Dec 122013

Cecil Holmes

Cecil Holmes was one of the first African Americans to hold the post of Senior Vice President at a major label when he served as Sr. VP at the legendary Casablanca Records, the home of Donna Summer, Parliament/Funkadelic, among others. He was also one of the first African American executives given his own imprint label, “Cecil Holmes Chocolate City” which launched the careers of the legendary funk group Cameo. He later served as VP/A&R at CBS Records (Sony Music) working w/ Michael Jackson, New Kids on The Block and the late Marvin Gaye.

Cecil Holmes Chocolate City

Aug 082010

February 16th, 1983:

Michael Jackson is in London to attend the British Record Industry Awards and record with Paul McCartney. During his stay, there is industrial action by water workers in the capital which prompts a scare about contaminated water. Michael arranges for large quantities of Perrier water to be delivered to his hotel suite, prompting the tabloid press to speculate that he is cooking, shaving and bathing with bottled water as well as merely drinking it.”

On the surface…these are quick flicks from the backstage area of an awards show. Mike, Paul, and a young group who had to be stoked to meet Michael Jackson.  Shit, I’d be happy too.  Also, Musical Youth had to look up to Jackson 5 as they were trying to do a similar thing with their group (two sets of brothers).  On a deeper level, let’s take a look at another reason why they should all be smiling.

Musical Youth released “Pass The Dutchie” in autumn of 1982.  The record went to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982. It went on to sell over four million copies, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A U.S. Top 10 placing also followed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The accompanying video made them the first black artists to be played on MTV. (Wikipedia)

Thriller was released on December 1, 1982, and sold one million copies worldwide per week at its peak (Wikipedia)

Paul McCartney is a Beatle. What else is there to say?  For this post, we’ll just say that he was on a track on Thriller named “The Girl Is Mine”, so Thriller’s success reflects on him as well.

So, to sum it up, these smiles can be described with a little rough Their Time’s Limited math (and Wikipedia help):

Michael Jackson Album Sales: 750 million, Beatles Album Sales: 1 billion, Paul McCartney: 100 million, Jackson 5 Album Sales: 100 million, & Musical Youth Album Sale: 4 million

Total Estimated Album Sales involving the guys smiling in the picture = 1,954,000,000

And you rappers act like you’re really doing something with your raggedy ass album selling in the thousands?  Go jump off a building.

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say (I’s not on Thriller, but it’s my site and I’ll post whatever I want):

Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie