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Michael Jackson Life History

The Bio History of Michael Joseph Jackson began when he was born on the 29th of August 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the 7th of nine children. (Brothers: Sigmund “Jackie”, Toriano “Tito”, Jermaine, Marlon, Steven “Randy”, and sisters Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya Jackson Michael began his musical career at the age of 5 as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 who formed in 1964. In 1968 the Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers discovered the Jackson five and from there they got an audition for Berry Gordy of Motown Records. The Jackson 5 recorded fourteen albums and Michael recorded four solo albums with Motown. The Jackson 5 stayed with Motown till 1976, desiring more artistic freedom they felt they had to move on and enrolled with Classic. The group name Jackson five needed to be changed as it was owned by Motown, so they reverted to The Jackson’s as they had be known in the early days. Kid brother Randy joined in his place. In 1977 Michael made his first film debut when he starred in the musical ‘The Wiz’ playing Scarecrow with Diana Ross in the lead role of Dorothy. Michael partnered up with Quincy Jones as his producer for his first solo album with Epic Records. The album titled “Off The Wall” was a big success around the world and the first ever album to release a record breaking four No1 singles in the US. In 1982 Michael Jackson released the world’s largest selling album of all time, ‘Thriller’. He worked with the best directors and producers, using the most recent technology and special effects. for the hit song ‘Billie Jean’ The short film ‘Thriller’ used the latest make-up artists technology combined with superb dancing and chorography, to produce a fourteen minute video, with a start, a middle and an ending. So successful was this video that ‘The Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller’ became the world’s largest selling home video combined with increasing album sales. In 1984 Michael won a record breaking eight Grammy awards in one night. The awards were for his work on the ‘Thriller’ album and his work on the account for the ‘ET Storybook’. 1988, Michael wrote his first autobiography speaking for the first time on his youth and his career. At the end of the 1980s Michael was named ‘Artist of the Decade’ for his success off of his ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ albums. He toured world again in 1992, taking his concerts to countries that had never before been visited by a pop/rock artist. In 1994 Michael married Lisa Marie Presley, child of rock legend Elvis Presley. 1995 saw Michael release a 5th solo album, ‘History’, which was a double album, first half new material and 2nd half greatest hits. Michael toured again over a legs covering a 2 year period. Together they had their first kid Prince Michael Joseph Jackson jr born on Feb thirteen 1997 and a child Paris Michael Katherine Jackson born on April 3rd 1998. In 1997 Michael released the remix album ‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ which also contained 5 new song linked with a 38min film “Ghosts”. This film Michael played 5 roles using the latest special effects and make-up creativity, mixed with his dance and music. Many artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Destiny’s Child, Shaggy and plenty more performed there own and Michael Jackson’s past songs. In October 2001 Michael released the album ‘Invincible’ so far releasing only 2 singles including the big hit “You Rock My World”. Since the release of this first single the album has been trapped by rumors of a rift with Sony Music and a clear lack of promotion of the album.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Music | , | Leave a comment

Akon

Akon (born Aliaune Thiam in Senegal) is an R&B singer who released his debut album Trouble in 2004, which included the singles “Locked Up” [Remix] (featuring Styles P), “Bonanza” and “Ghetto”. “Locked Up” reached the top 10 in the US, and the top 5 in the UK. “Ghetto” also became a radio hit when it was remixed to include verses from legendary rappers Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) and 2Pac (Tupac Shakur). Recently, he has also released the single “Lonely” (sampled Bobby Vinton), which has reached top 10 on the US charts. His album also climbed to #1 in April. The mere act of surviving on a day to day basis is the foundation from which a true artist builds his craft. Multi-talented newcomer AKON is no exception to this rule. His dynamic debut album, Trouble, a collection of stirring songs, creatively reflects the ups and downs of the singer/songwriter/producer’s life experiences. A crafty blend of soulful hip-hop, TROUBLE is AKON’s vibrant first time tour-de-force. Trouble evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did and am still doing to correct those things,” offers AKON, who has had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and school living a little and listening to the lyrics, I realized that I was going through a lot of stuff these rappers were talking about and I could relate.” Once hip-hop took over his life, AKON’s musical development exploded and he began channeling his energy into writing and producing his own music. Songs such as “Show Out” display how much hip-hop has influenced him. Over the sparsely yet hard hitting groove, “Don’t tempt me/’Cuz I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head,” ring the lyrics that cleverly integrate original school lyrics. At the same time, the song pays homage to hip-hop pioneers all while maintaining its own identity.

