But Michael Jackson lost it after Thriller.
No, he did not. Even if that were true, Off the Wall and Thriller alone would be enough to permanently enshrine most white artists' legacy -- even in the minds of oh-so-discerning critics.
Yes, because we all know that huge commercial success in entertainment is a clear indicator of artistic merit.
I disagree. Michael Jackson was into a family-friendly Disneyfied phase when Madonna was doing sexy sex. Also keep in mind he released all of 3 albums since 1987. The justification is selling magazines and interest from their readers.
And, frankly, so is critical success
What is musically wrong with the Bad album?
Today, which of his post Jackson 5 songs are actually still ok? Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough, Bille Jean, Thriller, Beat it, and maybe Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. about 5 songs? Bad is like a horrible Novelty song.
First, no, I'm saying that commercial success is not an indicator of artistic merit. Sometimes there is a correlation. There is rarely causation.
And, to be fair (as I'm far from a Michael Jackson apologist/fan), if he did have vitiligo it would cause uneven skin coloration. It's hard to imagine any celebrity (or indeed, anyone) that wouldn't be seriously tempted to even out a blotchy appearance.
Jaliman said the photos show a loss of pigmentation consistent with vitiligo, a chronic disorder that causes depigmentation in patches of skin.
"From looking at the photographs, it looks like Michael Jackson does have vitiligo," Jaliman said, pointing to the uneven discoloration of his skin.
I do find it interesting that everyone is going "Oh, poor Whitney Houston" but never gave MJ that sympathetic attitude. They were both drug addicts, and they died from drugs. And so did Bob Fosse, to a big extent.
I interpreted these as a child star trying to recreate his image and be recognized as an adult and a sexual being and overdoing it. Lots of child stars go through this, and none of them ever seem to fully recover. See Britney and Christina.
Which makes me wonder if that's why everybody's talking, yet again, about how weird MJ was.
He had many families around, many children, he was never secretive about it. There was no evidence and no conviction of a crime.
And he was pointing out that quantization does tend to suck the soul out of music in a way that is hard to replace in other ways.
since Jackson, pop stars have often been graded more on how they look than on how they sound.
This is a bad article, and one which clearly started with a kind of ridiculous conclusion and then worked backwards, getting crazier from there.
More to say when I compose it in my head, but there's a conversation worth having in here, somewhere, about race and pop-cultural influence, but this article is a shit way to start it.
Not to mention: hat other black performer was regularly in rotation on MTV at the time?You apparently did not watch much MTV. I watched too much.
Not to mention: hat other black performer was regularly in rotation on MTV at the time?
From the distance of a quarter-century, the release of Thriller looks like … the most significant event in popular-music history in the past quarter-century. It is the record that ended commercial pop radio's de facto apartheid, that ushered in the modern music-video era, that turned a former kiddie star into a new generation's equivalent of Elvis and the Beatles. Thriller sold 40 million copies during its initial run, and today the worldwide sales stand at 104 million. Those numbers may well represent the last great moment of pop consensus. At a time of intense musical fragmentation, it is charming to remember a record that seduced seemingly everyone: blacks, whites, grade-schoolers, grandparents. Even metalheads found their thrill on Track 5.
Today, we know Thriller so well that it is hard to hear it—to remember, for instance, the mind-bending novelty of hearing Eddie Van Halen shredding on a Michael Jackson hit.
As Jackson moonwalked his way into music history, "Thriller" set a new benchmark for blockbusters that changed how the music business promoted and marketed superstar releases. It also changed MTV, breaking down the cable network's racial barriers and raising the bar for video quality.
From the beginning, Epic intended to live up to its name. The label made "Thriller" the first major release to debut worldwide simultaneously, the first album to be worked for close to two years instead of the usual six or eight months and the first album to spin off seven singles to radio-more than double the normal number.
Along the way, "Thriller" redefined the expectations for blockbuster releases. Starting in 1984, Columbia released seven singles from Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," all of which landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Around the same time, Warner Bros. sent to radio five singles from Prince's "Purple Rain." Mercury found seven singles on Def Leppard's "Hysteria," all of which went to the pop chart. All three albums eventually sold more than 10 million copies each in the United States alone.
Copronymus: Kanye West references Michael constantly and can barely stop talking about how important he was to Kanye's life. R. Kelly's most recent album had a song that he'd written for Michael in anticipation of a collaboration before Michael died. Here's LMFAO talking about how much they love Thriller. More examples upon request.
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