Michael Jackson

  • 16 May 2008

Date of birth

29th August, 1958

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.75

Michael Jackson (born 29.8.1958; died 25.06.2009)

Net Worth: The Michael Jackson Estate net worth was $600 million in 2013. (Celebrity Net Worth)

The seventh child of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson begun his career aged 11, as a member of the family pop group, Jackson 5. He later went on to become one of the most successful solo performers of all time. Both his career and turbulent personal life have been a dominant part of pop culture since the 1970s. Guiness World Records have cited him as the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" and his album Thriller holds the record for the best-selling album ever. In 1984, Michael Jackson won 8 Grammy Awards in a single night and he has charted 13 number one singles in the Billboard Hot 100.

Michael Jackson's changing appearance and controversial behaviour, however, have affected his album sales, which have declined since the 1990s.

Childhood: In 1964, Michael Jackson joined his brothers, playing congas for their group. He later became their background singer and occasional dancer before eventually climbing to the position of lead singer when he was eight years old.

The band toured Indiana and won a local talent show, which then led to them playing a string of professional gigs, many of which were in black clubs known as the 'chitlin' circuit.'

They signed a contract with Motown Records and their first four singles ('I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'The Love You Save' and 'I'll Be There') shot them to stardom. Jackson released four solo studio albums on Motown whilst still a member of the group.

Following a name-change to The Jacksons, due to legal wranglings with Motown, Michael was the lead songwriter from 1976 to 1984 and during this time, he made acquaintance with Quincy Jones, who agreed to produce Jackson's first solo album in four years

Solo albums: Off The Wall - Invincible

Off the Wall (1979): This album made music history by being the first ever to contain four top ten hits. Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney both have writing credits on the album. The album eventually sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Thriller (1982): Thriller is the best selling album of all time and sent Jackson's fame global. It also became the first album in history to contain seven top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for 'Billie Jean' was the first video by a black artist to receive regular MTV airplay, whilst the 13-minute video for 'Thriller' was revolutionary for its time and became the best-selling music home video ever, when it was packaged with the featurette Making Michael Jackson. Whilst performing 'Billie Jean' in 1983, he debuted his signature dance move, the 'Moonwalk.'

Bad (1987): Bad received over two million advance orders before it was released and was his final album to be produced by Quincy Jones, who forced him to cut the 30-strong collection of Michael Jackson songs down to 11. The album generated more Billboard number 1 hits than any other album ever released. His accompanying tour had record-breaking attendance figures, playing 123 concerts to over 4.4 million fans. The level of fame that he now enjoyed drew parallels to The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Dangerous (1991): The anticipation of Dangerous was marked by the theft of 30,000 copies of the album being stolen at Los Angeles International Airport before it was officially released. The biggest hit from the album was 'Black or White', which was accompanied by a controversial video, which featured several scenes which were construed as having a sexual and violent nature. The 14 minute video was edited to remove the offending scenes. The video was premiered in 27 countries simultaneously and had the largest ever viewing figures for a music video (around 500 million)

HIStory (1995): HIStory received four Grammy nomination and won one Grammy. It sold over 18 million copies worldwide, which earned it the title of the biggest selling multiple disc album of all time by a solo artist. More than four and a half million people attended the accompanying promotional tour. The first disc was a greatest hits package, whilst the second contained fifteen new numbers. At the Brit Awards, Michael Jackson was awarded the title Artist of a Generation, but his performance at the ceremony was interrupted by Jarvis Cocker, singer of the band Pulp, who leapt onstage and made rude gestures. Cocker was arrested on suspicion of assault but released without charge.

Invincible (2001): Debuting at number one in 13 countries, Invincible went on to sell nearly eight million copies worldwide. Shortly before the album's release, Michael Jackson told Tommy Mottola, the head of Sony Music Entertainment, that he would not be renewing his contract with them. All subsequent single releases, video shoots and promotions for the album were then cancelled. This led to Jackson tagging Mottola as a 'devil' who did not support African American Artists, and used black artists for his own personal gain. His increasingly eccentric image and the lack of promotion for the album conspired to make this album less successful than his previous releases.

In September 2001, Usher, Whitney Houston, 'N Sync, the Jacksons and Slash performed at Jackson's 30th Anniversary celebration at Madison Square Gardens.

Since his death, two posthumous Michael Jackson albums have been released. In 2010, Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment unveiled a collection of previously unreleased songs entitled 'Michael'. The album featured Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz but received mixed critical reception.

In 2014, 'Xscape' was released. Featuring the singles 'Love Never Felt So Good' and 'Slave to the Rhythm', the album was received much more favourably.

