From childhood super-stardom to a controversial and rumor-ridden adulthood, Michael Jackson has been an object of seemingly endless public fascination. From the musical genius of "Thriller" and its role in the MTV video revolution to the startling physical changes wrought by too much plastic surgery -- from the gifted young boy who charmed audiences to the childlike man who stood trial for child molestation -- Jackson's life has unfolded in strange ways.
Michael Jackson's career began with a string of hits with his brothers in The Jackson 5 for the legendary Motown label and grew even brighter when he went solo. Thriller became the greatest selling album of all times with hits like "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and the title track. All three songs had videos that helped launch MTV. Jackson's solo career never reached that height again but "Bad" and "Dangerous" were both major successes, each with a string of hit singles.
Jackson's place in pop music is secure. His place in pop culture is subject to much discussion and Blogcritics writers have opinions about all of it, from the infamous trial to the descending arc of his musical career and finally his premature death and the questions surrounding its cause. Join us as we trace the path of Jackson's brightly burning star.
Intimate interviews with Michael Jackson offer insight as to what went wrong and how we can change it.
This Is It is an amazing tribute to the artistic genius that was Michael Jackson.
This 112-minute film captures Jackson’s musical passions and artistic drive for perfection.
Michael Jackson’s funeral more than two months after his death is more than anti-climactic; it’s creepy.
Michael Jackson's evening funeral.
With three of our influential celebrities deceased, our popular culture takes a step back.
Islam, entertainment, and pop culture - topics of heated debate in and out of the Islamic community, and in the blogosphere.
The art that we deserve: Fenix's "Michael's Jacksons" and more.
Now go back to work...
Heaven or hell, nirvana or oblivion, there's no question that Michael Jackson is going there in style.
I come not to praise the common man but to bury the celebrity.
We live in a world of stories, not a world of events — as Michael Jackson's story proves.
Driving up Highway 1 to San Francisco on July 1, we decided to take a detour and stop at Neverland Ranch.
Can't get into the Staples Center tribute? Join us to remember the King of Pop at Universal Citywalk.
When I can no longer separate celebrities from their negative publicity, I can’t enjoy their work.
Growing up in the 70s, my sister and I had posters of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett on our walls.
Eddie Van Halen's solo on "Beat It" remains one of his masterpieces.
When you're the first to report the death of someone like that, you're gonna gain some clout.
The man, the music, and the humanitarian.
I refuse to shed tears for the King of Pop.