We Remember . . . Michael Jackson!

25 06 2009

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Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.

Jackson had 13 number one hits during his solo career.

He debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the “King of Pop” in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums have become some of the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.

Other aspects of his personal life, including his changing appearance and behavior, generated significant controversy, damaging his public image. Though he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993, the criminal investigation was closed due to lack of evidence and Jackson was not charged. The singer has experienced health concerns since the early 1990s and conflicting reports regarding the state of his finances since the late 1990s. Jackson married twice and fathered three children, all of which caused further controversy. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.

One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world’s most famous men, Jackson’s highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, has made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.


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26 06 2009
Jin Jan

R.I.P. Michael.

I am grieving his demise, but I will always celebrate the legacy he had left for, not only America, but the world.

I took my son to Epcot when he was 8 and Captain EOm making his appearance at the Journey Into Imagination Pavilion in Epcot, and our participation in ‘Hands across America’ with his promotion will always be remembered with Michael Jackson in mind. I was with my son and niece at a restaurant in Beverly Hills. when he and his entourage entered. the kids rushed up toward him, shouting :’Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson.’ He not only stopped to chat with them, but had one of the men (bodyguard, I guess) leave and return with two Michael Jackson dolls with his signature. I’ve been told by my son and niece today that they still have the dolls in their possession. From that day.

We moan his death. And we are happy to see that his demise does show that he has a lot of friends who are really grieving over his death.

27 06 2009
Jin Jan

In my fondest memory of MJ

27 06 2009
Jin Jan

In my fondest memory of MJ
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28 06 2009
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Great post, really help me alot. Thanks.

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