Michael Jackson, born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and died June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, is a singer-songwriter, dancer-choreographer, and American businessman. Seventh in a family of nine, he began his professional career at the age of eleven in the Jackson Five and began his solo career in 1971 while remaining a member of the group. Nicknamed after “The King of Pop“, he released five studio albums among the best-selling in the world: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad ( 1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).
In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a major figure of pop music and is one of the most famous of the twentieth century. Short films like Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller gave new impetus to music video clips. During his numerous concerts and live public appearances, he widely popularized many dance steps, including the Moonwalk which became his signature. His vocal and musical style has influenced many other Hip-Hop, Pop and R’n’B artists.
During his career, Michael Jackson has broken many record industry records. The total number of his sales is estimated at 750 million which makes him the biggest seller of albums of all time (for a solo artist). Thriller, whose sales estimates range from 65 to 108 million, is the best-selling album in the history of music. He has won more awards than any other artist and was named Millennium Artist at the World Music Awards in 2000.
Michael Jackson has raised and donated more than $ 400 million for charity events including through his Dangerous World Tour but his public image has been significantly tarnished by aspects of his private life, including his taste for cosmetic surgery, his eccentric lifestyle, and two charges of child abuse for which he was respectively acquitted and acquitted.
His two marriages and three children have also been controversial, but despite these controversies, Michael Jackson remains one of the major figures of music of the last forty years. On June 25, 2009, just before the beginning of This Is It, a series of 50 concerts in London that is expected to mark his comeback, Michael Jackson dies at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a heart attack.
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