The King Of Pop

This weeks #TBT is all about THE Pop King

Michael Jackson

Not only did he rock the 70s and 80s, he was one of the defining stars of the entire 20th century who changed the contours of American culture.

MJ’s career began in 1964 in Indiana as an 8-year-old frontman for his family’s band, making them the Jackson 5. It wasn’t until ’69 that they gained national attention and were relocated to Los Angeles. By 1970, Jackson 5 became a sensation, prior to record-breaking hits “ABC” and “The Love You Save”.

It was 1971 when Michael Jackson sorta spun into a solo act and the Jackson 5’s music career slowed down. During the 70s was Michael was being discovered as a solo artist and began appearing in featured musical shows and albums while still trying to maintain Jackson 5.

Before Michael’s solo career really took off, Jackson 5 released Destiny, raising fame to both the band and Michael himself. It was 1979 when MJ established a force of his own, with his Off The Wall album, reaching number four on Billboard Hot 100.

It was the early 80s that MJ began collaborating on his own and really made himself heard. Paul McCartney and Van Halen were big attributes to his soft rock leanings, and metallic hard rock jabs, respectfully, turning the remainder of that album (Thriller) from disco to pop to soul to effortlessly display his range. It was this album and the single release of “Billie Jean” and its music video, that broke MTV’s then unspoken racial barrier. After Jackson, the network began playing more black acts.

It was this album, Thriller, that had pushed MJ into the stratosphere. The album racked up 37 weeks at number one and sold 29 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album (currently, taking the number two spot under the Eagles’ Greatest Hits album). It was also this time that Jackson unveiled his signature moonwalk dance.

The Moonwalk by MJ

After tango-ing with the movie scene and bouncing back with Jackson 5, it wasn’t until the late 80s (1987) that Jackson released his next hit album, Bad. “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man In The Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana” all reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was this Bad World Tour that broke records across the globe, and in its wake, start calling himself “The King of Pop”. This was Jackson’s period of massive success.

We could discuss all of his negatives and flaws but who would he be without them. Lets remember MJ for the legend he was and carry on his pop legacy.

The best of the best have been put in to a special playlist for you, and always remember, “if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make the CHANGE”.


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