Donald Trump on Michael Jackson: A Remembrance

Brendan O'Connor · 02/18/16 11:30PM

On Thursday, when asked by Anderson Cooper what kind of music he listens to, Donald Trump launched into a remembrance of his friend, Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson Died So His Music Could Live

Rich Juzwiak · 05/15/14 03:22PM

When Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, it had been almost eight years since he hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. (and just barely—2001's "You Rock My World" peaked at No. 10). Billboard reports that in the nearly five years since his death, he's sold 12.8 million albums. It is an oft-made observation that death gave him the comeback he wouldn't likely have achieved again in life. By the end, he was gone–too self-absorbed, too clouded by drug addiction. Like many greats, his creative juices had an expiration date. After the earth-shattering release of Thriller, he spent the rest of his career chasing after that level of glory, achieving aftershocks at best.

Conrad Murray: I Held Michael Jackson's Penis Every Night

Gabrielle Bluestone · 11/24/13 03:33PM

While the biggest mystery in the Conrad Murray case is how on earth he's still somehow a licensed doctor, he's also been making the media rounds this week trying to pretend Michael Jackson's death is a mystery that hasn't already been solved with a guilty verdict.

This Michael Jackson Tribute From the “Thriller” Girl Is Insane

Rich Juzwiak · 07/13/13 01:00PM

I think this is art, but in the words of its singer, I'm so confused. Ola Ray starred with Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" video 30 years ago. In the time since, she appeared in bit parts on shows whose titles were punctuated with exclamation marks like Gimme a Break! and What's Happening Now!, had her drug arrest profiled on A Current Affair and successfully sued Jackson's estate for royalties. Jackson died over four years ago, and Ray has just gotten around to paying tribute to him. The project would be an ignorable clinging to past glory were it not utterly unhinged.

Neetzan Zimmerman · 06/05/13 11:37AM

TMZ is reporting that Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, was rushed to the hospital this morning following a suspected suicide attempt. The gossip site says Paris may have tried to overdose on pills or possibly cut herself, but is currently "doing ok."

The Rock Doc as Art: Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary, Bad 25

Rich Juzwiak · 10/22/12 03:40PM

Every subgenre needs its classic, and so Spike Lee's Bad 25 is what amounts to the greatest Behind the Music episode of all time. Frenetically paced, ingeniously constructed and brimming with hilarious anecdotes, the look back on the creation of 1987's Bad (the one that had the enormous task of following Thriller), elevates the rock doc to an art form. At over two hours in length, what could have felt like a bloated obituary is unmistakably alive. Although it's unlikely that it would have been assembled were it not for the death of its primary subject, Bad 25 proves that Jackson's legacy has nearly made him immortal.

Today's Song: Michael Jackson "Al Capone"

Rich Juzwiak · 09/19/12 04:55PM

A three-disc box set celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's first post-Thriller album, Bad, arrived in stores this week. I feel like I've been inundated with Bad25 propaganda via the Internet. There was also a two-hour special on BET last night featuring all nine of the Bad videos and people like Ashanti babbling about how galvanizing "Man in the Mirror" was and how it inspired her to be a better person. She was 7 when it was released.

Today's Song: Michael Jackson 'Speed Demon (Nero Remix)'

Rich Juzwiak · 08/27/12 05:07PM

Yet another of the "new" offerings from the upcoming Bad 25 box set has leaked: a remix of "Speed Demon," best known for its video (really, an excerpt from Moonwalker), in which Michael Jackson dances alongside a clay rabbit that is also himself. Or something.