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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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Joseph Fiennes Reacts To Michael Jackson Casting Criticism

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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.

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Joseph Fiennes Cast As Michael Jackson In 9/11 Road Trip Comedy

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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 FiennesJoseph 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.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Passes Unique Sales Milestone

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Michael Jackson’s most famous album Thriller has passed a unique chart milestone, becoming the first record ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum having passed sales of 30 million in the United States.

An announcement was made on Wednesday (December 16th) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), alongside the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, to commemorate the achievement, according to Billboard.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's 'Thriller' has become the first album in Billboard history to sell 30 million copies

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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes List Of Higest Earning Dead Celebrities For The Fifth Time

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The great thing about being an international superstar is that you continue to be rich long after you're dead. Unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson has topped this year's list of highest earning dead celebrities with more than $100 million in earnings since last year.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson is still a top earner

While his body might be no more, it's very clear that the King of Pop's spirit lives on; so much so that his estate has manage to rake in $115 million over the year according to Forbes list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. Plus, his post-mortem earnings altogether have reached a staggering $1 billion, and he's close to doubling the amount he made during his solo career.

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Paul McCartney Conjures Up The Ghost Of Michael Jackson With New 'Say, Say, Say' Remix

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Sir Paul McCartney has unveiled a brand new video for his hit single ‘Say, Say, Say’, an old collaboration he recorded with Michael Jackson, as part of reissue campaign for his back catalogue of albums.

The former Beatle’s 1983 single teamed him up with the biggest pop star in the world at the time, and provided both of them with a worldwide hit. Originally promoted with a western-themed music video, McCartney commissioned Ryan Heffington, who worked on Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ video, to update the track for 2015.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson is revived on a brand new remix of his duet with Paul McCartney, 'Say, Say, Say'

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Michael Jackson's Father Suffers Stroke

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Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, is in intensive care following a stroke he suffered on Sunday, according to a Brazilian hospital.

An emailed statement from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paolo on Monday morning (July 27th) said that the 87 year old patriarch of the Jackson family had a stroke the previous day and was admitted to their intensive care facility. The statement also says that he has an irregular heartbeat, but does not disclose Jackson’s precise condition at this time.

Joe JacksonJoe Jackson has reportedly suffered a stroke in Brazil

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Michael Jackson Almost Played Jar Jar Binks In 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'

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A new interview has revealed that one of the most hated movie characters of all time – Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, no less – might have been even more annoying. Michael Jackson was apparently very enthusiastic to play the irritating Gungan in prosthetic limbs, but was refused by George Lucas.

Ahmed Best, who actually did play Jar Jar, gave an interview with Vice on Thursday in which he made the revelation. Jackson, who passed away in June 2009, was known to be a keen Star Wars fan, keeping life-size figures of Darth Vader, C-3PO and Boba Fett at his Neverland ranch.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson might have played Jar Jar Binks in 'The Phantom Menace'

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Furniture From Michael Jacksons Final Home Goes Up For Sale

The chair and side table are available via eBay for a limited time. - United States - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Furniture, Michael Jackson, Final Home Goes Up and For Sale

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch On The Market For $100 Million

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is on the market with an asking price of $100 million. The former Neverland Ranch, which has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, is being sold by the Estate of Michael Jackson. The 2700 acre estate, located in California, was once notorious for both its fantastical theme park installations and for the extensive searches which were carried out when Jackson was accused of molesting a minor in 2003.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson photographed in 2008, a year before his death.

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George Harrison's Guitar Plucks $485,000 At Auction

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The Fab Four may have once sung "Can't buy me love", but Friday's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe proved you can buy George Harrison's prized Maton Mastersound guitar - if you have almost half a million dollars handy.

The BeatlesGeorge Harrison (far right) with the rest of the Fab Four

Rolling Stone reports that the instrument sold for $485,000, the top earner at Julien's Auctions in New York, which specialized in the sale of hundreds of rare items from the world of music.

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Russell Crowe Recalls When Michael Jackson Used To Prank Call Him

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In one of the more random celebrity stories, Russell Crowe claims that for a long time he used to be on the receiving end of pranks pulled by the late pop legend Michael Jackson.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, 50 year old Crowe revealed that the King of Pop used to enjoy gleefully prank-calling him “for two or three f***ing years”.

“I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn't matter where I was, he'd ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. 'Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up? Ha ha.' You're supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

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NBC Announces 'The Wiz' Will Be Network's Next Live Musical Special!

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After taking us to Salzburg in 2013, then flying us off to Neverland last year, NBC will next be taking us on a trip down the yellow brick road for a live television production of musical ‘The Wiz’. Working with NBC to bring the musical to life on the small screen with be Cirque Du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division, which will produce alongside the network.

Diana RossDiana Ross starred in the film version of The Wiz in 1978

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced NBC’s previous two musical ventures, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will be returning as executive producers. While famed Broadway director Kenny Leon will be directing the project.

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Court Rejects Bid For New Trial In Michael Jackson Case

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An appeals court in California has upheld the original jury’s decision in the case of the Michael Jackson comeback concerts, which held that the promoter of the concerts was not responsible for the superstar’s death.

A 39-page ruling was delivered on Friday, a week after lawyers acting for Jackson’s mother Katherine had put in a request for a new trial. The 2nd District Court of Appeal found that the verdict absolving concert promoters AEG Live LLC was viable.

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Michael Jackson's death was not the fault of promoters AEG Live, a court has upheld

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Michael Jackson And Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album

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Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie Mercury and the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’ was first written by Mercury during Queen’s Hot Space album sessions, but was never finished. Mercury later visited Jackson to record his vocals for the 1984 LP The Works, but the song was still left unfinished. It would later appear as a solo track on Mercury’s album Mr Bad Guy.

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Michael Jackson's Legacy And Earning Potential Live On With New Video "A Place With No Name"

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It’s about time for another round of Michael Jackson nostalgia, with A Place With No Name, the first single off his posthumous album, released yesterday. The single came along with a video, released late on Wednesday via the late icon’s Twitter. And yes, the video is available worldwide, so if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you even doing? The release of A Place With No Name marked a milestone of sorts – it was the first time Twitter has been used for a music video release.

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MJ's legacy lives on in XSCAPE.

But since this is Michael Jackson’s music we’re talking about, it couldn’t just be a low-key Twitter premiere. At the same moment the video dropped, it also started playing on the Sony screen in Times Square in NYC, for thousands of passersby.

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29th August, 1958







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