MICHAEL JACKSON FINAL EXAM TERM PAPER

November 11th, 2010

“How Michael Jackson impacted on MTV through his music videos”

BY:Robert Shemanski

MEDST 330W THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

CODE 1471 SEC 9M3A FALL 2010 MONDAYS 9:15AM -12:05PM

INSTRUCTOR PROF. AMY HERZOG

DATE: 11/07/2010

Outline

  • Introduction
  • Michael Jackson Music and dancing and the 1980s
  • Conclusion
  • Works Cited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Michael Jackson was an American superstar. He was born in the year 1958 on the 29th day of August in Gary, Indiana. Michael Jackson engaged in entertaining people almost throughout the whole period of his lifetime. His father was called Joe Jackson and he was a guitarist. However, at the time Joe Jackson married Katherine, he was forced to surrender the ambitions he had in music. Joe and Katherine jointly embraced the musical interests that were growing in the family. In the starting years of the 1960s, the boys in the family who were older including Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie had commenced on carrying out performance in the city. By the year 1964, Michael Jackson together with Marlon joined the group and this was the start of a long journey for Michael Jackson in his music career. The singing of Michael Jackson and the talents he had of dancing were surprisingly mature and it did not take long before he turned out to be the leading voice and center of attention of “The Jackson 5”. In the course of the 1970s, this group came out as among the black pop vocal groups that were most talented in the history of music. This group attained success in “evolving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon” (Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson Para 2).

            There was inevitability for Michael Jackson in Solo success and by the time it approached 1980, he had turned out to be very much popular more than the other members of the brotherly group. The sales for his records went on increasing and the climax approached at the time Thriller was released in the year 1982. This turned out to be the best-selling album more than any other album ever produced. Michael Jackson went on to venture in to films and he came to a realization that his luck lay in the music videos (Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson). Michael Jackson changed the way music was portrayed in music videos in 1980s and he impacted on MTV through his dancing as well as his singing.  

Michael Jackson Music and dancing in the 1980s

            The 1980s were the climax of the fame of Michael Jackson as well as his commercial success. His great advancement as a solo artist approached at a time he released “Off The Wall”. He co-produced this with Quincy Jones. The release of this album was carried out in the year 1979 and the success of this album was exceptional. According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) “the album spawned four US top hits on the charts, a first for any US album, and best male R&B Vocal performance. It practically made the name Michael Jackson a household name” (Para 1).

            However, Michael Jackson was not satisfied with this achievement. He had believed himself as being a perfectionist and those people who actually knew him agreed to his belief. The success of this album was beyond any person’s expectations but this did not impress Michael Jackson. He had a deep feeling within him that this album was supposed to have obtained “Record of the Year” and he was disturbed by a feeling that there would be no featuring of blacks on covers. Since he strongly believed that he could do better than this, he actually did better later in time.

          Once again, Michael Jackson collaborated with Quincy Jones to produce “Thriller”. They made a budget of over 750, 000 US dollars and they were able to produce more than three hundred songs and they in turn cut this number of songs to nine. Deep within himself, Michael Jackson had a very strong determination to produce an album in which each and every song could turn out to be a hit. Michael Jackson engaged in writing four out of all the songs and these songs as well turned out to be among the songs that were quite successful. The songs that he wrote include “Bit it”, “Wanna be Startin’ somethin’”, “Billie Jean” and “The girl is mine”. The song “Billie Jean” nearly lost entry in to the album for the reason that Quincy Jones had doubts about this song being well received by people but through Michael Jackson’s insistence, the song made it on to the album.

            In the year 1982, the album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records. This was after a long session of recording. At this point, Michael Jackson became a superstar to a level that he had been looking for and he as well achieved the amount of wealth he was looking for. This new album, “Thriller”, turned out to be a number one seller in history. According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years), “At an estimated 109 million copies sold worldwide, no album has surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it seems likely that he will hold that record for a while” (Para 4).  Thriller is the apex of Michael Jackson’s career in several ways. However, even if Michael Jackson later in time came to produce excellent songs, the reputation he had as well as his appearance brought him troubles which he was not having at a time when “Thriller” came out.

 What caused the “Thriller” album to be so much compelling was “the maturity in Michael’s lyrics and the raw emotion his unique voice conveyed. It didn’t hurt that the music on Thriller was excellent, and that it was riding in the waves of a new generation of music lovers that appreciated R&B, dance disco, soul, and pop” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years, Para 5). Michael Jackson engaged in blending of various genres well on the album and at the same time going on with refining the style he had from the former album “Off Te Wall”, but encompassed some thematic elements which were darker which portrayed the way he was handling the fame he had and the struggles of his own family.

            Other than the album “Thriller” being Michael Jackson’s landmark album, it was as well an album that impacted on the United States of America and the music industry in a resounding manner. Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) points out that “Thriller had a staggering seven hit singles in the Billboard Top 10, and at its peak, it was selling one million albums per week……..Thriller won Michael a recording-breaking seven Granny awards and album of the year” (Para 6).   

            More so, Thriller gave representation of a high point in equality on the basis of race. However, while it was still in its infant stage, MTV was not very much willing to play most of the music videos that had been produced by black people, just in a similar manner as Rolling stone had not had much willingness to have a star who is a black person on their magazine. In the end, MTV came to accept to engage in airing the video “Bill Jean” which is a video attributed to breaking the barrier that is there on the basis of color. Following the success that came about of Billie Jean, a long lasting partnership was set up between MTV and Michael Jackson. Before then, there was domination of MTV by videos of rock music and there had been refusal of airing videos by the black artists that were famous such as Rick James. However, the moment there was recognition of how popular the songs of Michael Jackson were as well as his videos, they inclined themselves in the direction of R&B and pop and this in turn made a way for the black artists that came up later on such as Prince and Whitney Houston to achieve publicity. 

