June 25th, 2010 – One Year After We Lost Our King Of Pop

It’s now coming up on a year since the world of music lost their King of Pop. Responses around the world made it clear that Michael Jackson was a pop icon, and his music and life inspired and touched the hearts of people across multiple generations on a global level. The days following the announcement of his death, tributes to Michael were created throughout the world and shared across the internet. On the one year anniversary of his passing, I wanted to share what I thought were some of the tribute highlights.

The following video is a clip from “Dancing with the Stars” and features Latoya Jackson during the intro and was sponsored by Macy’s. The songs featured are I Want You Back, Man In The Mirror and Thriller. You thought trying to mimic the moves in Thriller were hard, try doing it in 6 inch stilettos on a hard-wood floor. Mad kudus to the ladies for pulling that one off.


Dancing isn’t your cup of tea? Well, that’s alright since this next video features Sam Tsui (vocalist) and Kurt Hugo Schneider (producer) who do an amazing a capella 7 part harmonic version of a Michael Jackson medley including snippets of hits Man In The Mirror, Smooth Criminal, Thriller, I’ll Be There, Billie Jean and Beat It. Sam has an album entitled “The Covers” available on iTunes if a chorus of Sam Tsui clones is something you feel like blasting from your iPod.


A phenomenon that has seemed to materialize on a world-wide level is the phenomenon of the Flash Mob – A group of people, who have all learned a choreographed dance routine in order to “take over” a public venue, street, or area and dance to music playing over speakers. The beauty of the Flash Mob is the reaction of unsuspecting onlookers who witness the entire event. In Bucharest, Romania, ‘Beat It’ was their dance of choice.



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