And so the world has lost the King of Pop. Wow, I’m really blown away by this one. Michael Jackson was a true artistic genius, and despite his many oddities, this is how we will remember him. He found tremendous success early on in his career with the Jackson 5 and then moving on to make arguably the best pop album of all time, Thriller. 7/9 tracks made the Top 10, and Jackson was officially a superstar.
Michael could dance, he could sing and he could certainly keep us intrigued. I remember loving his songs as a child, and being troubled by the the allegations made against the ever-whitening star in his later years. I remember him holding “Blanket” out over a balcony, and I can picture the leagues of fans that stayed outside of the court each day of his 2004 trial. There was one woman in particular who released a dove with each charge that was dropped. To these fans, he could do no wrong.
Meanwhile, this is a man who has twice been accused of being a sex offender, but he will be remembered for The Moonwalk, for asking, “Annie, are you okay?” and for “Beat It.” It is our ability to overlook his faults, outlandishness and severe errors in judgment that made him all the more a star. He had an unquestionable impact on music and helped shape what music videos would become. His inventive choreography, rhinestone glove and infectious beats will overpower the memories of his troubling plastic surgeries, short and ever so puzzling marriage to Lisa Marie Presley and the Jesus Juice he allegedly served to minors.
According to Jackson’s record label, SONY, 5 of his solo albums (Off the Wall, “Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory) are among the top-sellers of all time. Over the course of his monumental career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. This unreal talent earned Jackson 13 Grammy Awards and the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.
For nearly 40 years, he intrigued us, in good times and in bad. We enjoyed his glorious highs, and we witnessed his terrible lows. Whether you endlessly love him or will be forever creeped out by him, all of these details are what made Michael the undeniable artistic genius he came to be. RIP Michael.
You will be missed.