Saturday, June 14, 2008
Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about private equity group Colony Capital trying to assist MJ with a relaunching of his career. The question now, is Michael Jackson really interested in performing again. Good article about the importance of having assets. To the viewing public, Michael Jackson is seen as being debt laden, but he owns half of a music catalogue worth an estimated 500 million dollars and the Neverland Ranch. Simply, along with his talent, he has options and companies looking to make money are interested in dealing with him.
- One of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
- 13 Grammy Awards.
- 13 Number One Singles in his solo career alone (more than any artist in the hot 100 era).
- Sales of over 750 million units worldwide.
- The biggest selling album of all time in Thriller.
Controversies aside MJ's talent and influence on the music industry in his nearly 40 years in the business can't be questioned. During the Thriller phase he alone made MTV into the "go to" video channel and spawned an unlimited number of singer, dancer, performers who we see today still trying to imitate his signature moves. On the Yahoo list, Michael's contemporary Prince is listed at number 10 and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown is number 2. It's hard to argue that Michael should be ahead of James Brown, but he's simply had more influence than Prince. The Jackson 5 years cannot be discounted, and the fact that there were periods in his career when sales were declining with the J5, and the group rebounded after moving to Epic Records shows his resiliency as an artist. This is the point in his career when Michael took creative control along with his brothers, and wrote and produced 1978's double platinum album "Destiny". This is the record that displayed Michael's talent as a writer and producer at the age of 20 years old, and he already had nearly 10 years in the business.
Yahoo's top 10 legends is as follows:
- Bob Dylan
- James Brown
- Paul McCartney
- Miles Davis
- Johnny Cash
- Chuck Berry
- Muddy Waters
- Van Morrison
- George Jones
Rob O'Connor's reasoning for not including Michael in the top 25 is because "Michael Jackson got cut for spending too much time in Disneyland and not enough time in the recording studio or on stage." Michael should be in the top 10 since after James Brown he's the most influential Pop/R&B artist in the last 25 years. Numerous controversies and legal issues don't subtract from a body of work that can be compared favorably to any artist in the history of music.
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Jill Scott, the quintessential artist, has blessed us with her talent as a singer, writer, author, actress, philanthropist and now designer. She's allowed us to live in her world of honesty, and peer into the depths of her soul.
Jill Scott didn't take the typical road to success (she was 28 when she released her first cd). She records on a small label, Hidden Beach Records, so she doesn't receive the large promotional dollars that accompany many artists. Despite limited promotion, all of Jill's Cd's except 2004s "Collaborations" have been certified Gold. Jill's concert tours have become legendary and allow her to benefit from a solid fan base that can continue to sustain her career. Many artists today adopt the cookie cutter approach to stardom, rising like a shooting star and then heading into obscurity after dismal sales of their latest CD. Jill's approach of developing and cultivating her talent, along with self confidence has allowed her to seamlessly move into other areas of success.
As a philanthropist, Jill Scott is the founder of the Blue Babe Foundation that assists young minorities with college expenses as long as a minimum GPA is maintined. Residents of Philadelphia, Camden, NJ and the Greater Delaware Valley can benefit from the foundation.
Greatness is always open to interpretation, and Miss Scott probably hasn't given us her best performance, but we have to be thankful that she is allowing us to peer into her world of divine greatness.