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Michael Joseph Jackson was an American musician, dancer, and entertainer with enormous international impact as a pop culture icon. Known worldwide as the King of Pop, he is the most commercial successful entertainer of all time.
He made his debut in 1964 as lead singer and youngest member of The Jackson 5 with his four brothers, and later began a successful solo career in 1971. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album in history. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form. With his stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound, vocal style and choreography inspired numerous pop, rock, R&B and hip hop artists breaking down cultural, racial, and generational barriers.
One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements feature multiple Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards (24 only as a solo artist, including one for 'Artist of the Century') more than any artist, 17 number one singles in the US (including the four as a member of the Jackson 5), and estimated sales between 350 million and 750 million records worldwide making him one of the best selling artists in musical history. He was also a notable philanthropist and humanitarian who donated and raised over 300 million dollars through support of 39 charities and his own Heal the World Foundation.
Jackson's personal relationships, perpetually changing appearance and lifestyle generated controversy for years. He was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993 though no charges were brought, and in 2005 he was tried and acquitted of further allegations. He married twice, first in 1994 and again in 1996, and brought up three children, one born to a surrogate mother. 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.
Biographical material taken from Wikipedia.com.
Last Updated: 14-April-2016