King of Pop.
Indeed, that’s the title Michael Jackson wore in life, and a title he retains in death.
Confused as to why? One need not look further than ‘You Rock My World’.
Lifted from he late legend’s final studio album ‘Invincible’, the 2001 single saw the then-41 year old do what he did best – genre mesh. A Soul/Pop fusion, ‘World’ was seasoned with Jackson’s Motown rooting, without compromising his universal appeal.
And while the song rightly garnered global success (both of the commercial and critical persuasion), in true Jackson fashion, it was its accompanying video which was the real “event”.
Featuring cameos from Chris Tucker and Marlon Brando, the 13 minute mini-movie saw the singer reaffirm his spot at the top. Cinematic, high octane, and featuring that all-important Old Skool “MTV dancebreak”, the Paul Hunter clip would go on to be Jackson’s final traditional music video. And what a curtain call it is.
Long live the King!