Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson



Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death.[1][2] Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion[3][4][5] 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 over 66 million copies worldwide.[6] 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,[7][8] 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.[9] 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.[10] Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry.[11][12] He 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.[13]

Jackson became a figure of controversy in the 1980s due to his changing physical appearance, his relationships, and behavior; the controversy intensified due to a 1993 child sexual abuse scandal when a family friend accused him of sexually abusing his son; the case led to an investigation but was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.[14] 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.[15] Forbes ranked Jackson as the top-earning deceased celebrity for the fifth consecutive year in 2017.[16] His estate earned $825 million in 2016, the highest yearly amount ever recorded by the publication.[17]



Scream is a compilation album by American singer Michael Jackson, 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 song by American singer Michael Jackson, released in January 1983 as the second single from his sixth album Thriller (1982).

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The Personal Story Behind 'Normal Guy' Michael Jackson's $4 Billion Turnaround, By His Bodyguard
  –  March 20, 2018
Since then, the Michael Jackson estate’s has bounced back, to show total earnings of $4 billion when adjusted for inflation, before and after the singer’s death aged 50. Fiddes is now 38 and runs the MF international martial arts brand, which operates ...
Terry Fator summons Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson for 9th anniversary
  –  March 14, 2018
Fator chalked up his ninth anniversary on Monday night at The Mirage, celebrating the event with two new characters who need NO introduction: Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney ... Airdale (a country singer who still looks like the cowboy guy in the ...
Trivia: Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Professor X in ‘X-Men’, and He Wasn’t the Only Pop Star to Audition
  –  March 13, 2018
Believe it or not, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, came in to audition for Professor X. And he wasn’t the only chart-topping singer looking to play one of the Marvel mutants. Learn about how Michael Jackson auditioned for X-Men and other surprising ...
Remember When Sheryl Crow Was a Backup Singer for Michael Jackson?
  –  February 10, 2018
Happy birthday, Sheryl Crow! The singer turns 56 on February 11, 2018. Today, we know Crow as a Grammy-winning pop, rock and country singer with classic hits including “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.” But before she became a superstar ...
The Personal Story Behind 'Normal Guy' Michael Jackson's $4 Billion Turnaround, By His Bodyguard
  –  March 20, 2018
Jackson’s music was bought by millions ... “Behind it all, he was just a normal guy, really, and he would actually make an effort to ‘become Michael Jackson.’ He would dress up and put the makeup on, it was just an act. It backfired on him a ...
SXSW 2018: Teddy Riley & Andre Harrell Share Fun Tidbits About Michael Jackson, Heavy D & More
  –  March 16, 2018
Two legends of the music biz, Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell, sit down for a fascinating chat about producing for Michael Jackson, Heavy D stealing songs and more for SXSW 2018. The Dangerous recording sessions were completed in a studio Jackson built ...
One of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Gloves Can Be Yours (For the Right Price)
  –  March 15, 2018
Three things usually come to mind when people recall Michael Jackson's stratospheric fame in the 1980s: His music videos were events unto themselves; he toted around a chimp named Bubbles (who once bit Quincy Jones's daughter Rashida); and Jackson was ...
Are Ciara’s Kids Following In Her Footsteps? Plus: Her Missed Call from Michael Jackson
  –  March 14, 2018
Ciara revealed, “Sienna dances! As soon as she hears the music, she is bouncing! Future he has this new groove... and he's obsessed with Michael Jackson.” Did Ciara ever have her own MJ moment? She replied, “I never got to meet him. I talked to him ...
Matt Goss and Criss Angel Attend Terry Fator’s 9th Anniversary at The Mirage; Fator Debuts Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney Puppets
  –  March 13, 2018
“I’ve been wanting to add more real-life celebrities to the show as my audiences are coming from all over the world and music truly is that universal language – especially when the audience sees Michael Jackson or a Beatle!” said Fator. The ...
Concerts in Garden series thrills with Michael Jackson tribute
  –  March 11, 2018
The hottest ticket likely will be "The Music of Michael Jackson," a new show to Fort Worth's favorite outdoor summer concert series. Slated for June 8, it will star MJ tribute artist James Delisco backed by the FWSO and conductor Martin Herman. They ...
Shaquille O’Neal on Being a DJ and the Time Michael Jackson Tried to Buy His House
  –  March 9, 2018
In this Q&A, Shaq discusses his latest music venture, his love for Black Panther, and that one time Michael Jackson tried to buy his house. Hi, Shaq. Happy belated 46th birthday. Thank you, brother. Every day is my birthday, especially when I can talk to you.
Michael Jackson’s Neverland Train, Marilyn’s Sunglasses, Magnum PI’s Car Go Up for Auction
  –  March 9, 2018
The “Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction: Collectibles from the Megastars of ... The items, taken from one of the world’s largest Michael Jackson collections, also includes handwritten and signed “Billie Jean” lyrics, a Spider-Man costume worn ...


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