Michael Joseph Jackson, best known as Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer, who was one of the most famous and successful musicians of all time. He was referred to as the "King of Pop", and was one of the most influential entertainers in the history of Pop music. He was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
Jackson started performing with his older brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon in The Jackson 5 in 1964. In 1971, he started a solo career while also being a member of The Jackson 5. He made the highest-selling album of all time, Thriller, in 1982. The video for "Thriller" showed him dancing like a zombie and other dancers around him were zombies as well. "Thriller", which includes famous songs like "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" has sold 110 million copies worldwide. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson wrote other well-known songs such as "Bad", "Black or White", "Heal the World" and "Earth Song". Through music videos and live performances, he is known for popularizing dance moves such as the robot and the moonwalk. He won a lot of awards and broke many records. Guinness World Records says he is the most successful entertainer of all time. Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry. Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer.
Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide. His other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) also rank among the world's best selling albums. He released his last studio album Invincible (2001).
Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. He was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993, but the case was settled out of court. In 2003, Jackson was charged with child sexual abuse by Garvin Arvizo. In 2005 Jackson was found not guilty of all charges. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of an overdose of propofol on June 25, 2009 after having a cardiac arrest. Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. On July 7, there was a memorial service for Jackson. It was on television and 2.5-3 billion people watched it. This made it the most watched funeral ever.
1.Michael Jackson's Favorite Song. In a moving, tear-filled eulogy, Brooke Shields just said Michael Jackson's favorite song was this one, originally from the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film “Modern Times.”
2. Apart from having some of the most electric dance moves and songs, Jackson’s music was always paired with equally catchy videos. For instance, the video made for Scream was arguably the most expensive video ever made for any singer in the history of pop music. The total value of this video has been ranked at £ 3.8 million.
3. Jackson was one of the few famous celebrities who worked relentlessly for charity. He was known to donate huge sums of money and help children with their education via his charity, Heal The World Foundation. After completing a world tour in 1993, performing live in 67 concerts, Jackson gave away all its proceeds to the foundation to help people live a quality life. He received a Presidential Humanitarian reward in 1984 for his efforts.
4. When Michael Jackson performed at the half time of the 1993 Super Bowl, the number of people who watched and raved about his performance has been estimated to be the largest American audience ever to watch one particular performance.
5. Jackson, famously known as MJ, made it to showbiz at the age of five when he was part of the famous family vocal group, Jackson Five. From then onwards, he developed a flair for singing (not that it was not in his blood!) and at the tender age of 18, Jackson became a billionaire owing to his music and performances.