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Michael Jackson using his deep voice during a performance in Copenhagen, 1997. Video

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u/Not_Ohagi_Man Sep 27 '22

Didn't expect the clip to be from mediacorp channel 5. Shootout to any fellow Singaporeans seeing this!

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u/MobJarley Sep 28 '22

Unless you're shouting "Bang Bang"

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u/Drifter_1999 Sep 27 '22

YES, I rmb sleeping at 10pm just to see his concert being played on the channel, was and am still a fan of him lip synching to the lyrics and dancing to his songs even till today.

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u/KissTheDragon Sep 27 '22

Do you remember the time?

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u/Drifter_1999 Sep 27 '22

On a serious note, his concert started at 1:15am and ended around 3:30am

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u/Drifter_1999 Sep 27 '22

When we fell in love, do you remember the time when we first met, girl?

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u/twitchosx Sep 27 '22

Thats not his son

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u/Drifter_1999 Sep 27 '22

Billie Jean is not my lover

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u/Ripcord Sep 27 '22

Acha-ooh

Go'n girl

Go'n

Hee-hee

Ow

Go'n girl

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u/Drifter_1999 Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

The Way You Make Me Feel, the way you turn me on, you knock me off of my feet now baby, Hoo! My lonely days are gone.

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u/bob_the_banannna Sep 27 '22

Pretty much everyone was a fan of him back in the day and even now

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u/peachchowchow Sep 27 '22

Rip for all the singaporeans kena shootout

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u/1ofLoLspotatoes Interested Sep 27 '22

Firers watch your front!

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u/bringbackfireflypls Sep 27 '22

Reddit Majulah moment

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u/theNEWgoodgoat Sep 27 '22

Mediacorp, you made it

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u/BakedUnicornPie Sep 27 '22

Yeah, I was paying more attention to the channel 5 logo at the corner than Michael’s deeper voice

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u/LazinessOverload Sep 27 '22

Ya sia I did a double take when i saw the icon LOL

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u/TeazieBreezie Sep 27 '22 Silver

I’m more interested in the well timed belly pop he did.

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u/learned_chasm Sep 27 '22

That belly pop just made it more amazing. MJ has a thousand of moves to impress us though.

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u/bob_the_banannna Sep 27 '22 Take My Energy

Even him casually walking is a move

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u/rollerstick1 Sep 27 '22

True. Every step is a show.

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u/jdizon707 Sep 27 '22

I wish I was able to see him live even just for one time

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u/foolishreviewer54 Sep 27 '22 Silver Starry

For those not around in the mid-80s, Michael Jackson was as big as it gets. He was as big as any star, ever.

His story is as compelling today as it ever was. So much mystery and brilliance. Hopefully in my lifetime there’ll be a comprehensive explanation of all things Michael Jackson.

As much a cautionary tale now as anything.

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u/naut_the_one Sep 27 '22

He basically defined what it meant to be a super star. Villages in remote parts of Africa knew who Michael Jackson was

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u/Calmebanana Sep 27 '22

Can confirm. Grandparents didn't speak English but sang his lyrics in broken English anyway

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u/Ky_tment334 Sep 27 '22

The first casette I picked up from my dad's drawer was dangerous, I cannot thank him enough.

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u/MiAmMe Sep 27 '22

I hope you didn't hurt yourself.

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u/TheLumpyMailMan Sep 27 '22

I watched a recorded live performance of his recently from the early 90's and it started with him blasting up from underneath the stage then he literally just STOOD there, completely still for like 5 minutes and then crowd was deafing and people were fainting left and right. I can't even comprehend how someone could have that kind of an impact just by standing completely still. And don't even get me started on when he reached up and took his glasses off, holy shit people lost their damn minds.

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u/TheLumpyMailMan Sep 27 '22

That's the one!! I saw that video a while ago and haven't been able to find it since. There's literally like 100 people that faint over the course of the performance and that's just the ones they show with the audience cam. It's insanity

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u/ShinkuDragon Sep 27 '22

there's this video where the people who worked with him on the superbowl go into it. you can FEEL their words he marinated the expectation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VhFiSHeBn4

EDIT: man the ending of the video still makes me tear up.

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u/lastroids Sep 27 '22

I just want to add my own anecdote. I was a kid back in the 70s in rural Philippines and we knew about the Jackson 5 and about Michael Jackson. I had to go to a friend's house to hear him on radio (my family was poor as dirt and we couldn't afford even a basic radio).

