“‘Xscape’ is a relentlessly upbeat rebirth.” –NME, May 2014 https://t.co/HimezniI02
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.
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'
Jermaine Jackson knows his sister Janet will make a great mother as she's "very tough" and "strict".
Singer Janet, who turns 50 on Monday (16May16), revealed the happy news that she and her husband Wissam Al Mana, 41, are expecting their first child together earlier this month (May16).
Her older sibling Jermaine, 61, couldn't contain his excitement about a new member joining the famous family during a chat with Us Weekly on Thursday evening (12May16).
"My sister Janet is my baby. She is fine but she’s having a baby," he smiled. "A baby having a baby. We look at her like our little baby. And now she’s grown up and she’s having a baby. I’m proud to be an uncle and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look.
Continue reading: Jermaine Jackson: 'Janet's Gonna Be An Amazing Mum'
The Weeknd views Michael Jackson as a third parent.
The 26-year-old singer has made his admiration and respect for the late king of pop no secret, and from listening to his music it's clear The Weeknd was inspired by him. His second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, has been compared to Jackson's Thriller, which is no surprise seeing as the musician - real name Abel Tesfaye - grew up listening to him.
“He’s a part of my family,” he told Vogue.com. “When I was born, that was the music my mother was listening to. Michael Jackson is a third parent to me.”
Quincy Jones, who produced 1982 record Thriller, was won over by The Weeknd when they met in Las Vegas in 2015, with the 83-year-old describing the younger man as sincere and down-to-earth.
Continue reading: The Weeknd: 'Mj Is Like A Dad To Me'
Prince's fans have given the Purple Rain singer the edge over Michael Jackson as seven of the late legend's tracks splash into the Digital Songs sales chart top 10.
Sales of Purple Rain and When Doves Cry give the music icon the top two spots on the countdown, while Little Red Corvette, Let's Go Crazy, 1999, Kiss, and Raspberry Beret also hit the top 10, setting a new record - one more hit than Jackson managed following his death in 2009.
But Prince's sales success wasn't quite enough to put him in the mainstream Hot 100 top three, as the chart compilers also take into account radio play, social media activity and popularity.
Purple Rain lands at four, three spots behind Desiigner's Panda, which first hit the top spot a week ago.
Continue reading: Prince Beats Michael Jackson's Digital Songs Chart Sales Record
David Hasselhoff once belted out a tune with late opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.
The former Baywatch actor has never been shy about sharing his achievements, and he didn’t hold back when American publication Us Weekly asked him to take part in its 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me segment.
While many will remember David as lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on the hit TV series, he’s also had a successful music career too, with fans in Germany snapping up his records.
Continue reading: David Hasselhoff: 'I Sang With Pavarotti!'
Producer-turned-reality TV star David Gest has died, aged 62.
He was found unresponsive in his room at the Four Seasons hotel in London on Tuesday (12Apr16), and was subsequently declared dead at the scene.
A statement released by officials at the Metropolitan Police reads: "Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel.
"A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed."
Continue reading: David Gest Dead At 62
Paris Jackson's love of tattoos has extended to her lips.
The teen had the word 'Motley' tattooed there, and recently showed off the new look online.
Crue's drummer Tommy Lee spotted the photo and immediately responded, writing, "Omfg (Oh my f**king God)!!!! @ParisJackson you are a beautiful creature."
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Pays Lip-service Tribute To Motley Crue
Producer Timbaland has scored a legal victory in his copyright infringement lawsuit over a Michael Jackson song he produced for the singer's posthumous album Xscape.
Sidney Swanson sued the hip-hop producer, bosses at MJJ Productions and Sony Music in 2014, alleging they illegally used his song On the Move as a sample for Jackson's track Chicago.
He demanded unspecified damages and asked a judge to issue an injunction against the parties to block them from distributing the song. However, Timbaland requested to have the lawsuit dismissed last year (15), claiming he didn't own a valid copyright to his original song.
Last month (Mar16), Swanson dropped the lawsuit due to unspecified reasons and has testified he has not received any damages or funds from Timbaland. He also agreed not to file anymore lawsuits against the parties, according to TheJasmineBrand.com.
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris honoured her late father by turning one of his touching notes into a tattoo.
The 18-year-old, who lost her pop icon father in 2009, headed to the Timeless Tattoo parlour in Hollywood to get the permanent tribute, the words "Queen of my Heart", which was written in Michael's handwriting, etched on the outer side of her lower left arm.
Paris, who is sporting a new cropped peroxide blonde hairstyle, shared a black-and-white photo on Instagram of her checking out her new body art.
"'Queen of My Heart' in his handwriting," she wrote in the caption. "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart. Thank you @dermagraphink, you're a legend."
Continue reading: Paris Jackson Honours Father With Tattoo
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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
Date of birth
29th August, 1958
“‘Xscape’ is a relentlessly upbeat rebirth.” –NME, May 2014 https://t.co/HimezniI02
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“The creative process doesn’t involve time clocks or quota systems, it involves inspiration...” –Michael Jackson https://t.co/8jkmqPqkjO
#ThrowbackThursday Michael looking cool on the cover of Jet Magazine in May of 1988. https://t.co/XIPiwOHgkb
“Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.” –MTV https://t.co/0rWLjk569m
“I love performing...If you want to really let out everything you feel, that's the time to do it.” –MJ on acting. https://t.co/Ymf1RmKmMX
“He's a wonderful singer, a great dancer, a mesmerizing performer.” –Newsweek, 1984 https://t.co/CMSHx2jjfW
“...that fervent intensity he brought to every line.” –NPR on “Xscape.” When was the last time you put “Xscape” on? https://t.co/gF1F6zfNnh
“Dirty Diana” comes to life in MJ ONE. See the athleticism & acrobatic skills in action: https://t.co/ILiaZcn2UM https://t.co/HkpMCCqfml
“...he broke down more barriers than anybody.” –Rolling Stone https://t.co/8peS18Cf4J
“This song would make crippled robots dance, and Jackson knows it.” – Billboard on “Get On The Floor.” https://t.co/3xzzHAvmmW
MJ “enjoyed a level of superstardom previously known only to Elvis, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.” – @rock_hall https://t.co/YtZKFe2Egh
#FriendlyFriday Michael and Freddie Mercury https://t.co/DlquvjaJBM
“...thing of startling, electroshock beauty: spookily fluid, percussively explosive..." –The Telegraph on MJ's voice https://t.co/n4imfPnMIg
“...it creates its own special moments in the process.” –Rolling Stone on MJ ONE. https://t.co/ILiaZcn2UM https://t.co/Ncrw5jo68T
“Whether you were a musician or just a regular Joe or Jane...it was hard not to be envious of Jackson.” –The GRAMMYS https://t.co/7tFvUztw7C
MJ's “evolution to being the confident 20-year-old heard in Off the Wall is all here...” - @NPR. Pick up your copy! https://t.co/cUMdZBh1Hc
“Beat It” was at the top of the charts this week in 1983. https://t.co/q1jboo09dD
MJ ONE celebrates all of Michael's hits & signature moves. Be a part of the experience. https://t.co/ILiaZcn2UM https://t.co/JY5zZmVsKC
"Elvis wasn't that, The Beatles aren't that, Michael Jackson was something different." - Nelson George