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?

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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

Michael Jackson: Justice (Part 3)

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We’ve reached the finale of the Justice series and with it comes the events surrounding the premature death of Michael Jackson.

In March 2009, Michael Jackson held a press conference at the O2 arena in London where he announced a series of concerts called “This Is It” believed to be his final curtain call, and they indeed proved to be just that. This would be his first tour since the HIStory Tour in 1997 which grossed over $165 million (excluding free concerts). I couldn’t believe it, finally a chance to see the King of Pop live, as I was only 8 during the last tour. After seeing so many clips of his concerts including the Dublin concert, I couldn’t wait. There were set to be 10 concerts in London followed by concerts in Paris and NYC amongst others earning Jackson £50 million alone. However, 50 dates were now added with over one million tickets sold out in under two hours. Michael didn’t sign up for 50. I don’t know anyone who can do 50 concerts never mind someone who was 50 years of age themselves. Continue reading

Michael Jackson: Justice (Part 1)

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So next in the blog series will involve several parts called Michael Jackson: Justice. I decided to call them Justice due to everyone’s complete misunderstanding of a man portrayed by the tabloid media as ‘Wacko Jacko’. Michael Jackson was a musical genius and a humanitarian – the King of Pop. He changed the music industry completely with hit song after hit song spanning several different genres and he was the first black artist to feature on MTV, such was the man’s power. He has donated over $350 million to charities and set up many hospitals across the globe. He is one of the most recognised people in the world at the top of his game. Therefore he was an easy target for the media.

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