Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’: Has the thrill held up?

Music icon Michael Jackson set new heights with the release of his seminal album, “Thriller,” in 1982, and it sets new heights 30 years after its release and lasting success.

The impact of “Thriller” didn’t rely on ‘80s excess, MTV, and pop radio alone, as its music and success is felt by many today.

According to a Rolling Stone report, “Thriller” has been an extremely influential album. … Perhaps its biggest accomplishment has been its influence on other black musicians.

In today’s music world, several artists and producers attempt to embark on their own “Thriller” moment. However, times have changed in the music world.

F.Y.E. music store worker, Eric Burgess stated that Michael Jackson’s influence spanned not only nationwide, but globally as well.

“His biggest influence was probably the videos he made,” Burgess says. “He was an entertainer first. … He wasn’t just popular here in the states, he was a worldwide superstar. You can go anywhere in the world, he’s a huge star. You can’t say that about anybody else.”

The other factor behind “Thriller” was its producer Quincy Jones, who worked with Jackson on other albums such as, “Off The Wall” and “Bad.”

“I also think Quincy Jones was also a mastermind because he was the one who produced that album, he came up with a lot of the ideas for it musically,” Burgess says. “So I think a lot of people think it was only Michael Jackson, but I think Quincy Jones had a major impact on the album as well.”

As it is known as the ‘biggest selling album in music history,’ there are some who have never brought or listened to a copy of “Thriller.” Roosevelt University student Angelina Bauer stated that even though she never heard the album, she understood the impact of the artist himself.

“He’s called the King of Pop for a reason, he’s inspired a lot of people,” she says. “I think it’s admirable how much he’s inspired people. … I think it’s sad how he went down.”

Poetry and music gets reignited with TEPC

Chicago poet John D. Evans plans to organize his own arts group, The Evans Poetry Company.

The Evans Poetry Company is an arts project that inspires writers, poets, and musicians to pursue their goals. John D. Evans says that he hopes that this movement generates networks for others around the world.

“I’m always trying to encourage people to pursue their literary dreams,” he says. “I’m also proud of the fact that I have people who support this mission around the world called, ‘Friends of TEPC’ …  I always try to invite people to be a part of, so that we can be a network around the world, encouraging people to do the same things.”

Evans also plans to add a music workshop to this project, which caters to gospel artists and songwriters.

“Music and poetry go hand in hand,” he says. “I’m a very musical person … I enjoy singing, writing songs, so music and poetry are like a marriage. … I’m looking forward to collaborating with other gospel singers in the near future.”

Outside of TEPC, Evans says that he plans to continue writing poetry and possibly release a new book.

“One thing about me is that I’m always working on a book,” he says. “The book that I’m currently working on is called ‘The Eternal Fight’ and it’s poetry and praise. I do send out sneak preview copies of different poems that people can check out and share with others.”

He also shared his motto for the poetry world, to keep the movement going.

“I believe that we should keep poetry on the table,” he says. “Not to let it get dusty on the shelf, but to pick it up and to place it on the table for people to see and read.”

FunkKid and Joshua Jackson drop new mixtapes

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Hello people,

The moment is finally here. You’ve read their stories, and now you can immerse in their musical experiences. David “FunkKid” Ford and Joshua Jackson have recently dropped their new mixtapes. FunkKid’s “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat)” and Jackson’s “Rebels” are available now on Bandcamp. Check them out now! Support real music.

A statistical note for the readers

Since the emergence of the blog, “Brandosoul” earlier this year, its audience continues to grow and expand, through its use of podcasts, news stories, and other engaging media.

Based on statistical information, the blog has generated more than 2, 500 overall views, with 50 comments from viewers, since February 2012. Some of the popular categories include, “entertainment,” “classic albums,” and “podcast,” with “music” at the top, garnering 13 views.

Additionally, statistics show that various search engines and websites have made an impact on the viewership of the blog, allowing people to explore and share it with others around the world. As of November 2012, viewers have mostly used search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing, in referring to this blog.

Along with the help of search engines, the common search terms tells another story. People have come across this blog using terms ranging from “Prince the musician,” to “Chicago skyline.”

News stories have also become an integral part of this blog, as they have given insight about upcoming artists and music updates. From September to November, more than 500 people have viewed news stories concerning musicians and music updates. The most viewed featured story was the Jesse Jenkins Q-and-A interview.

The blog has generated a varied audience from around the world, with the top viewers coming from U.S. Surprisingly, U.K. ranks second with 180 views, while Spain ranks third with 164 views.

As the blog’s main focus is on artists Prince, Michael Jackson, and other music, “Brandosoul” has become a flagship community for upcoming artists and music fanatics alike.

Digging in the Vaults: The Black Album (25th Anniversary Show)

Hello fellow Brandosoul listeners and fans,

It has been awhile since we dropped a podcast, so we have decided to reach into the vaults and give you an oldie, but goodie! 1987’s The Black Album is one of the most controversial project Prince was ever associated with and it remains one of the most well-known bootlegged albums. Its stories and myth often clash with the music, but it is such an interesting album and era. Here I was joined with my co-host Jesse Jenkins and we are offering an in-depth album critique, along with new insights about this remarkable era and album.

In this episode, we also get into:
– Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” shows
– Andy Allo
– Larry Graham
– Prince’s new cut, “Rock ‘N Roll Affair” 

* This episode was recorded September 2012

Listen to or download the podcast here