Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Michael Jackson: A Look Back

Today would have been the 55th birthday of legendary pop icon Michael Jackson, and Twitter, along with just about every other social media network out there, is ablaze with well wishes, retrospectives, and opinions about his life.

Everyone is well aware that Michael Jackson epitomized the very definition of celebrity, with extreme career and personal high points, as well as tragic lows.  It was all elements of his both public and private life that left the world forever curious about the star.

But more importantly, Michael Jackson single handily redefined what music, dance, fashion, and art are in pop culture, forever changing the way in which artists and desiring icons present themselves, a feat only one person could have done.  Like him or not, that fact stands true.

Stars like Justin Timberlake, Neyo, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga, and Janet credit Michael as the single greatest living entertainer of all time.  It was Elizabeth Taylor who crowned him with the title "King of Pop," a title that likely will never be taken down.  One would be hard pressed to find a pop star in any subsequent era that wasn't influenced and trying to emote the larger-than-life persona that Michael Jackson had created when on stage.

So while you may or may not have doubts about the scandals and personal woes that surrounded Michael in the later years of his life, let's set that aside and take a moment to enjoy the music... the art that he created that shaped and defined a legacy of pop culture.  

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

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