            The videos that were produced by Michael Jackson transformed MTV from a cable channel that was struggling in a well-liked stop for watching videos of music. The videos that were greatly well-liked were “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the success that MTV achieved is attributed to Michael Jackson’s contribution to a great level. At a time the music video for the “Thriller” album were brought out, MTV had to engage in playing this video two times within a period of an hour in order for it to meet the demand for it. There is consideration among many people of the Thriller as being the most excellent music video that has ever been produced.

            However, as Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) points out, “but there was something special about Michael Jackson’s music videos that really contributed to the success of MTV, beyond just the catchy songs. Michael Jackson made music video a viable art form instead of a promotional stunt, incorporating special effects, storylines, dance routines, and cameo appearances in to them ” (Para 9). Whereas earlier own the videos were regarded in most cases as a way to create “buzz for the singles”, the music videos of Michael Jackson were well-like to a level that a large number of fans couldn’t engage in separating the song from the images they viewed in the videos in Thriller.       

            According to Rogers (Para 30), the effect Thriller had on the music industry as well as the music videos was immense and this came to given a definition to MTV. In the MTV special in the year 1983, Michael Jackson who was at that time 24 years of age stirred the whole country by the presentation of his Moonwalk. The Moonwalk was a kind of a dance step which brought about levitation and allusion. In this performance, Michael Jackson came to the stage wearing sequined jacket, black in color and s silver shirt. The trousers he was wearing during the presentation were black in color and he also came to stage wearing black fedora. The touch that finalized everything was one glove that was white in color which had been studded with rhinestones.

Michael Jackson’s dancing style made a combination of “the robotic moves of break-dancers, the quick silver spins and slides of James Brown and the grace of Fred Astaire, whose routines he studied” (Para 32). He was referred to by the Aging Astaire as “a Wonderful mover”. Looking at Michael Jackson’s wardrobe, this features the suits that were glittery and the uniforms that looked like those of the armed forces. These ensured matching with the single white glove that he wore that turned out to be his signature. Michael Jackson as well build up a “signature dance move” which was the “Moonwalk” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson: Pop musician, Para 1).

            Rogers (Para 33)  points out that, other than “Thriller” being the best seller and bringing so much money for Michael Jackson in the course of the year 1983, this album as well enabled Michael Jackson to turn out to be the first artist to remain at the “top four charts” in a manner that was concurrent.

According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson changes music on MTV, Para 1), Michael Jackson had an immense impact on the world of music video and especially on the Music Television (MTV). “Michael’s music videos, from the most famous to some of the lesser-known, had a variety of impacts of many fields, from race relations to global poverty to dance” (Para 1). Michael transformed the image of the music videos and served to influence a large number of artists who came thereafter. Claims were presented by a large number of people about the impact Michael Jackson made on the Music Television that this impact was that Michael Jackson brought together, in general terms, “music videos on the channel and on music television” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson changes music on MTV, Para 3)

            There is no easy way for an artist who is a black person, Michael Jackson also included, to rise above the discrimination that comes in on the basis of race. Michael Jackson had determination to turn out to be a successful artist and to instill a remarkable amount of work in to the songs he produced as well as in the dance routines that he had. In the year 1983, “he debuted his iconic dance move referred to as the moonwalk” (Para 11). Not in the same way as a thing that had earlier on been seen, this new dance move made a confirmation of the lasting power and control of Michael Jackson on popular culture.     

            It is not common to get an album to have the celebration of its 25 anniversary. However, Thriller did get this celebration with no any form of doubt. The album “Thriller” was a land mark for the whole generation. Having singles traced at top of the music charts, having videos for music frequently being presented on MTV, and having the credit for demolishing the racism barrier and paving a way for the upcoming generation of the artists that are black people, it is true to say that Michael Jackson actually went beyond any person’s expectation about him. The exceptional prosperity he obtained from the album “Thriller” remains to resound in popular culture. More so, the iconic dances of Michael Jackson as well as his vocals together with genres blending go on serving as an inspiration to the upcoming artists and they as well serve to enthrall the audiences all over the world.  

Conclusion

The videos that were produced by Michael Jackson transformed MTV from a cable channel that was struggling in a well-liked stop for watching videos of music. The videos that were greatly well-liked were “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the success that MTV achieved is attributed to Michael Jackson’s contribution to a great level. At a time the music video for the “Thriller” album were brought out, MTV had to engage in playing this video two times within a period of an hour in order for it to meet the demand for it. There is consideration among many people of the Thriller as being the most excellent music video that has ever been produced.

            There was a thing which was special about the music videos of Michael Jackson’s that actually made a contribution towards the success of MTV, other than just having the songs that are popular. The special thing is that Michael Jackson made music video a practical art form rather than a promotional feat, bringing in “special effects, storylines, dance routines, and cameo appearances in to them ” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years, Para 9). Whereas earlier own the videos were regarded in most cases as a way to create “buzz for the singles”, the music videos of Michael Jackson were well-like to a level that a large number of fans couldn’t engage in separating the song from the images they viewed in the videos in Thriller.

