Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just Another Star?



I don't really want to post another posting just cause he is no longer with us. I think most people will reflect on how his life for the past 20 years have been inundated by accusations that were never proven. Too many greedy people thinking he was an easy target to extort money from.

I kind of grew up with MJ's music. I still remember how amazed I was when he came out with two of best pop albums ever - Off The Wall and Thriller. Any artiste would be proud and would have been regarded as a superstar with just one of the two albums to their credit.

He was misunderstood, had a terrible childhood, a teenager that never had a chance to grow up properly. He was a victim of circumstances and all that should never taint his super-star-dom.

I hope many will come out to say the truth and clarify the untruths about MJ. I cannot believe he was 50. I have to say that the greatest musical influence and talent for the last 50 years would have the Beatles at the top and MJ as a close second.

MJ's albums shot up the updated Bestsellers albums list almost immediately on the new. Its absolutely appropriate.

Bestsellers

Music
Updated hourly
Michael Jackson1. 2 days in the top 100
Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller
~ Michael Jackson
$19.98 $12.99
Off the2. 2 days in the top 100
Off the Wall
~ Michael Jackson
$11.98 $7.97
Bad 3. 2 days in the top 100
Bad
~ Michael Jackson
$11.98 $7.97
Michael Jackson4. 2 days in the top 100
Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
~ Michael Jackson
$59.98 $34.97
Number Ones5. 2 days in the top 100
Number Ones
~ Michael Jackson
$16.97 $9.97
Dangerous 6. 2 days in the top 100
Dangerous
~ Michael Jackson
$11.98 $7.97
The Essential7. Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 2 days in the top 100
The Essential Michael Jackson
~ Michael Jackson
$24.98 $14.97
The Ultimate8. 2 days in the top 100
The Ultimate Collection
~ Jackson 5
$13.98 $10.97
Michael Jackson9. Ranking has gone down in the past 24 hours 2 days in the top 100
Michael Jackson - Vol. 1-Greatest Hits History
~ Michael Jackson
$13.98 $8.97
Invincible 10. 2 days in the top 100
Invincible
~ Michael Jackson
$11.98




"... empty clothes that drape and fall on empty chairs ... never thought you'd leave, until you went ..."

I pray that you will be in a better place where your soul continues to shine and the burdens and worries are finally lifted from your shoulders.

Jackson queries cause Google meltdown

June 27, 2009 - 9:44AM

A deluge of search queries for Michael Jackson led Google News, the news aggregator of web search engine Google, to initially believe it was under attack, the internet giant said.

Google, in a blog post on the company website on Friday, said that "millions and millions" of people around the world begin searching for news about the pop star on Thursday as reports emerged about his hospitalisation and death.

It rated the "hotness" of Jackson-related searches as "volcanic".

"The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack," Google said.

"As a result, for about 25 minutes yesterday, when some people searched Google News they saw a 'We're sorry' page before finding the articles they were looking for," it said.

The "We're sorry" page tells users their query "looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application" and forces them to type in a series of squiggly characters before it will process their request.

Popular micro-blogging service Twitter also suffered a slowdown in performance on Thursday as users exchanged thousands of messages per minute about Jackson's death at the age of 50.

Web portal AOL said its AIM instant messaging service was down for about 40 minutes.

Yahoo! said the news area on its front page received five times its normal traffic and its front page story "Michael Jackson rushed to hospital" was its "highest clicking story" ever with 800,000 clicks within 10 minutes.


12 comments:

K H said...

The kids today will not know what a phenom he was in the eighties. What's today music icons like Britney Spears, Beyonce et al and, those rubbish hip-hop gangsta raps compared to MJ.

Really sad that he's gone. R.I.P. Michael.

K H said...

The kids today will not know what a phenom he was in the eighties. What's today music icons like Britney Spears, Beyonce et al and, those rubbish hip-hop gangsta raps compared to MJ.

Really sad that he's gone. R.I.P. Michael.

Arn said...

I think the damage was permanently done when Michael Jackson settled the 1993 case out of court.

If you're innocent, and rich enough to get the best lawyers to clear your name in court, why would you even bother paying a cent out of court?

Sewling said...

I grew up with Elvis Presley,
there has never been another
one like this "mau wong". My
daughter grew up with Michael
Jackson, there will never be
anyone like this King of
Pop. He was the sublime
entertainer. One must not
only listen to him sing
but also see him dance and he danced like no one else could.
His performances were electrifying.
I never believed all those
accusations against him. The
whole world know that he never
had a childhood. He was only
trying to relive it in his
Neverland, playing with other
children. On Larry King Live
this man who brokered his deal
with Pepsi, revealed that MJ
would make it a point to visit
a children's hospital when he
went on tour, bringing toys etc.
Yet the media never touched on
this aspect of him, his
connection with children. They
were only interested in digging
up dirt.
MJ raised millions for Africa,
"We are the world" is one of my favourite songs, another is"Ben".
I wish people will remember the
joy he brought into our lives
and stop attacking him. I
honestly don't know how he
coped with all that hurt.
Michael, you can rest in peace
now. I still can't believe you
are gone. Your music will forever
live in our hearts. KH is right,
today's music is all rubbish
compared to yours, and Elvis.

solomon said...

