Friday, June 26, 2009

In Memory of Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Yesterday, if you are one of the very few people unaware of the events happening, legendary pop star Michael Jackson suddenly died in Los Angeles, California. He was 50. Jackson was prepping a series of comeback shows in London, but some of the shows had to be postponed. Those shows are no longer going to happen now.

While the last 20 years of Jackson's career may have been overshadowed by his bizarre personal life, but there's no denying that Jackson was one talented man. While some cynics will brush a hit artists success and record sales, everyone saw that Jackson was a very talented person, and the 26 million albums sold of Thriller in the US alone solidifies that statement. Michael Jackson crossed racial and cultural boundaries from the day he entered the music world. One cannot deny that songs like "Can't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" are great songs, in a way people cannot deny the Beatles or Elvis were great. His moves, pop melodies and album sales may be emulated, as seen with many new pop artists today, but they can never truly repeat the greatness of Michael Jackson. He was some who demanded universal respect.

Jackson personal life may have been a sordid one, but one has to look at this personal life as a tragic life. Thrust into the spotlight at a young age, Jackson never really had a real childhood. Not only that, but managing his career was the famously antagonistic and abusive Joe Jackson, his father nonetheless. He was under a bigger spotlight that most child stars were under, and the stress obviously took a toll on him. Not only that but there were the series of freak accidents, the disease Vitiligo and of course the sordid accusations of child molestation in the 90s and the 00s.

One should not look at Jackson's personal life, but look at his professional life. He was great artist. He is one of the very few artists that is known by every one in the world. People will never forget the ultimate pop icon and his music will live on.

RIP Michael Jackson, you will be missed.

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