9 Song Covers That Topped Charts Like the Original

Sources: Wall St Cheat Sheet – By Michelle Regaldo | All Things Michael

Song covers can be tricky, as there are always those who naysay making any changes to classic tracks. Still, there are a select few covers that managed to become as popular as the originals, with both versions hitting the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here are 9 songs that reached No. 1 by two different artists.

1. “Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence
Cover: Donny Osmond

 

Lawrence released the second recording of this song (the first was recorded by Bobby Vee) in late 1962. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.

While there have been many covers of the song after Lawrence’s version, Osmond’s is the only other take on the track to also reach No. 1. The cover topped the charts in 1971, maintaining the top spot for three weeks and making “Go Away Little Girl” the first song to become a No. 1 hit single on the Hot 100 by two different artists.

2. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
Cover: Mariah Carey

The soul song was originally released as the first single from the vocal quintet’s Third Album in 1970. The track ended up becoming The Jackson 5’s fourth No. 1 hit in a row and their final No. 1 as a group. It also became the group’s most successful track ever released, with 6.1 million copies worldwide.

Carey’s cover was recorded during her appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992. The song was a last-minute addition to her setlist and was performed as a romantic duet, with Carey singing Michael Jackson’s lines and R&B singer Trey Lorenz singing Jermaine Jackson’s lines. The duet version ended up becoming so popular, that her label, Columbia Records, decided to release it as a single off her EP, MTV Unplugged, even though that wasn’t their original plan. The track became her sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for two weeks, and also became her biggest hit outside North America at the time.

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Five Music Videos That Made The 80s Great

Sources: 93 XRT – By Mollie Olsem| All Things Michael

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By the time MTV premiered in 1981, music videos had already established themselves as a part of American history, but that didn’t stop the new channel from revolutionizing the way music was played on television. Beginning on August 1st, 1981, just after midnight with a voice over speaking “Ladies and Gentleman, rock and roll,” and the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” MTV brought music into homes across the country.  Thanks to MTV, the 1980s saw many incredible music videos that defined the decade’s style.  Here are five of the music videos that made the 80s great:

Thriller by Michael Jackson: Despite a built-in disclaimer about his disbelief in the occult, Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller” became an instant Halloween classic. The video starts with Jackson, in his red and yellow varsity jacket, and his date walk through the woods at night after running out of gas.  It’s at this point that the full moon appears and the young man transforms into a werewolf (how romantic!). Turns out that it’s just a movie Jackson and his girlfriend are watching. When she leaves in horror, Jackson chases her into the street to calm her down with a song and dance.  The spooky saga continues with some undead zombies and the synchronized dance we all pretend not to know every move of.

Take On Me by A-Ha:  Norwegian synth-pop, pencil sketch animation and a little romance: what’s not to love?  This video was released in 1985 and took home six MTV Video Music Awards the following year.  The video follows a young woman who is pulled into a comic book and away from her coffee by a young, handsome racecar driver.  Together they explore a black and white sketchbook world and evade the driver’s angry opponents, one of which is British actor Philip Jackson. In the end, the girl returns to her world and brings the driver with her.  How well he adjusted to this 3-D world, we’ll never know.

Money for Nothing by Dire Straits: Starting with a shout-out to MTV, the video continues with cutting-edge computer animation of a few guys and their pup watch television and clips of the band performing live.  At the time, Mark Knopfler was not on board with the colorful concept, but MTV was insistent.  After much convincing, Knopfler gave the go-ahead and the computer-animated men and dog were born.  “Money for Nothing” won Video of the Year at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper: This girl-power anthem  won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video and features Lauper dancing around New York City with her fabulous gal pals.  What’s remarkable about this video is its incredibly low budget and everyone who pitched in to help.  Almost everyone from Lauper’s manager, attourney and brother appear in the video as dancers and extras.  Lorne Michaels even loaned Lauper his new million-dollar digital editing equipment to create the final product. Also remarkable: the fashion.

Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel:  Although the technology was not new at the time, the stop-motion animation in Peter Gabriel’s video for “Sledgehammer” brought the lyrics of the song to life and lead to Gabriel winning nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987. According to MTV, it quickly became the most played music video in the history of the channel.  It took a large team of animators, including the studio famous for Wallace and Gromit, and required Gabriel to sit under a large sheet of glass for 16 hours, filming one frame at a time.  The video also features Gabriel’s two young daughters, winning him the Coolest Dad of the Year award from daughters everywhere.

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Michael Jackson Love Songs

Source: All Things Michael | Michael Jackson

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This list of love song spans Michael’s entire discography from Steeltown Records  to his adult solo career.  It covers not only his songs about love and romance, but also inspirational themes with a message. They are listed by era, but in no particular order.

These songs will take you back to that special place when you first heard them!

If I’ve missed any, please let me know in the comments and I will add them.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥

From All Things Michael

JACKSON 5 ERA (Covers Songs With Michael As Lead Or Co-Lead)

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Wings of My Love

Maria (You Were The Only One)

Girl Don’t Take Your Love From Me

Coming Home

Lulu

I Wanna Be Where You Are

Love Song

Who’s Lovin’ You

A Fool For You

Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone

If I Don’t Love You This Way

We’ve Got A Good Thing Going

Ain’t No Sunshine 

Got To Be There

All The Things You Are

Up Again

Too Young

Doggin’ Around

Cinderella Stay Awhile

Happy

We Got Forever

We’re Almost There

Take Me Back

One Day In Your Life

Just A Little Bit of You

You Are There

Dear Michael (Love Song To His Fans)

I’ll Come Home To You

Just A Misunderstanding

Farewell My Summer Love

You Really Got A Hold On Me

Melodie

Touch The One You Love

Girl You’re So Together

Call On Me

Here I am (Come And Take Me)

Darlin’ Dear

I Want You Back

You Made Me What I Am

You’re My Best Friend, My Love

That’s What Love Is Made Of

Love’s Gone Bad

When I Come of Age

It’s Too Late to Change the Time

Never Can Say Goodbye

The Love You Save

I’ll Be There

Maybe Tomorrow

Petals

The Wall

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If I Have To Move A Mountain

Don’t Want To See Tomorrow

(We’ve Got) Blue Skies

My Little Baby

It’s Great To Be Here

Honey Chile

Nobody

I Was Made To Love Her

Don’t Know Why I Love You

It All Begins And Ends With Love

Love Is The Thing You Need

(Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need

ABC

Never Had A Dream Come True

True Love Can Be Beautiful

La La Means I Love You

Get It Together

Don’t Say Good Bye Again

Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

We Can Have Fun

Ready or Not (Here I Come)

Can I See You In The Morning

The Love Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

Lavender Blue

Don’t Let Your Baby Catch You

You Ain’t Giving Me What I Want (So I’m Taking It All Back)

I Hear a Symphony

Lookin’ Through The Window

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I Can Only Give You Love

You Can Cry on My Shoulder

Little Bitty Pretty One

Man’s Temptation

To Know

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That’s How Love Is

Love Call

Buttercup

Loves In Different Flavors

Born To Love You

Can You Remember

Standing in the Shadows of Love

Big Boy (Steeltown)

We Don’t Have To Be Over 21 To Fall In Love (Steeltown)

You’ve Changed

Lucky Day

One More Chance

Moving Violation

Through Thick and Thin

My Forever Came Today

(You Were Made) Especially For Me

Honey Love

All I Do Is Think Of You

Breezy

Ooh, I’d Love To Be With You

Touch

I Can’t Quit Your Love

Uppermost

Make Tonight All Mine

Pride and Joy

Window Shopping

Michael The Lover (Steeltown Records)

My Girl (Steeltown Records)

Under The Boardwalk (Steeltown Records)

JACKSON ERA

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Lovely One

This Place Hotel (aka Heartbreak Hotel)

Time Waits for No One

Your Ways

Give It Up

Enjoy Yourself

Good Times

Blue Away

Find Me A Girl

Style of Life

Push Me Away

Different Kind Of Lady

Even Though You’re Gone

Heaven Knows I Love You Girl 

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Girlfriend

I Can’t Help It

It’s The Falling In Love

Rock With You

She’s Out Of My Life

THRILLER ERA

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The Girl Is Mine

The Lady In My Life (Full Version)

