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He is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time,   13 Grammy Awards , the Grammy Legend Award , the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award , 24 American Music Awards —more than any other artist—including the "Artist of the Century", 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot era—and estimated sales of over million records worldwide.
Jackson became a figure of controversy in the s due to his changing physical appearance , his relationships , and behavior; the controversy intensified due to a child sexual abuse scandal when a family friend accused him of sexually abusing his son; the case led to an investigation but was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It , Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in , after suffering from cardiac arrest.
The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray , was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world.
Michael Joseph Jackson   was born in Gary, Indiana , a part of the Chicago metropolitan area , on August 29, Joe performed on guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to supplement the family's income. Jackson had a troubled relationship with his father. In , Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father which included brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine.
The Jackson 5 also performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, where striptease shows and other adult acts were featured, and at local auditoriums and high school dances. The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including their first single " Big Boy " , for Steeltown Records , a Gary record label,  before signing with Motown in Between and , Michael released four solo studio albums with Motown: The Jackson 5 were later described as "a cutting-edge example of black crossover artists.
Younger brother Randy formally joined the band around this time, while Jermaine chose to stay with Motown and pursue a solo career. His subsequent rhinoplasty was not a complete success; he complained of breathing difficulties that would affect his career.
He was referred to Dr. Steven Hoefflin , who performed Jackson's second rhinoplasty and subsequent operations. Jackson's fifth solo album, Off the Wall , co-produced by Jackson and Jones, established Jackson as a solo performer.
The album helped Jackson transition from the bubblegum pop of his youth to the more complex sounds he would create as an adult. Off the Wall was the first solo album to generate four top 10 hits in the United States: Bad Guy album More success came with Jackson's sixth album, Thriller , released in late The album earned Jackson seven more Grammys  and eight American Music Awards, including the Award of Merit, the youngest artist to win it.
In addition to the album, Jackson released " Thriller ", a minute music video directed by John Landis , in It was one of 25 films named that year as "works of enduring importance to American culture" that would be "preserved for all time. The videocassette of the documentary The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller sold over , copies in a few months.
Randy Taraborrelli writes that " Thriller stopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too". On March 25, , Jackson reunited with his brothers for a performance taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for Motown The show aired on May 16, , to an estimated audience of 47 million , and featured the Jacksons and other Motown stars.
How does he do it? As a technician, he is a great illusionist, a genuine mime. His ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing. The first Pepsi Cola campaign, which ran in the United States from to and launched its iconic "New Generation" theme, included tour sponsorship, public relations events, and in-store displays.
Jackson, who was involved in creating the advertisement, suggested using his song "Billie Jean" as its jingle with revised lyrics. During a simulated concert before a full house of fans, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson's hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars and had his third rhinoplasty shortly thereafter. The second campaign had a global reach of more than 20 countries and would provide financial support for Jackson's Bad album and —88 world tour.
Jackson's humanitarian work was recognized on May 14, , when he was invited to the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse,  and in recognition of his support for the Ad Council 's and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 's Drunk Driving Prevention campaign.
Jackson donated the use of "Beat It" for the campaign's public service announcements. Unlike later albums, Thriller did not have an official tour, but the Victory Tour of headlined the Jacksons and showcased much of Jackson's new solo material to more than two million Americans.
It was the last tour he would do with his brothers. The project's creators received two special AMA honors: Jackson, Jones, and entertainment promoter Ken Kragan received special awards for their roles in the song's creation. Jackson's early acquisitions of music catalogs and song copyrights such as the Sly Stone collection included "Everyday People" , Len Barry 's " " , and Dion DiMucci 's " The Wanderer " and " Runaround Sue " ; however, his most significant purchase came in , when he acquired the publishing rights to ATV Music Publishing after months of negotiation.
McCartney reportedly felt it was too expensive,   but several other companies and investors were interested in bidding. Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color during his youth, but from the mids gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media coverage, including rumors that he might have been bleaching his skin. Randy Taraborrelli's biography, Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo in ; vitiligo results in white patches on the skin.
