27 June 2009

HIStory

Michael Jackson is not an entertainer to me, he is trully an artist, genius mastermind, talented, inventing. He wrote beautiful songs; incorporated rock, soul, r'n b, pop, disco, funk, and electronic music. His legendary Moonwalk first performed on the 1983 television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, and was considered his signature move. He brought music video into the higher stage; the epic of Thriller, Beat It, Smooth Criminal. The eclectic of Leave Me Alone, Black or White. The grandiose Remember The Time and Scream (the most expensive music video ever made at a cost of $7 million). The simply beautiful Stranger In Moscow and Childhood. He is known as perfectionist freak-managing every element in his music and performance.

Michael Jackson in 1976


Four of his ten solo albums sold over 15 million copies worldwide with total sale about 750 million copies (from all ten). His album Thriller received 8 Grammy Award, the album holds the record as best selling album of all time with approximately 65 million copies sold.

Michael Jackson in 1992


Dangerous, 1991 album


In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony Music for $65 million; a record breaking deal at the time. It's reported that Michael wrotes nearly 100 song and spent 16 months in studios to record his 1991 album, Dangerous. The album contains 14 songs which almost dared the capacity of early 90's compact discs. Dangerous was initially released in a large box with a picture of Jackson's eyes, which folded open to reveal the normal cover (painted by pop surrealist Mark Ryden), in pop-up card, with the CD and booklet in the bottom. Dangerous was greatly anticipated, as shown by an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport, where a group of armed robbers stole 30,000 copies before its official release. All nine singles were released in the UK, seven reaching the Top 10 - an achievement Jackson had never made before. In the US, the singles did not perform as well as those from Thriller or Bad - Dangerous produced four Top 10 hits out of seven singles released there.

Michael Jackson in 1993


Michael Jackson in 1995


In 1995, Jackson merged his Northern Songs (publisher of songs written by Lennon and McCartney) catalogue with Sony's publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jackson retained half-ownership of the company, earned $95 million upfront as well as the rights to even more songs. He then released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, HIStory Begins, was a 15-track greatest hits album, the second disc, HIStory Continues, contained 15 new songs. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. It is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all-time, with 20 million copies (40 million units) sold worldwide. HIStory received a Grammy nomination for best album.

His last album was Invincible, released in 2001. Despite having lack of promotion, to date, Invincible has sold 11 million copies worldwide.

Michael is a self taught musician, he never learn music. The only teacher for him is his Father, Joseph Jackson. In Jackson's other high profile interview, Living with Michael Jackson (2003), the singer covered his face with his hand and began crying when talking about his childhood abuse. Jackson recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you." His loneliness and his traumatic childhood are evident in his songs such as Stranger In Moscow and Childhood.

Michael Jackson in 1976


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 experienced technical difficulties, and crashed at 3:15 AM reportedly due to excessive edits and user overload.

In the hours following Jackson'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 Jackson 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, thirty nine of Jackson's songs were in the Top 100 best selling songs list

Michael wrote his music by his voice, he wrote the songs by composing lyrics and not the music, because the music "will write itself." As musician he was a great instrumentalist with the ability to play piano, guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet.

The Neverland


His interest in children and childhood became an uncontrolled obsession. He built a theme park called Neverland. Neverland is a fictional world whom Peterpan living in. Some psychologists consider that Michael suffered Peterpan Syndrome-a term used to describe an adult who is socially immature. The term has been used informally by both laypeople and some psychology professionals in popular psychology since the 1983 publication of The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up, by Dr. Dan Kiley.

Michael's death is a kind a shocking for me. I'm one of his big fan since I was a child. I have all of his post-Motown albums, his music videos and documentaries. One of my biggest influences in life-as an artist or just as a simple kind of human being. Michael was one of the most popular man on earth but his wealth and popularity isolated him from normal life. His neverending search of love and life teach me much. May Allah be with you always Michael. I'm glad he died as a Muslim. Phisically, he died at 50, but for me Michael died as a child, a pure child...


"Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon"

-written by Buz Kohan, performed by Michael Jackson-


4 comments:

noe said...

bener bgt!!! dia emang punya pengaruh besar!! he is a real legend!!! long live jacko!!!! :')

Radit said...

Thanx for appreciating...

SHIDA ARUYA said...

mj is my all time favorite. he's god for me. i was being a crybaby for a week after i heard the news. He's such an inspiration <3

Radit said...

Ho oh, hahahahaha...