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Critical and Cultural Perspectives of the Music Industry

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COMPARISONS AND DIFFERENCES IN INTENTION BY THE 1960’S& 1990’S MUSICIANS An artist in the 1960’s played important and influential roles in different societies, locally and also abroad. Their counterparts of the 1990’s too, have always tried best to achieve the same. Music has a powerful effect on almost everyone and due to this advantage, it is often used to pass messages, warnings, campaign against rights, call for uprising among other reasons include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Billie Ocean, Ray Charles, Bob Marley and Tina Tuner to name a few. To ensure that this legacy still lives on, many musicians continue to come up every day.

Some recent names include R. Kelly, Joe, India Arie, who sing rhythm and blues. Others like Tupac Shakur, Common, NAS do rap and hip hop. To begin with, Michael Jackson was a force to reckon in the 1960’s music industry. He mainly focused on things that touch people around him and then wrote good lyrics or had them written down by good songwriters for him to sing.

He was born in Gary in 1958, at a place called Gary, Indiana in the United States. His father, Joseph Jackson was a guitarist but had to give up following his marriage. Michael Jackson had several nicknames e. g. The Gloved One, Wacko Jacko, MJ and King of Pop. Apart from entertaining through singing, he also had dancing skills which gave a trademark. In his black shoes, white socks and trousers above heel, he showcase the moonlight walk style. His hit ‘heal the world’ resulted to a Foundation which helped collect funds to purchase foods medical supplies to the then war torn Sarajevo, running of immunization drug abuse educational programmes, paying child’s liver transplants in Hungary.

He also did ‘We are the world’ with Lionel Richie, a co-writer and other musicians like Stevie Wonder. The song was a call to everyone in the world to come out and give aid to people in Africa. The income generated was used in buying essential necessities for people in Africa mainly.

Former America’s president Ronald Reagan wanted to award him with a Humanitarian Rights Award together with other two but, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court advised against the whole idea, saying it was much worthy of a pop star. His music also educated people, black or white was a song done to inform that skin color did not really matter, whether black or white, there was an equal access to rights at that time when there was tension between blacks &whites.

Bellie jean was a ballad, telling a story about how a certain guy impregnated a particular lady and later on denied it.

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