Although Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo, Taraborrelli stated that Jackson had been skin bleaching. He said that Jackson was diagnosed with lupus , and that while the vitiligo partially lightened Jackson's skin, the lupus was in remission. Both illnesses made Jackson's skin sensitive to sunlight. The treatments Jackson used for his condition further lightened his skin, and, with the application of pancake makeup to even out blotches he could appear pale. He said of his vitiligo: When people make up stories that I don't want to be who I am, it hurts me.
It's a problem for me. I can't control it. Jackson stated he had had only two rhinoplasties and no other facial surgery, although at one point mentioned having had a dimple created in his chin.
He lost weight in the early s because of a change in diet and a desire for "a dancer's body". Periods of weight loss would become a recurring problem later in life.
Arnold Klein , and Klein's nurse Debbie Rowe. Rowe eventually became Jackson's second wife and the mother of his two eldest children. He also relied heavily on Klein for medical and business advice. Jackson became the subject of increasingly sensational reports. In , the tabloids ran a story claiming that he slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow the aging process; he was pictured lying in a glass box.
Although the claim was untrue, according to tabloid reports that are widely cited, Jackson disseminated the fabricated story himself. Consequently, the media began fabricating stories. Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts.
You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth. All four parks' Captain EO installations stayed open well into the s: With the industry expecting another major hit, Jackson's first album in five years, Bad , was highly anticipated. In , Jackson released his only autobiography, Moonwalk , which took four years to complete and sold , copies. Due to financial issues, the film was only released theatrically in Germany; in other markets it was released direct-to-video.
It was eventually knocked off the top spot by Michael Jackson: Jackson's success earned him the nickname the " King of Pop ". Bush designated him the White House's "Artist of the Decade". Jackson also won an award as best-selling artist of the s. Jackson founded the Heal the World Foundation in The charity brought underprivileged children to Jackson's ranch to enjoy the property's theme park rides, and sent millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war, poverty, and disease.
In the same year, Jackson published his second book, Dancing the Dream , a collection of poetry, revealing a more intimate side. While it was a commercial success, it received mostly negative reviews. In , the book was republished by Doubleday and was more positively received by some critics in the wake of Jackson's death.
Because of a dwindling interest during halftime in the preceding years — a special live episode of In Living Color eroded the previous halftime show's audience by 10 ratings points — the NFL decided to seek big-name talent that would keep ratings high, with Jackson selected for his universal appeal. The performance began with Jackson catapulting onto the stage as fireworks went off behind him, followed by four songs: Jackson's Dangerous album rose 90 places in the album chart after the performance.
Jackson gave a minute interview to Oprah Winfrey on February 10, , his second television interview since He grimaced when speaking of his childhood abuse at the hands of his father; he believed he had missed out on much of his childhood years, admitting that he often cried from loneliness.
He denied tabloid rumors that he had bought the bones of the Elephant Man , slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, or bleached his skin, and stated for the first time that he had vitiligo. Dangerous re-entered the album chart in the top 10, more than a year after its original release.
In the summer of , Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a year-old boy, Jordan Chandler, and his father, Evan Chandler , a dentist. Jordan Chandler eventually told the police that Jackson had sexually abused him. There's no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever Michael's career will be over.
Montagna stated that Chandler would not be charged with extortion , due to lack of cooperation from Jackson's party and its willingness to negotiate with Chandler for several weeks, among other reasons. In August , police raided Jackson's home and, according to court documents, found books and photographs in his bedroom featuring young boys with little or no clothing. The investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed. A decade after the fact, during the second round of child abuse allegations, Jackson's lawyers would file a memo stating that the settlement was made without his consent.
They had met in , when a seven-year-old Presley attended one of Jackson's family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino , and reconnected through a mutual friend.
As the child molestation accusations became public, Jackson became dependent on Presley for emotional support; she was concerned about his faltering health and addiction to drugs. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it.
Jackson proposed to Presley over the telephone towards the fall of , saying: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. The single had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot at number five, and received a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". In late , Jackson was rushed to a hospital after collapsing during rehearsals for a televised performance, caused by a stress-related panic attack.
Jackson quickly released a revised version of the song without the offending lyrics. Jackson performed 82 concerts in five continents, 35 countries and 58 cities to over 4. Rowe was approximately six months pregnant with the couple's first child at the time.
Originally, Rowe and Jackson had no plans to marry, but Jackson's mother Katherine persuaded them to do so. The divorce was relatively amicable, but a subsequent custody suit was not settled until In , Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies, making it the best-selling remix album of all time.
