21 Jul

The music and life of Michael Jackson

Michael Jacksons impact

Avoiding Michael Jackson’s music is like trying to avoid traffic in Los Angeles Peak hour on the freeway. Many artists have entered a Sydney Recording studio with him as the guiding spirit of performance.

Similarly, avoiding sexual abuse stories of late is almost impossible.

Leaving Neverland is an intense four-hour documentary which examines the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck

A timeline of Jacksons life

  1. Michael was born in Gary, Indiana.
  2. The Jackson Five reléase “I want you back”
  3. Michael begins his association with Quincy Jones. First plastic surgery after breaking his nose in a dance routine. First plastic surgery after breaking his nose.
  4. 1982. He releases the album Thriller
  5. 1984. He burns his hand badly in an accident.
  6. 1986. MJ buys a pet chimp named Bubbles.
  7. 1987. Michael releases the album Bad,
  8. 1988. He constructs the fantasy “Neverland” ranch in California complete with an amusement park.

1993–  Jackson Is accused of molesting Jordan Chandler, a 13-year-old child, at Neverland. The family reportedly settles for $26 million dollars.

  1. 1994. Michael Marries Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. They marry in a small ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Michael and Lisa Marie divorce two years later.
  2. 1996. Jackson marries Debbie Rowe, the house nurse.
  3. 1997. Prince Michael Jackson is born.

1998- Paris Michael Katherine is born.

  1. 2002. Jackson dangles Prince Michael the 2nd, from a Berlin hotel balcony in front of fans.
  2. 2003. A documentary airs in which Jackson reveals to the interviewer Martin Bashir that he shared a bed with a young boy, saying: “It’s a beautiful thing.”

Nov 2003. The police arrest Michael for molesting 12-year-old Gavin Arvizo. Gavin was a friend of the family.

2005.The charges are acquitted.

  1. Jackson dies in Los Angeles ahead of a planned series of re-emergence concerts in London.

A brief history of MJ

He made his performance debut in 1964 with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. MJ  started his solo career in 1971 with Motown Records, and in the early 1980s, became a huge force in popular music.

His videos, including “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are acclaimed as breaking racial barriers and changing the médium of music videos into an art form. In fact they are credited with bringing the show MTV to fame. Bad (1987) is the first álbum in history to contain 5 US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles. He continued to innovate throughout the 1990s with videos such In he 1990s he continued strongly and released “Black or White” and “Scream”. The techniques employed on these albums paved the way for many a Sydney Recording studio.

He gained reputation as an exciting live artista and toured he world. Jackson also made popular intricate dance techniques such as the robot and the moonwalk. His sound and dance moves have influenced millions.

Sales and breaking records

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 66 million copies worldwide. In total his sales were in excess of 350 million. This doesn’t include youtube and streaming services.  His other huge selling albums, include Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995). He won dozens of awards (another record he holds in the history of pop)

 

Michael has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once. Furthermore he is the only pop vocalist to have been introduced into the Dance Hall of Fame. His accomplishments include Guinness world records (as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time). He won 15 Grammy Awards. Furthermore, Jackson won 26 American Music Awards (much more than any other singer). Similarly he had 13 number-one US singles. Jackson is the 1st performer to gain a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 over 5 different decades. In 2016, his estate gained $825 million dollars, the highest annual number for a superstar recorded by Forbes.

The changes of the 80s

As the 1980s progressed, Michael became a person of controversy for his slowly changing look his, relationships, and his lifestyle. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing a child of a close family friend. The allegation was settled outside of court with a suspected huge amount of money. Similarly in 2005, he went tried and acquitted of other child abuse charges and several other discrepancies. In 2009, while training for a run of new concerts, Jackson overdosed on sedatives given by his private doctor, Conrad Murray. Jackson’s supporters everywhere were grieving. His public memorial service was televised live. In 2019, the documentary Leaving Neverland  made known the truth about this superstar. The sound track was recorded in a voice over studio similar to Crash Symphony Productions.

Questions for us all to answer.

After the documentary aired they both faced constant abuse online. This in iteself  is a sign of the strong sense of denial that consumes people when they don’t want to face the fact that their idol was possibly a monster.

Consequently the documentary left people on the Street debating weather or not to listen to Michael Jacksons music again.

But of course we will. Above all, society will continue to venerate him and remember him as the musical phenomenon, not a pedophile

His musical accomplishments will be more remembered than his abuse. Artists will continue to enter a Sydney Voice over studio with him in mind as the inspiration. His legacy will live on and the radio stations will play his music like they always have. Those who were abused and their families will feel the pain every time people put  on one of his songs.

Injustices persist

There are a number of reasons for this strange imbalance in society.

Above all, it is not the fault of the victims, but rather of those who want to defend the indefensible.

Finally, MJ’s fame will outlive the crimes, like many of histories greatest criminals. Furthermore, Michael was a complicated individual who was traumatized in his own childhood. Similarly fought to get where he got and somehow his difficult childhood and struggle caused a set of inexcusable behaviours to be ignored in order for him to achieve his huge fame. As a result, around him who knew what was happening (and there were many) somehow though it was ok not to report him because of his superstardom.