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u/gustavpentel Sep 27 '22

you went from that to having access to the world through the internet, that’s pretty interesting to me

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u/abow3 Sep 27 '22

It's mind boggling. To think about how much change in such little time. I feel like we can be using this tech for more good. But right now I'm using it for, simply, nostalgia.

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u/BeeBarnes1 Sep 27 '22

I'm in my 40s and it still blows my mind that I can just pick up my phone and casually talk to people from around the world on here.

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u/queens_getthemoney Sep 27 '22

I remember when FOX premiered the music video for Black or White during prime time as a child and it was like an event

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u/_dead_and_broken Sep 27 '22

It wasn't just FOX. It premiered simultaneously on MTV, BET, VH1, and FOX. It definitely was an event. The morphing of people from woman to man, from black to white, child to adult, it was mind blowing.

Someone else said it was during the Superbowl, but it actually happened in November of 91. I remember talking about it with my cousins at Thanksgiving lol

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u/pollorojo Sep 27 '22

Yeah Shark Week is cool, but do you remember Michael Jackson Week on VH1 in 1995?

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u/Rodeohno Sep 27 '22

Was that the same video where he went crazy on the car? That was such a huge controversy, for some reason.

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u/ResolverOshawott Sep 27 '22

He was unavoidable anywhere that wasn't an isolated wilderness.

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u/tahmias Sep 27 '22

A couple of years back I was a substitute teacher in like 2nd grade (kids about 8 or 9 years old) and we had like a mini game show, where I would play a song and they could guess the artist. Literally everyone knew it was Michael Jackson from just hearing a couple of seconds of one of his songs. I was baffled. No other artist got that same reaction from them - you know hands up, eager to give the answer with confidence.

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u/marvelwonderwoman Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

I use to bartend in nightclubs during my youth. Michael Jackson is the only artist that can make the entire room dance. Any age, any culture

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u/just-kath Sep 27 '22

My 10 and 13 year old nephews are both huge fans. The 13 year old will be MJ for Halloween this year. He's also an artist and can draw some great MJ images.

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u/BrutalistBoogie Sep 27 '22

I've done a bit of traveling and believe that more people know Micheal's face or music than Jesus Christ. The only person that comes close is Elvis. I kid you not, there are little villages in Afghanistan with people familiar with Michael Jackson.

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u/kimujnr Sep 27 '22

Elvis isn’t even remotely close. I’m in Kenya and grew up on his music in the early 90s. Nobody except my dad who went to college in the States knew Elvis. But from our village, to the small towns all the way to the big city everyone knew MJ. If you asked a 90yo Kenyan woman who Elvis was they’d shrug but Mike? Different story.

I think the only close seconds to MJ in global fame were Ali, Bob Marley, The Pope, Michael Jordan, and Mike Tyson (the last two even had barbershops here in Kenya in the 80s & 90s advertise their images as haircut styles).

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u/CoolJ56 Sep 27 '22

Literally everyone in the world who had access to newspapers knew MJ and that's as big as it can get (my grandparents - never spoke a word of English, lived continents away from the western world, never listened to western music and they too knew MJ)

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u/thefeckcampaign Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

Closest I can imagine to what it was like for The Beatles.

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u/FineAunts Sep 27 '22

Just what I was thinking. The Beatles, perhaps Elvis. The world was even smaller a generation before while radio and people buying records became mainstream. I can't ever imagine a musician now ever reaching the unanimous popularity of those 3 artists.

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u/BizzarduousTask Sep 27 '22

I don’t think he ever had a chance at a normal life. He was brutally abused by that evil father of his from the day he was born. He had plastic surgery to look less like him; he told his former manager “I gotta cut him away, I’ve got to remove him. I still see Joseph when I look in the mirror, I have got to cut him away.”

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u/cannotbefaded Sep 27 '22

He never really had much of a childhood as I understand it. His father basically forced all of them to be in the band all the time

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u/dawnkeybahlz Sep 27 '22

more common in girls, but the baby-voice is common in CSA survivors

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u/Sidewalk_Tomato Sep 27 '22

Jesus Christ. That might be the saddest thing I will read today.

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u/DarthChillvibes Sep 27 '22

If I remember correctly, that’s why he built Neverland. I think he meant well even though his actions caused controversy. Poor dude never got the chance to be normal.