From October to September , Jackson worked with collaborators including Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins to produce what would be his tenth solo album, Invincible. He joined Luciano Pavarotti for a benefit concert in Modena, Italy. The show was in support of the nonprofit organization War Child , and raised a million dollars for the refugees of Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia , and additional funds for the children of Guatemala.
In September , two 30th Anniversary concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to mark Jackson's 30th year as a solo artist. Jackson appeared onstage alongside his brothers for the first time since The concert took place on October 21, , and included performances from dozens of major artists, including Jackson, who performed his song " What More Can I Give " as the finale. The release of Invincible was preceded by a dispute between Jackson and his record label, Sony Music Entertainment.
Jackson had expected the licenses to the masters of his albums to revert to him some time in the early s, after which he would be able to promote the material however he pleased and keep the profits; however, clauses in the contract set the revert date years into the future. Jackson discovered that the attorney who had represented him in the deal had also been representing Sony.
Invincible was released on October 30, to much anticipation. It was Jackson's first full-length album in six years, and the last album of original material he released in his lifetime.
It received double-platinum certification in the U. Beginning in May , Jackson allowed a documentary film crew, led by British TV personality Martin Bashir , to follow him around nearly everywhere he went. On November 20 of that year, Jackson brought his infant son Prince onto the balcony of his room at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin as fans stood below, holding him in his right arm with a cloth loosely draped over Prince's face. Prince was briefly extended over a railing, four stories above ground level, prompting widespread criticism in the media.
Jackson later apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake". In a particularly controversial scene, Jackson was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a young boy. As soon as the documentary aired, the Santa Barbara county attorney's office began a criminal investigation. Jackson trial began on January 31, , in Santa Maria, California , and lasted until the end of May. On June 13, , Jackson was acquitted on all counts.
In March , amidst reports that Jackson was having financial problems, the main house at Neverland Ranch was closed as a cost-cutting measure. Throughout , Sony repackaged 20 singles from the s and s as the Michael Jackson: Visionary series, which subsequently became a box set. Most of the singles returned to the charts as a result.
In September , Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe confirmed reports that they had settled their long-running child custody suit. The terms were never made public. Jackson continued to be the custodial parent of the couple's two children.
It was not known at the time what Jackson was working on, or who had paid for the sessions, since his publicist had recently issued a statement claiming that he had left Two Seas. Patrick Treacy for cosmetic treatment after reading about his experience with HLA fillers and his charitable work in Africa.
He started as Jackson's personal dermatologist and developed a friendship with him. Drew show on CNN and stated he had given propofol to Jackson on two occasions, but that Jackson always requested an anaesthetist present. This deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem and Beck , among others.
While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me. Army post in Japan, Camp Zama , to greet over 3, U. The hosts presented Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation. In September , Jackson was still working on his next album, but it was never completed.
The album featured the previously unreleased song "For All Time", an outtake from the original sessions, as well as remixes by younger artists who had been inspired by Jackson's work. The album was a commercial success. Slightly different versions were released in various countries, based on polls of local fans.
In late , Fortress Investments threatened to foreclose on Neverland Ranch, which Jackson used as collateral for loans running into many tens of millions of dollars. The auction was scheduled to take place between April 22 and Jackson suggested retirement after the shows, saying it would be his "final curtain call". Jackson rehearsed in Los Angeles in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of choreographer Kenny Ortega. Jackson's first posthumous song released entirely by his estate was " This Is It ", which he had co-written in the s with Paul Anka.
It was not on the setlists for the concerts, and the recording was based on an old demo tape. The surviving brothers reunited in the studio for the first time since to record backing vocals. Two versions of "This Is It" appear on the album, which also featured original masters of Jackson's hits in the order in which they appear in the film, along with a bonus disc with previously unreleased versions of more Jackson hits and a spoken-word poem, "Planet Earth".
On June 25, , Jackson stopped breathing while attempting to sleep under the care of Conrad Murray , his personal physician. Murray had reportedly given Jackson an array of medications in an attempt to help him sleep at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating Jackson were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 2: Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief. Tickets to the memorial were distributed via lottery; over 1. There are 7 Comments.
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