            The effect Thriller had on the music industry as well as the music videos was immense and this came to give a definition to MTV. In the MTV special in the year 1983, Michael Jackson who was at that time 24 years of age stirred the whole country by the presentation of his Moonwalk. The Moonwalk was a kind of a dance step which brought about levitation and allusion. In this performance, Michael Jackson came to the stage wearing sequined jacket, black in color and s silver shirt. The trousers he was wearing during the presentation were black in color and he also came to stage wearing black fedora. The touch that finalized everything was one glove that was white in color which had been studded with rhinestones   

            In conclusion, having singles traced at top of the music charts, having videos for music frequently being presented on MTV, and having the credit for demolishing the racism barrier and paving a way for the upcoming generation of the artists that are black people, it is true to say that Michael Jackson actually went beyond any person’s expectation about him. The exceptional prosperity he obtained from the album “Thriller” remains to resound in popular culture. More so, the iconic dances of Michael Jackson as well as his vocals together with genres blending go on serving as an inspiration to the upcoming artists and they as well serve to enthrall the audiences all over the world.  

Works Cited

Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson, 2010. Web. 5 November 2010,

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001391/bio 

Anonymous, Michael Jackson changes music on MTV. Web. 6 November 2010

http://www.michaellives.com/michael-jackson-becomes-the-king-of-pop/michael-jackson-changes-music-on-mtv/

Anonymous, Michael Jackson: Pop musician, 2010. Web. 5 November 2010

http://www.answers.com/topic/michael-jackson

Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years. Web. 5 November 2010,

http://www.popstarcollector.com/Michael-Jackson-Thriller-MTV-Years

Rogers, Waller Lisa, Michael Jackson: The whole story. 28 June, 2009. Web. 5 November 2010.

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

November 11th, 2010

RESEARCH PROPOSAL:

 

             For my research project I have decided to focus on how Michael Jackson impacted MTV music videos. 

 In 1981 MTV was established.  They made music videos that would be shown on network TV all day long.  The problem MTV was having was finding marketable talent in the industry.  Lucky for them the 1980’s produced Michael Jackson and Madonna two icon figures who would change the music industry forever.  Michael Jackson was discovered as a young boy when he was in the band the Jackson 5.  A music producer thought Michael had rare talent on the screen.  The problem was that the executives at MTV were racists.  They did not want Michael to make a music video because he was a black man.  The executives made the excuse that black people could not afford to purchase cable TV so the audience who majority were white would not want to see a black artist on TV. 

My paper will focus on how Michael Jackson broke the color barrier giving every black artist the opportunity to make a music video.  The paper will introduce you to the Michael Jackson family, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson’s big break, how he made thriller the best selling music video of all time, and of course how he changed the way music videos were made forever.

November 6th, 2010

“How Michael Jackson impacted on MTV through his music videos”

BY:Robert Shemanski

MEDST 330W THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

CODE 1471 SEC 9M3A FALL 2010 MONDAYS 9:15AM -12:05PM

INSTRUCTOR PROF. AMY HERZOG

DATE: 11/07/2010

Outline

  • Introduction
  • Michael Jackson Music and dancing and the 1980s
  • Conclusion
  • Works Cited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Michael Jackson was an American superstar. He was born in the year 1958 on the 29th day of August in Gary, Indiana. Michael Jackson engaged in entertaining people almost throughout the whole period of his lifetime. His father was called Joe Jackson and he was a guitarist. However, at the time Joe Jackson married Katherine, he was forced to surrender the ambitions he had in music. Joe and Katherine jointly embraced the musical interests that were growing in the family. In the starting years of the 1960s, the boys in the family who were older including Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie had commenced on carrying out performance in the city. By the year 1964, Michael Jackson together with Marlon joined the group and this was the start of a long journey for Michael Jackson in his music career. The singing of Michael Jackson and the talents he had of dancing were surprisingly mature and it did not take long before he turned out to be the leading voice and center of attention of “The Jackson 5”. In the course of the 1970s, this group came out as among the black pop vocal groups that were most talented in the history of music. This group attained success in “evolving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon” (Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson Para 2).

            There was inevitability for Michael Jackson in Solo success and by the time it approached 1980, he had turned out to be very much popular more than the other members of the brotherly group. The sales for his records went on increasing and the climax approached at the time Thriller was released in the year 1982. This turned out to be the best-selling album more than any other album ever produced. Michael Jackson went on to venture in to films and he came to a realization that his luck lay in the music videos (Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson). Michael Jackson changed the way music was portrayed in music videos in 1980s and he impacted on MTV through his dancing as well as his singing.  

Michael Jackson Music and dancing in the 1980s

            The 1980s were the climax of the fame of Michael Jackson as well as his commercial success. His great advancement as a solo artist approached at a time he released “Off The Wall”. He co-produced this with Quincy Jones. The release of this album was carried out in the year 1979 and the success of this album was exceptional. According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) “the album spawned four US top hits on the charts, a first for any US album, and best male R&B Vocal performance. It practically made the name Michael Jackson a household name” (Para 1).

            However, Michael Jackson was not satisfied with this achievement. He had believed himself as being a perfectionist and those people who actually knew him agreed to his belief. The success of this album was beyond any person’s expectations but this did not impress Michael Jackson. He had a deep feeling within him that this album was supposed to have obtained “Record of the Year” and he was disturbed by a feeling that there would be no featuring of blacks on covers. Since he strongly believed that he could do better than this, he actually did better later in time.

