Saturday, June 30, 2012

Remembering the King of Pop

Michael Jackson’s reign in the pop music culture was undisputed. Music artists would come and go but he remains a living icon that the world idolizes and loves, his glory and fame did not diminished nor fade even long after he died in June 25, 2009. Now that he’s gone it is worth looking back into his life’s work and the many contributions that he made to the music industry and the whole world – he is after all the new Beethoven of the 20th century.

The Jackson 5 (1964)
Michael and his 6 other bothers formed the band that made songs like I Want You Back, Ben, I’ll Be There, The Love You Save and Give Love On Christmas Day. However, despite their exceptional talents their fame was short lived, but not for Michael; however, because he went on to become the most celebrated recording artist of all time.

Start of His First Solo Career (1971 – 1981)
It was during these times when Michael produced hits like Rock with You and Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough from his Off the Wall album. He also became the recipient of two American Music Awards for these hits and became the favorite Soul/R&B male artist of the year in America.

Michael Jackson’s Success and Rise to Fame (1982 – 1985)
Epic Records released Jackson’s best-selling album ever which was Thriller in 1982. It sold 110 million copies worldwide – a record which has never been broken even to this day. The Library of Congress selected the music video of Thriller to be included in the National Film Registry. Surprisingly enough it is currently the first and only film that was included in the NFR, maybe they’re waiting for someone who is as famous and talented as Michael Jackson himself to match or (possibly) surpass his achievements in the music industry to make another entry. Which I doubt would take forever.

Becoming the King of Pop (1989)
After his huge success in the music industry the American Music Awards and the Grammy Awards as well as his fellow music artists declared him the King of Pop music. Why? Because he sold more than 750 million copies of his various albums worldwide, he was the only one who won 13 Grammy Awards for his 13 consecutive number 1 hits between 1971 – 1985, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice throughout his career and he is the only one considered by the Guinness World Records as the most successful entertainer of all time. He has got nothing left to prove. No one in all the world has had this big a success as he does.

His Untimely Death (2009)
Jackson died of drug overdose when his doctor administered profopol to help him relax, but later reports indicated that he had also been administered two other anti-anxiety drugs which experts believed caused his untimely death. The King of Pop died at the age of 51 and his doctor was convicted of homicide (involuntary manslaughter) back in 2011 because Jackson did not die of natural causes and he was his attending physician at that time. According to well known internet sites such as Google, Twitter, Facebook and TMZ, their websites were bogged down by overwhelming users pouring in, searching for news about Jackson’s death. Some of them had to shut down their sites to control the situation. Even in death Michael Jackson was still loved by millions of his fans worldwide. They mourned for him and wished that he didn't die so soon, the music industry has suffered a great loss, but his legacy will live on forever.

Hail to the King of Pop!

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