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Michael Jackson wasn't merely the biggest pop star of his era, shaping the sound and style of the '70s and '80s; he was one of the defining stars of the 20th century, a musician who changed the contours of American culture.
A preternaturally Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson singer and dancer, Jackson first rose to stardom in as the year-old frontman for his family's band, the Jackson 5. As remarkable a run as the Jackson 5 had -- at the dawn of the '70s, each of their first four singles went to number one and they stayed near the top of the charts for the next five years -- it all served as a preamble to Jackson 's solo career.
Off Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson Wallthe dazzling album co-produced by Quincy Jonesannounced Jackson as a mature talent, and the singles "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" turned it into a blockbuster.
Determined to break through this glass ceiling, he reunited with Jones to create Thrillerthe album that shattered every music record on the books.
Thriller was designed to appeal to every audience and its diversity was Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson by its guests: he enlisted Eddie Van Halen to play guitar Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson the hard rock of "Beat It" while inviting Paul McCartney to duet on the chipper soft pop tune "The Girl Is Mine. Jackson's smashing of the network's racial barriers was only one aspect of Thriller 's unprecedented crossover.
Seven of its nine songs were Top 10 hits, it earned eight Grammy awards, and topped the Billboard charts for 37 weeks, matching its American success internationally to become the biggest-selling album of all time, earning 32 platinum certifications in the US and moving over million albums worldwide.
Such a phenomenal triumph pushed Jackson into the stratosphere and Bad -- the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Thrillerco-produced once again with Quincy Jones -- kept him there, generating five number one singles on the Billboard charts and selling Te Amo (Madgipsy Mix) - Sultana - Te Amo million copies internationally, two thirds of which were outside of the US. Jackson parted ways with Jones for 's Dangerousanother global blockbuster.
HIStorya double-disc set that paired a disc of hits with a new album, produced a couple of international number one singles. Invinciblehis album, turned out to be his last. Health problems culminated in his untimely death in the summer ofbut at that point Jackson 's legend was safe: he stood alongside Louis ArmstrongFrank SinatraHank WilliamsElvis PresleyMiles Davisand Bob Dylan as one of the musicians that created the sound of America in the 20th century. Such heights came from modest beginnings.
His mother was a Jehovah's Witness and his father a former boxer-turned-steelworker who played guitar on the side. Harboring aspirations of musical stardom, Joe shepherded his sons into a musical act around At that point, it was just the three eldest children -- TitoJackieand Jermaine -- but Michael joined them in and soon dominated the group.
Stealing moves from James Brown and Jackie WilsonMichael became the epicenter of the Jackson 5 as they earned accolades at local talent shows and went on to play soul clubs throughout the Midwest, working their way toward the east coast in where they won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater. Impressed, Taylor brought them to the attention of Berry Gordy, Jr. All three of Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson sequels went to number one and, striking while the iron was hot, Motown spun Michael off into a solo act.
His first solo single, "Got to Be There," arrived at the end ofreaching number four on the Billboard Hotand then a cover of Bobby Day 's chestnut Various - Techno - The Exclusive Compilation Robin" peaked at two in early Later that year, "Ben," the title theme ballad to an exploitation movie about a killer rat, earned Jackson his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song he would lose.
Not long afterward, the careers of Tearproof - The Undertones - Hypnotised Michael and the Jackson 5 slowed, victims of shifting tastes, adolescence, and creative battles with their label.
One last hit for Motown arrived in -- "Dancing Machine," a single that brought the group in line with the disco explosion -- before the group departed Motown for Epic in With the new label came a new name, along with a slight lineup change: Jermaine stayed at Motown to pursue a solo career and younger brother Randy took his place.
By that point, Michael had already made a Jive Talking - Bee Gees - Here At Last. Bee Gees .Live solo impression by starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, Sidney Lumet's musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Working on the soundtrack -- a record highlighted by his duet with Diana Ross on "Ease on Down the Road" -- he met producer Quincy Jonesa titan of jazz and pop in the '50s and '60s who had yet to score a smash in the '70s.
The pair hit it off and decided to work on Jackson 's next solo endeavor, but first the Jackson 5 released Destinywhich raised the profile of both the band and Michael himself. All this was preamble to Off the Wallthe album that definitively established Michael Jackson as a force of his own. Collaborating with producer Jones and songwriter Rod TempertonJackson consciously attempted to appeal to multiple audiences with Off the Wallturning the album into a dazzling showcase of all his different sounds and skills.
