Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson



Michael Joseph Jackson[1][2] (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop",[3][4] he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist at the time of his death.[5][6] Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion[7][8][9] along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson's 1987 album Bad spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", and "Dirty Diana", becoming the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation. He continued to innovate with videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres.

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 65 million copies worldwide. Jackson's other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums. He is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time,[10][11] 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s", 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide.[Note 1] Jackson won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.[12] He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when "Love Never Felt So Good" reached number nine in 2014.[13] Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer.[14]

Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the civil case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount and no formal charges were brought.[15] In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world.[16] Forbes ranks Jackson the top-earning dead celebrity, with earnings of $825 million in 2016, the highest yearly amount ever recorded by the publication.[17] Jackson is also remembered for his generous philanthropy and his pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising within the entertainment industry.[18][19] In October 2017, Forbes announced that Jackson had topped the publication's list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year with annual earnings of $75 million.[20]



Scream is an upcoming compilation album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, which will be released on September 29, 2017.
Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous
Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous is a song by musical artist Michael Jackson, released on September 6, 2017.
We Are the World
"We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985.
Billie Jean
"Billie Jean" is a 1982 song by American singer Michael Jackson.

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Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban NOT Buying House “Haunted” By Michael Jackson, Despite Report
  –  December 11, 2017
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are not buying a New York City townhouse that’s rumored to be “haunted” by the ghost of Michael Jackson, despite a bogus tabloid ... narrative about the actress and country singer buying the property, but now with ...
Meet Issac Colbert, Annapolis' very own Michael Jackson
  –  December 11, 2017
In a basement in Annapolis, Michael Jackson lives. Well, his dance moves do at least ... After Jackson died in 2009 when Colbert was in sixth grade, he started listening to the singer in earnest. He started learning the dance moves as a way to keep ...
'Thriller': How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time
  –  December 1, 2017
The singer was setting out to make the biggest album in history ... with a flirty Jackson vocal over some chirping synthesizers and slightly embarrassing Eighties slang (would Michael Jackson ever really say "to the max" or call a girl a "tenderoni"?).
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban NOT Buying House “Haunted” By Michael Jackson, Despite Report
  –  December 11, 2017
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are not buying a New York City townhouse that’s rumored to be “haunted” by the ghost of Michael Jackson, despite a bogus ... publishing a tall tale surrounding the late musician’s spirit. We previously busted the ...
'Thriller': How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time
  –  December 1, 2017
The song's other memorable feature was an African chant in the concluding section, a slight variation on Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango's 1972 proto-disco hit "Soul Makossa ... And when Michael Jackson tells you that's what makes him want to ...
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ at 35: Overexposed But Not Overrated
  –  December 1, 2017
There isn't a more famous album in popular music than Michael Jackson's blockbuster followup to 1979s Off ... stations were still sharply divided along racial lines (coded in "Disco Sucks" tribalism), Jackson hadn't gotten the kind of mainstream play ...
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ at 35: A Look Back at the Groundbreaking Album
  –  November 30, 2017
Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album ... in rhythms that can’t be categorized as rock or funk or disco. “Thriller” is now played on rock radio stations that cater largely to young white listeners as well as on urban dance-music stations that ...
Michael Jackson's Thriller turns 35: How it shaped the artist, industry and MTV generation
  –  November 30, 2017
The album was a game changer for Michael Jackson the person, the black man ... the album restored the confidence of the industry in the post-disco era by straddling multiple genres, riding high on the fully matured voice of the young star, and optimising ...
Michael Jackson, Halloween icon? His estate seems to think so
  –  October 26, 2017
Since its premiere in 1983, it’s hard to think about Halloween without Michael Jackson’s “Thriller ... the Philippines that went viral for obvious reasons and the spooky, disco-funk tune typically enjoys a surge in sales and radio airplay this ...


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