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No, not the Office Space character.

Michael Bolton is a phenomenon of The Nineties. There is no other singer quite like him.

Let's explain. There are many metal bands out there which, despite having what fans would consider decent metal, are known solely for their power ballads by the general public. Michael Bolton got his start as the singer and occasional guitarist in a mostly forgotten metal group called Blackjack, which explains the quality of his voice. However, for his entire solo career, which is most of his known career, Michael Bolton has done nothing but power ballads, with some mid-tempo songs thrown in. What is more, they are almost all Silly Love Songs or Obsession Songs (those types overlap in the popular consciousness).

He did chart well during his peak, and he was more than a One-Hit Wonder. He had several top ten albums including two number ones, at least one live DVD concert and a Grammy award.

These days, he is best known on the internet for being found guilty plagiarizing "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" by the Isley Brothers. (Note: if you are writing your own songs, never let your music stray too close to anything published by Motown.)

He also made a cameo, and is a minor plot point, in the infamous Cuba Gooding Jr film Snow Dogs.

Oh, and The Lonely Island recently featured him in one of their videos.


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