Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Michael Jackson and the 1993' Child Molestation Allegations (Part 1 of 5)

In the two previous blog entries I talked about what I believed was Michael Jackson's sexual preference and what others were saying.  In the next five blog entries I'm going to try to dissect the 1993' Child Molestation Allegations that were filed against Michael.  This is a subject that had plagued Michael to his dying day.  It was something that he could never fully get away from no matter how hard he tried.  Even to this day there are still people who think that this man got away with molesting children.  But, the real question is did he really get away with this heinous crime, and took this knowledge with him to the grave?  This and other things will be discussed in this blog entry and the next four entries on this subject.

Michael Jackson with his
accuser, Jordan Chandler
in earlier days.
A lot has been said about the 1993' allegations and settlement between Michael Jackson and the Chandler Family.  Thanks in part by the infamous news media, especially the tabloids, and Michael's nemesis journalist, Diane Diamond.  The news media, tabloids, and journalist Diane Diamond made it appear as if Michael Jackson admitted to molesting supposed victim, Jordan Chandler in the settlement agreement that settled this case back in 1994'.  So, did Michael Jackson in fact admit to molesting Jordan Chandler in this settlement agreement?  There are some people today that think that he did, and they also think that Michael had been paying his way through to molesting one child after another, as disgusting as all this might sound.

So let's travel back to where this all began.  Once upon a time when Michael Jackson's car broke down; it's amazing how something as innocent as a car breaking down could lead down a path that I'm sure Michael never saw coming.  Sometimes it's those innocent happenings that we never really think about that can change our lives drastically.  In this case it definitely did.  How it did I will discuss in the next entry what transpired and some of the behind the scenes information that we the public weren't privy to at the time, but came out later in the 2005' Child Molestation Trial.

So stay tune.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Michael Jackson: Sexual Preference - What Others Have Said! (Part 3 of 3)

In the previous blog entry I talked about Jason Pfeiffer and his claim of being Michael Jackson's boyfriend and lover.  In this blog entry I'm going to talk about what many others have stated about Michael Jackson before and after his untimely death.

It would seem through my research that Jason Pfeiffer wasn't the only one busy selling what they wrote after Michael's passing.  The next person to sell a book about Michael Jackson claiming all sorts of indiscretions by Jackson was author Ian Halperin in the book:  "Unmasked:  The Final Years of Michael Jackson", which once again as stated was published after Michael death on July 14, 2009. 

Mr. Halperin also went on to claim that Michael Jackson was gay.  Halperin stated that he had seen pictures of Michael dressed in drag with gay men at clubs, although he claimed that Michael was recognizable.  In his book he never showed us, or for that matter the news media any pictures of him dressed this way.  Mr. Halperin stated he went undercover as a gay hairdresser to try to meet Michael, although he never stated when or at what location he ever visited.  He never stated he was ever able to apprehend Michael Jackson in the actual act of trying to pick up men.  Basically, this book is yet another unauthorized publication containing a lot of innuendo and speculation where Michael Jackson once again cannot defend himself against.

Then there is journalist, Martin Bashir.  Although, I have yet to really address this man in a blog entry I felt it was important that I at least say something here about him in regards to Michael Jackson's sexuality. 

If you are not familiar with Martin Bashir as of yet, he was a journalist that did a documentary on Michael Jackson titled:  "Living with Michael Jackson", which caused quite a stir.  In this documentary Mr. Bashir asked Michael if he was gay.  Michael told Bashir that if he would turn his cameras off he would be more than happy to answer the question.  What we saw was Martin Bashir in the documentary saying that Michael didn't want to answer on camera because he didn't want the world to know he was gay.  But, what actually happened was Michael relayed a story to a Corey Rooney, former executive of Sony Music that he had told Martin Bashir that he wasn't gay, but that he didn't want to offend anyone, because he knew he had fans that were, and if it made them feel better to think that he was gay then it was fine with him.

I will be discussing in a much later blog entry about the "Living with Michael Jackson" documentary and the fallout that Michael had to deal with at the hands of Martin Bashir.  So hopefully you will continue to be a continual reader of this blog.  If you have not become a follower of this blog, you might just want to become one.  This way when this entry does come up you won't miss it.

