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There’s gold in that grave – Michael Jackson

Say what you like about Michael Jackson, because he’s dead now and can’t sue. Given the financial firestorm which exploded around him post-abuse allegations, he couldn’t have afforded litigation anyway. It’s amazing what the world thinking you are a sinister paedophilic predator can do to a star’s bankability. By the end, MJ was looking for anything lucrative to boost the coffers. 50 nights at the o2 was never something he wanted to do for fun.

As the 80s became the 90s, the music industry agreed on one thing; Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits was the biggest selling album the world would ever have seen. There was no pressure on his label Sony to release it, as they knew it was basically a licence to print money whenever they needed it. Alas, Jordy Chandler’s name soon entered the public’s consciousness and Jackson’s career was never the same.

In death though, the avarice of a star’s estate can be justified by saying it’s simply keeping his legacy alive. Jackson has returned to our ears with a ‘new’ album, Michael. It features a batch of songs which had been at various stages of embryonic development when he died. Some of them have been worked on by current musical luminaries and Akon. All of them are rubbish.

These songs were not released before because they were not considered to be the required level of quality. That hasn’t changed simply because he’s no longer with us. When piss-weak tracks like ‘Hollywood’ are the best they can dredge up as a single, you know how bad the rest is. It would have been more honest to simply ask all of his fans to send in a tenner.

Michael Jackson’s legacy will need some careful stewardship if he’s to be remembered as the genuinely visionary musician he was rather than the kid-bothering weirdo of tabloid infamy. Releases such as this do not help. In the end, it’s still all about the cash.

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5 Responses

  1. I bought “Thriller” last week, probably the last adult in the Universe to do so. And it’s fucking magic!

  2. I dont believe it !!

    I`d ask to have that in writting…..but it is.

    Hows your moonwalk coming along ?

  3. He’s right though – it’s a great, great album.

  4. Well I also purchased one white glove…….

  5. have you been watching any old McCauley Caulkin films recently ?

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