- Michael reached number 3 on the Billboard album chart
The first release of Michael Jackson’s since his death a year and a half ago, and the first album with all new material in nine years, Michael is an amalgamation of tracks. Many sound similar to different albums of his career with small touches to make them sound more modern by various people though it’s hard to tell what was changed by ear alone.
The most modern sounding of these tracks is “Hold My Hand” and “Monster”, thanks to appearances by Akon and 50 Cent respectfully. Unfortunately, the weakest song is his duet with Akon which was to be originally released on Akon’s 2008 album, until the unfinished track was leaked. The first track to chart on the Hot 100, it reached the Top 40. “Monster” on the other hand is much better, with anger and persecution in the vocals you would find in the last three of his studio albums. Indeed,many of the songs sound as if they came from these albums. “Best of Joy” sounds like a song from Invincible, “Hollywood Tonight”,with its opening reminding one of “Who Is It” and a catch phrase and spoken vocal reminiscent of “In the Closet”,from Dangerous. Originally recorded for Invincible, “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” sounds as though it came from Blood on the Dance Floor or HIStory. It was produced and written by Lenny Kravitz with guitar and background vocal by Kravitz.
The three best songs on this album are “Breaking News”, “Behind the Mask”, and “Much Too Soon.” The latter two were both written or cowritten by Michael during the Thriller era and it’s not hard to tell. “Behind the Mask” is the best track on the album, with the sounds of a concert crowd opening the song. It includes a sample of the Yellow Magic Orchestra song of the same name. Yellow Magic Orchestra was a pioneering electropop group from Japan, who released their original version in 1979. The only criticism is that the saxophone on the track may be a little cheesy for some. The album closes with the song “Much Too Soon”, the title seeming to comment on Michael’s untimely death. However,the lyrics itself have nothing to do with the death and instead talk about love lost. The finale harkens back to Michael’s solo songs before Off the Wall, but this time with a twenty-something voice.
Overall, the album has received reviews that were neither strongly negative or positive. Personally, I would recommend it especially for fans of MJ.
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Here’s a very funny clip from the Colbert Report where Jeff Goldblum is reportedly dead based on Twitter posts. The funniest thing about this is that it really happened (the twitter posts) and reported as fact on the Australian Today Show. His death is to have happened on the same day as Michael Jackson’s death and this clip includes the Australian Today Show segment.
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Tagged Australian Today Show, Clip, Colbert, Colbert Report, comedy, Comedy Central, dead, death, Facts, Goldblum, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Jackson, News Report, Rumor, Rumour, Stephen Colbert, Today Show, TV News, TV Show, twitter, Twitter Rumor, Twitter Rumour, Twittering, Video Clip
I have decided to start an occasional series that spotlights an 80’s video. The videos spotlighted will be rare, unusual,creative or ones that are well-known. So to start off not only the series but the year is, appropriately enough, the video “Theme From 2010” by The Police member Andy Summers. The song is an updated version of “Also Sprach Zarathustra”. The movie which the theme was taken from is the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”. The music video incorporates scenes from “2010” and of Andy Summers in a great way. Enjoy!
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Tagged 1980s, 1984, 2001, 2001: a space odyssey, 2010, 80's Music Videos, 80s, 84, Andy Summers, Early MTV, Eightys, Film Short, movie soundtracks, movie themes, MTV, music, music video, music videos, Musicvideo, Musicvideos, MV, police, Promo, Short, soundtrack, soundtracks, The Police, Theme From 2010, video, Video Promo, Videos, Youtube
Yes, it’s official as Ryan first told me. Reading Rainbow aired it’s final episode Friday. It was something that always was in the background of my life, having first aired in 1983. I even remember watching my first episode “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” and how my mother was abuzz about some new show on PBS we were going to watch. Then summer after summer during the 80’s, anxiously waiting to watch new episodes. Strangely in the late 90’s, RR became sort of an obsession for me. Slowly, I tried to add a complete list of guest narrators to the Reading Rainbow entry at the Internet Movie Database. I would gather info from the internet or happen to catch an episode and then write down the name of the narrator, episode, and year of the original airing. Then in 2006, when I opened my first account on youtube, I posted probably 20 or more clips from the show after getting my hands on some tapes from my parents. Both are teachers and had used Reading Rainbow in their classrooms for many years. So here’s a big salute to you RR, and as Levar would say at the end of each episode “I’ll see you next time!”
Below are just two of my favorite Reading Rainbow moments, both from my newer youtube account.
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Tagged 1980s, 1983, 80's Television, 80s, 83, 90's Television, children's programing, Children's Programming, Classic Kids Show, Classic TV, educational programming, educational television, Final Episode, kids, Levar Burton, Memories, PBS, PBS Show, PBS Show TV, public television, reading rainbow, RR, television
I watch and read a lot of news, thinking about issues and where the world is headed and what not. A new decade is fast approaching. Hard to believe, but the 2010’s are less then 9 months away. Anyway these are my thoughts for the next 10 years.
Abortion: Now I’m not necessarily for abortion, but I can’t see abortion becoming illegal in the United States. Their may be tougher restrictions in the future, but overall abortion will still be an available choice.
China: China is fast becoming a world power and major player on the world stage. It will surpass the United States as the economic power. And the United States will no longer be the sole superpower politically. Instead it will be a “multi-polar” world where the U.S. Europe, Russia, China and to a lesser extent, other parts of the world will have an equal footing and say on the world stage. For culture such as movies, TV, popular culture, and music America will still be the dominating force though not as much and other countries being a greater force worldwide.
Health care: The United States will have some form of universal health care in place by 2019. I just think it’s inevitable with Obama in office and the Democrats in power.
Past Torture Issues: Irrespective of whether the Bush Administration really crossed the line or not in respect to the handling of suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay or those sent to “secret prisons”; Bush, Cheney and others working for them will not be put on trial. Obama has already said it will not happen. Doing so will make Republicans even more against his policies and agenda in my opinion.
Gay Marriage: Gay marriage will become legal across the nation, probably on a deeply divided vote by the Supreme Court.
War on Terrorism: Surprisingly, I believe the war in Afghanistan will have not only ended by 2019, but in less then 5 years. 2 possible scenarios :The Taliban and the U.S. will come to some kind of truce or the Taliban will simply give up much like Al-Qaeda did in Iraq due to our drones bombing them and their leaders. Once the Taliban are gone Al-Qaeda will soon be destroyed – and Osama Bin Laden.
Just want to say that these are just my thoughts and even a few of my predictions I hope will not come true. Feel free to give your own opinions and thoughts.
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Tagged 10's, 2009, 2010, 2010's, 2019, abortion, Afghanistan, Aghanistan War, China, Current Events, gay marriage, Healthcare, news, Predictions, Terrorism, Thoughts, War on Terrorism