Cliff Richard Praises Jackson's Thriller

British pop legend SIR CLIFF RICHARD insists fans should look beyond MICHAEL JACKSON's 2005 legal troubles and concentrate on his phenomenal music.

The Christian star cites Jackson's 1982 album THRILLER as one of the best of all time and urges others to remember the singer's achievements.

He says, "I don't think there's anyone who could approach Michael Jackson for sheer brilliance. Every song is perfect, every performance magnificent.

"I don't think what's gone on since should taint the music - you judge the record on its own terms."


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First off Hickwoman, Do you have a life?... A job?... Any friends out there for you spend some time with? It clearly looks like all the opposite to anyone who has read your in-deniel posts! Who would waste time posting/looking up/reading up on somoene they clearly despise for if they weren't literally lonely geeks!? LOL. The lovely computer is your only social life & network I bet! LOL.Look here... I came on to see the latest music info on the King Of Pop, I wouldn't have even left a comment & I'm a FAN (like 90% of the world is... LOL.) coz I have a life (unlike some people... LOL.) but ah I just HAD to when I read all your tabloish comments, which are simply full of iggnorance it is so damm petty! Girl grow up! You clearly haven't got a brain! It's people like YOU who make the tabloids rich!According to you, Mike was SEEN doing such things... Hmmm... By who darling? A bunch of con artists them selves! LOL. What a joke! Yes darling, the pros brought in X Employees (don't forget the X...) to claim such things! Yes, these were the type of witnesses the DA brought throughout their WHOLE trial (How sad is that... LOL.) to get PAID to go up on the stand & spill out a bunch of clear LIES that even a monkey with no IQ who see! Funny how these X employee witnesses have ALL lost million dollar lawsuits against Jackson, who have ALL stolen property from Jackson worth hundreads of thousands of dollars! Funny how they decided to SELL their story to the tabloids, rather than had telling the police they had saw a molestation occur! Funny isn't it?Hmmm... Who in the right mind frame would not report a child getting abused!? I guess when the DA called these witnesses to come forward in trial... it was the perfect revenge for them to get back at Jackson for all those million dollar lawsuits they had lost from him & ah of coarse since they were getting PAID to do so! Funny how, all theses children the X-employee witnesses told the court they had saw Mike touching, showering with, kissing & whatever else is involved in molestation came back as DEFENSE witnesses that vigorously DENIED that had EVER happened! LMAO! It made th DA's case look like the BIGGEST joke in criminal case history! So ah so much you know...Darling, the reason why the jurors in the case returned 14 NOT GUILTYs is to people like you because they were 'confused' and 'star struck'. Hmmmmm...I'm wondering which part they were most confused about, Hickwoman. Was it the part where our protector of Michael Jackson pedophelia 'victims', Tom Sneddon, told the jurors that Macaulay Culkin, Wade Robson, and Brett Barnes were molested by Michael Jackson, only to have them get on the stand and state the EXACT OPPOSITE? Or was it the part where our "SANTA BARBARA D.A. OF THE MILLENIUM', Tom Sneddon, told them that Debbie Rowe would get on the stand and say all sorts of incriminating things about Jackson only to have her get up there and cry and swoon over how wonderful Michael is and how after dating him no one else could ever compare? Perhaps it was the comedy in the case that confused the jurors the most.You know the part where Macaulay vehemently denies being molested and the world's most honorable man, Tom Sneddon, says that Macaulay only THINKS he wasn't molested because Michael molested him IN HIS SLEEP! Unfortunately for Cold Man Tom Sneddon, Macaulay Culkin doesn't have the IQ of 23 like the grifters Uncle Tom picked off the street to falsely accuse Michael Jackson and he replied with 'I think something like that would wake me up'. Thank you Macaulay Culkin. Or maybe the jurors were confused by the fact that the prosecution kept going on about what a compulsive paedophile Jackson is, yet, all they found in his house was quite a large collection of HETEROSEXUAL PORNOGRAPHY. I think instead of writing fictional stories about what you fantasize Michael Jackson doing to boys, you should rethink your stance on why Michael Jackson was found NOT GUILTY of ALL THE BOGUS CHARGES YOUR TOMMY BOY WORKED TEN YEARS ON! Maybe then you will come out of the denial phase and realize that you can't ruin Michael Jackson no matter how many times you just repeat what the tabloids throw @ you! Get a damm brain girl, grow up & get a life! Please for your own sake! Geza!
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For those of you who have judged Micheal Jackson be careful for you shall be judged by the standard you set.Put on his shoes and walk in them all your life and lets see how you turn out.It's people like you that caused Elvis to end up dead, SADE to become a recluse.Be careful what you wish for...yu just might get it.
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Totally agreed Wisdom!!! And BJ Dickwoman.........is a Dick!!!!!MN, If your were to take a look in the new guiness world records book, you will see that Thriller is still the best selling album of all time, Scream is still the most expensive music video ever made and he still is the record holder for most grammy's won in a year....plus loads of others, i just cant be bothered to go through my room to find the book and list all of his spectacular achievements, it would take hours.....which i don't have.Wisdom.........YOU RULE!!!!!!!!!!
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check your facts..all musical records that michael jackson had is just that..had...held...many artists have surpassed almost all of the records michael jackson has set.....no distrespect intended it just that what michael did in the 80's has now been surpassed by many other artists...
