Friday, June 26, 2009

The passing of a Pop Legend

I woke up this morning to morbid news on my clock radio, "Michael Jackson has passed on". It was the worst news I'd heard in ages, and it seems that to many, the King of Pop has influenced us in ways more than one. His songs are always charachterful, full of emotion and lively at the least. I always had his accompaniment when I'm sad with "You are not alone", "Ben" when reminiscing of pals of old, and "The earth song" for those holistic moments.
Critics may say he's a freak, his nose for one will be the point of jokes for generations to come, but I say damn you all. This dude is just awesome. Don't remember him for what he's done wrong, but reminisce of all that he's done right and what he has done for the world. A poor kid from Harlem that grew up to charity and worldwide recognition ain't all that bad!
On May 14, 1984, Jackson was invited to the White House to receive an award presented by American President Ronald Reagan. The award was given for Jackson's support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse. Jackson won eight awards during the 1984 Grammy Awards. Unlike later albums, Thriller did not have an official tour to promote it, but the 1984 Victory Tour, headlined by The Jacksons, showcased much of Jackson's new solo material to more than two million Americans. He donated his $5 million share from the Victory Tour to charity
A young Michael with one of his famed flashy costumes. He was the originator of bling yo!
One of his pimped out military styled jackets which he publicly wore multiple times.

His album "Thriller" is still the world's biggest selling album of all time. This album remained in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks and 37 of those weeks at the peak position, won 8 Grammy Awards and sold up to 109 million copies worldwide!
Jackson's star on the Hollywood walk of fame, set in 1984.
He was characterized as "an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility and loads of sheer star power". In the mid-1980s, Time described Jackson as "the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley".
Michael was just inspirational, and to many generations, he is and always will be a legend, and part of our lives forever!

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