Wednesday (June 25) marked the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, resulting in an outpouring of support and tributes across the musical community — among them Beyoncé.
The news, the blogs, the stories, the rumors surrounding Jackson can’t topple something like ‘Bad’ or ‘Thriller’ or The Moonwalk or “Got To Be Starting Something.” Nonetheless, here are some of the biggest, most sensational stories around Michael, fives years after his death.
It’s hard to be humble when you’re Kanye West. But when the rap superstar met Michael Jackson, his notoriously braggadocios demeanor gave way to reveal a visibly starstruck fan awed by the presence of his idol.
“They’re trying to make money. And I understand it,” Quincy Jones said in a new interview. “Everybody’s after money, the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money.”
Dressed in similar duds to what he wore during his Dangerous days he performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song he originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991.
“We’re going to revisit it and do something really special with Justin Bieber and Michael,” Reid said in a recent interview.
As one might imagine, the title comes from the popular public service announcement on American television that ran before the nightly news from the 1960s through the ’80s.
Originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991, this new version has been pumped up with a little help of MJ’s own unique brand of beatboxing.
Another day, another Michael Jackson track. This one is a re-imagining of the 1972 classic, “A Horse With No Name” by America.
The track– a sweet bass-heavy song about unrequited love–was recorded during the 1987 Bad sessions at Red Wing Studio in the San Fernando Valley and later completed the song at Hayvenhurst.