Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death June 25

1 Year Anniversary of Micheal Jackson's Death.

Its hard to believe that a year has gone by since Michael Jackson was apparently killed by a drug overdose by his own doctor.

The fateful day June 25, 20009 turned heads around the world and caused millions to openly grieve in the streets.

A billion or 2 tuned in to watch his stunning memorial tribute in Los Angeles, California broadcast live around the planet.

Michael Jackson has seen no shortage of controversy around his life from child star to superstar.

Between you and me, I never really caught the Michael Jackson or Madonna "fever" in the 1980's and 90's.

I rejected both entertainers in favour of my fabulous Canadian bands which I thought wrote more intelligent lyrics with great political insight and meaning, rather then that trashy American Pop written to appeal on a commercial level to appeal to the most common denominator.

Well, a decade or so later now, I have slowly come around and can really love and appreciate both Micheal and Madonna as well as some other US bands from that era for what they are: Great!

Wikipedia says "Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by the 'Guinness World Records'."

What made me notice there was more about MJ then Pop and killer dance moves was his Earth Song. This was the genre of music I was supporting coming from Canadian artists at the time.

Earth Song VIDEO

When researching some links for you to compile about Michael, on the anniversary of the singers death, I was surprised at how many awards he was nominated for but didn't win. But win he did....

According to the Internet Movie Data Base some of his awards included:

1985 Won Grammy Best Video Album
for: Thriller (1983) (TV)

1994 Won MTV Movie Award Best Movie Song
for: Free Willy (1993) For the song: "Will You Be There".

1984 Won People's Choice Award Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer

Thriller VIDEO

A re-release of the the Thriller video has received over 76 million views in less then a year.

Micheal Jackson's Bio on his "Official" Website states:

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records - are among the top-sellers of all time and “Thriller” holds the distinction as the largest selling album worldwide in the history of the recording industry with more than 70 million units sold. Additionally, singles released from the Thriller album sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, another all time record.


During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.

Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.


And then there is this thing about the Michael Jackson Flashmob. People around the world rehearse and rehearse for a spontaneous dance in a public place to a MJ song.

According to the Thrill the World website where you can learn the official dance moves, their 2009 event broke a World Record!

22,923 people danced in 32 countries and broke the Record Holders Republic! Volunteers in 278 events around the world Thrilled The World in 2009 raising over $85,000 USD for 80 charities!

Thrill The World encourages you to Start planning for 2010.
Our plan this year, is to have two (2) Thrill Times with a 12 hour difference in between.

The first Thrill Time will be at 11:00 AM GMT Saturday, October 23, 2010.

The second Thrill Time will be at 23:00 PM GMT Saturday, October 23, 2010.
(not Oct. 30th)

Can someone help me with the math on that for Pacific Standard Time (PST)? I think there is also a daylight saving change in their somewhere too.

I know for the 2009 event the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) organized a dance rehearsal class to learn the steps and then they joined thousands of people at the Vancouver event. The people who participated said they had a blast.

I haven't heard about any plans for this year, but if I do, I will be sure to let you know.

Amsterdam, Flash mob VIDEO

Here is a Thriller flash mob on a subway train! There are endless examples of this kind of tribute to Michael all over the internet and youtube.

Love him or hate him, I think he was one of the most influential musical superstars of the century.

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Best Wishes, Duane


Michael Jackson on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB)

The Official Michael Jackson Youtube Channel

Michael Jackson on Wikipedia

The Official Michael Jackson Site

Michael Jackson Bio

Thrill the World

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