"Almost everyone who’s even heard Nirvana knows their most famous chart stat: Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson’s heavily hyped Dangerous out of the No. 1 spot in 1992. What’s less known about this era-defining moment is the importance of timing—and Christmas. The data for that particular chart was gathered from December 23–29, 1991. Basically, Jackson’s album had been the top choice of gift-givers right up until the week before Christmas, but when the holiday was over, teenagers armed with Sam Goody gift cards (or copies of Dangerous to exchange) marched to stores to buy Nevermind."
— Chart guru Chris Molanphy breaks down the history of “Kid Season”—aka the annual post-holiday time period when tweens and teens have absolute dominion over the Billboard charts—on The Pitch.
"Michael Jackson was a big figure for those of us that were rebellious and recording songs off the radio while still in the Children of God. We didn’t know a lot of musicians, but everybody knew Michael Jackson. He was also the most scandalous person. When we told our parents we liked him, they would pee their pants. That was like saying you liked Satan’s homosexual love child. It was just the worst. There was a time where he was the Marilyn Manson of the world. And his lyrics were just so beautiful to somebody who was rebelling but also wanted to prove that he wasn’t doing something bad at the same time. I could tell myself, ‘My parents are so stupid, all this guy wants to do is heal the world.’ There’s nobody half as cool as Michael Jackson."
— Christopher Owens talks about the music of his life— Michael Jackson, Suede, John Coltrane— as well as growing up in the controversial Children of God cult in our latest 5-10-15-20 interview.