          Once again, Michael Jackson collaborated with Quincy Jones to produce “Thriller”. They made a budget of over 750, 000 US dollars and they were able to produce more than three hundred songs and they in turn cut this number of songs to nine. Deep within himself, Michael Jackson had a very strong determination to produce an album in which each and every song could turn out to be a hit. Michael Jackson engaged in writing four out of all the songs and these songs as well turned out to be among the songs that were quite successful. The songs that he wrote include “Bit it”, “Wanna be Startin’ somethin’”, “Billie Jean” and “The girl is mine”. The song “Billie Jean” nearly lost entry in to the album for the reason that Quincy Jones had doubts about this song being well received by people but through Michael Jackson’s insistence, the song made it on to the album.

            In the year 1982, the album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records. This was after a long session of recording. At this point, Michael Jackson became a superstar to a level that he had been looking for and he as well achieved the amount of wealth he was looking for. This new album, “Thriller”, turned out to be a number one seller in history. According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years), “At an estimated 109 million copies sold worldwide, no album has surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it seems likely that he will hold that record for a while” (Para 4).  Thriller is the apex of Michael Jackson’s career in several ways. However, even if Michael Jackson later in time came to produce excellent songs, the reputation he had as well as his appearance brought him troubles which he was not having at a time when “Thriller” came out.

 What caused the “Thriller” album to be so much compelling was “the maturity in Michael’s lyrics and the raw emotion his unique voice conveyed. It didn’t hurt that the music on Thriller was excellent, and that it was riding in the waves of a new generation of music lovers that appreciated R&B, dance disco, soul, and pop” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years, Para 5). Michael Jackson engaged in blending of various genres well on the album and at the same time going on with refining the style he had from the former album “Off Te Wall”, but encompassed some thematic elements which were darker which portrayed the way he was handling the fame he had and the struggles of his own family.

            Other than the album “Thriller” being Michael Jackson’s landmark album, it was as well an album that impacted on the United States of America and the music industry in a resounding manner. Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) points out that “Thriller had a staggering seven hit singles in the Billboard Top 10, and at its peak, it was selling one million albums per week……..Thriller won Michael a recording-breaking seven Granny awards and album of the year” (Para 6).   

            More so, Thriller gave representation of a high point in equality on the basis of race. However, while it was still in its infant stage, MTV was not very much willing to play most of the music videos that had been produced by black people, just in a similar manner as Rolling stone had not had much willingness to have a star who is a black person on their magazine. In the end, MTV came to accept to engage in airing the video “Bill Jean” which is a video attributed to breaking the barrier that is there on the basis of color. Following the success that came about of Billie Jean, a long lasting partnership was set up between MTV and Michael Jackson. Before then, there was domination of MTV by videos of rock music and there had been refusal of airing videos by the black artists that were famous such as Rick James. However, the moment there was recognition of how popular the songs of Michael Jackson were as well as his videos, they inclined themselves in the direction of R&B and pop and this in turn made a way for the black artists that came up later on such as Prince and Whitney Houston to achieve publicity. 

            The videos that were produced by Michael Jackson transformed MTV from a cable channel that was struggling in a well-liked stop for watching videos of music. The videos that were greatly well-liked were “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the success that MTV achieved is attributed to Michael Jackson’s contribution to a great level. At a time the music video for the “Thriller” album were brought out, MTV had to engage in playing this video two times within a period of an hour in order for it to meet the demand for it. There is consideration among many people of the Thriller as being the most excellent music video that has ever been produced.

            However, as Anonymous (Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years) points out, “but there was something special about Michael Jackson’s music videos that really contributed to the success of MTV, beyond just the catchy songs. Michael Jackson made music video a viable art form instead of a promotional stunt, incorporating special effects, storylines, dance routines, and cameo appearances in to them ” (Para 9). Whereas earlier own the videos were regarded in most cases as a way to create “buzz for the singles”, the music videos of Michael Jackson were well-like to a level that a large number of fans couldn’t engage in separating the song from the images they viewed in the videos in Thriller.       

            According to Rogers (Para 30), the effect Thriller had on the music industry as well as the music videos was immense and this came to given a definition to MTV. In the MTV special in the year 1983, Michael Jackson who was at that time 24 years of age stirred the whole country by the presentation of his Moonwalk. The Moonwalk was a kind of a dance step which brought about levitation and allusion. In this performance, Michael Jackson came to the stage wearing sequined jacket, black in color and s silver shirt. The trousers he was wearing during the presentation were black in color and he also came to stage wearing black fedora. The touch that finalized everything was one glove that was white in color which had been studded with rhinestones.

Michael Jackson’s dancing style made a combination of “the robotic moves of break-dancers, the quick silver spins and slides of James Brown and the grace of Fred Astaire, whose routines he studied” (Para 32). He was referred to by the Aging Astaire as “a Wonderful mover”. Looking at Michael Jackson’s wardrobe, this features the suits that were glittery and the uniforms that looked like those of the armed forces. These ensured matching with the single white glove that he wore that turned out to be his signature. Michael Jackson as well build up a “signature dance move” which was the “Moonwalk” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson: Pop musician, Para 1).

            Rogers (Para 33)  points out that, other than “Thriller” being the best seller and bringing so much money for Michael Jackson in the course of the year 1983, this album as well enabled Michael Jackson to turn out to be the first artist to remain at the “top four charts” in a manner that was concurrent.

