You need flash!
no cover -  

Michael Jackson

pop 80s dance soul funk

      Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, died June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California), often referred to as The King of Pop, is the biggest-selling solo artist of all time, with over 750,000,000 sales. Jackson is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and double inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His awards include 8 Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, and 26 Billboard Awards. He is also credited for popularizing many physically complicated dance moves, such as the robot and the moonwalk, and has influenced and spawned a whole generation of a wide variety of artists including Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and Usher, among others.

      Jackson's musical career began in 1967 as lead singer of The Jackson 5, when the group made their first recording with a local label before signing up with Motown Records in 1968. He made his first solo recordings in 1971 while still a member of the group. But it was Off the Wall (1979) which marked the start of his full-fledged solo career, and he formally parted with his siblings in 1984. In his solo career, Jackson recorded and co-produced the best-selling album of all time, Thriller (with worldwide sales over 100 million), received thirteen Grammy awards and charted thirteen #1 singles in the U.S. Throughout his four-decade career, Michael Jackson has been awarded numerous honors, including the World Music Awards Best-selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium. He is also a double-inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1997, and in 2001 as a solo artist. He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In the mid-1980s, TIME magazine described Jackson as "the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley". He has had a notable impact on music and culture throughout the world while also tearing down racial barriers and paving the way for modern pop music.

      From 1988 to 2005, Jackson lived on his Neverland Ranch property, on which he built an amusement park and private zoo for the enjoyment of economically disadvantaged and terminally ill children. In 1993 and 2003, separate accusations of child molestation that allegedly occurred in Neverland were made against Jackson, which drew intense negative media coverage. While he was never charged for the first case, Jackson was tried and vindicated in 2005 of the latter allegation, but moved out of the US shortly thereafter. He later returned to Las Vegas in early 2007.

      Over the past few years Jackson has made numerous public appearances including MTV Japan's VMA awards where he accepted the legends award; the World Music Awards where he accepted the Diamond Award for selling over 100 million records; James Brown's funeral where he paid tribute and delivered his sermon; and a fan appreciation event in Tokyo, Japan, where he also greeted troops at US Army base Camp Zama. In early 2008, Jackson issued Thriller 25th Anniversary, a critical, and commercial success that is currently the second-biggest selling album of 2008 with over 2.1 million copies sold worldwide.

      On June 25, 2009, Jackson collapsed at a rented home in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles, California. The cause of death is currently believed to be cardiac arrest. At the time of his death, Jackson was scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009, to March 6, 2010. During a publicity press conference, Jackson made suggestions of possible retirement.

      In the hours following Jackson's death, his record sales increased dramatically. His seminal album Thriller climbed to number one on the American iTunes music chart, while another eight have made it into the top 40. In the UK, where Jackson would have performed less than three weeks after his death, fifteen of his albums occupied the top 15 spots on the Amazon music chart. Social music network website Last.fm also saw a dramatic increase in Michael Jackson plays per hour after the announcement of his death.

      On December 10, 2010, a compilation album of previously unreleased material, simply entitled Michael, was released posthumously. Featuring guest performances by Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz, the album was certified Platinum in 18 countries but received mixed reviews from most critics. This was followed in November 2011 by Immortal, a remix album; in September 2012 by Bad 25, a 25th anniversary reissue of Jackson's 1987 hit album Bad; and by Xscape, a second compilation album released in May 2014.

      Official website: http://www.michaeljackson.com


      Michael Jackson 3421d27abcee451ea45638aef0898f94 Michael Jackson 7a9b0f69d51f41a888ef29df9cfe3594 Michael Jackson 9e298c164b244042841e1655f370d045 Michael Jackson 207fbf639d7a4864b3f04d651ee4d988 Michael Jackson 693d841df95c493aabfbabe9df2df1b6 Michael Jackson a622190059f54384a53217bf31482b56 Michael Jackson a291b555ec3b4816b0fa48a3f639a5ee Michael Jackson 58cda51d93ca422ea0e7a7a6ba300c7e Michael Jackson 18921d4a2e56400b93a4e1baac9b896d Michael Jackson a4365c1851d347a6a2899b7e4442e826 Michael Jackson 23e605edfe154f8e92e523403fceff67 Michael Jackson c12876ec91d34d768d6f87cf3b69a5c5 Michael Jackson 1ecac8fff29f4ac69a993c9d81c9553a Michael Jackson b584705227374b4896c31e721f12bbaf Michael Jackson b15ee0eff8f342da902cc8cec5685c77 Michael Jackson a2883de8136a464fb4ffb0fc58682490 Michael Jackson cb64500c93c0496cb0a6eff766bd49f1 Michael Jackson 7748fea1100245d8b34e47279d8f557f Michael Jackson 210fc6b54ce844e993fde1f20faf15df Michael Jackson 3d1002a12ab944449850ea426c5404f9 Michael Jackson 3ef02ee53933481a82533c7d2b650a6b Michael Jackson eef4d50078fd4ff9a65c48442941f106 Michael Jackson 9662b46125994583932d86c89b7fc4b7 Michael Jackson 941e0c71de4d4d9fbea2efc6688ea5dc Michael Jackson 28ee6be124cd4b1eb653b3b9083cb0bd Michael Jackson 2def51a651f54f94a9e7257986091ec8 Michael Jackson 34fc0d75afc14ff3806f569ac4c76d7f Michael Jackson 8a404b2136f943e5844c02e438f0d9d7 Michael Jackson 7fd6ea2b753345bca5dc228ebc0463dd Michael Jackson c0b318ba25544b88be374233c1677c90 Michael Jackson 933a794d2b74434b93659b3ad9d5a4ca Michael Jackson 42ada734e2de44dc83c66ca6b0dd5403 Michael Jackson 0fbeb96a4d804688940e841896bf2b9a Michael Jackson 453c24ff36dd4144b03825fa90dc628a Michael Jackson 4397328066284934a06472aab8741ae6 Michael Jackson 8e62cedf91654f679997d874d4eaac7a Michael Jackson f6083dd830084d5092162c2c0942f520 Michael Jackson 1ddfd273885f4c6099427c1efbe0ec3b Michael Jackson 6c13630275604f47815f83ebee71d90e Michael Jackson 04f1616e5f62436caa247a8bc332744b
      TOPlist