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u/BKacy Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

His father called him Big-nose all the time. He ended up as an adult cutting it off. I hated that man—Joe Jackson, infamous asshole.

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u/Longjumping_Ad8888 Sep 27 '22

So that's why he got those surgeries to change his appearance and to look more white??

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u/Expensive_Reality151 Sep 27 '22

Not even to look more white….just to look less like Joe….the whiteness came from his skin disease

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u/sharked98 Sep 27 '22

That, and to hide his growing vitiligo affliction

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u/The_Knight_Is_Dark Sep 27 '22

That's heart breaking.

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u/CHOPosaurus_Rex Sep 27 '22

Oof. That makes so much sense now. Very sad. 😥

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u/Few_Inspection_6016 Sep 27 '22

So true. And to think this was all before the internet, social media, etc! I remember posters of him all over my wall as a girl..... he was an icon and a genius.

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u/blackbeautybyseven Sep 27 '22

Got to see him twice and it was Magic. Even got into the pit for one of the gigs.

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u/steamynicks007 Sep 27 '22

I was supposed to see him on that comeback concert for the first time in London on that 'This Is It' concert, I was a teenager back then. I thought my dream would come true, I was so freaking chuffed.

I cried buckets when he died because I missed an opportunity to see someone as talented as him.

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u/littlebushpig199 Sep 27 '22

My mum had bought tickets for us to see him in London on his world tour the year he died. One day, I was at a parents evening at school, my mum had said how much she was looking forward to our holiday in the summer, but I said I was most excited to see Michael Jackson. I wasn’t a massive fan but damn it would have been a good show. When we got home I turned on the TV and the news was announcing Jackson’s death. I cried.

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u/sprocketous Sep 27 '22

I never cared for him that much as a musical preference, but i would love to see him perform as he was an absolute master of performance.

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u/AVLPedalPunk Sep 27 '22

I think this is the HIStory tour. He played Parc des Princes while I was visiting Paris in 97. I was coming home on the train when the concert let out. I'd never seen so many people in my life.

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u/braekfjaes Sep 27 '22

Exactly. He did two shows in Copenhagen that year and one of them was on his birthday. Source: 10-year old me was there.

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u/Newcastlewin1 Sep 27 '22

Hes like a human metronome

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u/starbycrit Sep 27 '22

Yeah I was pretty devastated when he died. I was like 8 or 9. But he amazed me. He intrigued me and gave me confidence to be myself in a life where I was always scrutinized. Was also scrutinized for mourning his death while watching the funeral on TV, but MJ deserved every last one of those tears.

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u/panlakes Sep 27 '22

I was like 8 or 9 when I was introduced to his stuff by my babysitter lol, late 90s so probably peak MJ hype. She played a VHS of some of his music videos, I vaguely remember they were trippy with a lot of weird costumes. But I fucking loved his music from then on. He absolutely deserves to be mourned, eff the haters.

Oh yeah she also made me watch the 3 musketeers and took me to her band practice a bunch. Damn she was kinda cool lol.

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u/TeazieBreezie Sep 27 '22

MJs music is nice to listen to, and I enjoy the hits when they come on but I’d never seek his music out.

His live shows though? I could totally get behind spending large amounts of money to watch. He has a big stage personality that makes his music so much more

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u/bigblonde04 Sep 27 '22

I agree with the live shows. But no his music isincredible. Not just the hits. When you have the time to listen to off the wall to Invincible. He has some hidden gems. His music was ahead of his time

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u/D-Frost Sep 27 '22

I was there! Front row, with my late dad. Was 11 years old <3

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u/Workwork007 Sep 27 '22

This man just have all the moves.

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u/DuPageILLinois Sep 27 '22

So that was his "real" voice??

The voice we hear him singing in is entirely falsetto??

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u/xTheSentinelx Sep 27 '22

Yes... other artists from different genres like King Diamond stay in falsetto most of the time also

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u/mirthquake Sep 27 '22

Barry Gibb is another example. In interviews he has a deep, resonant voice that sounds like it comes from within his rib cage, but while singing in Bee Gees songs he's largely falsetto.

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u/jzcommunicate Sep 27 '22

I thought BG really only did that in the 70s. Later on the Beegees were putting out songs in normal voice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a95WRSWvHA

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u/Diz7 Sep 27 '22

I wonder if with age it became harder to maintain those notes for a whole concert.