Anchored by a pair of number one hits -- the incandescent "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" -- the record turned into a smash, peaking at four on the Billboardselling millions of copies as it raked in awards, but losing the grand prize of Album of the Year at the Grammys, leaving Jackson with the lingering impression that he needed to cross over into the pop mainstream with greater force.
Before he could do that, he had to complete one more Jackson 5 album: 's Triumpha record with three hit singles "Lovely One," "This Place Hotel," "Can You Feel It" whose title seemed to allude to Michael 's solo success and certainly benefitted from his heightened stardom. After TriumphJackson reunited with producer Jones and songwriter Temperton to create the sequel to Off the Wallcrafting a record that deliberately hit every mark in the musical mainstream.
Paul McCartney was brought in to underscore Michael 's soft rock leanings, Eddie Van Halen pushed Jackson into metallic hard rock, and the remainder of the album glided from disco to pop to soul in an effortless display of his range. Some of its success can no doubt be credited to its striking music video, the first to break the fledgling MTV's then-unspoken racial barrier; after Jacksonthe network began playing more black acts.
Some of the single's success is due to his sensational performance on Motown's 25th Anniversary Special ina performance aired on May 16, where Jackson unveiled his signature moonwalk dance -- a move that made it appear as if he was gliding backward -- and announced himself to the world as a mature talent.
Pretty Young Thing " kept Thriller at number one and its last single was an extravaganza, with Jackson letting director John Landis turn the song into a short musical horror film. By the time the album wrapped up its two-year run on the charts, it had racked up 37 weeks at number one and sold 29 million copies, becoming the biggest-selling album ever.
Even as Thriller was something of a pop perpetual motion machine, selling records of its own accord, Jackson worked hard. Prior to its launch, Jackson suffered a serious accident while filming a Pepsi commercial designed to accompany the tour.
During the shoot, pyrotechnics burned Jackson 's head, sending him to the hospital with second degree burns to his scalp; as he recovered, he started using pain killers for the first time.
Jackson earned accolades for his philanthropic work, especially his collaboration with Lionel Richie on the charity single "We Are the World," but along with these positive notes, wild stories began to circulate in the tabloids.
Some further bad press accompanied his acquisition of the Lennon and McCartney songwriting catalog ina move that severed his partnership with Paul McCartney. Once this appeared, he started work on the task of following up Thriller. Bad didn't dominate the charts in other countries but its singles reached the Top 10 Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson with some regularity, aided in part with a globe-spanning tour -- the first solo tour of Michael Jackson 's career.
This time, he decided to part ways with Quincy Joneschoosing to work with a variety of collaborators, chief among them Teddy Hi-Fi - Suede - Head Musicwho helped usher Michael into the realm of New Jack Swing.
Jackson 's period of massive success was starting to end Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jacksonas it did, Jackson entered a rough personal period. Ina year-old boy accused Jackson of molestation. Over the next two years, the case played out in public and in the justice system, eventually settling out of court for undisclosed terms in ; no Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson were ever filed.
During all this, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in May of ; their marriage lasted just 19 months. Preceded by a double-A-sided single containing the ballad "Childhood" and "Scream," a duet with his sister Janetthe album underperformed compared to its predecessors but still generated big hits, highlighted by "You Are Not Alone," the first single to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot By that point, Jackson had married his Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson , Debbie Rowe, who would soon become to the mother of two children: Prince Michael Jackson, Jr.
Over the next couple of years, Jackson raised his family and performed at charitable events, starting work on a comeback planned for Invincible entered the charts at number one in the U. Soon, music took a backseat to Jackson 's personal life. He had a third child, Prince Michael Jackson II inbut the birth was overshadowed by erratic public appearances and legal problems, including an arrest in November for child molestation; in June of he was acquitted on all counts.
As the case played out, Sony released the first-ever single-disc collection of Jackson 's peak, Number Onesin ; it had a new song, "One More Chance. Jackson planned a major comeback for with a major tour called This Is It featuring a long run of shows at London's O2 Arena.
As he was in the midst of rehearsals in Los Angeles, he collapsed at home on the afternoon of June 25, An extensive investigation later named his death a homicide due to prescription drugs; Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. It didn't take long for posthumous releases to begin to hit the shelves. Motown released The Remix Suite in October ofand then a film documenting the concert rehearsals was released as This Is It, along with a soundtrack.
Inthe 25th anniversary of Bad brought an expanded reissue of the album. Epic released Xscape ina record where L. The Last Time - Rolling Stones* - 30 Greatest Hits and Timbaland reworked demos recorded between Michael Jackson - The History Of Michael Jackson and Invincible. InOff the Wall received a deluxe reissue highlighted by an accompanying documentary directed by Spike Lee.
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