Private Life: Jackson's father, Walter was a strict disciplinarian and many of the Jackson family have stated that they were spanked and whipped by their father for misbehaving.

In 1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley. They divorced less than two years later, amid rumours that their marriage was a sham and had not been consummated.

Michael Jackson then went on to marry his dermatologist's nurse, Deborah Jeanne Rowe, with whom he had a son, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (also known as Prince) and a daughter, named Paris Katherine Jackson. The couple divorced in 1999. Jackson's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (also known as Blanket) was born in 2002.

Michael Jackson attracted a media frenzy when he was pictured holding his baby outside a hotel window, with a cloth draped over the child's head. He was accused of being an irresponsible father, to which he responded "I love my children.I was holding my son tight."

Jackson's physical appearance has also garnered much press attention over the years. Throughout his youth, his skin was a medium-brown colour but in 1982, his skin started to become gradually paler. Some elements of the media claim that he was bleaching his skin, though he dismissed these claims on The Oprah Winfrey Show, stating that he had the disease vitiligo. The physical structure of his face also changed amid speculations that he has undergone several cosmetic procedures.

Child molestation charges were brought against Michael Jackson when he was reported to be allowing children to sleep over at his Neverland ranch. In 1993, Jordan Chandler, represented by a civil lawyer accused Jackson of child sexual abuse. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, rumoured to be US$20 million. The family then dropped the charges against Jackson.

Later in 2003, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent, all regarding one boy, named Gavin Arvizo, who was under 14 at the time of the incidents. Jackson was acquitted on all counts.

Finances: In 1985, Michael Jackson purchased ATV Music Publishing, which owns the publishing rights to The Beatles' songs, among others. In 1995, Sony Music Publishing merged with Jackson to create Sony-ATV. Jackson's 50% share is rumoured to be worth US$500 million. He also owns all of his own publishing, called MiJac which contains all of his own music catalogue and that of Sly & The Family Stone.

In 2006, state labor officials from California closed Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. He was fined US$ 69,000 for failing to provide employment insurance. He is also liable for up to 10 days pay for the 69 employees who are now no longer allowed to report to Neverland for work. Thirty Neverland employees have sued Michael Jackson for unpaid wages, totaling $US 306,000

Also in 2006, a federal judge allowed a $48 million claim against Jackson for unpaid fees and breach of contract, relating the refinancing of Jackson's debts and claiming a larger stake in the library of Beatles songs.

Death: On 25th June 2009, it was announced that Michael Jackson had died of a cardiac arrest. He had been at his rented home in Los Angeles when he stopped breathing. His personal physician was with him and attempted to resuscitate him but to no avail. He was pronounced dead at around 2:25 pm local time.

The incident happened less than a month before Michael Jackson was set to undertake a mammoth 50-date residency at the O2 arena in London.

A memorial was held for Michael Jackson on 7th July 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Amongst the performers were Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie.

The Trial of Conrad Murray: Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February 2010. The trial began at the end of September 2011 and one of the key pieces of evidence used against Dr. Murray was that he instructed Jackson's bodyguards to hide evidence of his medical drug intake before he instructed them to call the emergency services.

The guilty verdict arrived on 7th November 2011. Murray was later sentenced to four years' imprisonment, though it is unlikely that he shall serve the full term, due to over-crowding in the prisons.

Latoyah Jackson, Michael's sister, revealed her delight at the verdict, via her Twitter page.

Michael Jackson Is Earning More In Death Than He Did In Life

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 29 August 2018

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The King of Pop would have celebrated his 60th birthday today (29 Aug)

The world was devastated at Michael Jackson's untimely death in 2009. Now, as fans across the globe celebrate what would have been the King of Pop's 60th birthday, it has been revealed the international superstar is earning more in death than he did in life.

Image caption Michael Jackson remains hugely popular almost ten years after his death

Despite a lifetime of iconic tracks including Thriller, Smooth Criminal and Bad, Michael claimed his three children - Prince, 21, Paris, 20 and Blanket, 16 - were living like "vagabonds" months before he died with debts of $500million [£388million].

Continue reading: Michael Jackson Is Earning More In Death Than He Did In Life

Paris Jackson Pens Tribute To Late Grandfather, Musical Patriarch, Joe Jackson

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 28 June 2018

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The mastermind behind the Jackson 5 career died aged 89

There may have been little love lost between King of Pop Michael Jackson and his allegedly cruel father, Joe Jackson, but it seems Michael’s daughter, Paris, had her own unique relationship with the patriarch as she penned a touching tribute to her late grandfather following his death.

