This is an excellent coverage on Michael Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3P5upFFZk4
I’m not a huge MJ fan. But his sudden departure saddens me.
Saturday, 27 June. One day after Michael Jackson’s death, I read on Straits Times a touching article which I cut & keep. There were several celebrities who paid tribute to MJ which I feel touching & also share the same sentiments.
“What amazes me is that if you go to any kopi tiam today and ask any uncle or auntie, they would know who is Michael Jackson is but not Mariah Carey. It’s as simple as that. Even my grandma who does not speak English knows him.” – Chai Yee Wei, filmmaker, 33 years old
“In pop history, there’s a triumvirate of pop icons – Sinatra, Elvis and Michael – that define the whole culture…His music bridged races and ages and absolutely defined the video age. Nothing that came before him or that has come after him will ever be as big as he was.” – Tommy Motola, former president of Sony Music, which released Jackson’s music for 16 years
“I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply cannot withstand this level of prolonged stress.” – Jackson’s former publicist, Michael Levine
Extracted from Ong Soh Chin’s article: Forever Michael (ST, 27 Jun09)
” Everything he did was unique and tralblazing. His singing style, for example, with its trademarl hiccup, is now partof modern music history, as are his famous moonwalk and slithering dance moves, which introduced a whole new body vocabulary to pop culture.
He was the first true star of the MTV generation
Because of Jackson, the world became attuned to “seeing” music as well as listening to it.
…it was Michael Jackson who brought black people into music mainstream.
“In 1980, Rolling Stone magazine had apparently turned down a request by Jackson to be featured as its cover story, to which he noted: “I’ve been told over and over that black people on the cover of magazines doesn’t sell copies…Just wait. Some day those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe I’ll give them one. And maybe I won’t”
Costing USD500,000 it was the most expensive video then an d sold over 9 million units…..Music would never be the same again.
His legacy, however, is undisputed. Professionally, he is still the world’s best-selling male pop artist, with record sales in excess of 750 million.
Michael Jackson will always be remembered.”
Trully, The King of Pop whom we saw his fame to decline will forever be in our hearts.