Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958- June 25, 2009), also known as the King of Pop or by his initials MJ, is an American singer, dancer, musician, music producer, writer, entertainer, singer-songwriter, choreographer, record producer, recording artist, poet, arranger, businessman, philanthropist, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records, as well as one of the most influential. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion (as well as a much-publicized personal life) made him a global figure in popular culture for over 4 decades.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jackson has been proclaimed "the most awarded entertainer of all time," "the biggest-selling artist of all time," "the most popular artist in the history of show business," and "the world's most famous man."

On June 25, 2009, Jackson died of cardiac arrest

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Early life

Michael Jackson as an Infant

Jackson as an infant

Jackson was born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, becoming the 8th of 10 children in an African-American working-class family who lived in a small 3-room house in Gary, Indiana. His father Joe Jackson was a steel mill worker who performed with an R&B band called the Falcons and his mother Katherine Jackson was a devout Jehovah's Witness. Jackson had 5 brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and Brandon (the brother that died shortly after birth) and 3 sisters: Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet.

It has been rumored various times that Jackson's birth name is Michael Joe Jackson. This sparked controversy as in most certificates and some of his passports the name 'Joe' is used. But Jackson himself confirmed that he was born Michael Joseph Jackson.


In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers, a band formed by Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie, as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine.


In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)", led by Michael.


The Jackson 5 made a couple of songs under Steeltown Records, which were Big Boy and We Don't Have to Be Over 21 (To Fall in Love).[1]


The Jackson 5 left Steeltown Records and went on to Motown records, with Bobby Tailor and Gladys Knight discovering the group. Diana Ross introduced them to television and public concerts. Afterwards, the Jackson 5 released an album based on that called Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.[2]


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Jackson in 1979

The Jackson 5 released their 2nd album called ABC.[3] Along with that, they released Third Album, which was their 3rd album.[4] During Christmas time, they released Jackson 5 Christmas Album, which was their 4th album.[5]


The Jackson 5 made a couple more albums called Maybe Tomorrow and Goin' Back to Indiana. They had their first cartoon series titled Jackson 5ive. They also had their first compilation album called Greatest Hits.[6][7][8][9]

Other History


Jackson with his brothers during their childhood

The 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, having sold more than 110,000,000 copies worldwide. Four of Jackson's other albums Off the Wall, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (best-selling double-album of all time by a single artist) rank among the world's best-sellers making Jackson the artist with the most best-selling albums. His 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix is the best selling remix album of all time.

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Jackson in 1983

Jackson is credited with elevating the music video from a mere promotional tool into an art form. His created groundbreaking videos for songs such as Billie Jean, Beat It and Thriller—the last of which has been voted as the greatest music video of all time. The video forThriller is the only music video inducted into the national film registry in the Library of Congress where induction are preserved forever. He was the first African American artist to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. Jackson's music videos have been credited with turning MTV and Cable TV into successful ventures. He popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. Jackson's distinctive musical style, vocal style, and choreography continue to transcend generational, racial and cultural boundaries.

Jackson has been inducted 12 times into various music halls of fame, more than any other act. He is one of sixteen artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Other achievements include 13 Guinness World Records (more than any other artist and including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time); 13 Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist and including recognition as Artist of the Century; 17 number-one singles in the United States (including 4 as a member of the Jackson 5) and over 780,000,000 record sales globally.

Personal life

Jackson's personal life and relationships generated controversy for years. His appearance began to change in the mid-1980s and his varying nasal structure and skin color attracted much media speculation. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, though no formal charges were brought. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of similar allegations.


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Jackson in 2009

On June 25, 2009, it was announced that Jackson had died of cardiac arrest, heart attack, and combined drug intoxication at age 50 in Los Angeles, California, 2 months before his 51st birthday. 


Main article: Michael Jackson albums discography
See also: Jackson 5 discography


Main article: Michael Jackson videography
1978The WizScarecrowLumet, SidneySidney Lumet[10]
1982Michael Jackson's ThrillerHimself / Werewolf / ZombieLandis, JohnJohn Landis[11]
1986Captain EOCaptain EOCoppola, Francis FordFrancis Ford Coppola[12]
1988MoonwalkerHimselfKramer, JerryJerry Kramer[13]
1991The Simpsons (created as John Jay Smith)Leon KompowskyMoore, RichRich Moore[14]
1997Michael Jackson's GhostsMaestro / Mayor / Ghoul / SkeletonWinston, StanStan Winston[11]
2002Men in Black IIAgent M (cameo)Sonnenfeld, BarryBarry Sonnenfeld[15]
2004Miss Cast Away and the Island GirlsAgent MJ (cameo)Stoller, Bryan MichaelBryan Michael Stoller[16]
2009Michael Jackson's This Is ItHimselfKenny Ortega[17]
2012Bad 25HimselfSpike Lee[18]


Main article: List of concert tours by Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5


See also


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