这几个星期，不管是报章，杂志，电视，电台，网上，所看到的，听到的，都是关于迈克杰克逊,Michael Jackson 的一切。开始的时候，报导的只是他的死讯。之后，是不同人对他死因的各种看法和推测,连他的性向偏好，精神问题，药物滥用等等， 都得到了高调的报导。
不久，在上亿人目睹的追悼会，我们看到了无数演员，歌手和朋友们向世界分享了他们与迈 克之间的关系和友情。在追悼会上，我看到了真诚的告白，听到了坚定的支持，也感觉到了内心的悲伤。但是，在那感性的追悼会里，我也目睹了不得体的穿着，抢镜头 的自我表现。毕竟，那是那么多人观看的一刻，有些过气之人不免会以此来自我宣传一番。就连亲生父亲，也不忘为自己公司打广告，可悲。
他1987／1988 年的世界巡环表演，创下了售票$124，000，000 美金的世界纪录。
最后，他是唯一得过超过500个奖项的男歌手。其中就包括了大约18个格莱美奖( Grammy Awards)等等。
迈克令我钦佩的另外一点，就是他有很多歌曲，都有带着浓烈的社会讯息。比如“ Black or white”，“ We are the World”，Heal the world”，“ Earth Song”等都是多年来仍然长存人心的歌曲。
For the past few weeks, the one thing that is most seen and heard on the papers, magazines, radio and internet has been about Michael Jackson. In the beginning was his death, then came the different theories and speculation with regards to his death, sexual orientation and alleged drug abuse.
Shortly after, billions witnessed the heartfelt eulogies from family and friends at his memorial service. Unfortunately, there were also individuals who indulged in inappropriate dressing and shameless self promotion. A truly sad moment really.
Then came the newspapers headlines, magazine covers, MTVs, albums, biographies, exposes’, conspiracy theories, programmes, etc. Now the latest of battle is one where the custody of his children is being fought over by their biological mother, alleged sperm donor father, and Michael’s family. The implications are complex and important, because whoever gets the children, get the millions of Michael’s wealth.
Then there are the covers, MTVs, albums, biographies, exposes’, conspiracy theories, TV programmes, etc. Now the latest of battle is one where the custody of his children shall be fought over by their biological mother, father, and Michael’s family. The implications are complex and important, because whoever gets the children, gets Michael’s wealth.
Quite frankly, if we could only put his personal life and problems aside, we will realize that Michael is probably the one and only true musical genius and performer of our generation.
Michael’s album ” Thriller” is the best selling album of all times, with 50 million copies sold worldwide, 25 million copies in the US alone. It is still the best selling album till this day.
By the end of the 80s, Michael has more number one songs than any other musical artiste before him.
During a performance for a Superbowl half-time show in 1993, there was a viewership of 133.4 million people, a Guinness Book record till today.
He sold a world record breaking US$124 million during his 1987/88 World Tour
He is the male singer with the most number one hits in history
Last but not least, he is the only male artiste that have more than 500 awards to his name. Including about 18 Grammys.
The thing that always drew me to Michael, was that his songs often contained strong social messages. ” Black or White”, ” We are the World”, ” Heal the World” and ” Earth Song” are but a few of the songs that remained popular all these years.
To write about all of Michael’s achievement in a single entry would be impossible. But I think the point is this: no matter what kind of a person Michael was, it was his business alone, as we will never be in a position to fully understand his childhood and experiences, judging him from our narrow mindedness would be erroneously presumptuous. I do not know Michael personally, therefore I have no right to judge him, nor will I even try to do so.
Michael is gone. What is left, are the fruits of his unbelievable talents. I feel that to remember Michael though his songs and incredible dance moves, would be the appropriate way , and the only way to do so. I would hereby like to share one of Michael’s all time favourite ” Billie Jean”, where song, dance, charisma and perfection come together as one.
Enough said, I bring you Michael Jackson, the one and only, King of Pop.