According to Anonymous (Michael Jackson changes music on MTV, Para 1), Michael Jackson had an immense impact on the world of music video and especially on the Music Television (MTV). “Michael’s music videos, from the most famous to some of the lesser-known, had a variety of impacts of many fields, from race relations to global poverty to dance” (Para 1). Michael transformed the image of the music videos and served to influence a large number of artists who came thereafter. Claims were presented by a large number of people about the impact Michael Jackson made on the Music Television that this impact was that Michael Jackson brought together, in general terms, “music videos on the channel and on music television” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson changes music on MTV, Para 3)

            There is no easy way for an artist who is a black person, Michael Jackson also included, to rise above the discrimination that comes in on the basis of race. Michael Jackson had determination to turn out to be a successful artist and to instill a remarkable amount of work in to the songs he produced as well as in the dance routines that he had. In the year 1983, “he debuted his iconic dance move referred to as the moonwalk” (Para 11). Not in the same way as a thing that had earlier on been seen, this new dance move made a confirmation of the lasting power and control of Michael Jackson on popular culture.     

            It is not common to get an album to have the celebration of its 25 anniversary. However, Thriller did get this celebration with no any form of doubt. The album “Thriller” was a land mark for the whole generation. Having singles traced at top of the music charts, having videos for music frequently being presented on MTV, and having the credit for demolishing the racism barrier and paving a way for the upcoming generation of the artists that are black people, it is true to say that Michael Jackson actually went beyond any person’s expectation about him. The exceptional prosperity he obtained from the album “Thriller” remains to resound in popular culture. More so, the iconic dances of Michael Jackson as well as his vocals together with genres blending go on serving as an inspiration to the upcoming artists and they as well serve to enthrall the audiences all over the world.  

Conclusion

The videos that were produced by Michael Jackson transformed MTV from a cable channel that was struggling in a well-liked stop for watching videos of music. The videos that were greatly well-liked were “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the success that MTV achieved is attributed to Michael Jackson’s contribution to a great level. At a time the music video for the “Thriller” album were brought out, MTV had to engage in playing this video two times within a period of an hour in order for it to meet the demand for it. There is consideration among many people of the Thriller as being the most excellent music video that has ever been produced.

            There was a thing which was special about the music videos of Michael Jackson’s that actually made a contribution towards the success of MTV, other than just having the songs that are popular. The special thing is that Michael Jackson made music video a practical art form rather than a promotional feat, bringing in “special effects, storylines, dance routines, and cameo appearances in to them ” (Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years, Para 9). Whereas earlier own the videos were regarded in most cases as a way to create “buzz for the singles”, the music videos of Michael Jackson were well-like to a level that a large number of fans couldn’t engage in separating the song from the images they viewed in the videos in Thriller.

            The effect Thriller had on the music industry as well as the music videos was immense and this came to give a definition to MTV. In the MTV special in the year 1983, Michael Jackson who was at that time 24 years of age stirred the whole country by the presentation of his Moonwalk. The Moonwalk was a kind of a dance step which brought about levitation and allusion. In this performance, Michael Jackson came to the stage wearing sequined jacket, black in color and s silver shirt. The trousers he was wearing during the presentation were black in color and he also came to stage wearing black fedora. The touch that finalized everything was one glove that was white in color which had been studded with rhinestones   

            In conclusion, having singles traced at top of the music charts, having videos for music frequently being presented on MTV, and having the credit for demolishing the racism barrier and paving a way for the upcoming generation of the artists that are black people, it is true to say that Michael Jackson actually went beyond any person’s expectation about him. The exceptional prosperity he obtained from the album “Thriller” remains to resound in popular culture. More so, the iconic dances of Michael Jackson as well as his vocals together with genres blending go on serving as an inspiration to the upcoming artists and they as well serve to enthrall the audiences all over the world.  

Works Cited

Anonymous, Biography for Michael Jackson, 2010. Web. 5 November 2010,

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001391/bio 

Anonymous, Michael Jackson changes music on MTV. Web. 6 November 2010

http://www.michaellives.com/michael-jackson-becomes-the-king-of-pop/michael-jackson-changes-music-on-mtv/

Anonymous, Michael Jackson: Pop musician, 2010. Web. 5 November 2010

http://www.answers.com/topic/michael-jackson

Anonymous, Michael Jackson Thriller and MTV years. Web. 5 November 2010,

http://www.popstarcollector.com/Michael-Jackson-Thriller-MTV-Years

Rogers, Waller Lisa, Michael Jackson: The whole story. 28 June, 2009. Web. 5 November 2010.

October 29th, 2010

for some reason the sheet music for linkin park did not come out for some reason. I will bring it into class monday

linkin park in the end revision

October 29th, 2010

  
                                                “LINKIN PARK IN THE END” 

Those people do not deserve anything that has happened to them, even though they have done it so many times to others. They did not know they were doing it. They want to apologize but they are too afraid of rejection. They can’t take another “No”. Maybe their parents took drugs. Maybe there adopted. Maybe they were spoiled and are just used to always getting whatever they want, not being taught how to handle rejection.

“The piano version enforces these emotions even further. The desire to go back and fix everything and become a better person will always remain. The feelings and pain that is inside of them will never REALLY go away. They have made an irreversible mistake. And a big one at that.” (Sony Records Interpreting Songs)

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Before I continue I would like to thank Sony records and Chester Pennington for sending me the actual piano beats from the song “In The End” by Linkin Park.   

