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BIOGRAPHY on Michael Jackson

The Bio History of Michael Joseph Jackson began when he was born on the 29th of August 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the 7th of nine children. (brothers: Sigmund “Jackie“, Toriano “Tito“, Jermaine, Marlon, Steven “Randy“, and sisters Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya Jackson.

Michael began his musical career at the age of 5 as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 who formed in 1964. In these early years the Jackson 5, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and lead singer Michael played local clubs and bars in Gary Indiana and moving further afield as there talents grew and they could compete in bigger competitions. From these early days Michael would be at the same clubs as big talented stars of there days, such as Jackie Wilson and would be learning from them even back then.

In 1968 the Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers discovered the Jackson five and from there they got an audition for Berry Gordy of Motown Records. The Jackson 5 signed for Motown and moved to California. Their first 4 singles, “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There” all made US No1 hits. The Jackson 5 recorded 14 albums and Michael recorded 4 solo albums with Motown.

The Jackson 5 stayed with Motown until 1976, wanting more artistic freedom they felt they had to move on and signed up with Epic. The group name Jackson 5 had to be changed as it was owned by Motown, so they reverted to The Jacksons as they had be known in the early days. Brother Jermaine married Berry Gordy’s daughter and stayed with Motown. Youngest brother Randy joined in his place. The Jacksons had a number of hit records and in total made 6 albums between the years of 1976 and 1984.

In 1977 Michael made his first film debut when he starred in the musical ‘The Wiz’ playing Scarecrow with Diana Ross in the lead role of Dorothy. It was at this time Michael met Quincy Jones who was doing the score for the film.

Michael teamed up with Quincey Jones as his producer for his first solo album with Epic Records. The album titled “Off The Wall” was a big success around the world and the first ever album to release a record breaking 4 No1 singles in the US.

In 1982 Michael Jackson released the world’s largest selling album of all time, ‘Thriller‘. This album produced 7 hit singles, breaking yet again more records, and went on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide. Michael was keen to use music video or short films as he called them to promote his singles from the album. He worked with the best directors and producers, using the latest technology and special effects for the hit song ‘Billie Jean’ The short film ‘Thriller’ used the latest make-up artists technolgy combined with fantastic dancing and cherography, to produce a 14 minute video, with a start, a middle and an ending. So successful was this video that ‘The Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller’ became the world’s largest selling home video combined with soaring album sales. In 1983 Michael performed the now legendary moonwalk for the first time on the ‘Motown 25 years’ anniversary show. This performance alone set Michael undoubtable into the realm of a superstar.

In 1984 Michael won a record breaking 8 Grammy awards in one night. The awards were for his work on the ‘Thriller’ album and his work on the narrative for the ‘ET Storybook’.

On December 9th 1984 at the last concert of the Jackson’s Victory Tour, Michael announced he was splitting from the group and going solo.

In 1987 Michael released his much awaited third solo album, titled ‘Bad‘, and lauched his record breaking first solo world tour. 1988, Michael wrote his first autobiography, Moonwalk, talking for the first time on his childhood and his career. At the end of the 1980s Michael was named ‘Artist Of The Decade’ for his success off of his ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ albums.

In 1991 Michael signed with Sony Music the largest ever recording contract and released his fourth solo album, ‘Dangerous‘. He toured world again in 1992, taking his concerts to countries that had never before been visited by a pop/rock artist. Also Michael founded the ‘Heal the World Foundation‘ to help improve the lives of children across the world.

In 1994 Michael married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock legend Elvis Presley. The marriage only lasted for 19 months, as they divorced in 1996.

1995 saw Michael release a fifth solo album, ‘HIStory‘, which was a double album, first half new material and second half half greatest hits. Michael toured again over a legs covering a 2 year period. In between legs of the tour on November 14th 1996, Michael married for his second time to Debbie Rowe who was a nurse that Michael had met in the treatment of his skin pigment disorder. Together they had their first child Prince Michael Joseph Jackson jr born on February 13 1997 and a daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson born on April 3rd 1998.

In 1997 Michael released the remix album ‘Blood On The Dance Floor‘ which also contained 5 new song linked with a 38min film “Ghosts”. This film Michael played 5 roles using the latest special effects and make-up artistry, combined with his dance and music.

In September, 2001 Michael celebrated his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with two concerts to be held in New York, USA. Many artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Destinys Child, Shaggy and many more performed there own and Michael Jacksons past songs. Michael then reunited with all of his brothers and performed there biggest hits. Michael then went onto perform solo some of his biggest hits.

