him. When I watch videos for his songs, such as Billie Jean and Smooth Criminal, I feel nothing but pity. Where has this attractive, dark-skinned man gone? Why has he been replaced by a feminine white man? Would he be like this if he was working in a supermarket, married with three children? Of course he hasn't had just two nose jobs, as he claims, but I feel that he genuinely believes he has only had two operations. He has some serious psychological problems, to do with his father (who apparently used to beat him) and his childhood (his lack of it), that he needs to face. He had too much pressure on him at a too early stage, and look where that's got him. I know this sounds strange, but I am worried about how he will cope with these sexual abuse claims. In the Martin Bashir documentary, he came across as very fragile and unstable - will he try to commit suicide? I wouldn't blame him to be honest, if the rumours, saying that he's billions in debt, his children are going to be taken away from him, he is going to be charged for child molestation, etc, are true. His children are also an issue. Wearing masks whenever they go out and having a father accused of child abuse can't be good for them, and they might end up just as disturbed a
s him. The thing is, he thinks all this is normal, because he is surrounded by people who pander to his every whim. I was listening to Key 103 recently, where there is a late-night phone in hosted by James Stannage. Some person rang in and declared that Michael Jackson should be locked up. I think it's obvious he's innocent, and his accusers are money-hungry gold-diggers. If he really did have a thing for little children, would he really allow himself to be filmed saying he slept in the same bed as them? The worst thing Michael Jackson has done is being too naive and trusting when it comes to complete strangers. He expects everyone to like and understand him, when in fact, very little people do! But that's not a crime, and I just feel sorry that so many people have an judgemental dislike or even hatred, of him.
Michael Jackson is well known as the king of pop, with some amazingly good selling albums and many fans worldwide. But (wrong as this might be), Michael Jackson is becoming increasingly recognised for his eccentricities rather then his musical talents. Particularly his extensive plastic surgery which has been continually implemented throughout his life. Infact, it is his face that is the main point of interest for most people. It is to this end that I have devoted an entire review to the pop superstar's appearance. Please note that these dates are approximate: Late 70's: Michael looked perfectly fine to begin with, despite alledgedly being teased by his father for having a large nose. Personally, I don't think Michael was amazingly good looking but at least he looked healthy and "normal", if you like. Early 80's: The eyebrows get narrowed down and a nose job to narrow things down. Basically, Michael's nose jobs involved using a silicon implant to push the tip of the nose forward, like a tent with a pole. This makes it slightly more protruding and significantly narrower. The number of nose jobs that he had is debatable, though he claims it was two. Hmmmm. Late 80's: Big changes occuring now. Michael gets his lips thinned and looks like he has started wearing lipstick. Can we forgive that, in consideration of the decade? Also, his skin colour has changed from dark to white; just a small change. Personally, I think that this look suits Michael (though many would sit me down and blurt out a long "what do you think you're saying?!?!?!?!", just for saying this) but when you think about it - all his surgical alterations do seem to compliment each other fairly well, although why he needed a new look will remain as much of a mystery to me as why the BBC brought out a second series of Fame Academy. Early 90's: Things are starting to go down the pan now. The skin seems to be getting eve
n whiter and thats not the only change. By the looks of it, the nose is also on the move, getting narrower still and more pointed. There won't be much left of it at this rate. Also, a chin augmentation has been done to widen the chin (compensating for the nose?). Michael appears to look a bit more feminine now but hey - it's his choice. Late 90's: The situation with Michael's face is getting depressing. The nose has had so many silicon implants, that it's actually pushing through the tip, thus causing it to rot away. This means a prosthesis tip is needed to keep things in place. Michael's face probably now contains more plastic then a large batch of plastic cups. The lips are redder then ever now and the eye sockets are significantly wider, with most features looking a bit out of phase with each other. And that brings us to the present day. It's probably fair to say that Michael's face has changed more times then Asda's prices. Still, I would like to point out that Michael's appearance is of little importance to me as I recognise him for his outstanding talents.