Now, let's discuss the other side of the coin.  One of Michael Jackson's former bodyguards, Matt Fiddes gave an interview after Michael's death talking about a special woman that was in Michael's life.  (CLICK HERE) to view video interview.

To end this blog entry I decided to let Michael Jackson and several other people closest to Jackson tell you. (CLICK HERE) to view video.

One last thing, Michael Jackson was an incredible entertainer, and personally his personal life should have never played into any of this.  Why it did I can't answer.  The one thing I do know is that innuendos and speculation sells.  Michael even wrote a song about it called "Tabloid Junkie. (CLICK HERE to listen to song).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Michael Jackson: Sexual Preference - What Others Have Said! (Part 2 of 3)

In this blog entry I'm going to talk more specifically about certain people and what they have said since the death of Michael Jackson.  Although, I have not talked yet about Michael's death in any blog entry up to this point, I feel it is necessary to talk about what people have been saying about him when he, of course, can't defend himself.

Since Michael Jackson's passing one person in particular has come to the forefront claiming to have been Michael's lovers, and his name is Jason Pfeiffer.  
Jason Pfeiffer pictured above
Mr. Pfeiffer appeared on the television program, "Extra", making his sorted claims in April 2010'.  He stated he thought Michael was his soul mate.  He said that they met each other in 2008', at Michael's dermatologist office where Jason was working as an office manager; where he went on to say that they found a genuine connection through their common troubles with their families.  He stated one day they were talking about their families and Michael started to cry.  He said he went over to console him and they hugged each other.  He said the hug became more than a normal hug between friends. (Whatever that mean)? CLICK HERE to view that piece of the interview).
Anyway, Mr. Pfeiffer went on to say he was highly attracted to Michael.  He said it continued to grow from that point on.  He continued to say that one day they were driving down the streets of Beverly Hills and Bellaire a few months later, and that was when Michael had first kissed him.  He said that Michael was the one who made the first move on him because he was just too shy to do so.  (Gee, I always thought Michael was the shy one). He said at the time he just figured that Michael was Bi-sexual.  He then went on to say they consummated the relationship. 

The interviewer in this story, Alicia Jacobs, who works as a special correspondent for "Extra", (and who I might add happens to be a close friend of Michael Jackson's dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein), asked Jason Pfeiffer why he was coming out with this information now?  (Good question).

Alicia Jacobs pictured above
Jason said that he felt that Michael would have wanted him to tell the world the truth about their relationship.  He said he would have preferred that it hadn't come out in the first place, but that it really wasn't his doing. (Say what)?  He said he had heard that the story was coming out and that he thought he ought to be the first one to talk about it instead of hiding in some house in the middle of nowhere, and he just knew that Michael would have approved. (First of all, I don't remember anyone else coming out with this story, but Jason Pfeiffer in the beginning, so I don't know what he is talking about).

Interviewer, Alicia Jacobs interviewed Michael's dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein in regard to this relationship, and he stated that he discovered it one day by accident when he walked into one of his examination rooms and saw Michael without his shirt on with Jason.  (Gee, remind me never to take my clothes off ever again when I go to see a doctor). He said he could tell something of a personal nature was going on by the way Michael and Jason were looking at each other.  He also went on to say that he asked Jason later about what had been going on and that Jason stated that they were in love. (Dr. Klein at no time ever stated that he ever asked Michael Jackson about this.  Why not)?

Dr. Arnold Klein and Michael Jackson
in earlier times
Alicia Jacobs stated to host, Mario Lopez that she felt that Jason Pfeiffer's story was extremely creditable because she felt Jason had no reason to lie.  She stated he was now a successful CEO of his own medical corporation and businessman, and because of this she truly believed he had no reason to make up such a story.
So let's look at this story for a moment shall we.  First, when this story came out there was to be a Part 2, to it the next day, where Jason was going to let the world hear a voicemail message from Michael claiming his love to him. (I found this awfully convenient that he kept this message.  It's amazing how many people have recorded Michael and saved the recording.  It sounds like Conrad Murray all over again, doesn't it)?

