“A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life.”
Who is MICHAEL JACKSON?
The “King of Pop”, Michael Joseph Jackson, MJ was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was the most significant cultural figure and one of the greatest entertainers around the globe in the 1980s. He was also famous for his moonwalks. He was quite a global figure in the field of music, dance, and fashion for over four decades. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.
Awards of Michael Jackson (MJ)
— MJ Chart Data (@MJChartData) June 5, 2020
39 Guinness World Records including Most Successful Entertainer of All Time
26 American Music Awards
16 World Music Awards
13 Grammy Awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards
11 MTV Video Music Awards
6 Brit Awards
1 Golden Globe Award
Biography of MICHAEL JACKSON
He was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, near Chicago. He was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson Family, a working-class African- American family living on Jackson Street. His father, Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson, was a former boxer, a crane operator at U.S. Steel and even played the guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to earn more for family. His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson, played a clarinet and piano and was a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears. In 1964, Jackson, at the age of 5, made his first professional debut with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. Sporting the loudest fashions, the largest Afros, the snappiest choreography, and youthful, soulful exuberance, the Jackson 5 became an immediate success. They scored four consecutive number one pop hits with “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970. In 1969, they signed a contract with Motown records and got a proliferating response from the viewers. In 1979, Jackson attempted his first solo effort for Epic, Off the Wall, which exceeded all expectations and was the best-selling album of the year selling more than 20 million copies across the globe. In 1982, his trademark “moonwalk” dance and his album “Beat it” topped the charts while breaking down the artificial barriers between black and white artists on the radio and in the emerging of music videos on television. And by 1984, Jackson was renowned by the name “King of Pop” everywhere. With all of this, he also became a controversial figure due to changing appearance, eccentric behavior and secluded lifestyle in the early 1990s.
In 1993, he had a very grave impact on his reputation when he was accused of child molestation by a 13-year-old boy he had befriended, Jordan Chandler. During all this, he had been painkillers due to his reconstructive scalp surgeries, including other health problems and to cope up with sexual abuse allegations. Then again, by 1997, he performed in 82 concerts in 5 continents, 35 countries and 58 cities, grossing $165 million. On the contrary, in November 2003, he was arrested and charged with child molestation. After a 14-week trial that became something of a media circus, Jackson was acquitted in 2005. After that, he started preparing for a series of high-profile concerts that would have sparked a comeback when he died suddenly of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009—prompting a widespread outpouring of grief from his fans that culminated in a memorial celebration of his life and Legacy on July 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with 31.1 million US audience. In August 2009 the coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide; the cause was a lethal combination of sedatives and propofol, leading to cardiac arrest. In November 2011 Jackson’s physician, Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Later, in 2013, he was released due to California prison crowding and his good behavior.
In the week following his death, Jackson became the first artist to sell more than 1 million digital tracks in one week. Moreover, he also became the first artist to have the three best-selling albums in the United States. Two weeks later, he became the first artist to have six of the 10 best-selling albums.
MICHAEL JACKSON’s Achievements
1970: First Four No. 1 Hits
Jackson came up with his team of brothers in the Jackson 5 hit their famous four singles like “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”, “The Love You Save”, and “ABC”. They earned their first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance.
This is widely considered Jackson’s first-ever successful album generating 7 Top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983: The Moonwalk
Jackson debuted what would become his signature dance move, the moonwalk, during a performance of “Billie Jean” on May 16, 1983, TV special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” in celebration of the label’s 25th anniversary.
1984: 8 GRAMMY’s, One Night!
At the 26th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Jackson made history when he became the first artist to win eight GRAMMY’s in one night on Feb. 28, 1984. The King of Pop’s haul included Album of The Year for Thriller and Record of The Year for “Beat It.”
1988: GRAMMY Solo Performance Debut
On the 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Jackson performed a medley featuring “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror.” Unarguably, it was the greatest solo performance debut in GRAMMY history.
2014: Jackson makes History!
On May 21, he became the first artist to score a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 5 different decades when his posthumous release, Xscape “Love Never Felt So Good” reached no. 9 in the list!
MICHAEL JACKSON’s Family
Jackson didn’t go well with relationships. He married twice but ended up being divorced. In 1994, he secretly married Lisa Marie Presley, but their marriage lasted less than 2 years, due to irreconcilable differences between the two. Again, he married Debbie Rowe, a dermatology nurse in 1996. They gave birth to two children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., in 1997, and Paris- Michael Katherine Jackson, in 1998. Unluckily, they got divorced in 1999.