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.
When we were kids, we dreamed of getting Lego kits to build submarines, castles and the Millennium Falcon. But all that’s changed now that we’re older. Today we want Lego kits build covers of rock ‘n’ roll album art! An awesome new Tumblr called Lego Albums is blowing up the internet by showing off incredibly accurate depictions of famous album covers built from nothing but the beloved toy, and we kind of seriously want one to hang on our wall at home.
Sometimes less really is more! Acoustic demo tapes provide a fascinating insight into a songwriter’s process. It’s a window into a private moment, when they’re usually alone in their bedroom (or studio) with nothing but a guitar and a tape recorder, creating a tune from out of nowhere. It’s like listening to magic happening right before your ears! And if the songs they create go on to become classics, it’s also a precious moment in history. We’ve put together a list of 10 incredible early tapes of songs you know by heart. Not only are they beautiful in their stripped down simplicity, but these first drafts are sometimes drastically different from the final cut. Read on to hear some amazing works in progress!
Rock ‘n’ roll is packed with rebellious bad boys (and bad girls!) who drink, fight, have tantrums, and just generally do things their-way-or-the-highway-dammit! But occasionally, some combination of drugs, booze, ego, money and general rock star excess pushes them over the line, and that’s what police get involved. Sometimes it’s fairly light-hearted stupidity (usually involving urination), but others times it’s far more serious, and changes the way we think about them and their music forever.