            In the beginning of the song you hear a very slow piano beat that has a low sound.  The reason for this is the song is trying to tell a story and wants you to feel the emotion of the song.  When the song reaches the climax in the middle of the song, the piano sound speeds up in tempo as Chester’s vocal chords gets louder to emphasize the importance of the line in the song.  At the end of the song the piano beat returns to the normal low pitch sound you heard in the beginning.  

            The vocal chords are used for cause and effect.  Mike Shinoda is the narrator of the song.  He is telling the story of the difficulties Chester Pennington had growing up.  He raps in the song at a very fast tempo while Chester Pennington voice carries over in a loud voice as Chester’s voice represents the emotions that he went through growing up. 

            Brad Delson was the lead guitarist for this song. The problem they had was they wanted to have the guitar play on a loudspeaker but they could not do that because the guitar was too loud due to the fact it had unlimited power.  They had problems hearing Mike sing his vocal chords and they could not hear the piano in the background which was most important in the song.  The band loved the sound that they got from the piano and wanted to have the guitar included to get that special sound.  To do this Brad switched to the acoustic guitar. Brad said, “It worked out for the best.  We had that sound quality that gave us the right tempo and rhythm needed. Sometimes it just works out the way you want it to. Lucky for us on this day everything went into place, that doesn’t usually happen right away.  It takes months to get the beat the way you want it to go.” (Linkin Park MTV interview) 

             Rob Bourdon played the drums.  His responsibilities were to control the actual speed of the song.  This was illustrated well in the middle of the song when Chester says, “I tried so hard.”  At this point if you listen carefully to the song you could hear the drums in the background speed up first.  The other instruments follow the drums in tempo. As soon as the drums slow down toward the end of the song all the other instruments slow down and eventually stop leaving you with the piano beat you heard first during the song.  Story begins with piano beat and ends with the same piano beat. 

            The song is arranged in order sequence as I illustrated above.  You start with one beat of the piano in the beginning and you end with the same exact piano beat.  This was done on purpose because it was a common way to develop a song arrangement by adding something to the second verse.  Arrangement is important because it makes the recording process easier, the mix sounds better, and the finish product is full and satisfying.  In the End has a successful arrangement that usually results in a great song. 

            Linkin Park is a very unusual group because they have a mix genre audience.  Many people feel this song appeals to rap, pop, rock, and alternative music.  The song In the End was considered a mix genre song.  Mike sang the rap part of the song and Chester played what some people describe as rock/pop audiences.  In reality to answer Joanne questions: this song was considered more of rap than pop song.  The reason for this is because Mike sang most of the song and Chester only sang for one minute.  The reason why I think people get confused with Linkin Park is they made 3 cd’s that were made for a different genre.  Many rap fans were upset with the fact that after Linkin Park came out with “Hyprid Theory” their next cd “Minutes To Midnight” was targeted toward the rock/ alternative music audience.  I know many fans were upset with their new music at that time because they felt they sold out and abandoned their true fans.  My question to the class is: What cd was out when you became a fan of Linkin Park?  That’s probably why you think Linkin Park belongs to a specific genre. 

            In conclusion, people have their own opinions on what the song In The End really means.  I believe the song means that sometimes some people are destined for tragedy.  Some people no matter how hard they try will always end up alone, sad, miserable, resentful, angry, punished, abused, or hated. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Sony Records, Interpreting Songs; pg.234

Linkin Park Interview December 2009 Special guest Brad Delson

Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era

October 26th, 2010

                                      

  Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era

  One of the biggest things to happen in the digital era was the successful introduction of the compact disc. This new technology offered superior performance and could not be altered by other products for the Empires of sound.  The problem with the CD’s was that it was read only and could not be rerecorded.  The new digital disc was created with the attention to prevent unauthorized taping of copyrighted music because they knew that the sound was far superior to that of their counter part the audio cassette.  Digital production was to advance for the audio cassette and advertisers knew that people would buy the cd’s over cassettes because that sound quality was so much better.  The main goal was to have the CD replace vinyl and cassettes with these expensive digital discs.

             The technological foundation made it easier to group different types of entertainment into one big business organization.  One big business was movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks were created for one film with pop songs on it that were eventually shown on the big screen. This was a huge disadvantaged to filmmakers because they were pressured to pick music from specific rosters that were backed by the corporate backers record companies.  Some of those songs would never make it in the movie anyway.  Soundtracks became huge in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  They made so much revenue that they became an important means of promoting the film especially all the teenage markets. 

            As you can see cd’s became a huge part of the digital era because the sound quality was so much better than the cassettes.  Little did they know that soon the computer era would come where people would be able to download cd’s illegally and share it with their friends online.  As a result cd sales went down dramatically.  Most artists today depend on touring to make money because there just isn’t much money in selling cd’s today. 

             Unfortunately the impact of a bad economy effective tours during the summer.  I worked at Jones Beach in sound production and they were given away tickets for 5.00.  Some tickets like Rihanna and Kiss had ticket sales as low as $15.00 because the tickets just were not selling due to the economy. 

             Soundtracks became huge because many of those songs that were recorded for film were not available on artists cd’s.  One good example is Aerosmith’s “Don’t want to miss a thing.”  This song was on the “Armagedon” soundtrack.  When I was a young boy this was one of my favorite songs.  I wanted it so bad but did not want to purchase the soundtrack.  I was hoping that Aerosmith came out with a new cd that had that song included on it.  Unfortunately, that never happened and I was forced to buy the soundtrack because I wanted to hear that song over and over again.

