Replacing it is a tribute post to “King of Pop”, who else other than Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson had passed away at his home in Los Angeles at local time 1426 on June 25, 2009 (Malaysian time 0626 on June 26, 2009). The cause of his death is suspected to be cardiac arrest. I was shocked hearing the news from radio when I just woke up that morning. A star has fallen!
His solo career was at its peak in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s when I was too young to pick up interest on western music back then. Even today, I hardly listen to any song of western world except those chart toppers. Nevertheless, some of Jackson’s songs are still my all time favorite till this day, including “Thriller”, “Beat it”, “Billie Jean”, “Bad”, “Jam”, “Heal the World”, “Black or White”, “Will You Be There”, “Dangerous”, “Scream”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Earth Song”, “You Are Not Alone”, “Cry” and many more, cannot possibly list out all of them!
Michael was born seventh to 9 children of Joseph Jackson on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, United States. He began his musical career at the age of 8 when he joined the Jackson Brothers, a band formed by his other 4 brothers. The group’s name was later changed to The Jackson 5. Michael had soon taken over the role as lead vocal for the group. The Jackson 5 popular singles include “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”.
Michael Jackson began his solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. In his more than successful career spanning almost 4 decades, Michael has won numerous awards. Five of his solo albums are the world’s best selling records of all time. They are Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). He is also one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He won multiple Guinness World Records including the most Grammy Awards won in a year, most hit singles in the UK charts in a year, best selling album of all time, longest span of No.1 hits by an R&B artist, best selling music video, highest annual earnings ever for a pop star, and most successful pop music family.
May Allah blessed u, Mikhaeel.