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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.
In an amendment to a 2013 lawsuit, choreographer Wade Robson claims that commercial enterprises run by Jackson doubled up as a "child sexual abuse operation".
An alleged victim of the late Michael Jackson claims that the megastar operated “most sophisticated public child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation organization the world has known,” in sensational new court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Celebrity choreographer Wade Robson apparently made the shocking claims in an amendment he made to a 2013 complaint he filed against MJJ Productions (Jackson’s entertainment company) and MJJ Ventures.
Michael Jackson in 2008
Continue reading: Alleged Michael Jackson Abuse Victim Makes Sensational New Claims
Photoshop or proof that the King of Pop lives on?
Michael Jackson fans believe they’ve found proof that the iconic singer is still alive after ‘spotting’ him in the background of one of his daughter Paris’ selfies. One fan even went so far as to make a video to share the ‘proof’ that Jackson isn't actually dead after all.
While criticising Murray for his "trashy" new book, Jermaine slammed ITV and Ant & Dec for rumours that the disgraced doctor would be featuring in the new series of 'I'm a Celebrity'.
Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine has slammed ITV over rumours that Conrad Murray, the disgraced former doctor whose treatment led to the pop star’s death, is set to feature in the next series of ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’.
61 year old Jermaine took to his Twitter account on Thursday (July 28th) to attack Murray and describe his new book ‘This Is It’ as “sick entertainment” in a series of angry missives.
Jermaine Jackson has urged ITV not to consider putting Conrad Murray on the next series of 'I'm a Celeb'
They claim that all allegations regarding a secret pornography collection are false.
The Estate of Michael Jackson has made a statement condeming recent rumours that the late King of Pop stockpiled a disturbing and potentially illegal pornography collection. They have branded the tabloid reports as 'false' and describe the continued probing into his life a 'witch hunt'.
Michael Jackson's estate deny latest gossip
Earlier this week, articles surfaced citing 'police reports' apparently from the Santa Barbara Country Sheriff's Department which featured a number of claims about a supposed pornography collection belonging to Michael Jackson. The collection was said to hold books, magazines, videos and images, including those of exposed children and animal torture. However, the Sheriff's Office have denied releasing any such evidence or documents to the media and claim that much of what has emerged this week has merely been obtained via the internet.
He'll be working alongside author and Jackson fan Tavis Smiley.
As we approach the 7th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, director J.J. Abrams and author Tavis Smiley announce that they are uniting to develop a TV show about the last few months of the King of Pop's life. It will be based on brand new book by Smiley himself.
Michael Jackson's final days to play out in TV mini-series
Today (June 21st 2016), Tavis Smiley has unveiled his 'novelistic rendering' of Michael Jackson's last few months of life in the book 'Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days' through Little Brown and Co.. And with semi-fictional accounts of real celebrity events, such as 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story', becoming remarkably popular, it will later be turned into a mini-series with Smiley as executive producer alongside 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams.
Continue reading: JJ Abrams To Co-Produce Upcoming Michael Jackson Mini-Series
Paris has honoured her late father with a inking based on his ‘Dangerous’ album cover.
Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson has added to her growing collection of ink, with another new tattoo honouring her late father. It’s the second tattoo Paris has got in tribute to her father, in the space of just two months.
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Gets Another Tattoo Honouring Late Father Michael Jackson
The 73 year old is trying to get control of his share of The Beatles' catalogue's US publishing rights, after the Michael Jackson estate sold its rights back to Sony/ATV Music.
Sir Paul McCartney has launched a bid to regain control of his share of The Beatles’ catalogue’s US publishing rights from Sony / ATV Music Publishing. Although he co-wrote the majority of the legendary band’s hits, McCartney has never actually controlled the publishing.
The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows living artists to apply to regain control of publishing rights 56 years after the material is first published. This means that the earliest songs in The Beatles’ catalogue become available in 2018.
According to Billboard, the 73 year old singer filed papers on 15th December 2015 with the US Copyright Office, requesting a termination notice for 32 songs. Most of these date from 1962-1964, though a handful date from much later, such as ‘Come Together’ which won’t be available until 2025.
Jermaine Jackson has hit out at the billionaire turned politician after remarks he made about his late brother during an appearance on CNN.
Jermaine Jackson has told Donald Trump that ‘friends don't pay tribute by peddling b.s. theories’, in response to comments made by the Republican hopeful regarding his brother Michael’s plastic surgery. Trump spoke about his relationship with Michael Jackson, whom he called a “good friend”, during Thursday night’s GOP Town Hall broadcast with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Trump has been blasted by Jermaine Jackson for his comments about brother Michael’s surgeries.
Trump recalled how ‘The King of Pop’ once lived at the Trump Tower and married former wife Lisa Marie Presley at one of his VIP clubs, the Mar-a-Lago. "He was up there for one week with her and he never came down," Trump said. "I don't know what was going on but they got along."
Continue reading: Jermaine Jackson Slams Donald Trump For Michael Jackson Comments
Fiennes defended the casting decision in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in the wake of a social media firestorm.
Actor Joseph Fiennes has responded to criticism he’s received since being cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming TV comedy. The outcry has stemmed from the fact that Fiennes, who is white, has been cast as the late king of pop.
Furthermore, MJ fans have done their research and uncovered a 1993 interview that Jackson did with Oprah Winfrey, in which he said that he would not want a white actor to portray him in any TV or movie representation.
45 year old Fiennes, the younger brother of fellow actor Ralph, will be playing Jackson in the one-off, half-hour Sky Arts programme ‘Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon’, which will tell the (possibly apocryphal) tale of how the pop star took a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor (who’ll be played by Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) out of New York City in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Continue reading: Joseph Fiennes Reacts To Michael Jackson Casting Criticism
The comedy will also star Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.
Joseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson in one of the most bizarre-sounding TV shows of all time. According to The Guardian, Fiennes will play the King of Pop in a one-off special for Sky Arts which dramatises a road trip he allegedly took alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, following 9/11.
Joseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson.
Details of the most unbelievable road trip of all time were first reported by Vanity Fair in 2011. According to the story, Jackson was playing two concerts at Madison Square Garden on September 7th and 10th and had invited two of his idols, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.
Continue reading: Joseph Fiennes Cast As Michael Jackson In 9/11 Road Trip Comedy
The chair and side table are available via eBay for a limited time. - United States - Wednesday 3rd June 2015
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
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
Date of birth
29th August, 1958
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