Michael Jackson was 50 when he died on June 25, 2009– just days before he was due to begin a record-breaking 50-night run at London’s O2 Arena. He would have turned 53 on August 29 of this year. Stay tuned to IFWT all day as we celebrate and remember the legend. Read more about MJ after the jump!
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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 â€“ June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Referred to as theÂ King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time byÂ Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure inÂ popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of theÂ Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member ofÂ The Jackson 5, then the Jacksons in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.
In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure inÂ popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller”, were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques, such as therobot and theÂ moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerousÂ hip hop, pop,Â contemporary R&B, and rock artists.
Jackson’s 1982 albumÂ Thriller is theÂ best-selling album of all time. His other records, includingÂ Off the Wall (1979),Â Bad (1987),Â Dangerous (1991), andÂ HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into theÂ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Some of his otherÂ achievements include multipleÂ Guinness World Records; 13Â Grammy Awards (as well as theÂ Grammy Legend Award and theÂ Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26Â American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the “Artist of the Century”); 13Â number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in theÂ Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750Â million records worldwide. Jackson wonÂ hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artists in the history of music. He was also a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for beneficial causes and supporting more than 39 charities. According toÂ David Winters, Jackson also donated tens of millions of dollars to many childrenâ€™s charities anonymously, and spent a lot of his time visiting seriously ill children tirelessly going from hospital to hospital meeting these children just to brighten up their lives. When Jackson finished the visits he would ask the hospital nurses and the doctors what was needed at the hospital in terms of equipment for the children and would then make anonymous donations to the hospital to purchase expensive equipment or whatever else was needed.
Aspects of Jackson’s personal life, including his changingÂ appearance,Â personal relationships, and behavior, have generated controversy. In 1993, he wasÂ accused of child sexual abuse, but the case was settled out of court and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he wasÂ tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury ruled him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his concert seriesÂ This Is It, JacksonÂ died of acuteÂ propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. Before his death, Jackson had been administered drugs includingÂ propofol andÂ lorazepam. TheÂ Los Angeles County Coroner declared his death a homicide, and his personal physicianpleaded not guilty to charges ofÂ involuntary manslaughter. Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as one billion people around the world reportedly watched hisÂ public memorial service on live television. In March 2010,Â Sony Music Entertainment signed a $250 million deal with Jackson’s estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.