Michael Jackson: Since You’ve Been GoneJune 25th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
Dear, King Of Pop
First and foremost, the world hasn’t forgotten about you. Even though you’ve been gone for three years and your last album Invincible dropped in 2001, music just hasn’t been the same since your death. It’s feels like we’ve been losing all our music stars lately, Whitney Houston, Don Cornelius, Nate Dogg. It even feels a little weird listening to your classic 1991 hit “Jam” featuring Heavy D now that both of you are gone.
On a brighter note your family’s sticking together stronger than ever and your kids are growing into bright young adults. Your baby girl Paris recently gave Oprah a candid interview about how much she misses you, and is striving to make you proud. She’s growing up to be a good big sister.
More good news, Dr. Conrad Murray won’t be practicing medicine again. In 2011 he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentence to 4 years imprisonment and stripped of his medical license. Hopefully this will send a message to patients and physicians that health should always be a primary concern oppose to comfort.
While we all undoubtedly miss you, we’re not even close to forgetting what you did and how far you pushed the envelope when it came to music. Thanks to younger artist like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, etc. who all show fragments of you in their music and live performances your legacy is still going strong.
C. Breezy sprung his triumphant career comeback after performing one of the most memorable tributes to you at 2010 BET Awards. What made the heartfelt performance so memorable was because of Chris’ uncanny imitation of your Smooth Criminal video. He truly channeled you dancing across the stage, in a way no other has ever been able to recreate your greatness. Although no one could rock it better than you, it was a bitter sweet reminder of what you did for music and how much your missed. You’re still the King. Forever. R.I.P.
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