Baby Be Mine

P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)

Human Nature

Got The Hots

Carousel

BAD ERA

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The Way You Make Me Feel

Liberian Girl (Especially for Valentine’s Day)

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

Get It – Stevie Wonder featuring Michael Jackson

Fly Away

“Todo Mi amor eres tu” (I Can’t Stop Loving You- Spanish)

Je ne veux pas la fin de nous (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – French)

DANGEROUS ERA

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Remember The Time

In The Closet

She Drives Me Wild

Someone Put Your Hand Out

Give In To Me

If You Don’t Love Me (Unreleased)

Can’t Let Her Get Away

She’s Got It (Unreleased)

Serious Effect (Unreleased)

Dangerous

HISTORY ERA

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You Are Not Alone

INVINCIBLE AND BEYOND

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Heaven Can Wait

Butterflies

Break of Dawn

One More Chance

Behind The Mask

Strength of One Man

You Rock My World

Beautiful Girl

You Are My Life

Whatever Happens

Love Never Felt So Good

Speechless

(I Like) The Way You Love Me

Best of Joy

Much Too Soon

Loving You

INSPIRATIONAL /LOVE SONGS (All ERAS)

Source: Extreme Michael Jackson

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Man In The Mirror

Children of The Light

We Are The World

Show You The Way To Go

Living Together

Be Not Always

Think Happy

Someone In The Dark

We Are Here To Change The World

Can You Feel It

I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)

Another Part Of Me

In Our Small Way

Doctor My Eyes

History

Christmas Won’t Be The Same This Year

We’ve Already Had Enough

Reach In

Heal The World

Black or White

Will You Be There (NAACP Love Tribute To Michael For Entertainer of The Year)

Eternal Light

World of Sunshine

Man of War

Do What You Wanna

Jump For Joy

Stand

With a Child’s Heart

Euphoria

Lost Children

Earth Song

Keep The Faith

Someday At Christmas

Give Love On Christmas Day

We’re Here To Entertain You

Tony Succar’s Latin MJ Tribute: “The One Thing That Stood Out In Michael’s Music Was Love”

Sources: Latin Post – By Melissa Catellanos | All Things Michael

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What do you get when you combine fiercely talented Latinos, award-winning multi-instrumentalists, artists, and a Peruvian-American musical arranger who loves salsa and Michael Jackson?

The first-ever Latin album salute to the King of Pop called “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” which is the brainchild of producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar.

Succar, a young Peruvian-American percussionist who was born in Lima, Peru and lives in Miami, Florida, has been a huge MJ fan his entire life. After the pop icon’s passing, he was inspired to carry on his legacy and revive Jackson’s sound, but with a Latin spin.

“Michael influenced me so much and inspired all of us,” Succar said. He also reiterated that Jackson’s songs not only celebrate all different cultures and racial backgrounds, but the overall “unification of human beings for a better tomorrow.”

“The one thing that stood out in Michael’s music was love. The reality was unity,” Succar added. “I also wanted the title to stand for something: a real marriage between Latin roots and American pop culture, and to help keep Michael’s legacy alive.”

“Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” which will be released on April 14, 2015, will feature over 100 musicians including Latin superstars Tito Nieves, Jon Secada, Obie Bermúdez, among many other notable artists and musicians.

“I think you’re going to love this project and enjoy the experience,” Secada said.

“The result is Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as ‘Thriller,’ ‘Billie Jean,’ and ‘I Want You Back’ married with glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, resulting in innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy,” according to Universal Music Latino.

Puerto Rican singer Jean Rodriguez lends his suave vocals to Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the first single from the project.

“The song seems set for Latin dance floors and radio from the first minute, thanks to the congas and horns punctuating the framework of the original song — plus, Rodriguez brings some urban Latino love to the English vocals,” Billboard added.

“This album has a lot of potential,” Rodriguez said.

“American funk, soul, jazz-all those styles that were influencing Michael- were inspired from African music,” Succar added. “Same with Afro-Peruvian music, Cuban music. These songs were meant to be. Their original flavor lends itself to these Latin rhythms.”

