This King of Pop is known as one of the most influential American Pop musicians/dancers of all time. Creating musical hits, and videos to match, this phenomenal artist continually wowed audiences from all backgrounds. As the single most popular artist since Elvis, Jackson was seen as unstoppable. The Daily Herald called Jackson an, “extremely important figure in the history of popular culture”.
Born in Gary, Indiana, this artist started his career in 1964. Jackson was one of ten children, all of which have touched the music world in some way. As a part of The Jackson Five, Michael sang and danced alongside his brothers, becoming very successful in mainstream music. In 1971, Michael Jackson took his talents solo, releasing his first album in 1982 (Thriller). Thriller is, to date, the single best-selling album of all time, doubling its sales after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. Thriller remained on the Billboard 200 top ten for eighty weeks, consecutively, at first release. Of those eighty weeks, thirty-seven had Thriller at number one.
Along with hit albums like Off the Wall and Bad, Michael Jackson make a stand in his dance career. Developing the ‘moonwalk’, the ’anti-gravity lean’ and the ‘robot’, his choreography was just as credited as his vocal talent.
Michael has earned several awards for his numerous talents, including TWO inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fifteen Grammy Awards, twenty-six American Music Awards, and several Guinness World Records. His most esteemed Guinness World Record was that of “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”.
This musician also chose to use his star celebrity as a humanitarian, raising funds for over thirty charities. His donations and fundraising has been estimated around three hundred million dollars, including the start and support of his own charity, the Heal the World Foundation.
In March of 1988 Michael Jackson purchased land in California to build his seventeen million dollar Neverland Ranch. Building movie theatres, roller coasters and a ferris wheel. The 2,700 acre amazement was valued at over 100 million dollars. This was just a few dollars out of Jackson’s wallet, as he estimated earnings of 1989 alone, at over 125 million dollars.
In 2009 Jackson reportedly collapsed in his rented mansion located in Los Angeles. His memorial took place in July of 2009. Over thirty-one million fans worldwide watched the burial and service for Michael Jackson, which was comparable to the amount of individuals who watched the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana (33 million) and the 2004 burial of Ronald Reagan (35 million). Several of Jackson’s fans performed at the event, including: Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Mariah Carey. Maya Angelou even wrote a poem for the service, entitled ‘We had him’.
Michael Jackson is still sorely missed by millions, proven by the increased sales in his albums even after his passing. His fashionable persona, including the glitter glove, tuxedo pants and bright white socks will always be remembered. Jackson transformed the music of his time, and will continue to live on. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame still remains, since its placement in 1984, reminding audiences of his unparalleled existence.
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