Yesterday, Today, & FOREVER The King of Pop

Time for Jackson to reclaim his throne

Erald Kolasi, Cavalier Daily Opinion Columnist

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In 2007, the King of Pop
will reclaim his rightful throne. According to several reports, Michael Jackson
has been working on a new album, to be released later this year, with red-hot
performer "" of the Black Eyed Peas. Several songs already
have been recorded and the album should be finished shortly, which would
represent Michael Jackson’s first album of completely new material since the
release of Invincible in 2001.

During the 1980s, Jackson
was the biggest music icon in the world. Released in December 1982, Thriller,
the greatest selling album of all time, defined ’80s pop and catapulted
Jackson’s fame to uncharted heights. According to Guinness World Records,
Thriller has sold well over 100 million copies worldwide; no other album even
comes close. The King of Pop scored nine number-one singles in the Hot 100
during the decade, more than any other artist. His fame dwarfed that of any
other human on the planet; in 1997, a survey found that Michael Jackson was the
most famous person in the world, beating out President Bill Clinton and Pope
John Paul II, according to his biography on IMDB. God would probably have been
the only entity humans recognized more, and God’s existence is in dispute!

A series of controversies
surrounding his personal life, however, gradually removed the focus from his
music, although Jackson continued to have phenomenal worldwide success
throughout the 1990s, releasing chart-toppers like Dangerous (1991) and HIStory
(1995) along with Blood on the Dance Floor (1997), which became the greatest
selling remix album ever.

His chances for continued
success are very real, but to better understand the inquiry, the upcoming album
must be placed in the context of Michael Jackson’s status as a cultural icon,
not merely his musical prowess. Once upon a time, almost everything associated
with Michael Jackson was, well, "cool," from the moonwalk to the way
he adorned his fedora hat at the start of "Billie Jean" performances.
As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explains, Michael Jackson "enjoyed a
level of superstardom previously known only to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and
Frank Sinatra."

Michael Jackson’s iconic
image has been heavily bruised, but it’s not completely gone, and if anyone has
the talent to revive his or her career, it’s Michael Jackson.

After all, he does not have
anything more to prove musically. He has established himself as one of the
greatest dancers ever, if not the greatest, and his vocals are legendary, a
fact still recognized by will-i-am, who has praised the King of Pop’s singing
and just about everything else relating to Michael Jackson’s musical genius. He
is one of the greatest selling artists ever, has won 13 Grammy awards, charted
13 number one Hot 100 singles in his solo career, and has set whopping concert
attendance records through his global tours.

This effort should be more
about history and legacy; unless someone as spectacular as the 1983 Michael
Jackson emerges, nothing will ever approach Thriller’s success for decades
anyway. If all this new album does is get people to start thinking more about
his music rather than his personal life, it would have been a success.

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