*Michael Jackson fans in Tokyo literally bum-rushed the opening of an exhibition of Michael Jackson memorabilia Saturday, with several folks even fainting at the sight of some 300 items formerly owned by the late King of Pop – including his famous crystal-studded gloves and favorite 1967 Rolls Royce.
The exhibits, dubbed The Lifetime Collection, also included costumes and masks of ghosts prepared for his planned comeback shows in London, as well as plastic containers used for his lunch in final last days.
“By seeing his memorabilia, I was refreshing my memories of Michael,” Kimiko Sato, 49, said, sobbing. “I felt as if he was still alive here.”
Yu Tei, a 21-year-old Chinese student studying in Tokyo, said: “It was so regretful that we lost him. I like all of his songs and his lifestyle. He was so cool.”
The collection, on display in a hall at the foot of Tokyo Tower, also included an antique piano, a gate sign from his “Neverland” ranch, trophies and gold discs commemorating one million sales of his records such as “Rockin’ Robin,” “Got To Be There,” “Maybe Tomorrow” and “I Want You Back.”
A memorial event will be held at the hall on June 25 to mark the first anniversary of his death, the organizers said, adding that proceeds from the two-month exhibition would be in part given to Jackson’s estate administrators and children.
In other MJ news, the iconic video for his single “Thriller” has been voted the most influential in pop music history, according to the results of a MySpace poll released today.
More than 1,000 music fans voted in the survey, choosing from a list of 20 videos selected by music and entertainment critics. Thriller, credited with breaking down the boundaries between music and filmmaking, garnered 15.2 percent of the votes, ahead of “Here It Goes Again,” the 2006 Internet hit featuring OK Go dancing on treadmills.
Britney Spears’ song “Baby One More Time” came in third, followed by A-Ha’s part-animated “Take On Me.”
Following is the list of the top 10 most influential pop music videos:
1. “Thriller,” Michael Jackson, 1983 (15.2 percent)
2. “Here It Goes Again,” OK Go, 2006 (11.7 percent)
3. “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears/1998 (11.2 percent)
4. “Take On Me,” A-Ha, 1985 (8.6 percent)
5. “Hurt,” Johnny Cash, 2003 (7.6 percent)
6. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen, 1975 (5.6 percent)
7. “Around the World,” Daft Punk, 1997 (5.4 percent)
8. “Weapon of Choice,” Fatboy Slim, 1999 (4 percent)
9. “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel, 1986 (3.7 percent)
10. “Sabotage,” Beastie Boys, 1994 (3.5 percent)