See Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction positively - Jermaine Jackson
KUALA LUMPUR: Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine Jackson feels that Zayn Malik’s departure from the world’s top boy band, One Direction, should be viewed in a positive light, particularly in allowing the teenage singing heartthrob to pursue a solo career.
“I think if Zayn wants to go solo, then he should be given the freedom and space to carve out a solo career,” he said in an interview with Bernama.
The Jackson Five’s message was understandably a message aimed at comforting the millions of One Direction (1D) fans worldwide - especially young teenage girls – who were heartbroken when it was announced last week Zayn was leaving 1D.
The brother of the late King of Pop should know better as Michael, who joined the Jackson Five in 1964, left the group in 1971 at the age of 17 to pursue what was to become a highly successful and unprecedented solo career of epic proportions.
Jermaine, who also left Jackson Five to pursue a solo career, was here with three of his brothers from Jackson Five, and performed at the annual Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015 in aid of Bidara Kedah.
As teens, especially young girls, all over the world are still reeling from the news about Zayn, this however is not the end of his career. Perhaps, he is just the Michael Jackson of his time.
Michael left Jackson Five as he felt that being in the group was stopping him from pursuing a solo career although the group was already a world sensation in which he was the lead singer and dancer.
Incidentally, Zayn also has the highest pitch among the 1D boys and is touted to have one of the strongest voices in the music industry.
ID is an English-Irish pop boy band which comprises Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn.
They produced four world record-breaking albums, including Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Treasures and Four, which topped charts in major markets and generated hit singles like What Makes You Beautiful, Live While We’re Young, Story of My Life and Steal My Girl.
As Jermaine pointed out, ‘like all the other break-ups in music history, the fate of the band could go a number of ways, but one leaving the group to move on to bigger solo endeavours, is just another norm thing.
“It’s always going to be people saying: ‘Oh! should stay … You shouldn’t have gone.
"But if he stays true to what he knows how to do, then he’ll be fine,” he said.
The same thing happened when the Beatles broke up, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney going separate ways to pursue successful solo careers, although diehard fans still question what might have been had they stayed together.
Likewise, Jermaine’s solo career throughout the late 70s and early 80s was successful.
His 1980 album, 'Let’s Get Serious’ was nominated for a Grammy Award, and songs such as 'Daddy’s Home’, 'Feel the Fire’ and 'Let’s Get Serious’ were all at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100.
Lady Gaga’s former classmate reveals how Lady Gaga overcame bullying and it’s beyond inspiring
There was a time when Lady Gaga wasn’t famous. In fact, during her time at New York University, the now cool, confident, adverse-to-haters, take-no-shit Lady Gaga was bullied.
Lauren Bohn, a former NYU classmate of hers, revealed in a Facebook post this Sunday that Leonardo DiCaprio’s unintentional shade thrown at the pop star (see GIF below) reminded her of the days when Gaga was just Stefani Germanotta and people weren’t bursting into tears upon meeting her:
“When I was a freshman at NYU and Facebook was only a year old and people created/joined groups like ‘I have dimples, f*** me’ and ‘Fake ID, please!,’ I remember coming across a Facebook group that broke my heart. It’s name: “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous.’ she wrote.”The page housed pictures of a pretty Norah Jones-esque young 18-year-old NYU student who sang and played piano at local bars. The group was peppered with comments, sharp as porcupine needles, vilifying the aspiring musician for being an ‘attention-whore.’ Scores asked: ‘Who does she think she is?’
I also remember one dude posting a flyer for one of her upcoming gigs at a local village bar. He had clearly stomped on the flyer, an outline of his muddy sole [soul] struggling to eclipse her name.I couldn’t shake the raw feeling of filth while scrolling down that Facebook page, but I pretty much – and quickly – forgot about that group and that girl with the intense raven eyes.
Until about five years later. I was on an Amtrak train from NYC to Philly, reading a Vanessa GrigoriadisNew York Magazine profile on Lady Gaga. I floated somewhat mindlessly through the piece until I got to the first sentence of the second graf:
"Before the meeting, I assumed that someone with a stage name like “Lady” (her given name is Stefani Joanne Germanotta) was going to be a bit standoffish…”
HOLY SHIT, I screamed to an empty car (Those who hang with me will know that I actually shrieked). LADY GAGA IS STEFANI GERMANOTTA? STEFANI IS LADY GAGA?
I was overcome with a dizzying emotional cocktail of stage-mom-at-a-beauty-pageant and nerd-revenge triumph. But also shame. Shame that I never wrote on that group, shame that I never defended the girl with the intense raven eyes – the girl whose brave flyers were stomped on, probably somewhere near my dorm.
But again, I soon forgot about that revelation and that feeling. Feelings. They’re so fleeting. Even more so, revelations. We need to constantly re-discover them every damn day.
Like last week, when I woke up to this meme.
I saw the muddy sole eclipsing her name. The eye-rolls. The cowardly virtual-giggles. The “Who does she think she is?”
I’ve got a lot of feelings, but the easiest one to articulate: gratitude.
Stefani, thank you. Thank you for always thinking you’re a superstar, for using your cracks to let the light come out more brightly. Humans, let’s follow suit. #LadyGaga#ThatsWho”
And if you’re wondering what that awesome NYU student performed like back then, here you go:
↳ “You got to understand something. After your mother passed, all I saw was evil everywhere. And all I cared about was keeping you boys alive. I wanted you prepared, ready. […] Sammy, it just… it never occurred to me what you wanted.”