I am sure that the majority of us who have seen the newspapers and the footage of Michael Jackson dangling his nine month old son must have been horrified. As one his greatest admirers and fans I just Michael Jackson has gone too far. When, I saw the footage on Sky News I was horrified and it sent a cold chill through my spine. When Michael Jackson was accused of abusing them children in the early 1990?s, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Surely, it was wrong, the out of court of settlement was there to stop a lengthy and potentially damaging court battle. Surely, Michael Jackson wasn?t capable of abusing children, he seemed to love them so much. He had done so much for charities and his fun fair and generosity to children who had been suffered was excellent. So, him giving a staggering out of court settlement to the child didn?t stop me buying any of his forthcoming albums. However, now I am not so sure. His he misguided, was it a moment of madness, or his he one of those abusers who abuse children but are protected by fame, fortune and the mask of seeming to be kind yet underneath just the same as the others. My husband called Michael Jackson, ?Cracko Jacko? I felt upset to call one of my hero?s that but now I don?t mind. Maybe he has lost it big time and I should admit it. He?s destroyed his face by having over 20 plastic surgery operations. His song ?Black or white? seems so hypocritical. If it didn?t matter to him what colour his skin was then why have plastic surgery to have it bleached white. When, I was a die hard fan and my family would pose that question to me, I would say it was because he had a skin defect but now after looking at a recent photograph I am not so sure. He?s wrecked his face and with it his whole image. Frankly, speaking his face is a disgrace and it makes me revolt. His nose is disfigured and being a central feature on his face, makes his face look awful. His lips on his face are just a
s bad. The old Michael Jackson face was so attractive, this looks awful. I feel bad for saying it but it?s true. By having to much plastic surgery his wrecked his face. I feel sad for Michael Jackson, he had a bad childhood but surely he needs to be helped. He should be helped. But for his children sake and for his self. Because one thing is for sure and there is no doubt, he?s a brilliant musician but unfortunately that his being overlooked. Come on Michael, stop thinking the air around you is so dirty that you can?t walk out without a mask, start living. Overcome your insecurities not everyone is BAD.
He is undoubtably one of the most talked about and famous pop legends of all time. Michael was born on the 29th of August 1958 and was the seventh child to be born out of nine to Joe and Katherine Jackson. His heritage comes from a working class background. Michael showed an early interest in music along with other members of his family. Michael began his musical career at the age of 5 as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 who played local clubs and bars around Indiana. Michael's allegedly abusive father, pushed his sons into forming a group called the Jackson 5, which quickly rose from playing local talent shows to landing a contract with the renown Motown label. The Jackson 5 and their family moved to California were they soon became stars. Their first 4 singles, ABC, I Want You Back, The Love You Save, and I'll Be There became no1 hits with Motown. This was just the start of their career and the very beginning of his fame. In total the Jackson 5 released 14 of their own albums with Motown before going to epic in 1976. Diana Ross Presents The Jackson Five (1970) ABC (1970) Christmas Album (1970 Third Album (1971) Maybe Tomorrow (1971) Goin Back To Indiana (1971) Greatest Hits (1971) Lookin' Through The Windows (1972) Skywriter (1973) Get It Together (1973) Dancing Machine (1974) Moving Violation (1975) Joyful Jukebox Music (1976) Anthology (1976) Plus there were a later three albums released to commemorate the group 18 Greatest Hits (1983) Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 Live (1986) Soulsation 25th Anniversary Collection (1995) At this time Jermaine left the group and his brother Randy took his place but they left behind the old name of the Jackson 5 to become just The Jacksons. The Jacksons made 6 albums between the years of 1976 and 1984 and toured several times throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The Jacksons (1976) Goin' Places (197
7) Destiny (1978) Triumph (1980) The Jacksons Live (1981) Victory (1984) 2300 Jackson Street (1988) Although Michael was still working with the Jacksons it was in 1979 when his career really took a big turn around as a solo artist. His solo albums are Got To Be There (1972) Ben (1972) Music And Me (1973) Forever, Michael (1975) The Best Of Michael Jackson (1976) Off The Wall (1979) One Day In Your Life (1981) Ain't No Sunshine (1982) ET Storybook Album (1982) Thriller (1982) Motown Super Star Series (1983) The Great Love Songs of Michael Jackson (1984) Anthology (1986) Looking Back To Yesterday: Never Before Released Masters (1986) Bad (1987) The Michael Jackson Mix (1987) Dangerous (1991) Dangerous Collector's Edition (1991) Dangerous Tour Souvenir Pack (1992) HIStory - Past, Present, Future Book 1 (1995) Blood On The Dance Floor (1997) Invincible (2001) His first major album Off The wall was a smash and this blotted out the memories of the fading success of the Jacksons the no1 singles Rock With You and Don't Stop Til You Get Enough and went multi-platinum. After recording and touring again with the Jacksons, Michael returned to solo work. His 1982 album Thriller featured the singles The Girl Is Mine, Beat It, Billie Jean and Wanna Be Startin' Somethin and is the all-time best-selling record in history - spending 37 weeks at no1 and notching up worldwide sales of more than 44 million copies. Must be nice. It was his song Thriller that made him a real success story. Another little fact is that Michael was the first ever black artist to be allowed to have a music video aired on MTV for his Billie Jean production. Plus the making of Thriller is still the worlds largest selling home video.Jackson became a media icon thanks to his trademarks: stunning break-dancing moves especially the Moonwalk, a shy, girlish voice, a si