Anyway, when the next day came I turned on my television to watch Part 2, only to find that the story had been scratched.  I, of course, was highly interested to know why?  Luckily for me there is the Internet.  I went on-line to find out what I could in regards to this story.  It was alleged that Michael's former wife, Debbie Rowe, who once worked as a nurse in this dermatologist office stopped the story from continuing by alerting the Jackson estate.  I don't know what exactly transpired after the estate was alerted; all I know was that the second part didn't take place on "Extra".  Of course, the damage had already taken place by some guy wanting to have his fifteen minutes.
According to the television show, "Extra" they had the exclusive rights to this story.  (Really? They did)?  I say this because through my research I found that Jason Pfeiffer originally sold this story to "Woman's Day" (Australia's edition), or maybe what "Extra" meant to say is they had the exclusive television rights to the story here in the United States.

Let's dissect this story a little more shall we?  Jason Pfeiffer stated that he met Michael Jackson in 2008'.  Now, there is no debating this.  There are pictures you can view on the Internet of them together.  Of course, my understanding of these photos is they were taken at a Christmas party. 
The so-called incriminating Christmas party photo!

When viewing the pictures you obviously see Jason Pfeiffer, Dr. Arnie Klein, and Michael's three children.  You also see a woman (Actress, Carrie Fisher), and several other guys pictured in this group shot.  (Gee, this is really incriminating right?  Remind me never to take a picture at any holiday, or party event ever again.  I would hate for it to come back and bite me after I'm dead and gone).

Now, let's look at this timeline.  Jason says they met in 2008'.  If you watched "Good Morning America" back on March 9, 2010, you saw three former bodyguards of Michael Jackson, who worked for him during 2007'-2009' that said nothing about this.  You can also watch this interview. (CLICK HERE)

I'm sure by watching the video above you saw that none of the three bodyguards ever mentioned Jason Pfeiffer.  If anything they stated that Michael had two girlfriends when they worked for him.  When asked whether Michael Jackson was a pedophile, all three of them stated basically no, and absolutely not.  In fact, I'm sure if you watched and paid close attention to the video, one of the bodyguards, Bill Whitefield, who stated and I quote, "being a father myself, and being a man, men know men.  He had the same desires for women just like we did.

Back to Jason Pfeiffer, he claimed that Michael told him that he loved him.  Well, I hate to inform Mr. Pfeiffer of this, but Michael told everybody that.  I mean, just watch the "This Is It" documentary and count how many times Michael tells someone that he loves them.  Michael was just a very loving soul.
Jason Pfeiffer has also had some inconsistencies in his story.  Such as, he stated on "Extra" he and Michael's relationship started over their troubled families in Dr. Klein's office, but in the "Woman's Day" article he stated their relationship began over the phone.  (Which is it?)  The original "Woman's Day" article also stated that he and Michael met secretly at either Michael's rented home in Beverly Hills and at Jason's office. (Really?  How can that be?  You mean, Jason had an office?  I guess he could have had an office in Dr. Klein's dermatology establishment, but I couldn't imagine that Michael would meet Jason there for a sexual tryst.  I know Alicia Jacobs stated that Jason was a CEO of his own Medical Corporation and business man, but I still don't understand this)?  Let me explain why I am questioning this.  There is a TMZ interview where Dr. Klein stated on the day Michael Jackson died his office received a call about it, and that his office manager, Jason took the call.  Now unless, Dr. Klein has more than one office manager by the name of Jason, I have to assume he was talking about Jason Pfeiffer.
So, I have to assume that on the day Michael Jackson died Jason Pfeiffer was still working at Dr. Klein's office as an office manager.  (So when did he become a CEO of his own medical corporation)?  Well, I can tell you that he sold his story to "Woman's Day" in Australia during the month of August of 2009'. (Gee, I wonder how much money he made from telling his story.  Maybe he got enough to start his very own medical corporation.  What do you all think?  I didn't hear anything about him donating this money to charity did any of you?  So, what do you think he did with this money?  Sure does make a person think, now doesn't it)?
Jason shortly after this television interview had to go into hiding because he met with many threats from fans.  So the man, who didn't want to hide out in a house, had to do just that.
What finally ended up many months later Dr. Arnie Klein retracted his story by saying that they made it up.  (Why, I'm not sure).  Jason on the other hand still stands behind his story.
This blogger only has one thing to say, "Hey Jason, many people have had fantasies about Michael Jackson, but that doesn't make them true. 

