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How Michael Jackson’s Career Still Impacts Music in 2014

June 25th, 2014

Michael Jackson Anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s untimely passing at age 49. The King of Pop left behind a legacy that will last decades, with his impact sure to be felt worldwide for years to come.

Of course, Jackson’s work continues to affect music today, only a relatively short time after his passing, but it’s worth it to remember that much of what we see today in the music industry is because of MJ’s incredible vision, work and talent.

The Signature Dances

From Single Ladies to The Douggie, it all dates back to the 25th Anniversary of Mowtown in May of 1983 and a slide of the foot that changed dance forever.

The Year-long Album

The pop industry has become one of mass production, with artists pushed to released new albums each year. Jackson knew the benefit of waiting until something was ready, releasing only his best work and still striving for more. Sound like someone we saw recently at the MMVAs?

The Stadium Tours

Stadiums may have initially been built to house thousands of screaming sports fans, but Michael Jackson proved that if you are the greatest at what you do, you could be a singer and make The Cowboys Stadium look like a Sunday afternoon during football season.

The Live Vocals

If you’re going to spend your life being a singer, then sing live.

The Philanthropy

Jackson made millions and owed millions over his life, but regardless of his finances, one of his first orders was to help others, something our own Justin Bieber has always done.

The Epic Music Video

It’s not an ad, it’s a piece of art.

The One of a Kind

Remember when Dangerous came out in 1991 and it sounded like a few other artists at the time? Me neither.

The Producer

Jackson’s relationship with Quincy Jones resulted in some of the greatest music ever written. Their work together led the way for more artist/producer relationships. Think Dr. Dre and Eminem, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, Brian Eno and Coldplay, Rick Rubin and Jay Z, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, and Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette.

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