ngle white sequined glove, sunglasses and untied shoe laces. Jackson performed and toured once more with his brothers in 1984, a gracious move which boosted each of the other Jackson's solo careers. Michael released his 1987 album Bad which he accompanied with his first solo world tour.In 1991 Michael signed the largest ever recording contract with Sony Music and recorded his fourth solo album, 'Dangerous'. He branched out on a solo world tour for the album in 1992, which took him into countries that had never before been visited by a pop artist. Michael performed his first live concert to be telecast on international television with his concert from Bucharest, Romania. At this time Michael also founded his humanitarian organization the 'Heal the World Foundation' which is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the globe.Michael married for the first time in 1994 to Lisa Marie Presley to be his wife in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic on May 16th. Their marriage only lasted for 19 months.1995 saw Michael record a fifth solo album, titled 'HIStory', which contained 15 new songs in addition to an entire disc dedicated to his greatest hits and it started him on another world tour that took two years to complete. On November 14 1996, Michael married Debbie Rowe and their first child Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. was born on February 13, 1997. 1997 also saw the emergence of another creation by Michael; his album titled 'Blood On The Dance Floor'. On April 3, 1998 named Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Michael and Debbie ended their marriage in October 1999 which brings us to 2001 and the release of Invincible. His career has lasted for over 40 years and even though he has been accused of various things we will never know the truth. More than likely most of the stories we hear though are made up to just try and get their hands on some of the wealth that his career has brought to him. There
has also been a lot of comments as to why he would want his own arcade and zoo's and such like but if the question was asked to us , that if we had that kind of money to spend would we lavish ourselves like that. More than likely yes but another possible reason could strive from the fact that with Michael being forced to work from such a yuong age he never truly had a childhood so might he not be also spending like that to help recover a bit of what he lost. Well I suppose that we will never truly know.
I think Michael Jackson is a really good singer and dancer, he has done alot of things that are different to other singers and dancers, i think he is one of a kind, i cant see anyone else being able to do the things he has done, he is known for his Moonwalk which is sort of walking backwards sliding his feet along the floor, he also does alot of Robotic moves too. Michael Jackson is a singer, composer, producer, arranger and musician, hes done lots of music that is quite simply the king of modern pop, he has sold more records than any other single artist, he has done lots of concerts which are good presentations of kinetic energy, hes full of emotion as is his music, and hes got the highest level of showmanship. He was part of a group before he went solo called the "Jackson 5" which was him and his four brothers, as he is the youngest he was singing from a very young age which is why he was one of the most popular stars of the 70's, at the age of 11, the Jackson 5 won international sucsess on the Motown label with 4 number 1 hits. Michael seen it as a take of what was to come....... Michael decided to go solo in 1979 and brought out a album called "Off The Wall" which included his hit number 1 singles "Rock With You" and "Dont Stop Til You Get Enough" that album went multi platinum. He then went touring and recording again with the Jacksons, then returned to solo work. He brought out another album "Thriller" which featured the hit singles "The Girl Is Mine, Beat It, Billie Jean and Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" which was the best selling album off all time and still is, it spent 37 weeks number 1, and has sold more than 44 million copies to today, this made him an international icon. After doing one more album with his brothers Michael brought out another album on his own called Bad, which included the singles
"I Just Cant Stop Loving You, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror and Bad" this album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, this made it the second best selling record of all time. His next one was Dangerous, selling 23 million copies worldwide, which featured the hits "Heal The World, Black Or White and Remember The Time". He then brought out History (past, present and future book 1) this chronicled his dynamic musical career, and also saw him taking a creative corner, History continued as he brought out Past, Present and Future Book 2, which featured the hits "Earth Song and Stranger In Moscow" also featured Scream, which was a duet with his sister Janet Jackson who is also a big hit singer. This album was certified 6 times platinum in the United States alone. Having gathered a slew of new MTV, World Music and Grammy Awards, Michael embarked upon the world tour in september 1996, and continued touring in 1997 and also that year released a new album "Blood On The Dancefloor-History In The Mix" containg 5 new songs and 8 new remixes, this album imidiately went to number 1 across Europe and has become the best selling Remix album ever. Michael has a new album out called Invincible which includes his new singles "Cry and You Rock My World" i think this will go far. Michael has also had alot of music videos on VHS out too, which i recomend as they are all good, theres "Moonwalker, Thriller, Bad ect..." Moonwalker is also a film, which has a good storyline and is a really good film, i reccomend this film to anyone, even if your not a fan. Michael who is now the father of 2 lovely young children has been hard at work with various projects including spending time in the recording studio. I still think Michaels fame has not ended and soon will be back at the top, maybe in the future i would like to see his children following on his career, ma
ybe they will it does run in the family. Thanks for reading and i hope this helps alot.