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u/muckduck69420 Sep 27 '22

Barry Gibb… BG… the BeeGees… Am I the only one who didn’t know? 🤦‍♂️

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u/greatpiginthesty Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

The Brothers Gibb

They're three brothers

Edited to link my favorite BeeGees song :)

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u/38B0DE Sep 27 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Snek

Adolf Hitler stayed in his speech voice too. He had a completely normal voice and sounds like any other older German/Austrian man. But there's only one recording of it that the Finnish did without his knowledge.

https://youtu.be/WE6mnPmztoQ

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u/Weysting Sep 27 '22

mannn this just sent me down a rabbit hole lol i had no idea bout this

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u/drpoucevert Sep 27 '22

i'm just hearing the world and my past from a new perspective

i lied to myself

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u/JoaquimGianini Sep 27 '22

Bro how did the dude not panic upon realizing how easy that was.

Like, literally, all it took was an accent and stating to be the prime minister of Canada

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u/rebecks05 Sep 27 '22

Wow I wasnt expecting her to sound just like The Crown, they did an amazing job

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u/alleswasalbezet Sep 27 '22

Wow, everyone should listen to that. Really emphasizes how 'monsters' are just humans as well. It puts the humanity back in him, which forces you to realize that presenting as a 'normal human' doesn't necessarily mean anything.

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u/aceshighsays Sep 27 '22

no one is 100% evil. Some are 98% evil. Everyone has done at least 1 nice thing in their life, but it doesn't make them a good person. Also, no one has 100% extreme opinions on everything.

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u/Rikuskill Sep 27 '22

And very few people see themselves as evil. I'm sure Hitler was so deep in delusions that he saw himself as a savior to the German people, possibly to humanity.

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u/Terminator7786 Sep 27 '22

That's absolutely crazy, I've never heard of this recording.

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u/Explosive_Ananas Sep 27 '22

Hitler starts talking 4 minutes in

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u/GrundleOuch Sep 27 '22

King Diamond. Love seeing this so high up.

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u/BerBerBaBer Sep 27 '22

Me too. King Diamond is awesome.

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u/______DEADPOOL______ Sep 27 '22

The Diamond King though. He's overrated.

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u/Moiisen Sep 27 '22

A vocal coach told him that if he wants to maintain that high voice he will have to exercise it all the time, even when he is talking casually.

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u/NRMusicProject Sep 27 '22

This is a common practice for many professional vocalists. Not everyone does it, but it's one of many common practices to keep your voice in shape. Common, everyday speech can develop bad singing habits, and I'd have to imagine this practice makes much more sense if you're typically singing in a range that's a significant distance or technique from your natural speaking voice.

I work with a lot of older singers who have to bring their songs down as they get older, but someone like MJ, with his range being his calling card, that would be a bigger deal.

Funny thing is I worked with Wayne Newton earlier this year and he brought his songs way down. Singing high was kind of his thing, too. But he never bothered speaking in his singing voice.

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u/seepa808 Sep 27 '22

I heard someone mention in an interview that Michael used the fake high speaking voice as a way to exercise his vocal cords all day everyday.

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u/Bugbread Sep 27 '22

I've never heard that, but that's the same reasoning I've heard for the high-pitched nasal voices used by store clerks in Japan -- it's way easier on the vocal cords if you're shouting through the store all day.

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u/SEND-MARS-ROVER-PICS Sep 27 '22

I read before that Abraham Lincoln had a pretty high-pitched voice, which helped his voice carry in the days before amplification - wonder if that has anything to do with it?

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u/XIXXXVIVIII Sep 27 '22

FourScoreAndSevenYearsAgo...

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u/starkgasms Sep 27 '22

I've heard the same said about Ariana Grande. She spoke in a higher pitched throughout her Nickelodeon roles.

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u/EpicTwiglet Sep 27 '22

Once you truly have complete control over the vocal chords, there isn’t registers, it’s all one voice. Its purely where you position the muscles

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u/mirthquake Sep 27 '22

I took a single semester of voice lessons and was taught how to sing "in the mask." It completely altered how I think about singers' voices, in the sense that they're very malleable.

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u/man-named-zeus Sep 27 '22

Do you have any resources that you can share?

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u/Obi_Wan_Benobi Sep 27 '22

This makes me want to take singing lessons.