In October 2001 Michael released the album ‘Invincible‘ releasing only 2 singles including the big hit “You Rock My World”. Shortly after the albums release there were rumours of a rift with Sony Music and a clear lack of promotion of the album. The second single “Cry” was released with a very poor music video which did not feature Michael and no other singles were released.

In November 2003 a new single “One More Chance” was released as a single and was also a track on new compilaition album “Number Ones”.

In March 2009, Michael annouced a shock comeback tour at the O2 Arena in London to start in July 2009, intially for 10 dates but the total grew to a sold out 50 dates with over 750,000 tickets sold. All sold tickets sold out within minutes of being released.

On June 25th 2009 Michael Jackson died suddenly of a reported cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old.

For a more indepth biographical look at Michael Jacksons life read the following era’s;
The Jackson 5 Era
The Jacksons Era
Off The Wall Era
Thriller Era
Bad Era
Dangerous Era
HIStory & Blood on the Dance Floor Era
Invincible Era

News over the Years:

  • October 2009 This Is It single, album and Movie released.
  • June 2009 Michael Jackson dies aged 50.
  • March 2009 Michael Jackson to perform at the O2 Arena, London
  • September 2008 Bravo Legend and Pamela not dating Michael
  • August 2008 Michael’s 50th Birthday
  • July 2008 Track with Akon leaked online, titled “Hold My Hand”
  • February 2008 Thriller 25th Anniversary album released!
  • January 2008 New Single The Girl is Mine 2008 with will.i.am
  • December 2007 Epic unveil forthcoming 25th Anniversary of Thriller
  • November 2007 Michael appears on cover of Ebony magazine..
  • October 2007 Michael appears on cover of Italian Vogue magazine.
  • March 2007 Michael ends rumours. Michael Arrives in Japan, attends V.I.P party.
  • February 2007 Michael’s vocals on new track.
  • January 2007 Michael staying in the U.S.A. Jermaine finishes 2nd in CBB.

Michael Jackson

* MICHAEL JACKSONS BLACK OR WHITE single gets the Guinness record for being the largest watched music video ever after thriller breaking the record held by BEATLES in 1992

* MICHAEL JACKSONS EARNS A RECORD 7 Grammys for thriller

* MICHAEL RECEIVES THE best composer award Grammy for LIBERIAN GIRL and SMOOTH CRIMINAL of BAD

* MICHAEL RECEIVES BAMBY music award from 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002

* MICHAEL is nick named THE KING OF POP by Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles) and by LISA

MARIE PRESLEY (ex wife of MJ and daughter of ELVIS)

* MICHAELS HISTORY HAS 6 singles opening at number 1 at the BILLBOARD 100

* MICHAELS MOONWALKER gets the Best Children’s Picture Award at the International Film Awards

* MICHAELS MOONWALKER nets $100 million USD and continues its record run for 3 years

* MICHAEL JACKSON donates his rhinestone studded violet glove for the 2006 tsunami victims that nets around $600,355 million USD

* MICHAEL ADOPTS 1000 families to NeverLand

* MICHAEL SPONSORS THE EDUCATION OF 10000 kids through the HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION

* MICAHEL JACKSONS WE ARE THE WORLD helps the African Famine victims which net around $150 million USD

* MICHAEL honored by President Regan with the Highest Civil Award in America

* As a compensation paid to Michael for the hair fire accident by Pepsi, Michael Jackson donated the entire amount to open Hospitals “MJ Burn center” for Victims of fire to be treated. A reported $200 million was paid by Pepsi as a respect to MJ

* Michael Jackson’s DANGEROUS albums HEAL THE WORLD becomes the world Peace anthem in 1992 as adopted by the UN

* Michael Jacksons THRILLER becomes the anthem of POP in 2009 after his death

* Michael’s THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US becomes the hardest hitting and most controversial song addressing social ills in world history

* Michael Jackson is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Twice (previously held by Beatles and Elvis Presley- who was inducted 4 times)

* MICHAEL JACKSONS Smooth Criminal Becomes the anthem Of FUNK and JAZZ in 1997

* Michael Jacksons THIS IS IT that was opened only for 2 weeks became the Highest grosser of the year 2009

* Michael Jacksons Dangerous World Tour is attended by 65 million people across 4 continents and around 50 countries netting a total worth of $300 million

* Michael Jacksons HISTORY beats the DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR and has 80 million people watching MJ perform live netting a total worth of $400 million that spanned 5 continents and 75 countries

