Michael Jackson (“King of Pop”)

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The album HIStory from 1995 is classified as a compilation, it contains 15 new Jackson's songs.

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Also performs as: W.A. Mozart (Pseudonym of Michael Jackson used for "The Simpsons" compositions)


Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, 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 elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon 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" from his 1982 album 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. His 1987 album Bad spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", and "Dirty Diana", becoming the first album to have five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. 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 artists of various music genres.

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 65 million copies worldwide. His other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s", 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career,—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide. Jackson has won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when "Love Never Felt So Good" reached number nine on May 21, 2014. Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer.

Aspects of Michael Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In the mid-1990s, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the civil case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his comeback concert series titled This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world. Forbes currently ranks Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity, a title held for a sixth consecutive year, with $115 million in earnings.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Pipes of Peace Paul McCartney 4 11
1984 Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Jackson 7
1987 Characters Stevie Wonder 5
1987 Disco Album Various Artists 1
1994 Magic Motown Various Artists 1
1995 Brotherhood 3T 2
1995 Europe's Nr.1 '95 Volume 8 Various Artists 1
1996 Ratsband Stadthagen Vol. 1 Ratsband Stadthagen, Büsching-Street Big Band, Vororchester der Ratsband Stadthagen 1
1996 The One and Only Motown Album Various Artists 1
2004 Daily Express Newspaper Various Artists 1
2008 Mark Ronson Presents Rhymefest: Man in the Mirror Rhymefest 1
2008 Michael Jackson & Jackson 5: The Motown Years The Jackson 5 1
2009 DMC Essential Hits 56: November 2009 Various Artists 1
2011 Die Hit Giganten: Best of Christmas Various Artists 1
2011 When Words Fade Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe 1
2013 Duets Paul Anka 1
2014 RTL Weihnachten 2014 Various Artists 1
2015 Ein Potpourri Reservistenmusikzug Niedersachsen 1
Golden Hits Internacional Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Tamla-Motown Is Hot, Hot, Hot!, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1973 A Motown Christmas Various Artists 4 2
1983 18 Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1983 Die neue Ronny's Pop Show Various Artists 1
1983 Motown 50 Certified Original No.1 Hits Various Artists 1
1983 Motown Hits of Gold, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1984 Now That′s What I Call Music! 4 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1985 Stereoplay Highlights CD 8: Meisterwerke Aus Pop und Rock Various Artists 1
1986 Anthology The Jackson 5 1
1986 Gold & Platinum Hits of the '80s, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music! Smash Hits Various Artists 2
1987 All the Best! Paul McCartney 5 3
1987 Broken Dreams: Heartbreaking Love Songs Various Artists 1
1987 Introduction to the Motown Elite 9000 Series Various Artists 1
1987 Stereoplay Highlights CD 16: Meisterwerke aus Rock und Pop Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1983 Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1984 Various Artists 1
1988 Dance Classics, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1988 Dance Songs Diana Ross 1
1988 Gold & Platinum, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1988 Motown Hits of Gold, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1988 Nite Flite Various Artists 1
1988 The Heart of Soul Various Artists 1
1988 The Hits Album 8 Various Artists 4
1989 Every Great Motown Song, Volume 2: The 1970's Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 2: '69-'72 Various Artists 1
1989 Dance Classics, Volume 2: The Ballads Various Artists 1
1989 Golden Love Songs, Volume 19: Stand by Me Various Artists 1
1989 Heart & Soul: 18 Classic Soul Cuts Various Artists 1
1989 The Greatest Hits of the 80s Various Artists 1
1990 Het beste van 15 wereldsterren Various Artists 1

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