"I know I draw on my experiences at times, but I also hear and read things that trigger an idea for a song." https://t.co/ec9wo7ShLD
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's teenager daughter Paris has suggested she is attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings during a furious rant at online critics.
The troubled 17-year-old shared the information in an expletive-filled message posted on photo-sharing website Instagram.com, in which she compared criticism from social media trolls to the intense public scrutiny her father received.
"This (sic) is f**king ridiculous. I am expected to literally sit on my a** all day replying to comments people leave me (positive and negative)?" Paris writes. "I have AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings to go to. Family obligations. Personal obligations. Its (sic) so f**king selfish that I am literally attacked on every f**king thing I post just because people that I don't even know aren't getting what they want.
"I don't know any of you. I appreciate the love and support, but the expectations are f**king ridiculous. The expectations for my Dad were f**king ridiculous. He didn't owe you anything, yet he was ripped to shreds daily. I will not let that happen to me."
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Hints At Alcohol Troubles In Online Rant
Clueless star Stacey Dash has praised British actor Joseph Fiennes' controversial casting as Michael Jackson in a new U.K. TV comedy, insisting roles should not be focused on race.
The Shakespeare in Love star admits even he was shocked when he was asked to portray the King of Pop in a new British half-hour comedy, and he can understand why fans are outraged that a white guy from London is playing the African-American pop icon.
But he told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight that Jackson was "probably closer to my colour than his original colour", prompting yet more outrage.
However, Dash feels that Fiennes' casting is a step in the right direction as Hollywood bosses battle an ongoing diversity issue following the fact no actor of colour was nominated for an Oscar last month (Jan16).
Continue reading: Stacey Dash: 'I Can't Wait To See Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson'
Late Pop Superstar Michael Jackson Once Gave Lance Bass The Silent Treatment For A Year Following An Argument.
The Billie Jean hitmaker was close with Bass and his 'N SYNC bandmates and the musicians would often perform together, but when Bass had to leave a Jackson benefit concert early in 2001 to attend a movie premiere in New York, he upset the King of Pop.
"We became pretty close with him," he told the Meredith Vieira Show on Monday (01Feb16). "It was right after 9/11; we were doing this big concert. We were in Washington, D.C. at RFK stadium, we were doing a concert for 9/11 and Joe (bandmate Fatone) and I had to fly to New York because we had done a movie and we were going to the premiere and it was the first premiere in New York City after 9/11, so we felt like we really needed to go there.
"He (Jackson) wanted everyone to come at the and of the show and hit the stage and do some song... and I told him we had to go and he got really upset and he said, 'No you can't leave'.
Continue reading: Lance Bass: 'Michael Jackson Fell Out With Me Over Concert Snub'
The Widow Of A British Musician Has Won A Long-running Battle Over Royalties For Michael Jackson's Hit Billie Jean.
Violinist Reginald Hill featured on the pop superstar's classic track after joining studio sessions in Los Angeles in 1982.
He died 10 years after his work on Billie Jean, and four years before laws in Britain were changed to ensure record companies pay session musicians a fair share of royalties.
Hill's widow Elizabeth began fighting for a share of the proceeds from Billie Jean following Jackson's death in 2009, and bosses at U.K. music licencing body Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) have now added the musician to the list of performers on Billie Jean, allowing his widow to receive royalty payments for the first time.
Continue reading: Violinist's Widow Wins Royalty Battle Over Michael Jackson Hit
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
Michael Jackson Baulked At The Idea Of A White Person Portraying Him In A Video In A 23-Year-old Oprah Winfrey Interview.
The TV chat has appeared online amid the outrage surrounding the news white Brit Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the King of Pop in a new British half-hour comedy.
The Shakespeare in Love star admits he was shocked when he was first offered the role in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, but he recently told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight Jackson was "probably closer to my colour than his original colour".
However, it appears the late King of Pop may not have agreed with Fiennes' thinking - during an old interview with Oprah, Jackson was asked if it was true he wanted a white child to play him in a Pepsi commercial.
The Brains Behind The Minecraft Video Game Craze Is Hoping A Treasure Trove Of Michael Jackson Memorabilia Will Help Him Raise A Fortune For Charity.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson uncovered the King of Pop keepsakes while clearing out the Beverly Hills mansion he reportedly outbid Jay Z and Beyonce for in 2014.
Shakespeare In Love Star Joseph Fiennes Has Responded To The Uproar Surrounding His Casting As Michael Jackson In A New Road Trip Comedy By Insisting He's The Right Colour To Play The King Of Pop.
Fiennes will take on the role of the Thriller star in a British TV special, which imagines a fictional car trip the pop superstar took with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor from New York to Los Angeles following the 9/11 terror attacks.
Fans of Jackson and African-American activists still smarting from the fact no black star, director or project picked up a nomination for the 2016 Oscars were outraged to hear a white British actor would be playing the late singer - and Fiennes admits he was just as shocked when he was first offered the role.
"I'm a white, middle-class guy from London," he told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight. "I'm as shocked as you may be."
Continue reading: Joseph Fiennes: 'I'm Probably The Same Colour As Michael Jackson'
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
R&b Star The Weeknd Credits Michael Jackson's Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Hit With Helping Him Discover His Falsetto.
The Can't Feel My Face singer, who wasn't even born when the song was released, reveals listening to the King of Pop's Off The Wall album for the first time as a child helped him explore the full range of his vocals.
"I always use Michael, first and foremost, as a vocal inspiration, and Off The Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing," The Weeknd explains in footage for director Spike Lee's new documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall. "I found my falsetto because of Off The Wall, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."
The film also features interviews with John Legend, Questlove, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder, as well as Michael's parents, Katherine and Joe, but only two of the late superstar's eight surviving siblings agreed to participate in the project.
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Date of birth
29th August, 1958
"I know I draw on my experiences at times, but I also hear and read things that trigger an idea for a song." https://t.co/ec9wo7ShLD
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.@MarkRonson on ‘Off The Wall’ #MJOTW2016 @SHO_Docs https://t.co/UHLFtkdwJt
“I really believed in the album, first of all I believe in Michael Jackson.” - Stevie Wonder #MJOTW2016 @showtime https://t.co/3oaL1yMhMX
#DidYouKnow that “I Can’t Help It” was suppose to be on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’? #MJOTW2016
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.@jasonkingsays on the title track of ‘Off The Wall’ #MJOTW2016 @SHO_Docs https://t.co/CkvZS83MkO
“Get On The Floor” was co-written by Lewis Johnson of Brothers Johnson and Michael Jackson. #MJOTW2016 @showtime https://t.co/voqN3LEwfk
“I do believe deeply in perfection. I’m never satisfied.” - Michael Jackson #MJOTW2016 @showtime https://t.co/HqLxZkzuO3
.@johnlegend on “Working Day and Night” from ‘Off The Wall.’ #MJOTW2016 @SHO_Docs https://t.co/a0L6prnMLF
“Rock With You seemed like there was symbolism behind the video.” - @theweeknd #MJOTW2016 @showtime https://t.co/5SSEpqiBkt