Michael Jackson

MMM Thoughts: Album Sales vs. The Quality of Music – Which Truly Measures Success?

Photo Credit: Collages via Billboard Most people will tell you that the only success that translates financially is “success.” In music, certainly, it’s thought to be almost entirely mathematical: the more records an artist has sold, the more “successful” they are (of course, in recent decades the number of downloads and streams would also have… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Top Selling Albums of All Time

Every now and then you might wonder what the ten biggest-selling albums of all time might be. As it turns out, it’s not an exact science: while we’re pretty sure a couple of people did buy Michael Jackson’s Thriller, different outlets have different ways of measuring overall album sales, say nothing of the fact that with the… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Standout Moments in MTV History

10 Standout Moments in MTV History #10. Van Halen Reunion(ish) (1996)  Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic A decade after leaving, original lead singer David Lee Roth reunited with Van Halen… as presenters on MTV’s annual VMAs (Video Music Awards). They received a standing ovation, but the real drama came in the aftermath: when it was announced… Read more

MTV Anniversary: Video Did Not Kill the Radio Star

“Video Killed the Radio Star” is not just a song. Popular belief holds that it’s also a rock history lesson. On August 1, 1981, the single by British new wave band the Buggles became the first video ever to air on MTV, and many feel that the title perfectly sums up the network’s impact: that… Read more