Let’s remember these dearly departed musicians as we listen
to the unforgettable songs that they left behind!
1. MICHAEL JACKSON - 5 years after his unexpected death, the King of Pop still reigns in the charts! The 2014 posthumous record Xscape became his 10th UK #1 album and peaked at #2 in the US. Relive his signature looks and moves in "Love Never Felt So Good" featuring another superstar who was greatly influenced by MJ, Justin Timberlake.
2. WHITNEY HOUSTON - A TV movie about her life will be released in 2015, with her "Waiting to Exhale" co-star Angela Bassett as director. Playing the late diva is "America's Next Top Model" alumna Yaya DaCosta. But of course, nothing compares to the original so here’s Whitney belting out the theme song of her blockbuster movie "The Bodyguard": "I Will Always Love You".
3. AALIYAH - The Princess of R&B – who was killed in a 2001 plane crash at age 22 – is also the subject of an upcoming TV movie. The track "Miss You" is part of the
posthumous compilation I Care 4 U and its music video features Jamie Foxx, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Toni Braxton and other stars lipsyncing to her angelic voice.
4. AMY WINEHOUSE - The “Rehab” singer belongs to the so-called 27 Club – a list of prominent musicians who all died at the age of 27 – alongside Janis Joplin,
Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. The beehive-haired star won 5 trophies in the 2008 Grammys including Best Pop Vocal Album for Back To Black. Check out the title track’s music video which was eerily set in a funeral.
5. TUPAC SHAKUR - Some conspiracy theorists would have you believe that 2Pac, who was the victim of a drive-by shooting in 1996, is still alive. But the influential rapper made a surprise appearance at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012 – as a hologram. From his 1998 Greatest Hits album, here's "Changes" which proves that he’s truly one of the greatest of all time!
6. FRANCIS M – The master rapper would have turned 50 last October 4. He remains an inspiration to today’s top Pinoy hip-hop acts including Gloc-9 and Abra – and even to rock artists. His 2000 video “Kaleidoscope World” also features his children who are now continuing their father’s legacy in the entertainment industry.
Add your own suggestions to the "Immortal Icons" playlist below!