Michael’s Music Genius In Song

Source: The Daily Star | Time | All Things Michael


From enlisting Eddie Van Halen for a guitar solo to borrowing the refrain “Mama-se, mama-sa, mama-coo-sa” from a Cameroonian saxophonist, Michael Jackson’s very best songs drew from influences far and wide. In remembrance of him on his fifth death anniversary (June 25), Here are the top six examples of the musical genius of the King of Pop.

6. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (1979)
This was the first song Jackson had full creative control over as a singer and songwriter, and it proved he was more than just a sweet kid. “Don’t Stop” came out squarely at the end of the disco era, and yet it’s so filled with energy and instruments — trumpet, flugelhorn, electric piano — that it doesn’t sound the least bit dated.

5. Never Can Say Goodbye (1971)
At 12, Michael’s voice is noticeably deeper than on earlier Jackson 5 songs — and deeper than on a lot of his later solo stuff too. In the verse, he ramps up the emotion gradually, easing his way up the scale until he bursts into the chorus, hitting all the high notes with astounding clarity.

4. Billie Jean (1983)
Based on a real-life incident in which a woman accused Jackson of fathering her twins, the song almost didn’t make it onto “Thriller” because Quincy Jones hated the bass line. Thumping and fraught, it feels like the soundtrack to a late-night walk through a bad neighbourhood. It successfully makes Jackson sound dangerous, which is no small feat.

3. I Want You Back (1969)
The effortlessness with which Jackson fuses the influence of Sly Stone and James Brown with his own innocent yelping is part of the appeal, but the whole song flies by with a whimsy and sweetness that was Jackson’s calling card well into his mid-20s. Only a person with the hardest of hearts could hear the chord progression of the Jackson 5′s greatest song and not get up and dance.

2. Man in the Mirror (1988)
Beyond offering a fleeting glimpse of autobiography (“I’m starting with the man in the mirror/ I’m asking him to change his ways”), it’s one of Jackson’s most powerful vocals and accessible social statements, not to mention the best-ever use of a gospel choir in a pop song.

1. Beat It (1983)
Jackson never got much credit for being a pioneer, but his melding of rock and R&B preceded the meeting of Run-DMC and Aerosmith by years. Besides featuring one of the best guitar solos in pop history (provided free of charge by Eddie Van Halen) it’s the best example of Jackson’s ability to bridge moods and genres. It’s tense and spooky, it rocks, and yet you can’t help but to dance to it. It’s Jackson’s best.


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7 Michael Jackson Songs That Deserve More Attention

Sources: Cleveland.com | All Things Michael


CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s been five years since the world lost one of its greatest hit makers.

News of Michael Jackson’s death consumed search engines and social media, changing the way we view celebrity culture. Yet, it was Jackson’s life and his music that left the biggest impact.

Everyone knows the huge hits like “Billie Jean,” “Bad” and “Beat It” (the list goes on). Yet, even Jackson, one of the most listened to artists of all time, has a few under-appreciated gems in his catalog. Here are seven:

“Just Good Friends” (featuring Stevie Wonder)

On the Stevie Wonder assisted “Just Good Friends,” Jackson goes into full 1980s funk mode, producing the sort of nostalgic factor that holds up well today. “Just Good Friends” was one of just two songs not released as a single from the album “Bad,” which is probably why it didn’t get as much attention as it deserved.


Jackson’s most underrated album is his 1991 new jack swing opus “Dangerous.” So it’s no surprise that the album’s fantastic title track slipped under the radar. Perhaps more than any other track, “Dangerous” captures Jackson’s knack for the dance-heavy pop of new jack swing. In fact, had Jackson gone on to produce more tracks like “Dangerous,” his career probably would have continued to thrive throughout the 1990s.

“They Don’t Really Care About Us”

Jackson focused more and more on social commentary during the mid-to-late 1990s, which is maybe why his “HIStory” album didn’t fare as well with critics or fans. “Scream” and “You Are Not Alone” were standouts on the charts, but “They Don’t Really Care About Us” showcases Jackson as his most inventive during that period. He wrote and produced the fist-pumping rock/hip-hop anthem that has aged very well.

