Friday, June 26, 2009
Tribute to Michael Jackson - The Legend : King Of Pop -
i Cant believe my ears when Hitz.fm keep on saying Michael Jackson passed away due to Cardiac Arrest. it must have been someone who have the same name and share the same title "King of Pop" , but hey, nobody can share that title, its only for 1 person and its MJ himself.
Its absolutely big lost to the entertainment industry and to the world. MJ had a notable impact on music and culture throughout the world. He broke down racial barriers, transformed the art of the music video and paved the way for modern pop music in his own country. MJ work, distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced hip hop, pop and R&B artists, including Mariah Carey, Usher, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly. For much of his career, he had an "unparalleled" level of worldwide influence over the younger generation through his musical and humanitarian contributions.
When i was a kid, my brother and i have a compilation of video clips from "Beat It","billie jeans", "Thriller" up to "Bad" and "Moonwalker".we keep on playing that video over and over again. MJ was our Idol, until later MJ was accused for Child Sexual Abuse in 1993.
a little story about MJ involvment in Entertainment arena:
The son of Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson and Katherine Esther, he was the seventh of nine children. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. Joseph Jackson was a steel mill employee who often performed in an R&B band called The Falcons with his brother Luther
Jackson showed musical talent early in his life, performing in front of classmates and others during a Christmas recital at the age of five. In 1964, MJ and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine, respectively. Jackson later began performing backup vocals and dancing; at the age of eight, he and Jermaine assumed lead vocals, and the group's name was changed to The Jackson 5. The band toured the Midwest extensively from 1966 to 1968. The band frequently performed at a string of black clubs and venues
In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)", led by MJ.
During The Jackson 5's early years, Motown's public relations team claimed that MJ was nine years old—two years younger than he actually was—to make him appear cuter and more accessible to the mainstream audience.
In 1979, Jackson broke his nose during a complex dance routine. His subsequent rhinoplasty surgery was not a complete success; he complained of breathing difficulties that would affect his career.(later started a whole series of plastic surgery, you can read here )
MJ suffered a setback on January 27, 1984. While filming a Pepsi Cola commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Jackson suffered second degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire. Happening in front of a full house of fans during a simulated concert, the incident was the subject of heavy media scrutiny and elicited an outpouring of sympathy. PepsiCo settled a lawsuit out of court, and MJ gave his $1.5 million settlement to the "Michael Jackson Burn Center" which was a piece of new technology to help people with severe burns. MJ had his third rhinoplasty shortly afterwards and grew self conscious about his appearance.
On May 14, 1984, MJ was invited to the White House to receive an award presented by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The award was given for MJ's support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse. Jackson won eight awards during the 1984 Grammys. 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.
The reporter goes overboard with all the wacko stories about MJ and one day he said this "Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, 'I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight,' people would say, 'Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth.'" —Michael Jackson
In March 1988, Jackson purchased land near Santa Ynez, California to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million. The 2,700-acre (11 km2) property had Ferris wheels, a menagerie, and a movie theater. A security staff of 40 patrolled the grounds. In 2003, the property was valued at approximately $100 million. In 1989, his annual earnings from album sales, endorsements, and concerts was estimated at $125 million for that year alone.Shortly afterwards, MJ became the first Westerner to appear in a television advert for Russia.
One of Jackson's first documented public appearances since his trial was in November 2006, when he visited the London office of the Guinness World Records. He received eight records, among them "First Entertainer to Earn More Than 100 Million Dollars in a Year" and "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time". Jackson was awarded the Diamond Award on November 15, 2006, for selling over 100 million albums, at the World Music Awards.
We skip the part MJ married to Lisa Marie Prestley, and second wife dermatologist nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe, with whom he fathered a son, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. (also known as "Prince"), and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.The pair first met in the mid-1980s, when Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo. and MJ's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (also known as Blanket) was born in 2002. The mother's identity was never released by MJ, but he has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm cells
On June 25, 2009, Jackson collapsed at a rented home in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by his personal physician were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:21 pm(US local time) and arrived nine minutes later at Jackson's location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued both en route to the UCLA Medical Center, and for an hour further after arriving at approximately 1:14 pm (U.S local time) . He was noted to have already been in cardiac arrest by the paramedics who attended his house.MJ was pronounced dead at about 2:26 pm U.S Local Time
News of Jackson's death spread quickly online, causing many websites to experience technical difficulties under the unanticipated swell of users. Google announced technical difficulties after a sudden swell in searches for "Michael Jackson" led the company to believe it was under attack from hackers, while social networking site Twitter reported a crash after record numbers of users used the site to spread the news of Jackson's death.Wikipedia itself had temporarily experienced technical difficulties and crashed at 3:15 reportedly due to excessive edits and user overload. Many news organizations were generally very cautious about the initial reports of his death.
In the hours following MJ's death, his record sales increased dramatically. His seminal album "Thriller" climbed to number one on the American iTunes music chart, while another eight have made it into the top 40.In the UK, where MJ would have performed less than three weeks after his death, his albums occupied 14 of the top 20 places on the Amazon.co.uk sales chart with "Off The Wall" topping the chart. In the UK iTunes store on June 26th, 25 of Jackson's songs were in the Top 100 best selling songs list.
At the time of his death, Jackson was scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009, to March 6, 2010. During a publicity press conference, Jackson made suggestions of possible retirement. Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, had stated that the first 10 dates alone would have earned the singer approximately £50 million (50 million pound, not dollar, wow!)
There have been reports of foul play by Michael's doctor who reportedly gave a overdose of Demerol. LA police want to speak to the doctor who is missing. Rumors are appearing that his car was towed away.This will be another conspiracy Theory that will never end. and of cos, alot of people out there didnt beleive that MJ's had passed away, the same way they do about Elvis, for me, MJ's have left us, but his music and effort of humanity will always be with us, forever!
We love You Michael! you are always in our heart!