Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Jackson

Quick Facts Of Michael Jackson

Celebrated Name Michael Jackson
Age 60 Years
Nick Name MJ
Birth Name Michael Joseph Jackson
Birth Date 1958-08-29
Gender Male
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Religion Christian
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Place Of Birth Gary, Indiana, United States
High School Montclair College Preparatory School
Height 1.75 m
Best Known For Jackson 5
Weight 60 kg
Horoscope Virgo
Death Date 25 June 2009
Cause Of Death Cardiac arrest induced by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication
Net Worth $236 million in 2007
Marital Status Married (Divorced)
Children 3

One of the American singer, songwriter, and dancer is Michael Joseph Jackson who is famous as Michael Jackson. He was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. He received 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 24 American Music Awards and also Artist of the Century award. In 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities. Forbes ranked him as the top-earning deceased celebrity for the fifth consecutive year in 2017.

Jackson’s Early Life

Michael Jackson’s full name is Michael Joseph Jackson. He was born on 29 August 1958 at Gary, Indiana, the U.S. His father name is Joe Jackson who was a former boxer was a steelworker at U.S. Steel and mother name is Katherine Jackson who is a pianist. He was the eighth child of his parents. He has three sisters named Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet and five brothers named Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy.

Jackson’s Body Features

Jackson’s height was 1.75 m and weight was 60 kg. He has black color hair and black color eyes. Overall, he had the balanced and healthy body.

Jackson’s Career

  • In 1964, he and Marlon joined the Jackson Brother which is a band formed by their father which included brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine.
  • In 1965, he began sharing lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the group's name was changed to the Jackson 5.
  • The Jackson 5 recorded several songs which included their first single "Big Boy" in 1968 for Steel Town Records and a Gary record label before signing with Motown in 1969.
  • He released four solo studio albums with Motown as ‘Got to Be There’ in 1972, ‘Ben’ in 1972, ‘Music & Me’ in 1973, and ‘Forever’ and ‘Michael’ in 1975.
  • In June 1975, the Jackson 5 signed with Epic Records.
  • In 1978, he started to work in the film named ‘The Wiz’ as a scarecrow.
  • In 1979, he released his fifth solo album named ‘Off the Wall’.
  • From 1981 to 1983, he recorded with Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
  • In 1982, he combined his interests in songwriting and film.
  • His sixth album named 'Thriller' was released in late 1982. The album earned Jackson seven more Grammys and eight American Music Awards, including the Award of Merit, the youngest artist to win it. It was the best-selling album worldwide in 1983 and became the best-selling album of all time in the United States and the best-selling album of all time worldwide. It also won another Grammy for Best Engineered Recording in 1984. The AMA Awards for 1984 provided him with an Award of Merit and AMAs for Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B, and Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock. It won him AMAs for Favorite Video, Soul/R&B, Favorite Video, Pop/Rock, and Favorite Single, Pop/Rock. It also won him AMAs for Favorite Album, Soul/R&B, and Favorite Album.
  • In November 1983, he along with his brothers partnered with PepsiCo.
  • On 10 August 1985, he was finalized by ATV Music.
  • In 1988, he released his only autobiography named 'Moonwalk'.
  • In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony.
  • In 1992, he founded the Heal the World Foundation.
  • In January 1993, he performed at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California.
  • In June 1995, he released the double album named 'History'. It received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
  • From October 1997 to September 2001, he worked with collaborators including Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins to produce what would be his tenth solo album named 'Invincible’. ‘Invincible' was released on October 30, 2001.
  • On 17 November 2003, Sony released Number Ones which is a compilation of Jackson's hits on CD and DVD. In the U.S., the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
  • On 15 November 2006, he performed at the World Music Awards in London and accepted a Diamond Award for selling over 100 million records.
  • In 2007, he and Sony bought another music publishing company named Famous Music LLC which was formerly owned by Viacom.
  • In September 2007, he was still working on his next album, but it was never completed.
  • In 2008, Jackson and Sony released 'Thriller 25' to mark the 25th anniversary of the original 'Thriller'.
  • In March 2009, he held a press conference at London's O2 Arena to announce a series of comeback concerts titled 'This Is It’.

Jackson’s Controversies

  • In 1993, he was charged with child sexual abuse. The case was settled and no charge was pressed against him.
  • In 2005, he was again accused of the same child abuse case. That time also he was found innocent.
  • In 1999, he canceled all his concerts and he was sued by his event organizer Marcel Avram for canceling his Munich concert. He was a good friend of him as well. So after that settled with an agreement.
  • In the alleged lawsuits, he had to spend money. It became hard for him to pay back the loan that he had taken from his music publications.
  • His death itself formed a lot of controversies. His family believed that he was murdered. But his sister LaToya claimed that he was a scapegoat. The doctor who prescribed him the drugs was put in jail for 2 years. It was also responsible as his financial misery and child molestation accusations.

Jackson’s Personal Life

  • Relationship

Jackson was the married man. He dated Maureen McCormick when he was teen. They never broke officially. In 1972 he dated Latonya Simmons. He also dated his friend named Tatum O’Neal. He also dated the Canadian actress Stephanie Anne Mills.  He then dated Diana Rose in 1977 and Brooke Shields in 1988. He also dated Tatiana Thumbtzen. In 1990, he dated Shana Mangatal secretly. In 1991, he dated Whitney Houston. He got married to Lisa Marie Presley in 1992 but sadly they got divorced in 2000. He later married Debbie Rowe. He has two children with her named as Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Later in 1999, they got divorced. In February 2002, his second son named Prince Michael II was born. He revealed that artificial insemination using his sperm cells was used and he didn’t know his newborn son’s mother nor she knew about him.

  • Net Worth

In 2007, Jackson’s net worth was estimated to be $236 million. His debt was estimated to be $331 million.

  • Death

On 25 June 2009, he died due to Cardiac arrest induced by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. He was reported not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for more than an hour but it did not bring any change. Then he was pronounced dead.

His memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty.

  • After Death

  • On June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of Jackson's death, fans traveled to Los Angeles to pay tribute. They visited Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his family home, and Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
  • On November 4, 2010, Sony announced the first posthumous album ‘Michael’ would release on December 14.
  • On 3 November 2010, the theatre company Cirque du Soleil announced that it would launch ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ in October 2011 in Montreal.
  • In April 2011, billionaire businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed and chairman of Fulham Football Club unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson outside the club's stadium at Craven Cottage.
  • On 31 March 2014, Epic Records announced ‘Xscape’ which is an album of eight songs of unreleased material of Michael Jackson. It was released on May 13, 2014.
  • According to a report by Forbes in 2016, he had been the top-earning dead celebrity each year since his death, with triple-digit millions per annum.
  • A new compilation album, Scream, was released on September 29, 2017.
  • In July 2018, Sony/ATV bought the Jackson estate's stake in EMI.

Did You Know?

  • His success earned him the nickname the "King of Pop".
  • At the turn of the century, Jackson won an American Music Award as Artist of the 1980s.
  • On January 22, 2002, he won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century.

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