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Masters Student at Dublin City University.

Unreleased Michael Jackson songs (1)

Michael Jackson smile

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I thought I would start a segment on some of the unreleased tracks that never made Michael’s albums.Michael would write over a hundred songs for each album. However, it is such a statement to Michael Jackson that these songs were worthy of any other album, yet such was the quality of the other songs on his albums, that these songs never made it. If you haven’t heard these songs before, I hope you enjoy them. Continue reading


Michael Jackson: A special relationship with Ireland

Michael Jackson Fans 1988 cork

Above is the crowd at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where he two 1988 sell out Bad Tour concerts in Cork, still fondly remembered by those there. He returned for the Dangerous Tour in 1993 where he played Landsdowne Road. In 1997 he came back for the HIStory Tour and played the RDS, Dublin both times to sell out crowds. Pictured below is Michael with his guitarist Jennifer Batten in Cork, 1988. So to sign off from the blogs for a while I decided to remember Michael’s special relationship with Ireland. Continue reading

Who Inspired Michael Jackson?

While last weeks blog focused on Michael Jackson’s influence on the music stars of today and the reason why they decided to pursue a career in music and dance, I wanted to discuss who were the performers that inspired and influenced Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson Bad

Michael grew up listening to and watching Motown, the Rat Pack and musicals. He has R&B and soul in his blood. He was influenced by performers from all forms of entertainment making tributes in his songs and dance  to the following – James Brown, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr, Gene Kelly, Diana Ross, Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Fosse, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Etta James, Ray Charles and Mavis Staples. Continue reading

Still the King of Pop

Today’s music is a lot different from the sound of the 80’s and 90’s and there have been many claims to the throne as the new King of Pop. I’ve even heard that Justin Bieber is the self-proclaimed King of Pop. There is only one King of Pop and no one can ever dethrone Michael Jackson, so what stars of today’s generation have been influenced by his music, his videos and his choreography? Lets take a look at a few who have.

1992 Dangerous tour

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Meeting Michael

Welcome back. Hope you all had a nice Christmas break. Over the holidays I interviewed MoonStreet, an Irish Michael Jackson fan who has been around the world numerous concerts and events with Michael.

She first saw Michael at the HIStory World Tour in Dublin in 1997 (the biggest world tour by any performer ever), met him four times, was invited into his Neverland ranch and also present at the This Is It press conference in 2009 to name but a few.

history world tour

She would travel to many events Michael was present at such as book signings and fan parties along with other fans.  She had numerous photographs of him from close up but had never had one with him together yet. She met him in London outside Dorchester Hotel in 2000. She showed her dedication when she told me “if you heard he was a few miles away, staying at a hotel, would you drop everything and risk it all just to be there?”

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Happy Christmas

jackson5 christmas

It’s Christmas Eve so I’m posting for the last time for a couple of weeks as i’ll be spending the time with family and friends over the Christmas holidays and studying for exams.

I’d like to wish you and your family all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Years.

Michael Jackson in Numbers


Straying away from the deep topics of the past weeks, I have decided to post about the career and records of Michael Jackson. I have seen this done for films and artists before however have never come across one for the King of Pop. This is his career in numbers.

Michael Jackson was born at 2300 in Gary, Indiana in 1958 with 8 siblings. is the number of Grammy’s Jackson won in one night, a record. He has 13 Grammy’s in total. 13 is the total number of solo numbers ones he received in his career. He received the most ever number ones on one album, with Bad achieving 5 out of the 9 songs and is the 5th biggest album of all time. is the number of number one albums – Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible. Jackson started aged as part of the Jackson 5 and he was just  11 when they achieved number one hits from their first 4 singles I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There.

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