ROCK AND ROLL The Impact of the Electric Guitar

October 25th, 2010

 What effects did rock and roll have on sound/music that was recorded?

            Rock and Roll became the most popular music in the twentieth century.  It made such a bigger impact on American society because the music was being used in motion pictures and on television.

            Rock and Roll introduced us to a new innovative sound that was never heard before in music. For the very first time electric guitars were amplified through loudspeakers.  The amplifier eventually replaced the acoustic soundbox of the guitar.  This was huge because the electric guitar had unlimited power.  Think about going to a concert today to see Metallica today and you could not hear the loud guitar playing in the background.  I could not imagine not hearing Metallica play as loud as they do at live events could you?  Anyway, the power chords of the electric guitar became the trademark of rock n roll.

             The guitar sound made rock recordings different than jazz music.  Imagine hearing an echo on all rock and roll records.  Artists that used these rock recordings were Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel”, Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues, and Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop A Lula.” 

         How was the sound and music recorded differently during the rock and roll era?  For the very first time “ the sound of the guitars and voices was changed in the recording studio to give these records a dimension different from recordings of other popular music.”(pg 223)

             Overall, Rock and Roll did a lot to change the music industry for the better.  I feel that music would not be what it is today if we did not have the electric guitar.  All my favorite bands today use a guitar and at some of the concerts I went to they play solo acts that got a standing ovation.  The reason why I choose to do this reading is because I attended the rock and roll hall of fame last October.  The experience I remember most was Jeff Beck playing his electric guitar for about 45 minutes as a soloist. He was so amazing and got a standing ovation before leaving the stage.  What made Jeff Beck so good on stage?  Jeff Beck was able to change the beats while playing the guitar.  He said that he played specific beats to get the right tune.  I never knew that electric guitarist use specific beats to play the guitar.  I always thought a guitarist would just play really fast to impress the crowd.  That night I learned a lot about how the electric guitar is suppose to be play and I wanted to share my experience with the class.  That’s why I choose to do this article. I experienced an epic event and wanted to know the history of recorded sound of the electric guitar. 

           

The Importance of MTV

October 25th, 2010

 

             In 1981 MTV was introduced for the very first time.  The executives had good intentions when they decided it was time to bring rock music to the viewers.  There target audience were men and women between the ages of twelve to thirty-four.  The main goal of the operation was to get the baby boomers to open up their wallets because they felt that this was the peak of consumer spending in the United States.

             Two huge companies Time Warner Inc. and American Express decided to go into business together as partners.  Their mission was to attempt for the very first time to provide innovative programming to cable television. 

             To the surprise of many big corporations in America television in the 1980’s proved to be a much better promoter for popular music than it was for their competition radio and motion pictures.

             At the end of the 1980’s MTV reached over 40 million people mostly teenagers who became the focal point of advertisers because they were the one’s who purchased the music in stores.

             A music video had become just as important as it was to record music. Music Video’s became the alternative to am and fm radio.  MTV made sure a music video was played three to five times a day, seven days a week for up to two months.

             By 1990 MTV music video was in 56 million homes.  That was a larger audience than “American Bandstand” and the “ED Sullivan Show.”

             The key to MTV success was a new group of performers who introduced pop music to the world.  These artists were Paula Abdul, Madonna, and the “king of pop” himself Michael Jackson.  They wore outrageous outfits and had fantastic choreography.  Their clothing was just as important as their music was because the clothing told us who they were as a person. It brought out their personality and made people curious.  They wanted to know more about the artist. 

            Instead of having a performance on Network TV the rock video had a complete performance that could be constructed and edited on videotape.

            Unfortunately, making a music video was very expensive but the rewards were even higher.  Michael Jackson’s thriller album sold over 40 million copies worldwide becoming the most successful product in the history of recorded sound.

             The success of Thriller lead to a major marketing campaign which highlight world tours, groups, stars, and profits for the big corporations.  Many companies rushed to get music videos on the shelf of stores because they were in high demand.   People wanted to watch their favorite music videos over and over again which surprised the record company.  It lead to huge profits.

             Overall, I believe MTV was huge because of the upcoming stars.  I feel they got lucky.  After all there was only one Michael Jackson and one Madonna two huge stars that happened to be around in the early 1980’s.  I also feel it was huge that they could construct and edit a complete performance on video tape.  To me that was the key to MTV success.

LINKIN PARK IN THE END

September 30th, 2010

             In today’s society many people have problems staying together in relationships.  The reason’s for this is because we have to high of expectations and many of us cannot live up to those expectations. The end usually results in someone cheating on each other, fights about money, or argues about what’s for dinner and what’s on TV.  So why do people stay in these relationships when they are not working out?  What keeps them together, is it because their in love with each other, are afraid of being along one day, or do they want to keep everything the same 365 days a year because they do not know how to deal with change. 

 

            Linkin park’s In The End, which was written by the lead singer Chester Pennington answers some of these question.  Let’s start with the opening lyrics. 

                                          “It starts with One thing I don’t know why
                                           It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
                                           Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme
                                           To explain in due time”

            In relationships people break up for many reasons but how could you start with one thing when there are many things that led to the break up.  I tried so hard to keep the relationship going but whatever I did just did not work out.  I will try and explain this to you the best I can over time.  Chester lyrics in the beginning of the song states the fact that its difficult to stay in a relationship when their our problems that exists. How many times have you heard the old saying why did you stay with her or him for so long because you know people who have certain personalties do not change. They always make the same mistakes.  You should have broken off with that person sooner.  That’s how you could explain it later to people.  Your friends tell you after the breakup that you should have done it sooner. That’s what Chester means you can explain in do time.