Michael Jackson has got to be one of the most talked about pop stars of the last half century. He's had more rumours spread about him than anyone else in the music industry (except maybe Marilyn Manson). Michael's fame started way back in the 1960's. At the tender age of 5, he joined a group with his brothers which ended up being called "The Jackson 5". For the first couple of years, the band toured around USA, performing in small venues (usually soul music bars). Then, in 1968 they were finally awarded with a contract from the label "Badboy". Just over a year later however, Michael's father Joeseph decided that the band needed a bigger record label and sure enough he was approached by the biggest at the time "Motown". In 1969, The band released their first single "I Want You Back". It proved to be a massive hit in the USA and eventually in other parts of the world aswell. The years went by, and The Jackson 5 continued releasing huge hits. In 1976, Jermaine Jackson (second lead vocals behind Michael) left the band to persue a solo career. At the same time, The Jackson 5 signed to Epic Records. Due to legal reasons, the band were forced to change their name to "the Jacksons" The Jackson's produced some of the finest dance hits to date, including the hugely popular "Can You Feel It" and "Blame It On The boogie". Aside from The Jacksons, Michael had developed a solo career. He had had a few minor hits in the early 1970's (Ben, One Day In your Life), but his real break was in 1979. He teamed up with legendary Quincy Jones to produce the album "Off The Wall". This became an automatic hit around the whole world. Also in 1979, Jackson starred in the low budjet film "The wiz" alongside close friend Diana Ross. A few years went by, and then the biggest explosion shook the music world
. MJ's second Epic Solo album "thriller" burst onto the music scene. It spawned many top 1o hits, and stayed at number 1 in the US album charts for a massive 37 WEEKS! It has currently sold over 46 million copies worldwide! Along with the music, came the videos. These were new at the time, so people were shocked when the incredible "Thriller" was released. The longest music video to date, Thriller was classified as a short film. It showed distinctive similarities to the film "An American Werewolf In London" that'd just been released as a movie. In 1985, Jackson got together with many of his friends to record "We Are the World" for charity. It was a big success. Later in the year, Michael performed the "moonwalk" for the first time on a Motown anniversary special. In 1987, the LP "Bad" flung into world charts. Not quite as big as Thriller, but still a major hit album everywhere. People were starting to notice a definete change in Michael's skin colour by now. It was also this year when MJ bought "Neverland", the house that every kid dreams off. 1988 brought MJ's first full movie "Moonwalker". Although highly critisised by tabloids, it was a giant hit. He also started his first serious world tour named "Bad". In 1991, Dangerous, the 4th Epic album was released along with the stunning video for "Black Or White". Now, Michael appeared to be totally white skinned. In 1993, Michael was interviewed by popular chat show host Oprah Winfrey. Here, he disgussed the problems he suffered with his skin disorder and several other things. Just before this, Michael had started a charity called "the Heal The World Foundation". This was mainly for terminally ill children. The same year brought devastation to Michael's otherwise clean reputation. A boy named Jordy Chan
