Now people are suggesting that not only was the "King of Pop" a made-up title that Michael Jackson awarded to himself-oh right, he did-but they are also suggesting that he wasn't exactly a color-barrier breaking pioneer on the airwaves: "According to the myth, executives at Epic, Jackson's label, gave MTV an ultimatum: Play 'Billie Jean' or else. But that was a publicity stunt. In Hit Men, his 1990 history of the music biz, Fredric Dannen recounts: Around this time Jacko added a new lawyer, John Branca, to his all-white management team. Not long after, Branca was also representing MTV. As racial showdowns go, this one sounds a lot like a boardroom shuffle."
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009