Five years ago this June, we mourned the loss of one of the greatest entertainers that this planet has ever seen. Michael Jackson‘s music dazzled our ears, his dancing blew our minds, and his passing undoubtedly affected us all. But we’re not going to dwell on the sad stuff now, because today is a joyous day, an historic day, and a reason to celebrate. Today we are thrilled to share an exclusive stream of a BRAND NEW MJ track, “Blue Gangsta,” available right now! Savor this moment, because you’re about to hear your new favorite song for the very first time, straight from the mouth of a certified musical genius. Go put on a single white glove, turn it up, get down, and rejoice. Long live the king!
Beach Boys on a Pink Floyd classic? The Beatles on a Rolling Stones disc? Whitney Houston backing Chaka Khan?! No, these aren’t our picks for the best fantasy duets ever -They really happened! And what’s more, you’ve been listening to them for years and probably NEVER EVEN NOTICED! Get your headphones ready, because we might just blow your mind.
Picture this: You walk into your local newsstand to pick up your favorite magazine and BAM! You spot a cover that stops you in your tracks. Your jaw drops, your eyes twitch, and you think, “Can I really be seeing what I think I’m seeing?” Of course you can! Rock and roll rebellion can’t be tamed by mag editors!
Today marks 25 years ago since the Michael Jackson was officially crowned “The King of Pop” at the the 1989 Soul Train Awards. Amazingly, it was silver screen legend Elizabeth Taylor who first uttered the immortal title (technically it was “King of Pop, Rock and Soul”) that followed him for the rest of his life -and beyond.
These days, it’s no big deal for two artists from different races to collaborate on tracks. From hits like Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” with Juicy J, to the somewhat tone-deaf “Accidental Racist” from LL Cool J and Brad Paisley, we barely notice the difference in complexions when music stars team up.
It’s safe to say that aging hits some folks harder than others, and people definitely change as they grow older. But sometimes Mother Nature gets a little help! The music industry is filled with those who perpetually try to stay young, and many turn to the surgeon’s knife to help keep that youthful glow. We’re not one to point fingers, but many rock stars look distinctly “different” than they did when they first burst onto the scene years ago. Bad genes or bad docs? That’s for you to decide!
Michael Jackson tragically passed away back in 2009, and the past five years have yielded plenty of pretenders to the King of Pop’s throne. But 31-year-old Brandon Howard’s case is different. He claims to have irrufitable evidence that he is MJ’s son!
What do you do when you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence and drag racing in a major American city? Well, if you’re 19-year-old Justin Bieber, you compare yourself to Michael Jackson. Bieber has issued his first comment since Thursday’s early morning arrest in Miami Beach in the form of an Instagram photo likening himself to the King of Pop. This of course follows the Bieb sitting atop a car to wave to all the fans who waited patiently for his release from jail. Always remember the little people, kids.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day specifically set aside to honor the life and legacy of one of the single-most influential civil rights leaders in our country’s history. Since its earliest days, the music industry been at the cultural forefront when it comes to honoring political activists through song, and MLK Jr. is no exception. From hip hop to rock, from soul to EDM, here are the 10 most noteworthy samples and shout-outs about the fallen civil rights icon in music history.