dler accused Jackson of molestering him. The charges were taken very seriously and it is still unknown to this day if the event actually happened. Michael ended up paying the boys family millions of dollars to settle the charges. In December, he made an announcement on TV that he was innocent and that he'd never dream of doing such a thing. A few years past and nothing much happened. Then it all shot back in 1995 when a combined Greatest Hits Album/ New material album was released. Michael came out of hiding with new wife Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis) and had several hits singles (You Are Not Alone). He included a duet with now very popular sister Janet on the album and the Beatles classic "come Together". The music videos for the singles off "History" where truly amazing. "Scream" costing over $7 million, whilst the Earth Song was breath taking. In 1996, he suspiciously got divorced from Lisa Marie Presley (was it all just a set up to get him back inot the spotlight?) Later in the year, he married again to formeley unknown Debbie Rowe. She then gave Michael the thing he'd wanted so much in the world: children (Prince Michael Jnr and Paris). In 1997, another album called "Blood On the Dancefloor" was released. There were only 5 new tracks on the album, the other 8 were remixes of previously released tracks. At approx. the same time, Ghosts, a 40 minute mini film was released featuring Michael. He played nearly all characters in the spectacular film. Everything went quiet then. He performed various concerts for charity events and went round the world speaking to very ill children. Then in October 2001, he made his glorious return with the album "Invincible". It shot right to number 1 on both the UK and US charts. A month before the album was released, MJ celebrated 30 years in the music buisness by having a huge
party in Madison Avenue, New York. Many big names such as Britney Spears and Whitney Houston attended the event. Who knows what the future has in store for Jackson? He is very unpredictable. Despite being very odd (owning a theme park, a zoo and even a dressed chimp!), deep down, I'm sure Michael Jackson is a very kind hearted friendly man who has been blown out of proportion by tabloids.
From the age of 5 in the fabulous eighties I have spent most of the time wearing a personal stereo and remember it being much better then for my ears - the only artist who did hurt my ears with his enthusiastic and distinctive yelps was good ol' Michael Jackson before he gained his 'Wacko jacko' label from the press. I'M IN TWO MINDS His old albums eg. Thriller and BAD are back in the shops and I miss them and want them...however the whole shenannigans (as usual tips on spelling this fab word are welcome) that has followed them has made me wonder if I could play them infront of friends. Most bands get ribbed for their old stuff - it can sound outdated. Michael's doesn't but his odd reputation proceeds him. I don't personally know what to believe of some of the incredible things I have heard about him but I do know that most people wince at the sound of his name instead of associating him with his mega cool persona of the seventies/eighties. WHAT DOES HE LOOK LIKE? I can't face watching him on TV. Yes, I'm open minded but I just can't get my head around this facial collapse business and then I start thinking about plastic surgery and start to feel queasy. Oh, and the frailness versus moonwalking thing - isn't it tragic that he seems to shuffle around, hide himself and become a less impressive figure every time he appears on TV. It's pretty heartbreaking really. WHAT IF IT'S ALL TRUE What if he has done some of the stuff mentioned in the press? What about the child, the short wedding, the monkey, the oxygen tank bed thing, the odd behaviour - this would be floating round my headphones along with he music. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? I could go out and get it all right now and just play it in private at first and see where this new revival takes him. The music is fantastically electric - the later stuff can seem a bit sentimental so I'll stick to the old stuff whic
h includes Rockin' Robin. It's great see thatI'm not the olny one who did something embarrasing on stage as a kid. Mine was a dodgy production at school but.... I'm FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES I think that was the sickest joke I ever heard about MJ and here I spin back into my buy-don't buy dilemma. Please feel free to tell me I'm wrong about this - I would love to know where youall stand. Some would have liked him throughout - others could find him completely off-putting. Time for a heated debate....