Michael Jackson
(The fantasy of many and counting)!
Get a life, will you, and stay out of Michael's.  Remember he has three kids who don't need to be hearing your sick and twisted ramblings."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Michael Jackson: Sexual Preference - What Others Have Said! (Part 1 of 3)

The blog entry I did previously to this one dealt with what I believed was Michael Jackson's sexual preference.  Now in this entry I'm going to talk about what others have said in regards to this man's sexuality and behavior in regards to such.

First, I want to go on record as saying I wish I never had to write this blog entry because personally I don't really think this is anyone's business but Michael Jackson's, but for some strange reason it seems to be the subject that most people want to talk about when discussing this man.  I don't know if it was because he grabbed his crotch, and let's face it not everyone does this for the whole world to see.  I mean, we were always taught never to draw attention to what most people refer to as their private area.  It's private, right?  So, why was Michael Jackson doing this?  This question was even asked back in early 1993' by Oprah Winfrey during an interview.

Now if you've ever followed Michael Jackson's life I'm sure you have heard the following at some time.  He was a child molesting pedophile, he was gay, he was into animals, he was into young boys, he was sexually promiscuous, he didn't like sex with women, he didn't have sex with women because he didn't know what to do, he was asexual, he was strange in his sexual behavior, he wanted to be a female instead of a male, etc., and I'm sure you could probably add a few to this list as well.

Once again this subject was even asked by Oprah Winfrey as well, when she asked Michael point blank if he was still a virgin back in that same 1993' interview? (WHAT!)  I don't think I've ever heard an interviewer ask anyone this question before, but she was asking Michael Jackson.  I thought it was cute when he replied, "How could you ask me that question?  I'm a gentleman."  (I loved that answer, because it was really no one's business).

CLICK HERE to view Oprah Winfrey interview with Michael Jackson in 1993', when the question about him grabbing his crotch and whether he was still a virgin comes up. 

Stay tune for Part 2.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Michael Jackson: Sexual Preference!

It would seem that in his lifetime Michael Jackson met a whole lot of scrutiny over his sexual preference. It would seem a high percentage of people, especially the news media that was downright obsessed with this man, and whether he was heterosexual or homosexual. My question to all of them was why did it matter so much? Seriously, whether Michael Jackson was gay or not did it really change who he was as an incredible musical artist, or the loving caring person that he was?  Did it change the humanitarian work he did, seriously did it change who he truly was? Of course not, so why was it so important to so many that he tell them whether he was gay or not.  I mean, even when he did say he wasn't gay, the high percentages didn't believe him.

To Michael Jackson's credit he always seems to take the high road when it came to answering this question. He never wanted anyone to think that he considered being called gay as an insult, as Jackson himself would state, he knew many gay people and didn't want anyone to think that he thought there was something wrong with being gay.

Let me ask you another question, remember when he told everyone he had a skin disorder, did everyone believe him then? No, well there's your answer. For some odd reason Michael Jackson was always labeled a liar by the media. They just couldn't believe that he would be telling them the truth. He probably could have put his hand on the Holy Bible and swore that what he was telling was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but they would have still not believed him.

Apparently, there was no real controversy in the truth. There were also fans that believed that he could be gay. To their credit I guess I could understand this, Michael Jackson had universal appeal, both men and women found him attractive.  This much was obvious when he was in concert, both men and women would be screaming as well as crying.

But what proof do we really have that Michael Jackson was gay? I mean concrete proof, not some idiot showing up on "Extra" television show claiming to be Michael Jackson's lover (yes, I'm referring to Jason Pfieffer), or some horrid book by Ian Halperin where names of so called male lovers don't actually exist. In fact, there is more proof to the contrary, some of Michael Jackson's security guards have come forward since his death and have mentioned how Jackson would date different women.  These security guards stated they would drive Jackson around and that they could hear him behind the limousine curtain making out in the back with one of the many ladies he dated. (CLICK HERE to view video).