You can’t keep Jackson’s legacy alive without help from the masters who were behind the King of Pop.

“Even the horn lines, I would transcribe them from Quincy Jones’ productions and then apply them to the arrangement in a different way,” Succar explained. “The essence of every song was respected. I gave it my best to create this very thin line between what Michael did with his production and what I brought to the project.”

While Succar is the producer and arranger, “Unity” also features two tracks – “Earth Song” and “Smooth Criminal,” which are mixed by Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien with Nick Valentín. Grammy winner Carlos Álvarez engineered the rest of the album and achieved “a sonically crisp sound.”

How did Succar’s musical labor of love come to fruition?

Succar recorded a salsa arrangement of “Thriller” for a Halloween party, which received a lot of buzz and an encouraging reaction after he put it on iTunes. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs. After such a welcoming reception, the idea for the album was born.

“That sparked it,” Succar explained. “I was such a fan. I felt like I had to do something.”

With that said, Succar spearheaded a $10,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the album, according to Billboard. The album also supports The UNITY Project, “an innovative sound that interconnects elements of American Pop, Jazz, Tropical, and World Music with the enduring foundations of the King of Pop.”

While pulling off the recording was “not as easy or economical as Succar had originally predicted,” Kickstarter backers will finally see Succar’s hard work come to fruition this Spring. Universal Music Classics in partnership with Universal Music Latin Entertainment will release the album.

The 2015 Grammys may have just wrapped up, but Latino music lovers and American pop culture aficionados can get still their music fix with a creative Latin spin on Jackson’s most celebrated hits.

“It’s also a reminder to the world that Latinos love Michael Jackson,” added La India, a featured vocalist on “Unity.”

“Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson” will be released on April 14, 2015.

Check out “UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson Teaser 2015.”

Also, check out the video for the first single for “Smooth Criminal,” which premiered on Vevo January 13, 2015.

Here’s also a complete track listing for “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson:”

01: I Want You Back (featuring Tito Nieves)

02: Billie Jean (featuring Jean Rodriguez)

03: Man in the Mirror (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

04: Sera Que No Me Amas (featuring Michael Stuart)

05: Earth Song (featuring India)

06: Human Nature (featuring Jon Secada)

07: Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (featuring Obie Bermúdez & Jennifer Peña)

08: Black or White (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

09: Smooth Criminal (featuring Jean Rodriguez)

10: They Don’t Care About Us (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

11: Thriller (featuring Kevin Ceballo)

12: You Are Not Alone (featuring Tito Nieves and Tito Nieves Jr.)

(Produced and arranged by Tony Succar, mixed by: Carlos Alvarez, Bruce Swedien* & Nick Valentin* (*track 5 and 9)

 

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Students Study Michael Jackson For Black History Month

Source: Loudoun County Schools | All Things Michael

American pop-star Michael Jackson performs during his "HIStory World Tour" concert in Vienna in this file photo

Loudoun County, VA – Loundoun County Public Schools will celebrate National African American History Month for February in honor of the achievements and culture of black Americans.

Catoctin Elementary will feature an activity called, “Discovering the Composer, the Singer, the Songwriter, the Dancer, the Experience of Michael Jackson” for the entire month of February. Students will experience the music of African-American musician Michael Jackson. They will use the interactive Nintendo Wii Michael Jackson game to dance and listen to his music.

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Legacy Elementary will study African-American music. Students will perform African-American singing games and songs, experience African-American styles of music, such as ragtime, blues and jazz. Students also will study the music of famous African-American musicians including: Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Marian Anderson, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson. This activity will also take place throughout the month of February.

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Smooth Moves: Slim Down To A Cool Michael Jackson Inspired Workout

Sources: SiLive.com | All Things Michael

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If raising the arms was painful for a co-worker this week, he or she might have been at the Slim Down.

Fitness director Donny D-Fine Brandefine led a Michael Jackson Workout Party at the Bernikow Jewish Community Center for the free 10-week program’s second Fitness Surprise.

Dressed for the part in a sparkly fedora, Brandefine had the 250-plus crowd (full disclosure, we have to get better at counting) “dancing” through moves with their  their ams in the air, and with a variety of squats, planks, push-ups and sit-ups.