Image caption The latest documentary on Michael Jackson hasn't gone down well

The Last Days of Michael Jackson aired on 24 May but, according to the lawsuit, the two-hour film used the late King of Pop’s songs and videos without permission.

Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Estate Sues Over Documentary Aired Of The Star

Allison Williams and Michael Jackson at the premiere for the Showtime limited series 'Patrick Melrose' held at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the show has been created by David Nicholls and stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 26th April 2018

Quincy Jones Isn't Impressed By Taylor Swift

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 31 January 2018

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Iconic record producer Quincy Jones has slammed Taylor Swift's songwriting.

Quincy Jones has slammed Taylor Swift's songwriting.

The legendary music producer has taken aim at the chart-topping star's songwriting talents, suggesting that her tunes are too hook-heavy.

Quincy - who has previously worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra - told GQ magazine: ''We need more songs, man. F**king songs, not hooks.''

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Aaron Carter Opens Up About The Death Of His Friend Michael Jackson

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 29 December 2017

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Carter says he feared dying young like Jackson after his weight dropped to 115 pounds.

Aaron Carter has opened up about his friendship with the late Michael Jackson and how the singer’s death affected him.

Cater, who has publicly batted an eating disorder and prescription drug abuse revealed that he feared dying when his weight dropped to just 115 pounds, the same weight Jackson was when he died in 2009.

Image caption Aaron Carter in April 2017

Continue reading: Aaron Carter Opens Up About The Death Of His Friend Michael Jackson

Heidi Klum Replicates Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Look For Halloween

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 01 November 2017

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A lot of hours of hard work went into her costume this year.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, nobody beats Heidi Klum. Each year with the help of artists and prosthetics, she thoroughly transforms into various unique guises and this year she's chosen a werewolf Michael Jackson from his hit video 'Thriller'. It's safe to say she completely nailed it.

Image caption Heidi Klum snapped at LAX

Apart from Dave Grohl's incarnation of David Letterman, Heidi Klum's MJ is probably the most thorough costume we've seen yet this year. Complete with a furry mask and prosthetics on her torso and hands, as well as an exact replica of Michael Jackson's outfit with his football jacket, she looked indistinguishable from the singer in the 1983 short film.

Continue reading: Heidi Klum Replicates Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Look For Halloween

Paris Jackson Sings In Public For The Very First Time

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 26 October 2017

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Is she as good as her late father?

It was always going to be a matter of time before Paris Jackson followed in her later father's footsteps and made her singing debut, and indeed she did so earlier this week when she joined her cousin Austin Brown on stage during his New York show.

Image caption Paris Jackson at a People Magazine event

The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson showed her support for her 31-year-old cousin Austin Brown by turning up to his show at Soho House in New York City and singing along to an acoustic performance of his latest record 'Smile'. He shared a clip of the pair of them singing together on Instagram.

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Michael Jackson's Posthumous 'Scream' Album Release Date Revealed

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 08 September 2017

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The new album will be celebrated with special event in six world cities.

A brand new posthumous album release from Michael Jackson is set to hit shelves this September. Entitled 'Scream', it features thirteen songs in all including a bonus mash-up track by The White Panda and comes just weeks after 'Thriller' was premiered in 3D at Venice Film Festival.

Image caption Michael Jackson performing live

The Estate of the late Michael Jackson have worked alongside two record labels to release this collection of classic tunes, including an extra special medley called 'Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous' by electronic remix duo The White Panda.

Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Posthumous 'Scream' Album Release Date Revealed

Quincy Jones Victorious In Michael Jackson Royalties Lawsuit

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 27 July 2017

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The producer was awarded over $9 million after suing the singer's estate.

After a nearly four-year long legal dispute, this week Michael Jackson's long-term producer Quincy Jones is finally awarded nearly $10 million after he sued the estate for in unpaid royalties from music used in the star's documentary and two shows from Cirque du Soleil.

Image caption Quincy Jones at Netflix's 'Sandy Wexler' premiere

On Wednesday (July 26th 2017), the 84-year-old producer was handed a massive $9.4 million in damages for lack of royalties from music used in the 2009 'This Is It' documentary and two Cirque du Soleil shows. It's less than a third of the $30 million he originally sued for.

Continue reading: Quincy Jones Victorious In Michael Jackson Royalties Lawsuit

Michael Jackson - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014

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The songs have been updated by a range of top producers including Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins and the album is slated for release on 13 May (14). The title track, Xscape, was recorded for Jackson's last studio album, 2001's Invincible. - United States - Tuesday 1st April 2014

A young Michael Jackson on stage in London circa 1974. London, England - 1974 Where: London, United Kingdom When: 26 Jun 1974