So, another MJ album release and lots of publicity. MJ? Michael Jackson? Wacko Jacko? Weirdo? However you’d like to refer to him (and I have heard all of these on radio stations) he is THE BEST ARTIST EVER. Now, now, before you go off dismissing me as a “Wacko Jacko lover” let me list the reasons why I think this way. Firstly: 30 Years in the music industry! This man has given his life to music! He has won many awards and is recognised all over the world. He IS the most famous person in the world. He is not here just to make a few bucks and have sex with all his groupies. Music is his life. He is as famous today as he was back 20 years ago. Let me clarify that: I have cousins who are 15 & 18 years old. They weren’t even born when Thriller had come out. Still, they know the songs in the album and they have even purchased the album. When I asked them whether they know the song “La Isla Bonita” - by Madonna (a huge hit in 1986) they say “huh? Didn’t know Madonna sang a song like that!”. I get similar responses from other youngsters. They know MJ but not many other artists that were around back than. I have also travelled around the world quite a bit, and everywhere I go, you can be sure to find MJ albums, even old ones, but you’d have to order previous albums of people like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, The Beatles, etc. Second: Innovator! A Michael Jackson music video is never short of amazing! He started it with Thriller and is still continuing. Before him all the music videos were boring takes of artists miming the words to their songs. With MJ, a new album brings with it amazing video clips. Even if you do not like the song, you’ll be amazed with the video. Examples: “Thriller”, “Bad”, “Do you Remember The Time”, “Black or White”, "You Rock my World" and my al
l-time favourite music video “Smooth Criminal” I’ve heard most people say that “Moon Walker” was a very crappy movie. And I have to admit that when I was younger I thought the same. But when I think about it now, “Moon Walker” was the BEST self-promotion any artist has ever done! (I have not seen “In bed with Madonna” and from the bits of it that I have seen I refuse to subject myself to watching that kind of cr*p). “Moon Walker” used sci-fi and “love” as it’s theme (love of all humans - not just towards the opposite sex) whereas most of Madonna’s and other people’s productions concentrate on the opposite sex (love, lust, whatever takes your fancy…). So, to take something as “boring” as global love of all humans and actually achieve something should not be taken lightly in my opinion. Third: The effort! Look at the way this man works. He spends years writing songs, recording them and still does not put them in an album until HE is satisfied with the work that he does! Who else does that? Robbie? Steps? The story with “Invincible” is that he recorded 60 songs before settling on the final 16 for the album. That is amazing! Most of your “I love myself so much I think I will stay in bed today” type of celebrities would not be bothered recording one extra song, let alone 44!!!! Apparently he has even taken singing lessons to see how he can add more range to his voice (i.e. deepen it). Which world famous artist would bother with that these days? Again, I see this as a sign of a man trying his hardest to produce music better than he has ever done. Other cynics see this as “an attempt by a ‘has been’ to try to recapture the success of his youth”. I think I am right, you can decide for yourself. Have you ever been to one of his concerts?
It’s amazing! I’ve only been to his History concert and seen the others on video. For the History tour he had 30 semi-trailers (for those that don’t speak Australian, that is an 18-wheeler truck or “lorry” as you guys seem to call them here, or a “freighter” for the Americans) to transport the set. At one stage there was even a TANK on the stage. Not because of sensationalism (i.e. unlike Brittney Spears’ “look at me, I have a snake around may neck” show) but to blend in with the story. The tank came on stage during “Heal the World”. Yes, I know, other people have dancers too, but they do not have the same extravaganza as Michael. There were no mistakes, nothing went wrong and everyone had a great time. You cannot tell me any concert even comes close visually! PS: At the start Michael just stood still for 10 minutes after going on stage and the cheering did not stop at all… Anyone else able to achieve that? Generosity: He has donated so much to charities that I do not think anyone comes close to it. I remember seeing a photo of him donating $100,000 to UNICEF! That was at one go! Who else has given that much? He co-wrote and organised the “We are the World” aid for Africa song. Someone else might have been able to do this, but I do not think that they would have had the success that Michael had. Anyone remember Weird Al Yalkovic (“Eat It!” and “Fat”)? I watched an interview with him and when asked who was the best person he had ever worked with, he said Michael Jackson. The reason: When he wanted to do “Fat” and “Eat it” not only did Michael give him the permission, but he also helped Weird Al get the same dancers and the same studio where the video clips for “Beat it!” and “Bad” were made. Apparently the worst person to work with was PrinceR
30; in Weird Al’s words “the purple loving midget” would not allow him to use the music, let alone the sets! Stars It seems like anything MJ does has legendary status. Stars want to be involved with things that Michael does. It's sort of like every female model wanting to be a "Bond girl". Michael has always had other stars in his albums, and not just the ones that you'd think he'd normally invite. Thriller - Paul McCartney Bad - Eddie van Halen Dangerous - Super Model Iman, Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson, Slash (Guitarist of Guns 'n Roses) Invincible - Marlon Brando, Chris Tucker, Michael Madsen I would like to see any other band being able to get these stars to perform with them or appear in their videos. Bad points? Fine, he loves children and acts like a child (by the way, I do not believe those allegations of child abuse), so what does the world do? Call him a weirdo. On the other hand Madonna who reportedly has had sex with every man and his dog and his sister, is an icon! The woman who goes on stage topless (one way to make people attend your concert), burns crosses in her video clips is the greatest female role model on the planet! Yes, those cynics are right, Michael is the bad bad man, don’t go anywhere close to him! Then there are the arguments about his color: Black or white? Who gives a shit?! He says he has a disease and I believe him. Some idiot said something about “bleaching” his skin. That is not possible… so says many professors. The plastic surgery…. Fine, I will admit that I think he has completely stuffed up his appearance. I’d say he looked his most natural when he released “Thriller”, but then, what do I care? It’s his face! It’s his life! He is not a calendar pin-up boy! He is a singer and I pay money to listen to his songs not to watch his face. S
o, what is the problem? Invincible? Listed above, are the reasons why I will buy the Invincible album on the day that it is released. I refuse to pay £14.99 to buy CD’s by so called “artists” who are nothing more than pretty faces, massacring beautiful songs by their lame style. But I will pay the money to purchase an album of someone who has put in the effort and the energy to produce the best he can. You may not like his songs, but you have to admit that if every other “artist“ tried as hard to please his/her audience as Michael does, then we would have much more quality music!