“You Rock My World”

The last hit Jackson produced while he was alive was “You Rock My World,” a song that these days gets lost in the shuffle of early 2000s R&B. You have to erase the corny images of the video featuring Chris Tucker, but at its core “You Rock My World” is a brilliant soul song that underscores Jackson’s chemistry with co-writer Rodney Jerkins.

“Baby Be Mine”

It’s really hard to say there’s an underappreciated song on “Thriller,” the greatest selling album of all time, but if there is one it’s “Baby Be Mine.” The song lacks the epic nature of singles like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Plus, it follows “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” one of the greatest album openers ever. Still, “Baby Be Mine” is just as well written as any of those songs. It probably fits in better with the music from “Off The Wall,” an album some consider to be superior to “Thriller.”

“Working Day and Night”

After the brilliance of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” just about anything on Jackson’s breakthrough solo album seemed a little subdued. Yet, you could make the case that “Working Day and Night” is the best pure dance track on “Off the Wall.” The song’s percussion (some of the best you will ever here on a Jackson track) was the blueprint for Jackson’s posthumous, Timbaland-produced single “Love Never Felt So Good.”

“Ain’t No Sunshine”

Jackson showed early flashes of brilliance on his first two solo albums, “Got to Be There” and “Ben.” Yet, the best indication that we were witnessing an artist whose biggest days were still yet to come was Jackson’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The Bill Withers classic is a soul tune drenched in pain and heartache. To here Jackson capture that, as a younger teenager, is something to behold.


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Michael Jackson: A Look Back At Seven Of His Greatest Music Videos

Source: E Online - By Lily Harrison| All Things Michael


As well as being a hitmaker, dancer, actor and all-round performer, Michael Jacksonrevolutionized music videos.

The King of Pop created so many video masterpieces that it’s hard to pick which were the most groundbreaking.

On the five-year anniversary of his death, E! News takes a look back at seven of his most memorable music videos that were game changers for the music industry. Check them out now!

1. “Thriller”: This goes without saying, the music video for the single set the gold standard for what was to come from the singer. The almost 14-minute version was MTV’s first world premiere video and a defining moment in his illustrious career. Plus, zombies!

2. “Billie Jean”: Who could forget the suit, the famous white socks and the lit-up steps as Jackson showed off his trademark dance moves. The video incorporated so many of his signature styles that it will forever live on as one of the singer’s most iconic videos.

3. “Black or White”: The 1991 video debuted with an audience of over 500 million viewers, which was the most-watched music video ever at the time. The technique used to morph people’s faces onto one another was rare at the time and was met with rave reviews.

4. “Bad”: The full 18-minute short film was directed by none other than Martin Scorseseand took cues from West Side Story. Jackson’s 1986 hit quickly became one of the most famous songs and videos to date.

5. “Scream”: This music video made headlines after it was revealed that it cost approximately $7 million to make. It also caused a stir because it starred the singer’s famous sister, Janet Jackson.

6. “Remember the Time”: In 1992, Jackson starred alongside Eddie MurphyIman,Magic Johnson and more in the Egyptian-themed video.

7. “Smooth Criminal”: The 1987 video unveiled his classic anti-gravity lean forward and was later adapted into a short film that was the centerpiece of the film Moonwalker.

Read more: E Online

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Terrace Martin Can’t Stop Singing The Praises Of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’

Source: The Smoking Section – By J. Tinsley / All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Receives An Award

Want to test the knowledge of “music heads” while igniting one of the all-time great debates? Ask a group of people five simple words.

Off The Wall or Thriller?”

For Terrace Martin, the next three minutes and 49 seconds etch his answer in stone. The immensely talented musician from the Left Coast waxes all sorts of poetics about The King of Pop’s fifth solo album in part three of his “Influences” video series.

