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.

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-12 22:04 UTC.

Legal name: Michael Joseph Jackson

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, actor, 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, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson's 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. He continued to innovate with videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" throughout the 1990s, and forged 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. Jackson's other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums. He is recognized as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the 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 350 million records worldwide. Jackson 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 Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In 1993, 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, 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 ranks Jackson the top-earning dead celebrity, with earnings of $825 million in 2016, the highest yearly amount ever recorded by the publication.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney 4 1
1983 Say Say Say Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson 2
1983 Human Nature Michael Jackson 1
1983 Thriller Michael Jackson 4
1983 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Jackson 1
1984 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Beat It Michael Jackson 1
1984 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Beat It Michael Jackson 1
1987 Bad Michael Jackson 3
1987 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You Michael Jackson 2
1987 Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson 5 7
1987 The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 2
1988 Another Part of Me Michael Jackson 1
1988 Dirty Diana Michael Jackson 4 3
1988 You Can't Win / Billie Jean (From the series Mixed Masters) Michael Jackson 1
1989 Leave Me Alone Michael Jackson 1
1991 Black or White Michael Jackson 4
1991 Heal the World Michael Jackson 4
1991 In the Closet Michael Jackson 5
1991 Someone Put Your Hand Out Michael Jackson 2
1992 Who Is It Michael Jackson 4 4
1992 Jam (The Downtown Jams) Michael Jackson 1
1992 Jam Michael Jackson 3
1993 Will You Be There Michael Jackson 1
1993 Gone Too Soon Michael Jackson 1
1993 Give in to Me Michael Jackson 1
1995 Scream Michael Jackson 5 8
1995 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson 7
1995 Earth Song Michael Jackson 6
1995 Megamix / Megaremix Michael Jackson 1
1996 They Don’t Care About Us Michael Jackson 4 8
1996 Why 3T feat. Michael Jackson 4
1996 Stranger in Moscow Michael Jackson 3 7
1997 Blood on the Dance Floor Michael Jackson 5
1997 HIStory / Ghosts Michael Jackson 2
1997 HIStory Michael Jackson 1
1997 Is It Scary (Deep Dish remixes) Michael Jackson 1
2001 You Rock My World Michael Jackson 2
2001 Butterflies (The Remix) Michael Jackson feat. Eve 1
2001 Cry Michael Jackson 1
2003 One More Chance Michael Jackson 3
2006 Beat It Michael Jackson 5 1
2006 The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 1
2006 Leave Me Alone Michael Jackson 1
2008 The Girl Is Mine 2008 Michael Jackson & will.i.am 1
2008 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 Michael Jackson with Akon 1
2009 This Is It Michael Jackson 1
2010 Hold My Hand Michael Jackson & Akon 2
2011 Hollywood Tonight Michael Jackson 1
2014 Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson 2
2014 Love Never Felt So Good (Fedde Le Grand Remix) Michael Jackson 1
2014 Love Never Felt So Good (David Morales and Eric Kupper Def mix) Michael Jackson 1
Black or White Michael Jackson 1
Jam #2 Michael Jackson 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Remember the Time Michael Jackson 4
1992 Remember The Time Michael Jackson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 HIStory (Special pesentation disc) Michael Jackson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Limited Edition Minimax CD Michael Jackson 1
2010 Billie Jean (Nicolas Jaar rework) Michael Jackson 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Michael Jackson 3

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Tour Souvenir Pack Michael Jackson 1
2009 Diverse Michael Jackson 1

Other + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Bad: Alternative Mixes Demo Michael Jackson 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Interview Michael Jackson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
J.Period & Spike Lee Present... Man or the Music (40 Acres Edition) Michael Jackson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The 12″ Mixes Michael Jackson 1
1992 Remind: The Remix Michael Jackson 1
1995 The Megamixes Michael Jackson 1
2007 Human Nature (Makoto & Specialist Remix) Michael Jackson 1
2009 The Remix Suite Michael Jackson 7

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