Where do you start when writing an opinion about Michael Jackson? Well, you could start by talking about his many hit singles, and you could further that by talking about his range of successful albums. You could also start by talking about his love for extravagent music videos, and details about those. Some may like to hear all about Michaels amazing ability to dance. You might prefer to start with information about Michaels life story, or you could write about his short-lived movie carrer. Where am I going to start? The answer to that is i don't know, I'm just going to write what comes into my head, so here it goes... Michael Jacksons has gained many nicknames over his long career, such as "wacko jacko", which I do not believe is a fair judgement. I much prefer "The King of Pop", which he has firmly established himself as, and may well stay the King of Pop for a long time yet. More or less everything Michael Jackson has done has been plastered all over the papers and TV, and every little molehill has been made into a mountain, it seems he cannot do anything without being either praised or ridiculed. OK, no-one can say that he has led a normal life, but maybe such a big deal should have been made of the surgery, the chimp, or whatever else the media decides to cook up to make him look like a criminal. Although the media have made life a little bit hard for Michael, he has still managed to make a huge success of his career. Starting off with his brothers as part of the Jacksons, Michael quickly made a name for himself, and after splitting to start his solo career, became just as successful. He released a string of albums, and some of the singles he has released from these stayed at number 1, both in the UK and the USA, for a considerably long time. Hits such as "Ben", and "Off the Wall" started the ball rolling for the singer, and are some of his classics. Moving on in his career, and sev
eral nose jobs, face jobs etc. later, the new Michael Jackson released his first of three hugely successful albums. the first to come was "Thriller", which will not have passed anyone by. He drew a few hits from this album, such as "Thriller", which was accompanied by one of the best music videos ever, and I'm guessing that most people have seen it. If not, why not? The album also contained the huge hits, "Billie Jean", and "Beat it", which are simply unforgettable. The next album to come was "Bad", which equalled the splendor and style of "Thriller", and contained a lot more hit singles than the Thriller album. "Bad" was the first single to come, and again was accompanied by one of the typical Michael Jackson style videos. This album seemed to be a lot more "groovy" as it were, whereas "Thriller" was more "funky". Forgive me if you think differently. This album also contained "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal", which featured in Michael Jacksons feature length film, "Moonwalker". Smooth Criminal has recently been covered in a rock style by the "Alien Ant Farm", and I rate it just as highly as Michaels original version. The third album in the string was "Dangerous", which came in 1991. It featured the hugely popular "Black or White", which featured world famous guitarist "Slash". It seemed to be an uncharacteristic Jackson track, and so did the album, which had a more rock feel, even though it still included the typical funky Jackson style. The album also featured "Remember the Time", "Heal The World" and "Dangerous", which were all big hits in their own right, but from this album it was "Black or White" which stole the show. Later on, Michael Jackson released "Blood on the Dance Floor", and only released one sin
gle, which was the albums title track, "Blood on the Dance Floor". This album was not so well received by the public and the media, and it seemed to fail where other Jackson albums had conquered. Now, Michael Jackson prepares to release his new album "Invincible", which is being greatly anticipated around the world. He has worked with some big name artists on the album tracks, such as Jay-Z and Santana. This latest album should be a good way to re-launch the career of a great artist, and if the first single from the album is anything to go by, it will be just as good as his classic stuff, and I am for one, going to buy it. Now, what else can I say about the man that hasn't already been said. I've just given you a brief outline of everything he has done in this opinion. If I wanted to go further, I could end up writing his biography, which I expect has already been done, seeing as he is such a hugely famous celebrity, if not, I have no doubt that it will be done in the near future. The bottom line is - Whatever the media speculate about Michael Jackson, he is still a great artist, and an excellent role model for anyone.