It’s difficult denying the impact and the all-around complexities that made Wall such a stand-alone project. The melodies, the mesh of styles, the fingerprints from some of music’s most iconic names like Wonder, Temperton, Jones, McCartney and more, the 1979 classic truly was a “gumbo of greatness” as T-Mart puts it. And yet, it’s next to impossible to deny an album like Thriller, a project which literally captivated the entire world.

The positive in all this, though? Some will side with OTW while others pledge their life savings and first born to Thriller. And they’ll do so knowing at the root of the equation, no true wrong answer exists.

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Hal Leonard Releases “Best Bass Lines Ever” Bass Play-Along Volume 46

Source: No Treble – By News Team


Hal Leonard has extended their “Bass Play-Along” series with the release of Best Bass Lines Ever: Bass Play-Along Volume 46.

As with all books in the Bass Play-Along series, Best Bass Lines Ever features tab, song audio and backing tracks.

The paperback edition comes with access to download/streaming audio to help you along.

Transcriptions include Rush’s “YYZ”, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Def Leppard’s “Hysteria,” Yes’ “Roundabout,” Guns ’N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” The Beatles’ “Taxman,” David Bowie & Queen’s “Under Pressure” and more.


Read more: http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/06/14/hal-leonard-releases-best-bass-lines-ever-bass-play-along-volume/


Watch Michael Jackson’s Amazing Spins Through The Years

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From the Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back” in 1970 to Michael Jackson‘s “Love Never Felt So Good” this spring, the King Of Pop has been entertaining us with a dazzling flurry of hit singles, record-breaking albums, stunning live performances and, particularly, jaw-dropping dance moves over the past five decades. Granted, we now have to watch those moves and performances in retrospect…which is exactly what we did in the wake of the recent release of MJ’s posthumous album Xscape.

Sure, there are many signature steps Jackson had that remain emblazoned on our minds: the moonwalk: that leg kick; the, um, crotch grab. But we decided to focus on his famous spins over the years for our latest Idolator Instant compilation.

In the video clip above, you’ll see a young, teen-aged Michael twirling effortlessly through various TV performances with his brothers. As the years moved on and his solo albums like Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad began smashing sales records, he kept his trademark spin going on the stage and in the then-flourishing medium of music videos.

Further albums like Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible followed, and despite the heavy trappings of fame and personal issues that plagued the entertainer in the later years of his career — or perhaps because of them — MJ kept turning rapidly while performing before our very eyes.

Click play above to watch Michael Jackson spin through the decades during his monumental reign as the one true King Of Pop


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June Black Music Month Spotlight: Michael Jackson

Source: All Things Michael (see more below)


What Is Black Music Month?

Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a commemoration to national proportions with extravaganza across the country.

In 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration. In 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month who declared the start of summer as a celebration for all the black “musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters [who] have made enormous contributions to our culture.”

“The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values.”

Michael Jackson


Michael began his musical career at the age of 5 as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 who formed in 1964. In these early years the Jackson 5, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and lead singer Michael played local clubs and bars in Gary Indiana and moving further afield as their talents grew.

In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller”, were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock ‘n’ roll.

Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the “Artist of the Century”); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.

source: niks95

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Michael Jackson was awarded the title of World’s Greatest Singer of all times, as he went first on a poll conducted by the British Magazine “New Musical Express.” According to “New Musical Express” Magazine, over 10 million people participated at the survey.

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Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Cats Hero Remix)

Source: Disco Filter


It takes some guts to attempt a remix of the King of Pop. Many try. Most fail. But a producer from Tunbridge Wells, UK has pulled it off.

Cats Hero’s remix of “Wanna Be Starting Something” makes Michael Jackson part robot and adds a modern nu-disco sheen to the original.

Cats Hero applies a similarly deft disco touch in this remix of the early 80s-era Blondie song “Rapture.” His newest work is a remix of the British electro-pop group MNRS.


Read more: http://www.discofilter.com/2014/05/michael-jackson-wanna-be-startin.html