When you’re down, which of Michael’s songs makes you feel better?
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.
Paul McCartney has worked with some of the world's most talented acts.
Paul McCartney may be one of the greatest musicians on the planet as a solo artist, but whenever he gets together with another trailblazer, magic happens. From Michael Jackson to Kanye West, he has worked with so many greats - and it's likely there will be many more.
Paul McCartney performing at Desert Trip 2016
Here are our ten favourite Paul McCartney duets:
The 2,700 acre estate went up for sale back in 2014 for $100 million, but it's now back on the market for $67 million.
The vast Neverland ranch that belonged to the late Michael Jackson has gone back on the market in Los Angeles, albeit with its original asking price of $100 million lowered by a third to $67 million.
The sprawling property, consisting of 2,700 acres of park-like land outside Santa Barbara near the Saint Ynez Valley, surrounds a mansion built in 1982 by architect Robert Altevers. Measuring 13,000-square-feet, the central house features exposed beams, parquet floors, five fireplaces and a master wing complete with its own garden.
The late Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch is on sale for $67 million
Continue reading: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Goes On The Market At Reduced Price
The 18-year-old writes music for herself, but doesn't see a recording career in her future.
Paris Jackson says she has no plans for a recording career, despite her musical heritage.
The 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson opened up to director Lee Daniels in a new interview with Carine Roitfeld’s Fashion Book, where she spoke about writing music and why she doesn't want to follow in her father’s footsteps.
Continue reading: Why Paris Jackson Won't Follow Her Family Into Music
Following the outcry over the first publicity pictures of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Sky has decided to cancel the broadcast of the 'Urban Myths' episode in question.
Sky have announced that they’re cancelling the broadcast of an episode of the forthcoming ‘Urban Myths’ series following the outcry over the casting of Joseph Fiennes, a white actor, as Michael Jackson.
Paris Jackson, the late star’s 18 year old daughter, waded in on Twitter on Wednesday (January 11th) to express her outrage over the first casting pictures and trailers that were released at the start of this week, which showed Fiennes wearing facial prosthetics to make him resemble the King of Pop.
“I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” Paris tweeted.
Paris Jackson responded to the first images of Joseph Fiennes playing her father in the new series 'Urban Myths'.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris has added her voice to the backlash surrounding the ‘whitewashing’ in the casting of Joseph Fiennes, a white actor, as her father in the upcoming series ‘Urban Myths’.
The 18 year old wrote on Twitter in response to a question asked by a Michael Jackson fan podcast, saying that the first press release images showing what Fiennes looked like playing the King of Pop, which were released on Wednesday (January 11th), made her “want to vomit”.
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.
His estate sell his Sony catalog share for a lucrative sum.
Michael Jackson continues to earn a fortune nearly seven years after his passing, this time with his estate selling his share in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog to Sony Corp. for a massive $750 million. No doubt that will keep his children afloat for a while.
Michael Jackson continues to make money
It was announced yesterday (March 14th 2016) that he would sell his half of the company which he bought for the comparatively measly sum of $41.5 million in 1985. The new deal means that his estate has relinquished any ownership of work from such artists as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eminem and Taylor Swift.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Pulls In $750 Million Post-Humously With New Sony Deal
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
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
When you’re down, which of Michael’s songs makes you feel better?
#ThrowbackThursday: Song of the week – “Privacy.” https://t.co/v8Uwad54pv
“Songwriting should be treated as the lifeblood of popular music. The creative process doesn’t involve time clocks… https://t.co/QbPjeU6vNo
"It's hearing the thunderous applause of the audience on the first night and then hearing it again and again" -Prod… https://t.co/S0XujFvYDF
Today is Juneteenth, when the end of slavery in the US is commemorated. It focuses on 2 issues close to MJ's heart: education & achievement
One of Michael’s greatest roles in life was that of a father. Wishing a fulfilling Father’s Day this weekend to all… https://t.co/CddZyDkAPu
Gianni Versace designed Michael’s gold outfit on the HIStory Tour and the outfits Michael & Paul McCartney wore in… https://t.co/k1fag4tT9K
“I’ve never witnessed anything or anyone as powerful as Michael.” – Teddy Riley https://t.co/qW2mgI3exl
On what format do you prefer to listen to Michael Jackson’s music? Vinyl, CD, or digitally? https://t.co/wPJDQqnzE6
Michael took a trip to Hong Kong during the Bad Tour, a decade before the transition from British colony to Chinese… https://t.co/9OcBItC7SZ
Michael’s HIStory Tour visited several European cities in June, 1997. Did you attend any of the shows? Reply with y… https://t.co/5xM1zhGeuN
#MJTrivia: Which Michael Jackson recording was covered by country legend Willie Nelson?
“The crowd gasps...savoring not a fussy high-tech stage set but the grace & beauty of a brilliant entertainer” -New… https://t.co/CnZDeNrPwb
Planning a summer getaway? How about a trip to Las Vegas? Michael Jackson ONE will heat up your night. Tickets here: https://t.co/IWVgshLykn
A “smash” hit dominates the charts for six weeks. According to that definition, how many “smashes” did Michael achieve?
A special candid moment of Michael with his dancers, circa 1997. https://t.co/9UBGJiCger
Michael Jackson IS fashion. Designers and pop icons continue to integrate his influence into their own clothes. https://t.co/3BViHlLTdO
The King of Pop continues his reign…..the highly anticipated Michael Jackson X Supreme collaboration released last… https://t.co/WvF03DlNPw
If you had to pick just ONE of Michael’s songs to be your personal “theme song,” which song would it be and why?
“I’m really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation...” – Michael, Jet Magazine, 1979