Despite the tragic passing of Michael Jackson late last week, it has actually been a beautiful thing for the music community…
Record companies see that consumers are still willing to purchase music. Michael Jackson recordings broke every record in the digital download record books in the last week or so. Over a million downloads in one week; 9 of the top 10 downloaded songs; the top 3 albums. You name an important position and it is probably currently occupied by the now deceased King of Pop.
Adults, tweeners and kids alike all rejoiced in the history of Michael Jackson’s music. On Friday night at Orgone – I heard a few Jackson teases and you could tell the crowd just wanted them to erupt into a cover. On Sunday at Phoenix at the Wiltern- nearly half the crowd stayed once the house lights went on because they were blasting MJ through the stereo system. On the blog front – you can find download after download of MJ material, some we are familiar with, new remixes we are not and even some tribute material (“Better On The Other Side” feat. Game, Diddy, Chris Brown, Boyz II Men, Usher, Polow Da Don and Mario Winans came out like the same day as his death).
One particular download that is available is Michael Jackson & Cookin Soul – Tribute to the King of Pop. It has some kick ass remixes including a version of Beat It with Kid Cudi, Smooth Criminal with Tupac, Don’ Stop Til You Get Enough with Jay-Z, and several other cuts featuring hip-hop artists such as 50 Cent, Lil’ Wayne, Nas and B.I.G. Peep it here - http://wongiesworld.tumblr.
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Downstairs at The Viper Room last night, they hosted a mini tribute party that pulled out all the stops (at least that is what I heard). Unfortunately, I was not able to make it – but they allegedly had free give-aways, dance contests and an ubiquitous selection of Jackson classics. Hopefully a similar environment will be created at the Avalon tonight – for what might arguably turn out to be the best party of the holiday weekend.
Tiger Heat Michael Jackson Tribute Night – July 2nd at Avalon. 18 & Over to Enter. Starts at 9:30 pm and goes til 3:00 am. Early arrival is recommended. There will be free giveaways all night long and a special appearance by Pepper Mashay. Check out more at Tiger Heat events at http://www.clubtigerheat.com/index2.html.