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u/AliBarberTheSecond Sep 27 '22

Me too. Kinda unsettling

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u/Ed-Zero Sep 27 '22

Kinda awesome

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u/MPCBanger Sep 27 '22

T-Pain said in a recent interview that he was once invited to Michael's house for a few hours and that for the entire time he was there Michael spoke to him in a deep voice.

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u/JahnBitWaf Sep 27 '22

But it turned out to be because T-Pain had accidentally left his auto-tune switched on.

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u/Techiedad91 Sep 27 '22

It’s really sad that he uses auto tune so much. T pain really has such an incredible voice on its own.

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u/sinnayre Sep 27 '22

He’s pretty open that no one cared about his singing until he auto tuned it though. Same with Charlie Puth (and I’m sure hundreds of other singers).

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u/SavoryBagels Sep 27 '22

Apparently MJ was so dialed in that he'd keep on talking on that high of a note as to keep exercising his vocal cords/range. Pretty much he was 'putting in the work' everytime he spoke in public.

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u/NaturalOrderer Sep 27 '22

Very prestige-esque. He's the guy with the fish bowl

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u/smallpoly Sep 27 '22

The other guy uses autotune

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u/twitchosx Sep 27 '22

Sooooo, just like Gilbert Gottfried?

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u/supremeoverlord23 Sep 27 '22

Hee Hee - Gilbert Gottfried

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u/morpowababy Sep 27 '22

Idk, I think in Beat It for example he's singing high but in full voice. Several other examples. But in this clip the high parts are definitely falsetto

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u/riseabovepoison Sep 27 '22

I think that's just as you get older your voice doesn't have the same range so you need technique to get where you want to go

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u/Wasabi_Guacamole Sep 27 '22

His real voice is kinda like Childish Gambino's

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u/vilkav Sep 27 '22

Playing Redbone at 2x speed it becomes a Michael Jackson song.

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u/JSkywalker22 Sep 27 '22

I always thought it was more like Donald Glovers but to each their own!

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u/subzi Sep 27 '22

Sounds more like Troy Barnes to me but to each their own!

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u/Funderwoodsxbox Sep 27 '22

Y’all ever see the Theranos chick Elizabeth Holmes? 😂😂 she did the opposite of this and had a fake deep voice. Shit is weird man, I’d be so afraid to slip up.

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u/activator Sep 27 '22

I hate her stupid voice so much. Her whole "thing" with the voice and turtleneck just made my blood boil

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u/goatfuckersupreme Sep 27 '22 Gold

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u/brettins Sep 27 '22

I was wondering if someone would link this. First time I heard it, for the first bit I thought it was a guest singer. Then partway through he does some very MJ style stuff and it becomes clear it's him. Love it!

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u/n00neperfect Sep 27 '22

Interesting. So the whole career interviews, footage was in falsetto too? or is it one way around like falsetto is real voice and this one made up so sounds deep?

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u/kitzdeathrow Sep 27 '22

This kind of gets at the questions of what our "real voice" actually is. If he has chosen to speak in his falsetto so much that it becomes automatic, is that not his real voice? I think it all intention vs unthinking speaking.

I dont think MJ ever spoke without thinking about his register, so who knows.

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u/Cloberella Sep 27 '22

I've definitely noticed I have different "voices" depending on who I talk to. I have a very high-pitched and upbeat customer service voice that makes me sound like the Ship's Computer on Star Trek. But my natural voice is a little lower, gruffer, and sounds a bit like I smoke a pack a day. My general chit-chat voice is somewhere in between those two. Which one comes out is largely subconscious (same with my accent strength), if I answer a phone at work I automatically go into "customer service voice," but if I'm in a shitty mood and a friend asks me a question I might sound like Doctor Girlfriend when I reply.

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u/OrangeZig Sep 27 '22

Not necessarily, he could be putting this on as well. His ex doctor thought he was chemically castrated at about 12 by his father to keep his voice high etc. I think his real voice might be somewhere in the middle, not as high as in interviews, but not as low as we see here. Some exes of his confirm his voice is a touch lower in private IIRC. But this sounds lowered for dramatic purposes.

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u/buy_me_lozenges Sep 27 '22

The late David Gest, long time friend and producer of Michael Jackson, stated that MJ DID have a naturally low speaking voice and affected the high pitched one just for interviews etc.