We also know he was married twice, and yes these were real marriages despite what the media may have wanted you to believe. Then there is the clincher his long time trusted friend actress Elizabeth Taylor, this was a woman who stood by fellow actors who had been gay, such as Rock Hudson, Montgomery Clift and Roddy McDowell. Yes, some could argue that she kept it quiet about their sexual preference so why wouldn't she do it for Michael as well? Well because it was an entirely different world at that time and Ms. Taylor would know that, she would have encouraged Michael to have the courage to come forward, this much I know because of the relationship they had. I don't think Michael would have been ashamed to come out of the closet to admit that he was gay if he really had been. Personally, if he had stated he was gay I don't think it would have hurt his career any.  I mean, look at singer Ricky Martin, since he's come out of the closet he has just as many female fans as he's ever had. 

So in my opinion, I would have to say that Michael wasn't gay, but when it comes right down to it, does it really matter?  Would it really change anything? As I stated I don't think so.  I would like to think the way Michael did when he was asked by Martin Bashir in the documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson", when Bashir asked him whether he was gay.  Michael stated and I quote, "if you'll turn off your camera I'll tell you."  What we didn't see in the documentary was Michael telling Bashir that he wasn't gay, but he didn't want to offend any of his fans that were.  He told Bashir if his gay fans wanted to believe he was gay that it was fine with him.  As you can see in that statement Michael was a person who never wanted to offend anyone.

He was just a truly loving person who basically cared about all people straight or gay; it didn't really seem to matter to him. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Michael Jackson: It Don't Matter if Your Black or White!

In my previous blog entry I talked about whether Michael Jackson wanted to have white children.  As I stated ex-employee, Bob Jones stated in his so called tell all book:  "Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask", that Michael was highly prejudice against his own race and that he wanted to be white and had white children because of this.  I hope in my previous blog entry I cleared some of this up for you in what I believe. 

In this entry I wanted to talk a little more about Bob Jones claim that Michael Jackson was a racist against his own race.  Now I stated that Michael gave millions of dollars to African American causes and because of this I felt that Mr. Jones was way off the mark with calling Michael a racist.  If I had to classify Michael Jackson I would classify him as a non-racist.  In fact, I would say Michael was proud of his cultural background, but I also think Michael looked at people and respected and admired them not just by their skin color but by who they were and what they portrayed themselves to be.  I think it is one of the biggest reasons Michael Jackson is so admired and loved throughout the world.  He respected all cultures and basically loved people who cared about the world the way he did.

Michael Jackson had a way of transcending race better than most.  In fact, if you look at the whole Jackson family it was obvious that they were raised to look beyond it.  Many of the Jackson's have married and had relationships with other races.  It's obvious to this blogger that this is a family that doesn't really view race as the number one feature they look for in forming relationships such as:  marriage, partnerships, business affairs, friendships, and such.

So knowing what I have viewed by not just Michael but his other family members I would have to say that Michael and his family do not have a racist bone in their body.  Now, Bob Jones on the other hand, he's another story with the way he kept referring to the boys Michael was hanging around with in his book as "little white boys", now he definitely has a problem and should ask himself who is the racist here.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Did Michael Jackson Want White Children, If So Why? (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous blog entry we discussed the fact that some people believed that Michael Jackson wanted the have white children because he was a racist. This was further backed by the fact that Michael Jackson married not one but two white women, and had two children with one of them, Debbie Rowe. All right valid argument, but the funny thing is that it doesn't seem like anyone wants to look at the obvious reason why Michael may on some level wanted to have children who were white, and here it is:

