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Michael Jackson One Year Removed

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010

Around this time last year, I started seeing some odd email alerts coming through saying Michael Jackson had been taken to a hospital, then was in a coma. Then suddenly that message came through that took my breath; Michael Jackson was no longer with us.

After that, we went through the strangest of spectacles, which makes a lot of sense because you just couldn’t take a personality that big, one that had been in our lives for so long, and expect it to go away quietly. We learned a lot of things, some very good, a couple shocking in a way but making sense once we thought about it. But what we really learned was just how much of an impact he was in this world.

And how big an impact was that? In the week after he was gone 8 of his albums were on the top charts, and two of them were in the top 5; one was the third best selling album for 2009, and four of them made the top 20 for the year. He was the biggest selling album artist of the year in the United States with more than 8 million albums sold; who knows how that translated around the world. His estate made over $1 billion in the last year; no one else comes close, including Elvis & the Beatles.

Oddly enough, for me it’s still hard to believe he’s not here because of the legacy of music he left behind. When I’m walking at the health club, I listen to a lot of upbeat music, and many of the songs are Michael Jackson songs. As I listen to each song, I remember where I was the first time I heard the song; how classic is that? Of course, all the songs from the Thriller album were heard around the same time, as I had the album before the video for Billie Jean came out; that’s just how it was back then.

Anyway, I decided I wanted to pop a video on here to commemorate the day, and of course I wanted something I hadn’t already posted before. This song and video is my wife’s favorite Michael Jackson non-live performance, so I felt it was appropriate. And the message is apropos as well, because I do, indeed, Remember The Time:

Ultimate Collection (w/ Bonus DVD)

Michael Jackson Ultimate Collection (w/ Bonus DVD)

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How could anyone forget that day? R.I.P., MJ! Thank you for your music & the memories you left us! You are missed!

Any other MJ fans planning to watch TV Guide’s Michael Jackson special, Gone Too Soon, tonight? I can’t wait!!

Check it out:

June 25th, 2010 | 8:23 PM

I didn’t know there was a special; thanks for sharing!

June 25th, 2010 | 8:34 PM

Great share i forget about Jackson but after read this share i remember it again.
Thanks for a great share about Michael Jackson.

June 26th, 2010 | 7:26 AM

No problem; glad you enjoyed it.

June 26th, 2010 | 8:39 PM

Time passes by quickly, and I still believe that he wasn’t enough appreciate as an artist.

June 28th, 2010 | 8:04 AM

I think people went in a different direction for awhile, Mia, and were drawn back when he was taken away. I was always in his corner, though.

June 28th, 2010 | 1:02 PM

I’m not sure I fathom why so many media types are making such a fuss over Michael Jackson. He was just a fantastic performer and we should be grateful he was on the scene.

July 8th, 2010 | 12:26 PM