* MJ’s statue laying event in HISTORY ON FILM was declared the BEST VIDEO OF THE DECADE

* THRILLER DECALRED THE BEST AWARD OF THE CENTURY

* MJS BILLIE JEAN becomes the anthem OF BASS MUSIC

* MJ’s BEAT IT becomes the anthem of HARD ROCK music

* MJS funeral becomes the largest viewed event in world history with a viewership of 35 billion people worldwide

* MJ enters the Guinness records for the 5th time for the THIS IS IT that became the largest sold and fastest selling ticket concert in world history

* MJ enters the Guinness record for the 4th time for the anti-gravity shoe he developed for Smooth Criminal

* MJs moonwalk declared the SINGLE BEST CELEBRITY BODY LANGUAGE by the Rock and Roll Association

* MJ awarded the life time achievement music award BAMBY awards in 2002 ( lastly presented to the Beatles Elvis, Eagles, Stevie Wonder )

* MJ nets a record 22 Grammys in his career

* MJ completes a record 1 billion album sales world wide edging past the BEATLES and EAGLES and ELVIS

* MJ’s VOCAL HICCUPS in his songs declared the BEST VOCAL STYLE OF THE DECADE by the Rock and Roll Association

* MJ’s THRILLER 25 sells 50 million copies worldwide

* MJ’s Off the Wall gets certified platinum 10 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s THRILLER gets certified platinum 30 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s BAD gets certified platinum 20 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s DANGEROUS gets certified platinum 20 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s HISTORY gets certified platinum 15 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s INVINCIBLE gets certified platinum 5 times by the recording industry

* MJ’s MOTOWN years, Forever Michael, Music and Me, Ben, Abc, Soul Bubble Gum, Ill Be There and Dancing Machine gets certified platinum 3 times by the recording industry

* THIS IS IT continues its number 1 run for the 7th consecutive week

* MJS BLOOD ON DANCE FLOOR sells 75 million copies worldwide to become the LARGEST SOLD REMIX ALBUM OF ALL TIME

* Billboard Charts

* Michael Jackson is the first person in the 50 year history of the Billboard chart to enter straight in at No1, with his single “Thriller”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Dangerous”,

“Black or white”, “History” “You Are Not Alone”.

* The previous record “Earth Song” which had debuted at No2 and also Michael Jacksons.

* Greatest Audience – Guinness Book of World Records

The highest-ever viewership for SUPERBOWL was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time performance.

* Jacksons THRILLER, SMOOTH CRIMINAL, HEAL THE WORLD, YOU ROCK MY WORLD, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US, YOUR NOT ALONE, spend 100 weeks in the billboard 100. A feat which no artist including ELVIS and Beatles have done

* Jacksons THRILLER, HEAL THE WORLD,SMOOTH CRIMINAL ,THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US, YOU ROCK MY WORLD, BLACK OR WHITE spend 100 weeks at top 10 of billboard hot 100

* Jacksons SMOOTH CRIMINAL, THRILLER, Black or White, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US spend 100 weeks at number 1 at billboard 100

* Jackson remained at 1 in US from 1977-2002

* Jackson remained at 1-5 in 1977-2002 at German, UK, Europe, French, Spain, Italy, Rome and Japan pop and metal charts

* Jackson is the only artist to have sold 500 million records + outside US

* Honored by President George H. W. Bush

* Invincible declared THE MOST TECHNICALLY ACCOMPLISHED AND BEAUTIFULLY MIXED STUDIO ALBUM of ALL TIME

* President George H. W. Bush commended Jackson for his achievements and presented him with the White House’s special “Artist of the Decade” award in recognition of his musical influence during the 1970s-1990s.

* President Obama awarded Jackson with the speech “The day the music died” during a press release and conferred the ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY award on Michael Jackson, Elvis and Beatles.

* Guinness Record for Support of Charities

Jackson was listed in the 2000 book of Guinness World Records for his support more charities than any other entertainer or personality.

Jackson supported 39 charities through cash donations and sponsorships.

* Jackson becomes the “MOST SEARCHED” celeb of 2009

* Jackson’s death crashes google, wiki, youtube, yahoo, msn

* Jackson released his first autobiography, Moon Walk, in 1988. The book took four years to write and detailed alleged abuse Jackson suffered as a child and his plastic surgeries. The book topped the New York Times best seller’s list of 10 all time best sellers.

* Also in June 1999, Jackson organized a series of benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. He recruited Slash, The Scorpions, Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Shobana Chandrakumar, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti for the Michael Jackson and Friends concerts. The proceeds were donated to the “Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund”, the Red Cross and UNESCO.