Michael Jackson had a skin disorder, Vitiligo which is a skin condition that destroys the pigmentation color of one's skin.  It is stated that because the pigmentation is compromised that the bleach white patches that develop on the skin are extremely obvious, more so on the African American race.  I believe on a subconscious level Michael didn't want to worry about passing this on to a child of his if they were 100% African American. I mean, no one can really know what Michael Jackson endured with this skin condition.  Think about it, how would you feel if you were born one race and your body decides to present you with another color?  Yes, there isn't enough data to say that Michael would pass this onto one of his children, but Michael's own father Joe stated that he had a sister with the condition, so it is obvious that it is in the family genetics.  Think also about how Michael was picked on for this condition.  Many in the news media and even in the public never believed that the man had the condition.  It wasn't until his autopsy that the coroner validated the fact that the man did in fact have Vitiligo. (surprise, surprise)

So is this the reason Michael Jackson wanted to have white children?  Well, although Vitiligo is noticeable on Caucasians the condition is much easier to hide.  I am sure Michael had to have studied this condition and passing it on to an offspring.  So imagine the torment he must of went through, he wanted kids desperately but feared passing this skin disorder and perhaps even the disease Lupus onto them. This is why I don't dispute that he might have entertained the possibility of using a sperm donor and even getting donations at one point because of these fears. But I stand firm to the belief that in the end he chose to father his children himself; too many things points to the fact that he did. One in particular is the fact that Michael's oldest son is already showing signs of Vitiligo.   
I have to wonder what went through Michael Jackson's mind when he saw that his eldest son Prince had obviously contacted the condition.  He must have known prior to his death.  I can't see how he wouldn't have known.

The bottom line here is that I could understand why Michael might have wanted children who were white even if it was a decision that he wasn't making on a conscious level, because he knew that Vitiligo could genetically be passed on to one of his children. A fact that came to pass, but a gamble that Michael was willing to take because that was how much he wanted to be a father.

Now knowing all of this does that exonerate Michael from being a racist against his own African American race?  Well, I can tell you one thing I think if Michael was against his own race that he wouldn't have donated millions of dollars to African American causes the way he did.  Michael gave to many African American causes such as:  United Negro College Fund, United Negro College Fund Ladders of Hope, NAACP, National Rainbow Coalition (Social change for workers, women and people of color), and Minority Aides Project, just to name a few. 

So, while Bob Jones in his book, "Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask", will call him a racist, I will not.  You will have to decide for yourself, but personally I think Michael Jackson loved all races and didn't disseminate against any of them, and that is why I think he is so loved throughout the whole world.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Did Michael Jackson Want White Children, If So Why? (Part 1 of 2)

In a previous blog entry we discussed how some accused Michael Jackson of wanting to be white.  One of the biggest offenders of this was Bob Jones in his book "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask", which was supposed to be a true account on Michael Jackson. Yeah, right!  I'm sure if you've been reading my blog up to this point you know I don't consider this book a great read on Michael Jackson. (I consider it more of an ex-employee with an ax to grind).  Bob Jones actually went as far as to call Michael a racist against his own race and thinking he was above the black community. Funny thing was while reading this book I had to wonder who the real racist here was. Bob Jones would constantly refer to the young friends of Michael Jackson, such as McCauley Culken and others as little white boys. Bob Jones was not the only one who thought this, there were those who thought that not only did Jackson want to be white but he wanted his own children to be white as well, and that is why he had Caucasian children.

Is there any truth to this claim? Did Michael Jackson want white children, and if so why? Well, as sad as it is for me to admit I can see why this claim is actually out there, because there is one argument that could back it up. Let's look at this claim more closely, and then maybe I can give you a viable reason as to why this could be the case without necessarily implicating Michael as being a racist against his own race as others have claimed:

·       Michael Jackson married not one, but two white women:
Very true, I have written blog entries about both of these marriages. I would venture to say that Lisa Marie was the great love of Jackson's life, white, black or polka dot, it didn't matter. Michael loved her and he wanted to have children with her, which was never to be the case as we all know.
Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson
in happier times.
·      Then there is Debbie Rowe, I have stated also in previous blog entries that they had a close knit friendship. That she had known Jackson for years and offered to be a surrogate for him. They ended up marrying, and of course having two children together.

Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson
with Prince and Paris in earlier times.
      Once again, did race play a factor, maybe (I will get into why later), but at the same token the fact that this was someone that Michael probably trusted a great deal was probably more of a factor to him agreeing to let her be the mother of his children than anything else. As for Blanket's mother, no one knows who she is. According to Michael in the "Living with Michael Jackson" documentary she was African American, and I don't see any reason not to believe him.

So did Michael Jackson just marry the women he did without thinking about race, or did he do it subconsciously in regards to the race issue?  I can't really say for sure, but I do think there is one important reason he might have done it which I will further address in the next blog entry.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

No One Matched the Success of "Thriller"! (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous installment I went into how Bob Jones book:  "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask", implied that because Michael Jackson never matched the success of his "Thriller' album, that he had fizzled out. I went onto begin to discuss the other albums of Michael Jackson's solo career that were successes in their own right. I covered "Off The Wall" and "Bad", as well as what each album achieved.

So let's continue with this list of albums by Michael Jackson that weren't as big as "Thriller", but were still popular and successful by the music industry standards.

·         Dangerous: Released in 1991' this album became Michael Jackson's second solo album to debut at number one. The album sold 34 million copies worldwide and is considered the most successful new jack swing album ever done.
·         History: Released in 1995' and to this day remains the most popular and best selling multiple disc CD ever released by a solo artist. The album sold 40 million copies worldwide.
·         Blood on the Dance Floor ( History in the Mix): 1997' was a remix album taken from his previous History album.  It had eight remixes and five new songs.  Most notably was the song: "Blood on the Dance Floor". The album dealt with drug addiction, women, and paranoia.  The album got mixed reviews.  Worldwide sales stood at about six million copies sold as of 2009', which made it at that time the best selling remix album ever released.
·         Invincible: 2001' was sadly considered by many to be Michael Jackson's biggest commercial flop. I say sadly because this album as far as I'm concerned has to be some of his best work. "Invincible" did sell over 13 million copies worldwide. The reason why "Invincible" didn't live up to the standards of his previous works really doesn't lie with Jackson as much as Sony Records, who due to their parting of ways with Michael, chose not to properly promote the album. Also, the time in which this album was brought out was terrible, (October of 2001'). Anyone can tell you that it took not just the United States, but most of the world quite awhile to get over the events of September 11, 2001' terrorist attack, and because of this the entertainment industry took a hit financially.
There were several more albums that found success through remakes:  "The 25th Anniversary Thriller Album", and "Number Ones".

So there you have it, a listing of some of Michael Jackson's albums that weren't "Thriller", but were still great successes in their own right. Great successes that can stand on their own merit, and not have to be compared to "Thriller".

Then since Michael's death we have a posthumus album entitled: "Michael".  So it's obvious that his music will live on from one of the greatest artists of our times.

Also, just one last thing to hit the statement home to Bob Jones, and that was no one matched the success of "Thriller".  I repeat no one!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

No One Matched the Success of "Thriller"! (Part 1 of 2)

Bob Jones
In his book called "Michael Jackson:  The Man behind the Mask", author Bob Jones and Stacy Brown referenced several times  that since Michael couldn't equal or succeed his "Thriller" album that he had somehow become a has been. Now I have made it clear what I think of this book throughout some of my previous blog entries. Although, I will admit that there is some information that is based on fact.  I do, although after reading the book feel strongly that it is written by what I would classify as a disgruntled ex-employee who was getting back at his former employer plain and simple for being dismissed from his position in public relations at MJJ Productions. One of the areas where Jones attacked Michael Jackson constantly in his book as I stated above, and I felt it was totally unjust was by making snide remarks that, although "Thriller" was a huge success Michael Jackson was never able to match it, so he more or less fizzled out after that. Huh, say what? All right, so even I will admit that Michael Jackson never did match the album sales of "Thriller", but here's a bit of trivia for all of you trivia buffs, what singing artist has ever matched the success of "Thriller? (I'm sure there is silence and sounds of crickets, right), exactly no one and I mean no one has ever matched "Thriller's success. So does this mean that every recording artist out there is a failure? I don't think so.  It's just that "Thriller" was so huge that it was just too hard to match or surpass for anyone as of this date and the writing of this blog, including Michael Jackson who set the precedent and bar pretty high.