Fitness Director at the Bernikow JCC, Donny "D-Fine" Brandefine, second from right, led the Fitness Surprise in a Michael Jackson Workout Party. He is joined by John Lamberti, group exercise coordinator; Joe Goonan, head trainer, and Nikhil Meiner, trainer. (Staten Island Advance/Kathryn Carse)

Fitness Director at the Bernikow JCC, Donny “D-Fine” Brandefine, second from right, led the Fitness Surprise in a Michael Jackson Workout Party. He is joined by John Lamberti, group exercise coordinator; Joe Goonan, head trainer, and Nikhil Meiner, trainer. (Staten Island Advance/Kathryn Carse)

Yes, those co-workers may have been getting in and out of the chairs slowly too.

It wasn’t only the arms. Abs, glutes, legs and back, are on also on the list of muscles that got some action.

Brandefine contributed his own “gravity defying,” ab and glute exercise, inspired by Michael Jackson’s leaning on air in “Smooth Criminal.”  Let’s just say the crowd leaned back for an amazing stretch.

Donny "D-Fine" Brandefine led the packed gym in his own gravity defying, ab and glute exercise, inspired by Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

Donny “D-Fine” Brandefine led the packed gym in his own gravity defying, ab and glute exercise, inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

There was one well earned water break, but the evening wasn’t all about how much torture we could endure.

Fernie and Joan Godette got each other laughing like a pair of newlyweds. It was the Meiers Corners couple’s first Slim Down. She suggested it and he agreed.

“She didn’t think I would come, but I fooled her. I’m happy I came and got a good workout,” said Godette.

“I’m definitely gonna come back,” said Mrs. Godette.

Not everyone at the Slim Down is getting into shape. Great Kills resident Rob O’Connor is trim and muscular from working out with his girlfriend three to four times a week, but he has a good reason to come to the Fitness Surprise.

“I’m here to support my dad and help him lose weight,” said the 25-year-old. “It’s hard to go by yourself. So I’m doing the opposite of when you are a kid and your dad says, ‘I’ll hold your hand till you don’t need me.’ ”

“I taught him how to play golf; I think it’s a fair trade,” quipped his dad Charles.

Brandefine also demonstrated he is not stuck in the 80s when he produced a selfie stick and took this picture.

 

See workout clip here

 

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ESSENCE Poll: What’s Your Top Moment in Grammys History?

Sources: Essence – Taylor Lewis | All Things Michael

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Not that it’s any surprise, but Sunday night’s Grammys awards show is shaping up to be one that’s sure to have us talking for weeks to come.

We want to know, what’s your favorite Grammys moment of all time? Was it Michael Jackson’s showstopping 1988 performance of “Man in the Mirror,” Tina Turner and Beyonce’s hot 2008 collab or Lauryn Hill rackin’ up all of her awards in 1998? Were you feeling Whitney Houston’s 1994 show-opening rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” or the Queen Latifah-led mass same-sex wedding ceremony last year?

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The 10 Best GRAMMY Awards Performances Ever

Sources: Daily Mail – By Katie Amey| All Things Michael

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It’s recently been announced that Madonna will, once again, be gracing the GRAMMY Awards stage with what is sure to be an epic performance.

Broadcast from the Staples Centre in LA on February 8, this year’s awards ceremony will, for the 57th year, bring together the biggest names in music for a night of shocking wins, devastating losses and, best of all, incredible live music.

To celebrate, we’re looking back at some of the most awe-inspiring performances in GRAMMY Awards history. From Taylor Swift and Adele to Kanye West and Michael Jackson, there’s been no shortage of mega-watt star power over the years..

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There has never been – and there will never be – a performer quite as accomplished as the King of Pop.

Michael Jackson took to the stage for his solo GRAMMYs debut in 1988 – and his one-man show would later be heralded as one of the top moments of his career.

His mesmerising (not to mention, unprecedented) 10 minute-long performance included a medley of massive hits, such as The Way You Make Me Feel and Man In The Mirror.

Rembert Explains the ’80s: Michael Jackson At The 1988 Grammy Awards

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