Michael Jackson is the “King of Pop” and his album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson has won hundreds and hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in history. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Dance Hall of Fame. As the The New York Times describes him, “in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.” In other words, he’s a big deal. Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer who has made a name for himself in the music industry. His 2007 album, Call Me Irresponsible, making it to the number one spot in the UK, Canada, US, and several European charts. His voice and persona have repeatedly been compared to Frank Sinatra and he remains one of the most well-liked singers in the industry with fans of all ages. Bublé has been quoted saying Michael Jackson was the singer who had the biggest impact on him growing up.
“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” -Michael Jackson
“I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That’s the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something.” -Michael Bublé
Here are a few similarities:
Jackson and Bublé don’t just have singing in common, they were both raised Christian. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, a Christian denomination. As a young boy, Jackson was required to do missionary work and went from door to door distributing the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, Watchtower. Later in his life, he was excommunicated from the religion because he was becoming too “worldy” and they disapproved of his Thriller music video. Bublé was raised as a Roman Catholic. When he was a teenager, Bublé admitted to sleeping with his bible and praying to become a singer. Bublé’s interest in music came as early as the age of five due to his family playing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album at Christmas time.
Speaking of interest in music, these two talented singers realized their music ability at age 13. When Michael Jackson was eight years old, he starting singing in the Jackson 5. Jackson was seen as a prodigy and even though he was the youngest, he quickly became the lead singer of the group. Jackson evolved into a teen idol and he left the Jackson 5 to start his solo career at age 13. He realized he could make it as a solo performer and started straying from the “bubblegum pop” music of the Jackson 5 to a more adult and complex sound. Michael Bublé was 13 when he and his family first realized he was a talented singer. Young Bublé was in the car with his family at Christmas time and they were singing along to “White Christmas.” Apparently, he took his family by surprise when he powerfully sang the words “May your days be merry and bright.” His first singing shows started at age 16 and got a singing manager at age 18.
During their humble beginnings, the Jackson and Bublé boys were both talent show winners. A year after Michael Jackson joined the Jackson 5, the group won a major local talent show when they performed James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” This win gave them recognition and the Jackson 5 was being hired to play at clubs and as openers to distinguished stars such as Gladys Knight and Etta James. When Michael Bublé was 18, he entered a local talent contest and won. However, he was disqualified because he was underage. Bublé took the advice of the talent show’s organizer Bev Delich and then entered the Canadian Youth Talent Search, which he also won. Delich then became Bublé’s manager and the young singer took every gig he could get, from talent shows, to cruise ships, to malls, to bars. He was discovered performing at a business party by the Prime Minister’s aide at the time who then introduced Bublé to the big shot Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who had also worked with Michael Jackson.
It wasn’t long into either Jackson or Bublé’s careers before they started being recognized for their excellence. These men won multiple grammy awards. Jackson has recieved 13 Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He recieved 8 Grammys for just the Thriller album alone. Bublé was nominated for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his first and second album, but won it for his third, forth, fifth, and sixth albums. Pretty impressive.
A nice similarity between these successful people is that instead of keeping all of their earnings to themselves, they both gave a lot to charity. Michael Jackson is known for his contributions to the less fortunate. In fact, in 200, Guinness World Records recognized Jackson as the most giving entertainer, contributing to a total of 39 different charities. He was also given an award from President Ronald Reagan to commemorate Jackson’s contribution to charities helping those recovering from dug and alcohol abuse, as well as a Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson gave all of his share of the proceeds from his Victory Tour and all the profits from the single “Man in the Mirror” to charity. He even started his own charity for underprivileged children called Heal the World Foundation in 1992. What an amazing human being. Michael Bublé follows in Jackson’s footsteps by his $50,000 contribution to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and continuing to support a number of charitable projects. One of these is called Children’s Charity Believe in Magic, for which he took part in their Believe in Magic Wristband Fundraiser.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce
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