So did this mean that Michael Jackson had fizzled out after "Thriller"? Far from it, just because the albums that followed or preceded, "Thriller" weren't as big as it was doesn't mean they weren't successful in their own right. Here is a list of some of Michael's most notable albums, what they each achieved, and how they were successes in their own right.

Off The Wall: Released in 1979' three years before "Thriller", was Michael Jackson's first album as a solo artist, (he had released other solo albums while a member of the Jackson 5, but this one was his very first after leaving the group). The album featured such notable songs as "Rock with You", "She's Out of My Life", and "Don't Stop Till You get Enough". To date the album has sold 8 million copies nationwide and 20 million worldwide. "Off The Wall" is a certified Multi-Platinum album.

Bad: Jackson's next album after "Thriller". This one is a phenomenon in its own right as stated in my previous blog entry. There were five singles from this album that made number one on the billboard top 40 and they were: "Bad", I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Man In The Mirror", "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Dirty Diana". (A feat that no other album, not even "Thriller", had ever done up to this point). The Bad tour also broke records for the amount of sold out shows worldwide. "Bad" was also the best selling album worldwide in 1988' and 1989'.

This is just the beginning; I think you are starting to see my point. So Michael Jackson's other albums weren't as huge as "Thriller", but that doesn't mean they weren't successful.

Stay tuned for the next installment as we continue to prove just how wrong Bob Jones and Stacy Brown were with this bogus statement in their book.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller Album"

It would seem that when it comes to talking about the albums that Michael Jackson did over the years, one album would be brought up more than any other. That album was of course, "Thriller" which was released by Epic Records in the fall of 1982'. All of us know Michael Jackson had huge success prior to "Thriller" and after its triumph, but even if "Thriller" had been his only achievement, it would have been enough to make him a music legend. So many things about this album make it a part of music history, as we all know it.  Here is but a few examples:

·        "Thriller" remains to this day the highest grossing album of all time.

·        "Thriller" featured a 14-minute music video for the title song that changed the course of music videos, as we all know it. They went from being simplistic to cinematic achievements, with Jackson working with director John Landis to create a video that was very much like a short horror film, complete with a narration by horror film star Vincent Price.
·        The Thriller video broke down barriers at the video music channel, MTV where it became one of the first music videos done by a black entertainer to be heavily featured on the cable network.

·        The album Thriller would have several singles that would make it to number one on the bill board charts, including "Billie Jean" and "Beat It".

·        The album "Thriller" was ranked number 20 in Rolling Stones Magazine's 500 greatest albums of all times list.

·        Michael Jackson won a record breaking 8 Grammy awards and 8 American Music awards for "Thriller".

I could go on and on about the success of "Thriller", as I said before if this had been Michael Jackson’s only achievement as a recording artist it would have been enough for him to have achieved immortality in the music industry with just this album alone. But, of course this wasn’t his only achievement, it was no doubt a huge triumph, perhaps a little too huge at the time. There’s a saying once you have reached the top there is nowhere left to go but down. "Thriller" was an album that no one, and I do mean no one even Michael Jackson could live up to, and that is why all these years later "Thriller" still remains the highest grossing album of all time. To hear some talk, such as former Jackson publicist turned author Bob Jones, because none of Jackson's other albums after "Thriller" ever reached the same success Michael Jackson was a has been. If that’s the case so was every other recording artist out there, I’m sorry to tell Mr. Jones and others who stood by this belief, that "Thriller" was just too big for anyone even Michael Jackson to be able to compete with. Does that mean that all of Michael’s other album’s after "Thriller" were flops, or could they be considered a success in their own right? Think about it, right after "Thriller" Michael put out the album "Bad",

which turned out to be the biggest selling album of 1988'-1989', and his Bad Tour which consisted of a 123 shows was attended by a whopping 4.4 million people and had sold 125 million dollars in tickets.  It was rated the greatest concert tour ever. 
In another blog entry, I will go into other albums that Michael Jackson had in his solo career that could be considered successes in their own right, even if they had to be eclipsed by the thrill of "Thriller".