Remembering Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was undoubtedly the most influential artist of the 20th century. There will be people who will challenge Michael's influence with other artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra; who all in their own right were ground breaking musicians. However, Michael was in a league of his own…
As we reach the third anniversary of the pop icons death, it only seemed right to show our appreciation to the legend, while shedding insight on the influence he has had upon the music industry.
The King of Pop reigns as the century's signature artist and his musical influence on subsequent artists has been simply unavoidable, from his immediate followers like Madonna and Bobby Brown, to later stars like Usher, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown.
We constantly witness current artists performing similar dance moves to Michael in an attempt to display the same raw talent that he possessed. Chris Brown is often left to perform tribute acts to the late icon; but nobody can quite compare to the late great Jackson. Since his passing, the artists that have been truly able to electrify an audience are few and far between.
He broke down racial barriers, making his music universal. He had an original sound that was a mesh of R&B and rock that listeners worldwide fell in love with. Not many can challenge the degree of precision that Michael Jackson had.
On the topic of his music, Michael re-defined the art of the music video with his classics ‘Thriller’, ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Billie Jean’ - it was a new art form, something the music industry had never seen, a cinematic experience that is often replicated by the new generation of pop and RnB stars.
Michael grew up on television; his child stardom was simultaneously the great blessing and curse of his life. In the later stages of his career, Michael attempted to re-live his childhood - the one thing he felt was stolen from him by the ruthless industry. The stars book ‘Moonwalk’, labelled after arguably the most famous dance move of all time, let us into the darker side of his life, revealing the mental torment he felt at such a young age. Michael was an artist in need of closure; unfortunately his all-consuming fame never truly allowed him to achieve that wish.
You can go anywhere across the world and say the name Michael Jackson – it will bring a smile to faces and prompt the recital of his lyrics; even an attempt to perform some of his most iconic dance moves. MJ was a brand. Not only was he a megastar, but he was a humanitarian and gave millions to charities worldwide. His compassion was overlooked at times and some spectators decided to remember Michael for all of the wrong reasons.
However, he should be remembered for breaking barriers of all kinds. He should be remembered for showing his fans that you can achieve anything you put your mind to - we are only limited by our power to dream.
He stole the hearts of listeners worldwide and his impact upon the music industry is immeasurable. Three years on from his tragic death on I'd like to share my personal top five songs from the iconic, misunderstood, King of Pop.
1. 'Man In The Mirror'
2. 'She's Out Of My Life'
3. 'Remember The Time'
4. 'Dirty Diana'
Let us know your favourite MJ tracks @mtvwrapup
Words: Kristian Galea (@Krissoappalled)