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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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DATE OF BIRTH: August 29, 198
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PLACE OF BIRTH: Gary, Indiana,
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Introduction

About

Michael Joseph Jackson, born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, was the eighth child of the Jackson family. Raised in a working-class African-American household, Michael faced physical and emotional abuse from his father during rehearsals with the Jackson 5, the band he joined in 1965. Despite the challenges, the Jackson 5 achieved success with hits like "I Want You Back" and "ABC."

Michael transitioned into a teen idol in the early 1970s, releasing solo albums with Motown. In 1975, the Jackson 5 became the Jacksons after leaving Motown. Michael's impact on the music scene was evident through his performances and the popularization of the robot dance. In 1978, he experienced a broken nose during a dance routine, leading to rhinoplasty that influenced his career.

His fifth solo album, "Off the Wall" (1979), marked a shift in style and produced hits like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." In 1982, "Thriller" became the best-selling album worldwide, featuring iconic singles like "Billie Jean" and the debut of the moonwalk. "Thriller" won eight Grammy Awards in 1984, and Jackson's influence in pop culture soared.

Throughout the 1980s, Jackson faced controversies, including changing appearance and allegations of child sexual abuse. In 1987, he released "Bad," the first album to produce five US number-one singles. Jackson continued philanthropy with "We Are the World" (1985) and faced a Pepsi commercial accident that led to burns but resulted in a charitable donation.

In the early 1990s, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony, released the album "Dangerous" (1991), and embarked on the Dangerous World Tour. He founded the Heal the World Foundation (1992) and addressed rumors in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. In 1993, he faced accusations of child sexual abuse, settled out of court, and canceled the Dangerous World Tour.

Jackson's HIStory album (1995) addressed media treatment, and he faced legal controversies, including alleged antisemitic lyrics and stress-related health issues. In 2001, he released "Invincible," faced financial challenges, and accused Sony of racism. Documentaries, legal issues, and financial troubles followed.

In 2009, Jackson planned a comeback with "This Is It" concerts but died from an overdose administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. His death triggered global reactions, and his memorial service was widely viewed. Jackson's legacy continued posthumously, with album sales soaring, records breaking, and the Jackson estate managing his releases and productions.

Michael Jackson's impact extended beyond music, influencing dance, fashion, and global awareness. His philanthropy, groundbreaking achievements, and enduring legacy continue to shape popular culture. Despite controversies, his artistry, humanitarian efforts, and contributions to the entertainment industry remain immeasurable.


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson

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