“Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.” –MTV https://t.co/SNWwDmoj2M
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.
Judith Hill, the singer who was with Prince when he fell ill on a plane journey from Georgia days before his death, was also part of Michael Jackson's team on the King of Pop's ill-fated This Is It tour.
Judith has revealed she was with Prince on 15 April (16) as he travelled from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to his home base in Minnesota after a gig and she told The New York Times she was chatting to the superstar and enjoying dinner with him on the aircraft when he lost consciousness.
Judith and the singer's aide, Kirk Johnson, attempted to revive the superstar and then alerted the pilot, who made the decision to land the plane in Illinois, where Prince was revived with a shot of Narcan - used to treat opioid overdoses.
He died days later of an opioid overdose amid reports suggesting he was taking heavy painkillers for an ongoing hip injury.
Continue reading: Prince's Protege Also Witnessed Michael Jackson's Demise
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.
Paris Jackson defended her father Michael Jackson after the emergence of an old police report that claimed the star had a stockpile of pornographic images.
The documents date back to 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo's child molestation accusations. In June 2005, Jackson, who denied the charges, was found not guilty and acquitted of fourteen charges - which included four counts of molesting a minor. He died in 2009.
In a video obtained by British newspaper The Mirror, police officers from the County of Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department are seen searching the singer's home in the 2003 raid where the stockpile was reportedly recovered.
Hours later Paris, 18, took to Twitter to urge fans to "ignore the parasites".
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Defends Father Michael After Police Report Claims
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
Star Wars mastermind J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama chronicling the final months of Michael Jackson's life.
Abrams and his partners at production company Bad Robot have teamed up with author, activist and U.S. broadcaster Tavis Smiley to adapt his upcoming biography Before You Judge Me, which will be released on 21 June (16).
Abrams and Smiley will serve as executive producers for the event series, though no network has picked up the drama yet.
Smiley and the Bad Robot partners last worked together on the 2015 adaptation of Smiley's Martin Luther King, Jr. book Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year.
Paris Jackson has taken aim at Twitter users who berated her decision not to post about Father’s Day.
The 18-year-old star is the middle daughter of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, who died of a prescription drug overdose of Propofol and Benzodiazepine in June 2009.
While dads and children around the world celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday (19Jun16), Paris decided not to publicly post about the day. Some social media users seemingly disagreed with this.
“if you try to harass someone into posting online about a holiday (fathers day), ask yourself if it's any of your business (sic),” she angrily tweeted her 1.23 million followers.
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Won't Be Harassed Into Writing Father's Day Post
Teenager Paris Jackson has defended her new tattoo collection, insisting the ink covers up self-harm marks.
Michael Jackson's only daughter had her family worried when she started cutting herself three years ago, but she insists she's over that dark phase in her life and now wants to cover up scratches, scars and cuts with beautiful skin art.
Responding to her critics, who think she's too young for tattoos, Paris has taken to Instagram to explain why the new skin art is important to her.
She writes: "the craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. i appreciate art, i always have. especially when that art means something to me.
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Covers Up Signs Of Self-hatred With Tattoos
Michael Jackson's father Joe has thanked fans for their support as he continues "growing stronger by the day" following his recent hospitalisation.
The 87-year-old was admitted to a Los Angeles medical centre earlier this month (May16) after falling ill during a routine visit to his doctor.
Joe Jackson shared an update with fans online on Wednesday (25May16), when he expressed his gratitude for all their warm wishes.
"I would like to thank you all for the get well wishes and prayers," the Jackson family patriarch wrote on his website. "I am doing much better and growing stronger by the day. Doctors have ordered rest.
Continue reading: Recovering Joe Jackson Thanks Fans For Well Wishes
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
Michael Jackson once thought it would be fun to pretend he was trying to steal Donald Trump's wife Melania.
The former model reveals the late King of Pop suggested a smooch to make his property tycoon pal jealous.
"I met Michael Jackson... in New York in the Pierre Hotel," she tells DuJour magazine. "He called us, so we went over and we had dinner.
"Just after dinner, we were chatting on the sofa and my husband went into another room to see some art somebody wanted to show him (and) Michael said to me, 'Hey, when Trump comes back, let's start kissing so he will be jealous!'"
Continue reading: Melania Trump: 'Michael Jackson Wanted To Kiss Me'
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Date of birth
29th August, 1958
“Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.” –MTV https://t.co/SNWwDmoj2M
Happy summer to those of you in the northern hemisphere! Which of Michael’s songs is your favorite for summer listening?
“...his signature moves such as the moonwalk & the zombie being copied by thousands of imitators.” –The Independent https://t.co/9h3FnL1M0X
#FlashbackFriday MJ on set shooting the “Leave Me Alone” video in 1988. https://t.co/Xw0r88wSVa
#MJHistory “Scream” peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1995. https://t.co/bB3aGfmAo0
“You can't be crowned the King of Pop without infiltrating and influencing all facets of pop-ular culture.” –Complex, 2014
“Whether by accident or design, Thriller's songs were utterly aspirational.” –The Times https://t.co/syCvWVLPau
Plan your trip to the fourth annual birthday celebration at Michael Jackson ONE: https://t.co/SF4KAWTmDP https://t.co/4bLDp71Ryq
MJ's “stroke of inspiration was to fuse black R&B and white rock — something that is now routine...” –The Guardian https://t.co/J1QtIhWmYT
#MJHistory Michael was on the cover of Ebony Magazine this month in 1988! https://t.co/7KMH15KMZT
“The sound literally envelops every individual in the audience.” –Rolling Stone on MJ ONE: https://t.co/SF4KAXaXvn https://t.co/P0lfOAoQZq
“Michael Jackson manages to do more in a week than most manage in a decade.” –Creem, June 1983. https://t.co/uuXjesAO6R
He was The Greatest in every sense. Not just as an athlete, but as ambassador for civil rights. RIP Muhammad Ali. https://t.co/DHD64hySFG
#FlashbackFriday “He was thoughtful, sensitive, sweet, and had a funny sense of humor.” –Brooke Shields https://t.co/Hq8368LcRD
“So much of what Michael Jackson did in music doesn't seem like the work of a mere mortal.” –Pitchfork, 2009 https://t.co/cixYgsuPqm
You can get Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall here and watch whenever you like! https://t.co/cUMdZBh1Hc
“...if you're a man singing pop music...there's a long, moonwalk-shaped shadow you have to live up to.” –LA Times https://t.co/osoid6H39H
“My goal is to do the best I can in every area, so why work hard on an album and then produce a terrible video?” –MJ https://t.co/YreB2M3PVj
#FlashbackFriday Michael with Eddie Murphy and Iman. Which video were they featured in together? https://t.co/npVBzCswt7
“...nine-song standard that every aspiring prince of pop still pines over...” –The Village Voice on 'Thriller', 2008 https://t.co/sJ4M9V6dHd