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Facts About Michael Jackson
|Celebrated Name||Michael Jackson|
|Age||64 Years Old|
|Birth Name||Michael Joseph Jackson|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|Place Of Birth||Gary, Indiana, United States|
|High School||Montclair College Preparatory School|
|Best Known For||Jackson 5|
|Death Date||25 June 2009|
|Cause Of Death||Cardiac arrest induced by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication|
|Net Worth||$500 million in 2009|
|Marital Status||Married (Divorced)|
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist. Known as the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.
Why was Michael Jackson so popular?
- The Moonwalk and His Glove
- American singer-songwriter
- King of Pop
Michael 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's name is Joe Jackson who was a former boxer who was a steelworker at U.S. Steel and his 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.
Michael Jackson’s Body Features
Jackson’s height was 1.75 m 5 feet 9 inches and weight was 60 kg (132 lbs). He has black color hair and black color eyes. Overall, he had a balanced and healthy body.
Michael 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’.
- The concerts were to run from July 13, 2009, to March 6, 2010. Jackson moved to Los Angeles, where he rehearsed in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of the choreographer Kenny Ortega, whom he had worked with during his previous tours.
- On June 25, 2009, less than three weeks before his concert residency was due to begin in London, with all concerts sold out, Jackson died from cardiac arrest.
Michael 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 for his financial misery and child molestation accusations.
He dated Maureen McCormick when he was a 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.
In 2009, Jackson’s net worth was estimated to be $500 million.
How did Michael Jackson die?
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.
- 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.
Trivias About Michael Jackson You Need To 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.