It is undisputed Michael is a class above all. But, it is not fair to term today's music are rubbish.

I guess everybody had their own era and their music preference. You cann't force a teenager to like the Rock&roll of the 60s. Similarly, cann't expect the same from a Uncle to like B-Box or rap.

Nonetheless, the common message is quite clear "He will be missed and remembered like James Dean."

solomon said...

It is undisputed Michael is a class above all. But, it is not fair to term today's music are rubbish.

I guess everybody had their own era and their music preference. You cann't force a teenager to like the Rock&roll of the 60s. Similarly, cann't expect the same from a Uncle to like B-Box or rap.

Nonetheless, the common message is quite clear "He will be missed and remembered like James Dean."

Salvatore_Dali said...

Solomon,

I kinda have to disagree with you and agree with KH and Sewling, much of the music for the past 10 years have been crap ... how many boybands have we had... can anyone tell them apart??

While I never thought disco in the 70s was terribly good, but it was fun and catchy... even the punk which was initially distasteful did evolve into a listenable new wave ...

Fair to say what is good music, there has to be great musicianship, which is sadly lost in today's world. If you look at the instrumentation, skill, orchestration, the star musicians in Steely Dan albums, you get a sense of musicality and musicianship, its a craft. Listen to Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac, each song is a gem and a labour of love, or pick up an Eagles album.

Every generation will have their crap, its just that we have too much crap, beat boxes, techno music, synthesised music, singing that has been altered and perfected in studios, too much marketed products (ala SAW and the other boy bands).

Sewling, that was a heartfelt writeup, thanks.

K H said...

Solomon,

Sorry for my rant, but I was a wreck during the past 2 days or so. No offense, mate.

SmokingGun said...

The true value of an artiste is the longevity of his music that he leaves behind. Why are the Rolling Stones performing to sold out concerts when Mick Jagger and gang are in their 60s? U2 has been around since the late 70s.. Bono and gang are still top of the album sales whenever a new record comes out.. Think of all the old guys out there.. and you can see what they have that the young singers do not have.. although they will be one or two class acts which i have yet to identify(probably cos i m not young enough..lol)

Fancy buying tickets for Jay-Z or Kanye West, or Boyzone et al 20 years down the road?(anybody remember MC Hammer) Look, I really dont think anybody will pick up a New Kids on the Block greatest collection album should something happen to them (arrh..)

MJ was a true phenom.. He was the consummate performer who broke barriers and singlehandedly transformed the music industry landscape. He was used, exploited and in many ways akin to a little boy who never grew up, he was literally a real world Peter Pan. I never believed any of the allegations but when you are mega rich, eccentric and a mind of an innocent child, you are fair game to those wanting a piece of you. Remember that MJ himself was a mega company, with an entourage of workers depending on the MJ brand. Maintaining a public profile was important, even when it meant settling out of court as there were too many vested interests at play even if he was innocent.. as his publicist and other crew were to contend with a prolonged trial and an accompanying media circus that will harm their asset whether he was innocent/guilty..

Even that Martin Bashir guy ought to feel ashamed of himself.. the fairly recent documentary expose on the Man was so prejudiced and was set up to sensationalise the eccentricities and his relationships with young boys just to score TV ratings.

The King of Pop is dead, long live his music and his legacy.

solomon said...

Dali,
Noted on the differentiation. More importantly, we enjoy the music and find our feelings in it. I would say disagreement yield more understanding and tolerance.

Even though I don't know you in person but I respect your view as a brother same like K H.

K H,
No hard feeling. Men only worry 3 things in life, money, family and career. Life is no smooth sailing.

If you are happy now, the people surround you will be happy too....better than me (pic) a old turtle swimming in the sea.

Eric How, said...

Agree with Dali, recent too much boy-band, like recent 10 yrs......Not much you can name it....Sad....SLIPKNOT is the only name for past 7-8 yrs...
Not like last time, We got Gun & Roses, Oasis, Nirvana, Metalica....etc...

see said...

I have to agree with Solomon. Each era has its greats & craps. MJ's peak in 80's also had boy bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, etc. That era was the start of MTV going big time. But with all the rampant illegal downloading, am afraid record companies have to resort to proven formulas a la boybands. No more risk taking discovering true talents.

Btw IMO U2 is crap after their Joshua Tree album