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Cliff Richards is, like Michael Jackson, another washed up has-been. I don't know what his sexual preference is or why he would ask us to look away from Jackson's sexual thirst for male children and focus our attention more on his music, but for any person to do that would cause a red-flag to go up in the mind of any thinking person. As for Jackson's Thriller album, there is nothing of brilliance there. It's a dance record. Period! It was released with much hoopla, and a video that was produced and directed by one of the masters of our time (and that master was NOT Michael Jackson). If you want to talk about brilliant recordings with lyrics that were thoughtful, moving, and/or important for their time then think of anything by the Beatles after Rubber Soul, or Buffalo Springfield's Retrospective. Dance crap like Michael Jackson's can be found anywhere. The reason for Jackson's "musical" popularity rests soley upon the fact that he has been in the limelight (and in our faces) since he was a child. Jackson has gathered a complete generation of musical fans and more, but it should mean nothing now because once a child molester, always a child molester. His actions against children over the past 10 - 20 years, in my opinion, labels him as a satan, an evil person, a man that should be jailed, a sick, perverted individual who deserves no one's respect. And "Sir" Cliff Richards? LOL...PULL-EEEEEZE. He went out with the hula hoop, and now he's coming out to speak up for a person who might very well be "one of his own kind".
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finally someone who can get past the bulls**t and give mj the credit he deserves for all he has given the music world and his fans - many of whom are some of the haters writing s**t to bring him down. Just remember thriller has sold around 60 million copies. Thats about 60 million fans michael had and i find it very hard to believe that most of the haters taking the time to make comments about him are the ones who once were fans, bought into all the media hype, believed the stories without all the facts and felt dissappointed and hurt. I say listen to cliff and get past all that and rememeber that most of you once loved him because his songs were so great, his stage shows were the most brilliant, his dancing was unmatched and innovative and he created a sense of excitment like no other. Guess wat people - those things havent changed.
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I think cliff is 100% right u cnt dwell on the same thing 4eva that's kiddish and s2pd.I always keep on wonder abt these chunk-assed pipol hu tink dey r da best to blame michael 4 anytng dey shuld consoder this 1st he z innocent and the law was on his side so hate it or love it he was on top and will always bePEACE MJ LUV
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sorry little typing error there. i meant it to say in the short version i believe that todays haters are yesterdays fans who have felt they were let down by their idol because they chose to buy into all the media hype and disregard the obvious - stories are biased and not all facts are there. Fact: His talent, brilliance and influence in music is still alive and kicking. he could still put on a solo concert and s**t all over any artist today (they all just shadow his work and ideas from past world tours anyway and do it maybe half as well) xox
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Excuse me?????If you , sir, had been carfully following this trial, AND the previous trial, you would have understood, along with the rest of the wold who still has brains, that Michael Jackson has been PROVEN INNOCENT!!!!!Just beacuse of a bunch of disgruntled ex employees who haven't been able to extract money from thier boss in the past tried to get even with him by telling a couple of lies doesn't mean they have proven anyhitng, cos they HAVEN'T!!!! The prosecution has just embarrased themselves and made fools of themselves, and the only thing they have proven was that they were trying to frame Mr Jackson!!! The prosecution had NO CASE, NO PROOF! Only a bunch of lies and flops!!!! Are you blind sir!!!??? Do you have a brain damage!!!??? I don't mean to be rude but I won't sit and take that crap even if you were the king of Arabia!!!I feel stupid acutally, that I have to be telling all this to somebody at all! How dare you claim these things about this man, when it is obvious you don't know a fig about what was going on durign this trial!!! Redemption, by Geraldine Huges, would eb a good book to read, it might lighten up THE FACTS for you a bit sir. IF YOU'RE WILLING TO KNOW THE TRUTH!Michael Jackson is NOT a child molester and it is your problem if you have some problem about him and need to believe that to feed your ego!!! Sir!!!
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Well, well, well...a gang of Jackobots seem to have happened upon the scene to speak up in defence of their pedophile hero. It is people like you (all of you) who contribute to the sexual molestation of children. You do this by speaking up in defence of a person who is a known child predator, a man who has been SEEN performing oral sex on a 12 year old boy, a mand who has been SEEN showering naked with little boys, a man who has been SEEN sleeping naked with little boys. It is people like you who have turned your back on innocent children, children whose lives have been destroyed by sexual molestation, and you do it all in praise of a washed up, ex-pop idol. Someday you will all grow up and realize how sick, and perverted your praise of this evil and vile multi-millionaire pedophile really is. You need to grow up and face the reality of what Michael Jackson is. In my opinion, he and others of his ilk, should be removed completely and permanently from society. There is no place in this world for them. They represent evil.BJ Hickwoman's Jockobot Websitehttp://jackobots.topcities.com/
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