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u/Buttersaucewac Sep 27 '22

That was a popular rumor but it’s extremely unlikely because Jackson grew full facial hair. You don’t get puberty disrupted so heavily your voice is kept high as a 12 year old’s but still grow a full beard. There are plenty of pictures of him with a visible five o’clock shadow and in the 80s he had facial hair for a while.

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u/wharsmetoothpicson Sep 27 '22

It's difficult to gauge what his 'real' voice is I think. To me his deeper voice sounds forced, a little scratchy & uneven. He doesn't seem comfortable in that register, so I would say his 'real' voice is the one he felt more relaxed & comfortable using.

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u/LeDerp07 Sep 27 '22

He sings all of '2000 watts' with his deep voice too, it's one of my favorites.

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u/Kryten_Wolfgang Sep 27 '22

This needs more upvotes, I just went to find that song and holy shit all my years of loving pre-2000s MJ I had no idea he did a song in his "normal" voice... amazing!

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u/Ed-Zero Sep 27 '22

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u/Michi_Room157 Sep 27 '22

Thanks for the link. He sounds like a rockstar 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

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u/Turbulent-Grade-3559 Sep 27 '22

Hmm. It's Interesting. It sounds good tbh

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u/Maxwell_The_Spy Sep 27 '22

song name?

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u/toothpasteonyaface Sep 27 '22

In The Closet

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u/Miscellaneous_Mind Sep 27 '22

Wait… it’s the actual name of the song? Lmao.

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u/bigblonde04 Sep 27 '22

Yh it doesnt mean what you think. It meant he wanted his relationship with a woman to be hidden hence in the closet.

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u/wooshock Sep 27 '22 edited Sep 27 '22

He did that a couple times btw... baited people with controversial song titles to sell records.

In The Closet - Not about rumors of MJ being gay. It's a song about keeping an affair secret, I guess.

Black Or White - Not about MJs skin tone. It doesn't matter to him if you're black or white.

Dangerous - MJ isn't dangerous! The girl is dangerous. Hee hee.

Edit: How could I forget... Can't Let Her Get Away and Do You Know Where Your Children Are

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u/bigblonde04 Sep 27 '22

Maybe actually. Thats a smart move if thats true. Black or white was more about it doesnt matter about skin colour. But on the other hand his songs were stories moat of his songs has nothing to do with him

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u/VaporGolfBall Sep 27 '22

In the closet

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u/immaculate_violation Sep 27 '22

The first casette I picked up from my dad's drawer was dangerous, I cannot thank him enough.

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u/Syd_Syd34 Sep 27 '22

My parents had a VHS of Michael’s greatest hits when I was a kid. It was the only thing that would make me sit still for my mom to do my hair lol. I watched that video soooo many times. I think fondly back to the road-trips I’d take with my family, and Jackson 5 all the way to Janet Jackson was always on the playlist. I was greatly influenced by MJ, and the Jackson’s as a whole, as a kid; he’ll always be the best ❤️

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u/NervousSorbet Sep 27 '22

I had that exact vhs tape when I was around 5. Watched it so many times the film broke.

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u/ima_twee Sep 27 '22

I was a very lucky teenager and saw MJ on his Bad tour in 1988. That man lit up Wembley Stadium like no other gig I've ever been to (and I've seen some bangers).

Watching that video made the hairs on my neck stand up. Very cool indeed.

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u/deadasdisco_stl Sep 27 '22

I saw him on that tour too! I was 7 or 8 but it was my first concert. Always proud to be able to say that

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u/Nstsipz Sep 27 '22 Wholesome

Damn that’s interesting

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u/rageousreg1 Sep 27 '22

Damn he's smooth Straight gangster

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u/Gan-san Sep 27 '22

That's right. And no matter where he went anywhere in the world, people knew his name, his music, his lyrics and he could sell out any venue. Simply incredible.

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u/Roboplodicus Sep 27 '22

Musical genius and one of the greatest dancers of all time

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u/TheCredibleHulk Sep 27 '22

Almost a smooth criminal, even.

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u/Voltairesque Sep 27 '22

that costume is baller as hell, I love the knight armor look

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u/Spoomplesplz Sep 27 '22

The dude could sing.

Like, whether you like him or not he could fucking sing.

Usually seeing singers live, they sound very different but he just sounds exactly the same.

