Michael Jackson

Born 29 August 1958. Died 25 June 2009.

"King of Pop"

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Biography

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then-relatively-new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream", he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists.

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  • Founded MJJ Productions Inc.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bad 25

    Bad 25 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    An awesome, evergreen and essential pop masterpiece.
  2. Review of Michael

    Michael 2010

    Reviewed by James McMahon
    New songs from the deceased star – but how many should have seen the light of day?
  3. Review of Essential

    Essential 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Essential kicks off with the unbeatable 'I Want You Back' and thereafter barely...
  4. Review of Invincible

    Invincible 2001

    Reviewed by Adam Smith
    This is Michael Jackson as we've come to expect him.
  5. Review of Off The Wall

    Off The Wall 2001

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    1979's Off The Wall is one of the finest pop albums ever.
  6. Review of Thriller

    Thriller 1982

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A still-magnificent view from pop’s summit.
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