Alongside his brothers, he made his debut in 1964 as lead singer and youngest member of The Jackson 5, and began a successful solo career in 1971. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995) among the best selling. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form, with videos for his songs "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" making him the first African American artist to amass a strong crossover following on MTV.
While preparing for the This Is It concert tour in 2009, Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering from cardiac arrest. He reportedly had been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. His death triggered an outpouring of grief from around the world with his globally live broadcast memorial service attracting an audience of up to one billion people.
Often referred to as the Gloved One, or the King of Pop.
Has produced the best-selling album in the world, Thriller, as well as many hit singles. Known for his dance moves, including the Moonwalk.
Michael Jackson is seen to be either a pedophile by the ignorant, or a child trapped in a man's body by the psychological analyzers.
Sadly, Michael is now more well-known for his personal life rather than his extraordinary achievements in the entertainment business.
Common misconceptions include:
Michael hates his initial race, so he bleaches his skin.
Michael is a pedophile who likes to touch little boys.
Michael is now a woman.
All of these are simply the press taking advantage of a mega-celebrity. Michael has vitiligo, a disease that affects the pigmentation of one's skin and causes bright white spots to appear in random patches all over the body.
If one were to read the reliable information available regarding the molestation court case, one would realize that is wasn't even remotely possible for MJ to be guilty of the crimes which he was accused.
Michael Jackson also, despite what one might consider a feminine appearance, very much an amazing and talented man. He oozes a starry presence noticed by all around him.
Michael is a compassionate human being whose sincerity has been misinterpreted as inappropriate.
Goes to show our world is going to pot.
Jill: Yeah!!! It was awesome, everyone was singing and dancing along!
Loser: Eew, Michael Jackson?? What a fag!!
Sue and Jill: Get a life, you tabloid addict. Michael is where it's at.