Published on Friday, June 25, 2010
One year ago today, the world mourned as news poured onto radio stations, televisions, and galaxies of the world wide web; that Michael Jackson suddenly lost his life. In the year that has passed questions remain regarding the legal responsibility of his death and the future of his estate.
Michael Jackson became a cultural and musical phenomenon as a pre-teen in the Jackson Five alongside brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and later Randy. After selling millions of albums with the group and releasing four solo albums, Jackson ushered in an artistic shift in his music. In 1979, Michael released Off the Wall, the first album to generate four U.S. Top 10 singles .His 1982 album, Thriller, would prove to be an epic album, selling over 110 million copies worldwide, and spending 80 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
Throughout the 80’s and well into the late 90’s, Michael continued to flood the charts with songs about love, the elimination of hate, a desire to save the environment, politics and humanity—all this in the midst of legal issues and a bevy of bad press. His untimely death marked the end of an era.
We will be celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy with a special video block on Soul Sessions at Today at 11 AM EST.
What will you be doing to commemorate the King of Pop?