June 25th will mark the catastrophic three-year memoriam of single handedly the greatest influence on modern music, platinum recording artist, and the King of Pop himself, Michael Joseph Jackson’s death. Jackson, who sold over 750 million records world wide and became the world’s best selling male solo pop artist, altered face of entertainment, fashion, culture, and the contemporary music video. As the 25th anniversary of 80’s album, Bad, approaches it comes as no shock that MJ’s legacy and illustrious career lives on through the likes of modern music heavy weight and Dirty Dutch King, Afrojack, in a remix tribute.
The anniversary venture, which will also feature remixes by A-Trak and Diplo, is yet another revered collaboration between Jackson’s Pepsi endorsement and ATV/Sony Music (Epic Records), of which Michael held a 50% stake in. Although skeptical, the public will be treated to Nick Van De Wall’s intricately mastered and reverential treatment of the platinum single off the album, ‘Bad’. Afrojack, who characteristically produces distinguished, hard tracks with anything but a minimal trademark, takes a nominal approach to the remix, letting the King’s haunting vocals and original melody act as the luminary for the unchanged 128 BPM heavier bass lines, altered synths, and unanticipated classic Afrojack bleeps.
Announced May 3rd, the album to be named Bad 25 will hit digital stores accompanied by a 1988 live concert DVD at Wembley Stadium, where Jackson played for Princess Diana and endearing 72,000 fans. Pepsi, who signed a deal with the MJJ Estate to engineer the upcoming anniversary album, intends to sell 1 billion special edition cans to promote Bad 25. Afrojack and the other fortunate producers, who have been asked to and accepted difficult task of remixing one of history’s greatest legends, are privileged in carrying on the heritage of a man who always knew the true meaning of being forever young and used music as a catalyst to better the world.
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