Throwback Thursday with the The Jacksons and the time period when La Toya Jackson felt compelled to tell the “dark secrets” of her family allegedly.
(VIA The Detail) La Toya Jackson may be seen today as a strong advocate for her famous family. But in the early 1990s, the middle sister was hellbent on exposing her upbringings’ many alleged dysfunctions and patterns of abuse. Calling out scandalous behaviour committed by her father, mother and superstar brother, Michael Jackson, La Toya single-handedly tore down her family’s all American public image. Accusations she has yet to retract or give further explanation to.
It was in October of 1980 (42 years ago), when the brothers broke free from their Motown Records deal to release “Triumph: The Jacksons Album.” Michael Jackson had recently dropped the classic “Off The Wall” album which Jay-Z has pronounced as a “timeless album.”
The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States and peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. Triumph sold three million copies worldwide in its original run. Hit singles from the album were “Lovely One”, “Heartbreak Hotel” (which was later renamed “This Place Hotel” to avoid confusion with the Elvis Presley song “Heartbreak Hotel”), and “Can You Feel It”.
In the summer of 1984, Michael Jackson and his brothers played three concerts at Neyland Stadium. Jackson-mania hit Knoxville in a big way. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of holding a concert of this magnitude in Knoxville.
Fredro Starr reacted to the information Teddy Riley revealed during his VladTV interview, where he confirmed that fake vocals were used on Michael Jackson’s posthumous album. Fredro said he believes it, especially if they were background vocals. He also recounted how Michael Jackson was the culture setter for black youth before hip hop.