Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Whenever I am feeling low, songs from Michael Jackson always makes me feel better. I'll start listening to his music from when he was a child, all the way to adulthood, and be amazed. To hear someone emote feelings and emotions that can inspire you, uplift you, make you want to dance, that is a gift. He truly loved to sing, and you can hear that love.
Friday, November 26, 2010
If one takes a look at the history of the Grammys, it will reveal that Grammy winners are not always the true preeminent artists and recordings of their time. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences started the awards in the late fifties, to be music's equivalent to the Oscars. But many whom you would think have won in the past, never did.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Being I live in Miami, one can't think of a better song to start the day with. Michael's singing is so beautiful and pure, the song makes you want to run outside and breathe in the fresh air.
He is the one famous person whom I have always wanted to REALLY meet. I just wanted to talk to him about what inspired him and what did he do to gain spiritual strength through adversity.
She was a fascinating and deeply insiprational woman whom I have always admired.She was cool for a woman when a woman's voice was not taken seriously and she never held back. Being a white woman, she was a great helper in the cause for civil rights for Black people in America.
Just because he has a lot of knowledge of the motion picture industry and all of its secrets. To me, he was one of the most beautiful people to grace the screen.
She is probably one of the only people alive whom I would like to meet. She is a survivor, a worldly woman, and someone who I would like to be like when I grow up. I'm forty-six.
President Barack Obama
Just because he is who he is, and his story is one I want my son to have burned in his mind. He has made it possible for Black children to be anything they want to be, if they work hard and fight for truth and justice. But most importantly, BE KIND AND BE YOURSELF.
First Lady Michelle Obama
She is the perfect example of a beautiful, highly intelligent, and classy Black woman. Every Black girl should use her as an model towards success. Plus, the President is nothing without her and her input. She does not seem to be the "quiet" First Lady. Plinky!
Three songs I feel will make your speakers beg for mercy.
When you realize this song was written to the then wife of George Harrison because he was stupid in love with her, you can understand. the range of intensity at the beginning, and the tender piano and guitar performance shows the sadness shoes the deepness of his love for this woman.
Some say "Satifaction" is the best Stones song, but I think this song is because it stops me in my tracks everytime it plays!
Wanna Be Startin' Something
Just from the title of the song, you know you are going to be in for a treat. Plus, it would be cool to see people dance in their seats.
Off The Wall
The song is great to listen to because as Michael says, "Gotta leave that nine- to- five up on the shelf, and just enjoy yourself." That's what I want people to do. Enjoy themselves.
Bad is not necessarily a negative thing. Then they are tasting the food, I want them to to say, 'Man, this food is BAD!!' Meaning GREAT!!!
The desserts will be dangerous!!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
There can be no doubt, the wonderful work that Michael has done for children, various fund raising for diseases (AIDS, Diabetes,etc.), for the hungry and poor of the world. It was announced at his memorial, that he contributed more than any other celebrity, toward charity. That is just what we know of. Michael was a giving man, that did not announce his contributions. He just did it, and sometimes anonymously.
I can't think of any reason for the delay. We should let Congress know, that Michael Jackson deserves to be recognized officially, as a humanitarian, and a philanthropist, and a peace maker. They waited six months to honor Paul Newman, and he rightfully deserved recognition.
NOW, IT'S MICHAEL'S TURN!!
Please take time to read the posts dealing with Paul Newman and Toby Keith, and tell me whether Michael Jackson is deserving of the same honor. I believe he is.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
There is a quote that Michael made once that Indians, from the sub-continent India, were," his people." He loved the Indian people and thought that they were beautiful. If you watch him in the "Black or White" video, he seems to enjoy the dance he has with the female Indian dancer. He, from what was told, said this was his favorite part of the video.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Louise Gilmore, recalls the day Michael Jackson came to visit. "It was very odd. At first, I thought it was some kind of trick-or-treat gag. A young black man came to my door wearing what was obviously a phony mustache and beard, and a big hat. His face was too smooth for all of that facial hair. Her looked like a little boy playing grown-up. He had this soft little voice and looked harmless enough. 'Can I talk to you for just a moment?' he said politely. I decided to let him in.
"He sat down and pulled out all of these books and pamphlets from a bag. 'You should read these,' he said. He gave me a little speech about the Jehovah Witnesses, which I paid no attention to, so I can't tell you what he said. He then had a glass of water, thanked me, and went on his way. I didn't think anything of it, except, 'My, what a polite boy.'
The next day my neighbor said to me, 'Did Michael Jackson come to your house too?' I said, 'What are you talking about?' When I put two and two together, I almost fainted. I've kept the material he gave me as souvenirs. No, I didn't join the religion."
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Ms. Huston played as the evil queen on a distant planet with Michael in "Captain Eo." She shares her feelings of her experience working with him on the project, and his death.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
By the year 1984, Thriller had sold an unbelievable 13 million copies in the United States and 22 million worldwide. Up to that point, the soundtrack to the motion picture Saturday Night Fever sold 25 million copies since its release in 1977. Up until now, no other solo album had ever sold more than 12 million copies.
Michael Jackson had actually revived a dismally performing recording industry. When people went to the store to buy Thriller, they bought other records too, resulting in the best business the industry have had since 1978. Gil Friesen, then-president of A&M Records said, "The whole industry has a stake in Thriller's success." It also created interest in Black music in general.
MTV, the twenty-four hour cable music station rarely played the videos of Black artists. The station's format was "strictly rock and roll." In fact, of the over 750 videos shown on MTV during the channel's first eighteen months, fewer than two dozen featured Black artists.
When CBS submitted Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" to MTV, the station rejected it. Then CBS threatened to pull all of its other videos from MTV unless they ran it. Finally, in early March 1983, the video "Billie Jean" was played on MTV, and on heavy rotation. "Beat It, " soon followed, along with a few more videos by Black artists.
Thriller would ultimately sell between 65-100 million copies worldwide, making it THE biggest selling album of all time. An anomaly that will never be surpassed in our lifetime.
Think about how much money Michael Jackson made off of that album alone. Michael Jackson, at that time, had the highest royalty rate in the record business. That rate increased with the sales, but averaged 42 percent of the wholesale price of each record sold, or about $2.10 for every album sold in the United States- $32 million on Thriller's sales domestically.About $15 million was made in the foreign markets, and all those figures do not include the royalties for the four songs that Michael wrote for the album.
Michael Jackson, at twenty-five, had become a very rich young man. The 0.2 percent royalty rate Motown offered him was far in the distant past.
Today, things are a little different as far as royalties, but Michael was still making bank. The compulsory mechanical rate, which pays royalties on released songs to copyright owners, is 8.5 cents per track, up to 5 minutes per disk or tape made. Or $1.65 per minute of playing time, whichever amount is higher. Recording artists still are not making their fair share and are fighting with record companies with production costs, and other fees. Which is why Michael, with the help of John Branca, were so successful in negotiating his contracts.