His first single “Bananza (Belly Dance)” exhibits another side of the artist. On this song AKON puts forth a feel-good vibe. Singing system, as is reflected in his redemption song “Trouble Nobody.” “I’ve got a habit of writing about everything I go through,” he explains, “and this album gives a glimpse of where I am now.”
To understand where AKON is right now is just half the equation. The other half lies in where he came from: this young artist possesses a unique history. A Senegalese African, AKON moved to the United States when he was seven. His family is headed by legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as “unrivaled.” B
It was AKON’s deep rooted love and passion for music, evolving from filial admiration, which allowed him to turn his life around, despite his trouble as a youth residing in New Jersey. AKON began playing several different percussion instruments and eventually embraced hip-hop music and culture, despite his initial disdain for the genre.
“When I first heard hip-hop I thought it was rubbish because I didn’t understand the concept of people talking over music,” AKON recalls, “But as I started growing up, over a seductive and sensual beat, “Bananza (Belly Dance),” is one of AKON’s most irresistible tracks. The song integrates a unique up tempo dance beat with a distinct wind instrumentation floating in the background guaranteed to improve every listener’s mood.

The reason for this, AKON says, “There are a lot of negative things going on today.” “We need to party and just have fun,” he continues, “‘Bananza…’ is a party record. You just go in the club, party and enjoy those beautiful women.” Life does not solely revolve around beautiful women and leisure time and AKON is well aware of this. On the somber, soulful “Ghetto” and the meditative, impressive “Journey,” AKON gives listeners an in-depth look into a harsher world, one that is just as gripping as it is chilling. But rather than sensationalize his own drama, AKON transmits, to his audience, the feeling of being a part of his inner circle.

AKON’s personal appeal and ability to reach a listener is a part of his whole package: a package that includes, most importantly, his distinctive vocals and a relaxed singing style. It is as though he is speaking to you as he sings in a very intimate manner. “When I sing the sound comes from the mood that I am in. These records are coming straight from the heart,” AKON divulges. Genuine and honest, AKON’s music is a step in a new direction: a trajectory that will lead us on a delightfully fulfilling path. Says AKON, “When I’m on the mic, I’m just giving the listener a part of me.” Be prepared to receive it.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

Led Zeppelin – Striking Hard

Led Zeppelin were a legendary hard rock band in the 1970’s. They pioneered and perfected a new trend of Rock called classic rock which made them unique in many ways and brought them long lasting success and following. The origin of the band dates back to 1966 when Jimmy page their lead guitarist broke up from Yard-birds and founded the New Yard-birds with fellow bass guitarist John Paul Jones, vocalist Robert Plant, and drummer John Bonham. However the name Led Zeppelin came about when one of the guys supposedly remarked flowing like “a lead zeppelin” in practice which eventually stuck as the name.

They released several studio albums which became instant hits like Led zeppelin I , Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti and the Presence. Some of their immortal blockbuster chart numbers include “A stairway to heaven”, “Kashmir”, ”the immigrant song”, “Black dog” ,”Achilles last stand” etc .In their zenith they were voted as “ the heaviest band of all time” by the Rolling stone magazine. However as was the wont they fell into the habits of the time and were increasingly involved in drugs, this marked a slow downfall as their drummer John Bonham died in early 80’s reportedly of excessive drug abuse thereby leading to the breakup of one of the most original bands of 20th century.

The band never really joined up again despite several efforts and speculation and their only real reunion in recent times being the O2 arena concert in 2007 which sparked record attendance.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment