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Biography of Michael JACKSON

Michael JACKSON

Michael JACKSON
Born on 29/08/1958 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Michael Joseph Jackson (b.August 29, 1958- died June 25, 2009), was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the '80s,  certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time, and a great Humanitarian.

Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian, an example to us all. He has devoted much time and money to a wide range of charities. He loves children and takes time out when touring secretly visting sick children. He also has special rooms at his home Neverland for sick and terminally ill children to stay over.

The King of Pop was a pioneer in his field, and used the millions he made to give back to a number of different charities.
Jackson is listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star.” His song, “We Are the World” co-written with Lionel Richie, raised more than $63 million for famine relief in Africa.
He was a passionate supporter of charity, and was honored by many different organizations for the work that he did and the compassion that he showed.

His work in Africa includes financially supporting programs to build and equip hospitals, orphanages, homes and schools. He has also financially supported programs relating to Child immunization, HIV-AIDS, Education and Apartheid.

 

was born in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 29, 1958. Michael was the fifth son born to steelworker Joe Jackson, who quickly started organizing his sons into a singing group he dubbed the Jackson 5.

From a young age, Michael’s childhood was fairly sheltered and rigid due to his mother’s strong religious faith and his father’s often strict discipline. By age 6, Michael was performing in his family’s group and already establishing himself as an exceptional entertainer.

In 1968, the Jackson 5 members signed to Motown and issued their first single in 1969, when Michael was only 11.In 1970, the group had four No. 1 hits:This made the Jackson 5 the first pop group in history to have its first four singles reach No. 1.
In 1977, Michael won the part of the Scarecrow "The Wiz," all-black film retelling of "The Wizard of Oz." It was on the set that he met producer/composer Quincy Jones.

When Jackson’s contract with his father expired, he opted to embark on a solo career again (though he still remained a member of the Jacksons), and Jones became his producer. His first adult solo album was entitled "Off the Wall," and it produced four Top 10 singles and went platinum.
In 1982, "Thriller" was produced, making history. It sold 26 million copies in the United States, 60 million worldwide and stayed on the Billboard charts for 122 weeks.

In 1983, during Motown’s 28th anniversary special, Michael did the Moonwalk for the first time on television. Seven of the nine tracks on "Thriller" wound up in the Top 10.

Michael swept the Grammy Awards in 1984, taking home a record eight in one night. He also won the largest endorsement deal ever by becoming the spokesman for Pepsi. During filming for a Pepsi commercial in 1984, Michael’s scalp was badly burnt, requiring skin grafts.That same year, Michael purchased the majority of shares in ATV Music Publishing Co., the organization which owned the rights to most of the Beatles’ songs
Michael’s skin also started getting lighter and there were accusations that he was intentionally undergoing treatment to make himself whiter.

Soon Jackson reported to the media that he had a disorder called vitiligo, where pigment disappears from the skin, leaving white blotches and making sunlight exposure dangerous.

Michael’s skin also started getting lighter and there were accusations that he was intentionally undergoing treatment to make himself whiter.

Soon Jackson reported to the media that he had a disorder called vitiligo, where pigment disappears from the skin, leaving white blotches and making sunlight exposure dangerous.

He also underwent some plastic surgery, though there were conflicting reports as to how much, and his face began to change noticeably.
Jackson's next album, Bad, topped the charts in 1987. Then his eccentric lifestyle began to overwhelm his recording career, and Jackson became a favorite of the gossip sheets.

In 1992, Michael founded the "Heal the World Foundation," a charity that brought underprivileged children to Neverland Ranch where Michael would spend time with them and allow them to spend the night.

This practice raised many eyebrows, especially when Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy who had become a regular Neverland guest. Jackson responded to the allegations publicly, maintaining his innocence. In 1994, he settled the case out of court for an undisclosed amount.
In 1994 he married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis (a.k.a. "The King"), but they divorced in 1996. Also notorious were Jackson's long series of cosmetic surgeries, rumors of exotic pets (including his chimpanzee pal Bubbles) and superstar peccadilloes at Jackson's ranch estate, dubbed "Neverland", a reference to the story of Peter Pan. His marriage to Presley was followed by another brief marriage to Debbie Rowe (1996-99) and multiple accusations of inappropriate conduct with children. In 2005 he was tried on charges of child molestation and conspiracy related to his relationship with a 13-year-old boy. Jackson was acquitted on all charges after a trial that year.

2009
Jackson announces his comeback with a 50 date run of shows at London’s O2 arena called This Is It.

Michael Jackson dies June 25th in California.

 

 



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