* MJ and ARR join to perform EKAM SATYAM in 1996 at Mumbai that still holds the largest concert ever in Indian soil with a record 25 lakh participants

* Jackson and Pavarottii teamed up for a benefit concert in Modena, Italy in June 1999.

The concert was focused on support of the non-profit organization Warchild. The artists raised a million dollars for the refugees of Kosovo and also donated money to help the children of Guatemala.

* When Ryan White, a hemophiliac teen from Indiana was kicked out of school in 1985 because he contracted HIV from a contaminated blood treatment, Jackson became one of his advocates. After White’s death in 1990, Jackson pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Gala for more funding for HIV/AIDS charities and research.

* MJs earth song declared the WORLD EVNIRONMENT DAY song

* Jackson started the Dangerous World Tour on June 27, 1992 and completed it on November 11, 1993, after entertaining 35 million people at 67 concerts. All of the profits from the concerts were donated to the Heal the World Foundation.

* Jackson founded the “Heal the World Foundation” in 1992. The charity organization brought underprivileged children to Jackson’s Neverland ranch to ride theme park rides the singer had built on the property. Heal the World also gave millions of dollars to help children around the world who were threatened by war and illnesses.

* From 1985 to 1990, Jackson donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

* Jackson donated 100 percent of the profits from him single “Man in the Mirror” to charity.

* MJs MAN IN THE MIRROR becomes the “MOST POWERFUL VOCALS song of the century for his vocal hiccups”

* During the Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson played to sold out crowds and smashed Guinness World records when 504,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium for each of the seven sold out shows and the tour grossed $125 million. During all of this, Jackson invited underprivileged children to the shows and donated to hospitals, orphanages and other charities.

* THRILLER and SMOOTH CRIMINAL declared the “MOST IRRESTIBLE DANCE MUSIC of all time” by the USA DJ association

* THE JACKSON 5 becomes the only band in world history to have its first 6 single top the charts in debut in 1971-1995

* MUSIC and ME by MJ at the age of 5 enters the Guinness records for the best performance as a child artist to get a platinum record

* THIS IS IT was to be the first 3D concert in world history

* MJ was instrumental in introducing AKON, 50 cents, Will.i.am and Black eyed Peas

* MJ was instrumental in setting Britney’s career to the “princess of pop” by performing with her for THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL all across US during her debut period

* MJ was instrumental in MADONA becoming the “queen of pop” recording for her hard candy

* MJs Neverland is the largest piece of estate owned by any celebrity in world history measuring 3600 acres.

* MJ wrote 100 songs and sifted through 700 songs for selecting the 9 tracks of thriller.

* Since 1983-1999 MJ never wrote a song and kept referring to the 100 songs list he had prepared for thriller which took shape in the form of BAD, DANGEROUS and HISTORY

* Invincible by MJ had a new group of song writers and has been the only new material done by him since 1999

* Half of Bads tracks were sung during thriller but released only in 1985-89 for BAD

* Half of Dangerous tracks were sung during BAD but released only in 1991-94 for DANGEROUS

* Half of HISTORY tracks were sung during DANGEROUS but released only in 1996-1999 for HISTORY

* MJ decided the beat of his songs according to the dance unlike artists who write and compose or compose and write, MJ dances and composes

* MJ records the lyrics into a recorder and sings it from memory than putting it down on paper

* SMOOTH CRIMINAL was declared to be the FASRTEST COMPOSED SONG IN HISTORY – in less than an hour MJ coordinated the whole vocal and orchestra arrangement and sung the song

* MJ earns the highest royalty rate in the industry from 1977-2001

* MJ buys 50% stake of the BEATLES, SHAKIRA, EMINEM and ELVIS (till the end MJ held on to the BEATLES BACK CATALOGUE)

* MJs MUSIC CATALOGUE IS WORTH 25 BILLION TODAY!!

* With THRILLER AND BAD, MJ played an instrumental role in establishing the position of MTV and SONY entertainment the way it is today

* As of 2009, Thriller completed 700 million copies sales all over the world.

* As of 2009 HISTORY completed 250 million copies sales worldwide

* As of 2009 BAD completed 350 million sales copies worldwide

* As of 2009 DANGEROUS completed 300 million copies sales worldwide

* As of 2009 INVINCIBLE completed 100 million copies sales worldwide

* MJ awarded the “SUPREME ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME” by the ROCK AND ROLL ARTISTs Association.

gautham daamodhar,
gautham.daamodhar@gmail.com

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