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u/beelance4661 Sep 27 '22

I have a theory he influenced like every bit of music we know today. There’s the artists who make themselves almost MJ replicas. Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Neyo, the Wknd. Then there are artists you’d never think would cite him as a musical influence, like fallout boy

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u/Resatibbs Sep 27 '22

That’s exactly how it is. & female pop stars like Britney & Beyoncé modeled themselves after Janet

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u/beelance4661 Sep 27 '22

Yes! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen interviews of Britney saying precisely that. Janet and Madonna were her idols, or something similar.

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u/kimujnr Sep 27 '22

I live in Kenya. My childhood was the 90s. EVERYONE and I mean every gaddamn person alive from villages to towns, to the city knew who MJ was. The man’s level of fame in my opinion will never be replicated and neither will his literal awe inspiring production and concerts. Back in the 80s and 90s the term Superstar was used very often but only MJ encapsulated it, there really is no hyperbole when speaking of the man. He was also highly flawed though but one truly wonders with such a bizarre life such as the one he had, how could one truly be sane?

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u/sharlaton Sep 27 '22

These days I don’t think a celebrity could reach MJ levels where they are more or less universally loved and respected (obviously I’m referring to before all the rumors).

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u/LelcoinDegen Sep 27 '22

Saw him in Melbourne in 1996. What a show. Nothing has come close 26 years later on

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u/felixen21 Sep 27 '22

I was at this concert. Was a kid so I don’t remember much other than him in that badass suit, how he came down from a space shuttle or something during the intro, oh, and how the guy in front of me accidentally lid some woman’s hair on fire when everyone had their lighters out.

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u/okeydokeysmokeyyyy Sep 27 '22

I don't know how to process what I just watched.

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u/ThisIsYourMormont Sep 27 '22

Nervous laughter

“He-he…”

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u/jeancarlosbh Sep 27 '22

He used to lipsync through whole shows, if you watch the HIStory Tour recordings, the difference between his voice when the mic is on is actually baffling.

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u/Pablo471 Sep 27 '22

I miss MJ.. His music was next level.

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u/vaguelyexistent Sep 27 '22

it’s really impressive how he just changes between them so easily

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u/0baakx Sep 27 '22

i wish he was still alive.

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That transition back to high singing is kinda creepy now

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u/JollyOldManMae Sep 27 '22

It takes some skill to do that. Back in my highschool choir, I was an alto and man it took us the whole semester of practice to be able to make vocal jumps. Though it is easier for men since they have falsetto. It just takes making sure you jump to the right note.

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u/999Vin Sep 27 '22

The deep voice was live microphone feed, and the actual singing is lipsync. He had laryngitis during these shows, so he couldn’t actually sing as well as he wanted to.

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u/macjigiddy Sep 27 '22

He was an incredibly talented artist, despite his many problems

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u/Waste-Application483 Sep 27 '22

I miss you Mike!

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u/Tiddernud Sep 27 '22

There is no Michael. Only Zuul.

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u/Illustrious_Mind964 Sep 27 '22

Him and Freddy Mercury are the only famous people that make me fangirl over them, don't get me wrong I like other kinds of music but this guys had something very special, too bad I could only watch them im their prime on video because it was before my time.

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u/MomsterJ Sep 27 '22

I still remember highly anticipating for the Thriller video to debut. I remember being at a sleepover at my aunt’s house and she ordered pizza and made popcorn because the whole world was going to watch that premiere!! He was easily the biggest star on this planet during the height of his career.

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u/Kiabobiia Sep 27 '22

The transition from deep back to a high note was beautiful

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u/PG-DaMan Sep 27 '22

Say what you want about the guy., He was a HELL of an entertainer.

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u/SouthRelationship115 Sep 27 '22

He is still king of pop

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u/minkrogers Sep 27 '22

Yeah I grew up listening to him and Janet. I still get all the nostalgia when I hear anything from them. It makes me sad seeing music videos of him now, as he clearly had deep mental health issues that back then, were very much glossed over. He had no support network, only people looking to make money. Whatever you believe about him, his musical talent was otherworldly. There'll never be another pop icon like him.

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u/Interesting_Engine37 Sep 27 '22

Every time I see him, I’m amazed! There was/is no one like him!

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u/Smee714 Sep 27 '22

I’m old….Michael was always part of my life. There is no one before or after him that will ever compare to his stardom.