I am inspired to write about Michael Jackson because of Alien ants farms re-release of smooth criminal, which is an amazing song. Now I have been a fan of michael since the beginning and have every single record of his including jackson five (I am sad like). I am also punk and other stuff. The first ever michael jackson record I bought was thriller on vinyl. What I about to talk about relates only barley to michael jackson in the later part Everyone call michael Jackson the king of POP and I disagree. I am not saying that there is anyone better than him but I don’t think that the music he made was all POP. I think it was…wait for it… nu-R and B. Yes nu-Rythem & Blues. Well he did start out like that, this may be a radical theory but hey that’s what Ops are all about, theories and opinions. And if he is POP, no other band in the world makes music like him so he is nu-POP.I know I doesn’t really matter what genre that it is but one thing that really p*sses me off is people blink 182 POP-punk. I also have tried to be the best blink 182 fan since dude ranch and they have been going for 10 years now and have only become successful band look at the boy bands two days of brainwashing kids and their millionaires. !!!!!!!!!! I dare the people that say blink 182 are pop o listen to flyswatter dude ranch or Cheshire cat, then see what they say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
Michael Jackson has got to be one of the best and weirdest singers around. He has been performing for over 30 years from when he was the age of just six. However, his music only started to get good in the early 1980's. The album Thriller is the biggest selling album ever, that's because no other artist could release material like it. Every song has its own catchy melody and dance techniques. The follow up album Bad was just as good, with music from MJ's film: Moonwalker. At around 1987, people noticed that MJ's skin colour was changing from black to white, which obviously put alot of people off him. The next album Dangerous brought along many expensive videos and brilliant long songs. History (the album) was released 4 years later with 14 new songs and 15 of Michael's biggest hits. In 1997, he released a remix album called Blood on The Dancefloor that was one of MJ's worse albums. I'm hoping his new album Invincible will be as good if not better than the rest of his album's. I truly believe Michael Jackson is quite a kind man, but he is extremley peculiar (eg; he lives in a mansion surounded by chilrens attractions). He claims it is because he missed his childhood due to always performing. He is definetley a better singer than his other sisters and brothers and deserves a lot of respect. I should also mention that Michael's videos are the best i've ever seen. My favourites are The Earth Song, Scream and Thriller. Forget the rumours and chit chat, Michael Jackson is a brilliant successful singer!
Allot has been said about Michael Jackson, allot of media speculation, people either love him or hate this book is Michael Jackson’s own story about his child hood, his young days and his fame in the present day. He tells about the making of the Jackson five. He shares his personal feeling about some of his public friends, his plastic surgery, and quashed the unfair rumours that have been claimed against him. It is a moving book, where he talks about hi fame, how he feels older than he is because he started work so early. His childhood Michael recalls, and says that the success at a early age meant work where as other kids played and did the normal thing. He tells about the events leading to the Jackson five becoming accomplished with MoTown and Diana Ross. It really does give you an insight into a man that is truly great at his profession. Allot has been written about him, but now is the chance to read His Story and not just rumours made to fill newspaper pages. Love him or hate him, this is an excellent book, written by a man currently in the record book for selling the most copies of an album. Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time. Michael Jackson has made a mark on the music industry. Well done to him.
From 1988 to 2005, Jackson lived on his Neverland Ranch property, where he built an amusement park and private zoo that was frequently attended by disadvantaged and terminally ill children. Rumours of sleepover parties received negative media coverage after it was revealed that children frequently slept in his bed or bedroom. These first came to light when he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993. Michael Jackson's relationship with children was brought into the spotlight again in 2003 when the TV documentary Living with Michael Jackson aired. This resulted in Jackson being tried, and later acquitted, of more child molestation allegations and several other charges in 2005. Since then, Michael Jackson has lived in countries such as Bahrain and Ireland, but has since returned to the United States. Jackson is putting the "finishing touches on his new music" to be released this year.