Thursday, July 9, 2009
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY - ARE WE BEING TOO HARD ON WACKO JACKO?? AND WHY IS MAN IN THE MIRROR SUDDENLY A HIT??
REMEMBER ALL THE GRIEF MJ GOT FOR HOLDING BABY 'BLANKET' OVER THE BALCONY TO WAVE TO THE ASSEMBLED 'PAPS' BELOW? WELL CHECK THIS OUT & ASK YRSELF WERE WE TOO HARD ON HIM ABOUT IT!!
Devotees at a shrine at Solapur in western India's Maharastra observed a bizarre ritual of throwing infants for good health from a height of 50 feet on to a cloth sheet held below on Tuesday (April 29).
UNREAL OR WHAT!
LOT'S OF LISTENERS HAD SUGGESTIONS ON THE SHOW TODAY AS TO WHY 'MAN IN THE MIRROR' WAS THE MJ TUNE THAT HAS CAPTURED THE MOOD AND PUBLIC IMAGINATION AND CONSEQUENTLY REACHED HIGHEST IN THE CHARTS BOTH HERE , IN THE U.K. AND U.S. OUT OF HIS VAST BACK CATALOGUE OF CLASSIC TUNES (MY FAV BEING 'DON'T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH')WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN THE ONE YOU WOULD HAVE EXPECTED TO CHART HIGHEST???
Hey dave. Think man in mirror did so well cos MTV put together a montage of MJ images thru d years. its really sweet but sad! Rachel
HERE (TAKEN FROM BBC WEBSITE) IS WHAT OTHERS THINK IS THE REASON...
It failed to make the Top 20 on its first release more than 20 years ago, but now Man In The Mirror is the Michael Jackson track everyone wants to hear. Why?
Thirteen Michael Jackson songs are in the Top 40, among them his signature hits like Billie Jean and Thriller. But the biggest seller in the UK since his death has been Man In The Mirror, which failed to make the Top 20 when first released in 1988. This week it has climbed to number two.
So why is it suddenly a hit?
It's always been a favourite among Michael Jackson fans, says Matt Blank, a spokesman for the UK-based website Michael Jackson World Network.
# Its lyrics about making the world a better place fit the mood
# It wasn't a hit first time round so it feels fresh
He is not surprised by its belated success, given its elevated status in the Jackson catalogue - there was a memorable rendition by the singer at the 1988 Grammy Awards, with a gospel choir supplying the rousing crescendo, and it was the finale on Jackson's Dangerous world tour four years later. "It's quite inspirational and when people are grieving they don't necessarily want a dance one, and they don't necessarily want a slow song either, because it might be too much," says Mr Blank. "So Man in the Mirror is on middle ground. It appeals to lots of people, not just Michael Jackson fans but the general public who might not consider themselves to be Michael Jackson fans in particular." It's not a song that can be pigeon-holed, he says, because it's not pop or soul, but it's an anthem that a lot of people can relate to, especially with the world going through hard times.
Its most famous lines are:
If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
Its message, says Mr Blank, is that the ills of the world, like homelessness and suffering, can be cured if every individual makes his or her own contribution. "It deserves to be at the top of the charts and as it's always been popular among fans, it's as if they are saying: 'Let's get it the recognition it deserves.'" Man In The Mirror was the fourth single from Bad, Jackson's 1987 album, and was written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard. It reached number 21 in the singles charts - a respectable position for most artists, but by Jackson's standards a low performer, when other singles from Bad were selling in large numbers. But, at times, the song has reached out to a wider audience. During Celebrity Big Brother 2007, Michael's brother, Jermaine, who was a contestant on the show, confronted housemates about the bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The following morning, Man In The Mirror was used as an alarm call to wake the house. A year later, it reappeared in the lower reaches of the charts after X Factor contestant Diana Vickers sang it. And since his death, tributes on television have used clips of Jackson singing it. Madonna's stage tribute to Jackson at her O2 concert also featured its lyrics.
GALLAGHER SLATES JACKO COVERAGE
Noel Gallagher has criticised the media for its "dragging" interest into the death of Michael Jackson. The Oasis guitarist then compared Jackson to the late Jade Goody via his blog on the band's official website. He wrote: "This Mike Jackson thing's dragging on a bit, innit? Who do they think he is, Jade Goody?".
The Sun has a picture of a "family" scene at Michael Jackson's final Christmas
- posing with his three children and the doctor rumoured to be the father of two of them. Dr Arnold Klein has also been accused of supplying Jackson with prescription drugs. The photo has emerged after daughter Paris praised Jackson as the 'best Daddy ever'.
WE WON'T BURY HIM WITHOUT HIS BRAIN
Michael Jackson will not be buried until scientists have finished doing tests on his brain. Jacko's family have delayed the funeral so medical experts can pinpoint exactly what killed him. The tests could show whether Jacko had a fatal drug overdose and if he had a history of drug problems.
MIND YOU MAYBE WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF HIM YET...
Michael Jackson was obsessed with immortality and the idea of cloning himself, according to his former chauffeur Al Bowman.
The King of Pop reportedly attended a Las Vegas conference on human cloning with longtime friend Uri Geller, according to Mr Bowman. Mr Bowman, who drove the pair to the event in 2002, said Jackson was particularly impressed with a group called the Raelians, who believe the key to eternal life is cloning. Remembering Jackson's reaction following the conference, Mr Bowman said: "Jackson was very excited. "He bounced out of that conference like a small child. He was smiling and on a high. I heard him and Uri talking in the back of the limo. "He was talking about the prospect of being cloned. He grabbed Uri by both arms and told him, 'I really want to do it Uri, and I don't care how much it costs'." The Raelian sect, who believe the human soul dies when the body dies, believe in recreating individuals from their own genetic make-up. They have a scientific arm called Clonaid, which regularly holds fund-raisers in order to share its latest research. Mr Bowman, 50, Jackson's driver for 10 years, told the Daily Mirror he remembers the singer talking about the cloning of Dolly the sheep in Britain in 1996, saying that the singer was "totally fascinated by it". "Michael said he wanted a mini-version of himself cloned to carry on his legacy. He was hoping that Michael Jackson could live for ever," he said. The Raelian movement began after a former racing car journalist, Claude Vorilhon, claimed he was contacted by an extraterrestrial who told him – in fluent French – that humans were created in laboratories by people from another planet. The creators, known as the Elohim, a word in ancient Hebrew meaning "those who came from the sky", told him to spread the word on Earth in preparation for their return. Since then the Raelians have grown into an international movement, and are believed to have up to 55,000 members. In 1997, the group founded Clonaid, who claimed to have cloned a human being in 2002. Mr Bowman added: "I used to drive so many celebrities around LA, and so many of them became obsessed with these weird religious sects – Michael was no different. People in Hollywood are the most creative people you'll ever meet, but they're also the most stupid people around. They believe almost anything and then they hand over all their millions to these groups."