Michael Jackson was a recording artist, entertainer, actor and businessman. Often referred to as the “King of Pop”, or by his initials MJ, Michael Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for Michael Jackson’s songs, including those of “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller,” were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame.
With videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” Michael Jackson continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot, and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. Michael Jackson’s distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists.
Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall, Bad, Dangerous, and HiStory, also rank among the world’s best-selling. Michael Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 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, including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 400 million records worldwide.
Michael Jackson won hundreds of awards, which made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. In what would have been Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday on 29 August 2010, he became the most downloaded artist of all time. Jackson constantly traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism and the 2000 Guinness Book of Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities; more than any other pop star. However in 1998, Britain’s Charity Commission shut down Michael Jackson’s charity Heal the World, reportedly concluding that Jackson’s actions had ruined the charity’s good name.
While preparing for his concert series titled This Is It, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Michael Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief and a live broadcast of the public memorial service viewed around the world. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment and Michael Jackson’s estate signed the largest music contract ever, with a $250 million deal to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.
How Michael Jackson Made His Money – Singer and Entertainer
Estimated Net Worth: $170 Million
Birthday: August 29, 1958
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