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  • June 25: 25 Years Apart – The Legacies of Prince and Michael Jackson

    June 25 holds a special place in music history, marking both the release of an iconic album and the passing of a legendary artist. On this date in 1984, Prince released his groundbreaking album “Purple Rain,” a record that would redefine his career and solidify his place in the pantheon of music greats. Little did…

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  • When the King of Pop Defied the Stasi: Michael Jackson’s 1988 Berlin Performance

    Michael Jackson’s Berlin Wall Concert: When Pop Met Politics In the annals of pop culture, Michael Jackson’s legacy is studded with iconic performances and groundbreaking achievements. Yet, one performance stands out not just for its musical brilliance but also for its geopolitical significance. On June 19, 1988, the King of Pop performed in West Berlin,…

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  • Disco and Debauchery: A Night at Studio 54

    Studio 54 flung open its glamorous doors on April 26, 1977, and with its opening, it instantly cemented itself as the crown jewel of Manhattan’s nightlife. This wasn’t just a club; it was a nocturnal kingdom where the elites of Hollywood, fashion, art, and music came to play. The stories of its decadence, celebrities, and…

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  • When Michael Jackson Met Bob Marley

    In the annals of music history, few moments shimmer with the kind of star-studded, genre-blending brilliance as the day when the future King of Pop met the Reggae Revolutionary. Picture this: a sunny day in Kingston, Jamaica, 1975, a setting so ripe for a musical crossover, it could have been scripted in Hollywood. Yet, this…

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  • The Jackson 5 on “American Bandstand”: When Five Brothers from Gary, Indiana, Became America’s Favorite Siblings

    On the electrifying day of February 21, 1970, the Jackson 5 stormed “American Bandstand,” forever changing the landscape of pop music. This debut wasn’t just a performance; it was a revelation. Led by the prodigious Michael Jackson, the group’s entrance onto the national stage was a high-octane spectacle that left audiences spellbound and set the…

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  • Michael & Paul’s Dishwashing Jam

    Amidst the kaleidoscope of the 1980s, with its intoxicating beats and larger-than-life music videos, a single photograph emerged that, in its simplicity, said more about a partnership than a thousand words could. It wasn’t set against the backdrop of an opulent stage or amidst the frenzy of adoring fans. Instead, it captured two of music’s…

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  • Riffs, Rebellion, and Revolution: Nirvana’s Game-Changing Anthem

    September 10, 1991. The music world was about to be irrevocably shaken. The airwaves, long dominated by polished pop beats and the electric glitz of the ’80s, were intercepted by a raw, gritty guitar riff heralding the arrival of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As the lead single from the band’s seminal “Nevermind” album, this…

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  • The MTV Phenomenon: Changing the Tune of the Music Industry

    On August 1, 1981, an unprecedented event occurred in the media industry that would forever change the way we consume music: the launch of MTV (Music Television). The first-ever music video to grace this new platform was The Buggles’ fittingly prophetic “Video Killed the Radio Star,” a title that foresaw the pivotal shift about to…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 6 — Psychedelics and Funkydelics

    By 1967, the Motor City is still monopolizing the music charts and airwaves, cruising full speed ahead, rivaled only by Britain’s Fab Four. But there’s turbulence and static on the horizon stemming from a strong current blowing from the West Coast, along with inner tensions within Hitsville U.S.A., a.k.a. Motown Records.These combined factors would eventually…

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