A comment on youtube "Michael Jackson made perhaps the greatest impact on music and culture unlike any other throughout the world. He broke down racial barriers, transformed the art of the music video, and paved the way for future artists of all genres. Michael had an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility and loads of star power. He is the greatest entertainer of the past, present, and the future. Rest in peace Michael! =)"
In fact the same could be said for Elvis, he sang music of the black man: gospel and blues, paved the way for modern music and gave birth to rock and roll. People are comparing MJ to Elvis left right and centre. Both were influential to music and both are tragically missed by fans, so why is Michael such a big deal? Do people feel guilty because they accused him 4 years ago? Or do they simply related to him more as he is closer to our generation than the Beatles and Elvis?
But then why is Maria Carey who has sold more records that MJ and is equally as influential in her genre, not given the same acclaim? And what about iconic singers like Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra, do think the later will get weeks worth of front pages and news coverage when he eventually passes away? The priorities of our public as a nation worry me.