                                                       All I know
                                                       Time is a valuable thing
                                                       Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
                                                       Watch it count down to the end of the day
                                                       The clock ticks life away
                                                       It’s so unreal
                                                       Didn’t look out below
                                                      Watch the time go right out the window
                                                      Trying to hold on, but didn’t even know
                                                      Or wasted it all just to watch you go

             These lyrics are the key to the song.  Linkin Park is expression the fact that time is short and you cannot waste a second of your life. Day by day, month to month, and year after year go by quickly.  Do not waste my time if you do not want to be in a relationship.  Life is short and if you do not want to be with me say it.  These lyrics are very strong and have a deep meaning.  He’s living in regret and believes he should have seen the light and left her sooner but stays in the relationship.  How could I be so blind and not see what was happening when it was right in front of my face.  And know he has to live with the fact that he’s still in love with her and is having trouble dealing with the fact she is no longer in his life. It’s hard for him though because he was still in love with her.  Chester quoted on VH1 behind the music “sometimes dealing with the pain of loosing someone you love so much is so hard because you love them so much but have to let them go or they will hurt you again. This lyrics in the song expresses the pain you go through in the relationship trying to figure out how this happened. (VH1 behind the music)

I kept everything inside And even though I tried, it all fell apart What it meant to me will eventually be A memory of a time when I tried so hard and got so far But in the end it doesn’t even matter I had to fall to lose it all But in the end it doesn’t even matter One thing, I don’t know why It doesn’t even matter how hard you try Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme To remind myself how I tried so hard In spite of the way you were mocking me Acting like I was part of your property Remembering all the times you fought with me I’m surprised It got so far Things aren’t the way they were before You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore Not that you knew me back then But it all comes back to me in the end You kept everything inside And even though I tried, it all fell apart What it meant to me will eventually be A memory of a time when I tried so hard and got so far But in the end it doesn’t even matter I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter I’ve put my trust in you Pushed as far as I can go And for all this There’s only one thing you should know I’ve put my trust in you Pushed as far as I can go And for all this There’s only one thing you should know I tried so hard and got so far But in the end it doesn’t even matter I had to fall to lose it all But in the end it doesn’t even matter

        The rest of the lyrics deals with all the frustration he had to deal with in order to try and keep the relationship going.  He treated his woman very well.  The man did everything you would expect a man to do to make his woman happy.   The music video expresses the lyrics very well.  During difficult times when they had an argument they would work out their differences by talking it out.  Things were going well for a while until she commits the biggest sin of all. She gets caught having an affair with another man.  Chester catches them together. He is holding roses that he planned on given her. His girlfriend looks up and sees that Chester saw them kissing. He throws the flowers to the ground and she chases after him to ask for his forgiveness.  The lyrics where he emphasizes this strongly in the song:  I’ve put my trust in you which pushed as far as I can go And for all this There’s only one thing you should know I’ve put my trust in you.

             The artists saying that I cannot trust you anymore and we are through. The relationship is over the minute you cheated on me with another man.  The end shows you a man with the picture of his girlfriend sitting on the beach.  He lets the picture go and the wind blows it away.  The end of the song suggests that Chester had to let the love of his life go because what she did was unforgiveable which is expressed one the last line of the song: I had to fall to lose it all but at the end it does not matter.

           This song has it all when it comes to break up in relationships.  In the end reached number 1 for 6 weeks on America’s top 40 countdown.  I feel this song was so popular because people in today’s society can relate to the lyrics.  Unfortunately, most relationships end today because people cheat. If it happens to you the message this song gives you is to let that person go because if they cheated on you once they will probably do it again although it will be difficult to let that person go because you are still in love with them.  Take some time for yourself to recover from the break up before you move on to a new lover.

 

talking pictures

September 24th, 2010

 

The electric method of sound reproduction had created a new ways of communication not just through technology of recorded sound on the radio but was able to bring together sound and image for the very first time.  This led to a new entertainment industry  not in the talking machine but in the very profitable motion pictures.    How did motion picturs become syncronized?

As we all know by 1922 talking pictures were available to film makers.  They had everything  they needed for electric recording such as amplification of sound, microphones, and of course the reproduction in theatres from the loudspeakers. The only problem that still existed was syncronization.  To achieve  this goal two people were hired Henry Stroller and Harry Pfannenstiehl.  These two individuals were experts who worked for Western Electric where they learned speed control and how to syncronize electric motors. Those techniques were develop through extensive research using telegraphy and by exchanging pictures over wires. Would this method work in motion pictures?

  Henry Stoller and Harry Pfannenstiehl decided to use two separate electric motors to achieve this goal.  The 2 motors controlled the film camera and the disc recorder.  They put them in the same circuit to create syncronization. It was a success. For the very first time  there was sound in short movies and it lasted for the require 10 minutes to film which was key in filming.

   As you can see syncronization in motion pictures  created  a new form of sound in the movies that made a lot of people rich.  This changed the entertainment industry forever.  Can you picture movies without sound today? I could not watch movies without sound because its boring. In one of my classes I had to watch the movie Metropolis (1941) which had no sound in the background. I was bored and could not wait until the movie ended.  Syncronization  changed the music and motion picture business forever.  I leave you with this question What would music videos be like without sound or watching a horror movie without the scary music in the background, or TV be like with no sound today?