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Old 05-14-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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U2, Michael Jackson and Madonna: the undisputed Rock Gods of our time?

When I say Gods of Rock, I mean the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis. You can't argue this.

For our time, it's: U2, Michael Jackson and Madonna....Undisputed! Does everyone agree, remember this is the 'Gods' - not your favorite band.
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How strict are you being with the "rock" label? Because I wouldn't consider Michael Jackson or Madonna rock.

Also, I don't think Michael Jackson has been the king of anything but the Crazies since maybe the early 90s, regardless of how popular he might still be elsewhere in the world.

Also, Madonna's still a big name in her own right, but you can't compare her status in the music world to what it was back in the 80s and 90s.
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Substitute Prince for Michael Jackson.

And agreed with Cori--"our" time is subjective. If you're talking about the 80's and 90's, these acts make sense. But in the new millennium, I don't think there are any, to be honest. Everything has become much more specific to different fan bases, and there's no one who really covers such a wide demographic with such a hold on the popular culture at large.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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Everything has become much more specific to different fan bases, and there's no one who really covers such a wide demographic with such a hold on the popular culture at large.
Sounds like someone has never heard of one Jason Mraz? Hm? Jason Mraz?
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And agreed with Cori--"our" time is subjective. If you're talking about the 80's and 90's, these acts make sense. But in the new millennium, I don't think there are any, to be honest. Everything has become much more specific to different fan bases, and there's no one who really covers such a wide demographic with such a hold on the popular culture at large.
The Strokes were supposed to be our future. And then we all found out they sucked. If that's not representative of Generation Y, I don't know what is.
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By our time, I mean they are still around making music, they aren't nearly as big today as in the past, but I assume they have God status as that doesn't go away. I don't think the 2000's had any rock Gods, you need to have multiple albums of solid gold material and anthems that will stand up to the test of time (U2/Madonna/Michael Jackson). The pop crap music of the 2000's didn't pump out the music it used to, maybe the 2010 decade will change that.
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Michael Jackson is still making music?
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u2 i agree with because this is a u2 forum and i'm required to (lololol) but michael jackson and madonna? hell no.
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How strict are you being with the "rock" label? Because I wouldn't consider Michael Jackson or Madonna rock.

Also, I don't think Michael Jackson has been the king of anything but the Crazies since maybe the early 90s, regardless of how popular he might still be elsewhere in the world.

Also, Madonna's still a big name in her own right, but you can't compare her status in the music world to what it was back in the 80s and 90s.
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Michael Jackson and Madonna aren't rock.

When all is said and done I do think U2 will go down in history as one of the greats, and possibly THE greatest band to remain together for so long and continue making amazing music...
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Scary thing about Michael, Madonna and Prince is that they're all about the same age. In the 50-51 range. Michael was kicking ass for a long time until he first got questioned for sleeping with little boys circa 1993. Since then, he's been persona non grata on the pop charts and more importantly, life. And yes, I'm aware he did have some songs on the radio since that time, but his career took a major nosedive. Then when the second go round happened circa 2002/3, that's when the party really was over for Mike.

Madonna has been kicking ass since 1983. A pretty damn good 26 year run. She has no equal. She is the best. Madonna has probably "reinvented" herself 6 times since Mike's problems started in 1993. She continues to deliver the goods regardless of all the personal bullshit she goes through.

Prince had a good run, but when he changed his name to that symbol circa 1992/93, he too saw his career start to nosedive. His last hit was The Most Beautiful Girl in the World back in 1994. He did see a resurgence in 2004 with his Musicology album, but no one's cared since then. Plus, Prince is almost as nutty as Jackson, but Prince likes to sleep with women, not little boys.


As for U2, they have their own separate category. Several notches higher than even Madonna.
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Prince had a good run, but when he changed his name to that symbol circa 1992/93, he too saw his career start to nosedive. His last hit was The Most Beautiful Girl in the World back in 1994. He did see a resurgence in 2004 with his Musicology album, but no one's cared since then.
Nobody cares? 3121 (which came out after Musicology) was his first album to debut at #1 (and wound up getting Gold certified), and the next two albums debuted at #3 and #2, respectively, and this is without major label-type promotion, mind you.

Madonna's sales aren't high anymore, either. Her last album failed to go Platinum.
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Nobody cares? 3121 (which came out after Musicology) was his first album to debut at #1 (and wound up getting Gold certified), and the next two albums debuted at #3 and #2, respectively, and this is without major label-type promotion, mind you.

Madonna's sales aren't high anymore, either. Her last album failed to go Platinum.
Alright, so maybe some people care. Considering today's market, going gold nowadays is pretty good if you're over 50. Prince could have a major label, but he likes to do things his way. More power to him for that, but his albums won't go platinum. Not saying Madonna's will either, but her numbers are usually pretty consistent. I think she sold 700,000 plus units for Hard Candy.
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Right, but Planet Earth selling 300,000 impresses me even more. Madonna had a huge tour and a big single, it's insane that she couldn't get Platinum with that.

But of course, in the download era, that these veteran artists can even put up those numbers may be all you can hope for.
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Michael Jackson is the king of pop, rock, and soul. He's a mixture of everything.

Madonna just makes strictly pop music, and her music is kind of boring (plus, she can't really sing.)

U2 is the only artist there that's strictly rock, because...well, they're a rock band.

I agree that Prince is more rock than Michael Jackson.
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