Through Heal the World Foundation, Jackson has spearheaded airlifts of food and medical supplies to war-torn Sarajevo, instituted mentoring, immunization and drug-abuse education programs and paid for a Hungarian child's liver transplant.
Second child, daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, is born. [3 April 1998]
Wife, Rowe, gave birth to a son in Beverly Hills, named Prince Michael Jackson Jr. [13 February 1997]
Macaulay Culkin is godfather to his first child.
Married Lisa Marie Presley in La Vega, Dominican Republic by Judge Hugo Francisco Alvarez Perez. Witnesses present were Thomas Keough and L. Darling. [18 May 1994]
Holds record for most Grammys won in one year with 8 in 1984.
First solo artist to generate 4 top ten hits on the Billboard charts on one album with "Off the Wall."
First artist to generate 7 top ten hits (USA) on one album with "Thriller."
Only artist in history to generate 5 #1 hits (USA) from one album with "Bad."
With Lionel Richie, co-wrote the song "We Are the World," and was one of its performers.
His album "Thriller" is the biggest selling album of all time: in excess of 46 million copies worldwide.
His album "Dangerous" is second to "Thriller" as the biggest selling album of all time, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide.
His album "BAD" is third to "Thriller" as the biggest selling album of all time, with 30 million copies sold worldwide,
Brother of (in this order) Rebbie Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson and Janet Jackson.
Has a monkey named "Bubbles."
Recorded a song called "On the Line", written and produced by 'Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds' , for the film Get on the Bus (1996) that was not included on the soundtrack for the film.
The name of his 2700-acre ranch near Santa Ynez, California, is Neverland Valley Ranch. It contains Jackson's house, an amusement park co-designed by Macaulay Culkin, a private theater and dance stage, and exotic animals.
Once dated Brooke Shields.
He is being sued by two former financial advisors for $25 million over alleged unpaid expenses. Jackson denies owing them anything. [9 September 2001]
Is a vegetarian.
Has a skin disease called "vitiligo."
Was a Jehovah's Witness.
Uncle of Jermaine Jackson II.
A full-sized, fully functional roller coaster is part of his Neverland estate.
He does not own the right to the entire 'Beatles' catalogue. For example, George Harrison owns songs he wrote, including "Something," and Sony music owns 50% of the catalogue after Michael sold it to them because he needed the money.
Son of Katherine and Joseph Jackson.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (as a solo artist).
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of the Jackson 5).
Michael shocked fans when he dangled his third child, infant Prince Michael II, over a balcony on the fourth floor of a Berlin, Germany hotel for all hovering fans to see. He later stated that he made "a terrible mistake." [November 2002]
Starting with Black or White (1991) (V), Jackson and his record company refer to his music videos, before or since, as "short films," never "videos".
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988).
Father of Prince Michael Jackson I, Prince Michael Jackson II, and Paris Jackson.
Is the godfather of Michael Gibb, son of Bee Gees frontman Barry Gibb.
He and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, sued jet charter company XtraJet for invasion of privacy. The firm allegedly installed hidden cameras to tape the two's confidential attorney-client conversations. A California judge has barred the firm from releasing or selling any footage it may have obtained. [25 November 2003]
Has permamently moved out of his Neverland Ranch and is moving into a $60,000 a month, Beverly Hills mansion. The mansion has 3 stories, 9 bedrooms, and 16 bathrooms. He claimed in a "60 Minutes" (1968) interview that although he will visit Neverland, he will not live there. He says it is a house but not a home. [January 2004]
In 2002 had planned to produce and star in the movie "The Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe," about the last years of writer 'Edgar Allen Poe' . He was to star as the famed 19th century author (who was Caucasian), and had written music for the film as well.
For a charity event held at the Neverland Ranch in September 2003, for the first time ever, he invited an artist from the outside to perform there. It was Yannick Harrison, also known as Jay Kid, from Denmark that performed a number of his interpretations of Michael Jackson songs for the specially invited guests.
Has sold 170 million albums worldwide.
Was present at the private funeral service for Maurice Gibb.
He was voted the 35th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
His favourite "Beatles' song is "Come Together;" his version of the song is on "HIStory - Past, Present and Future."
Acquitted of all charges of sexually molesting children (trial for Child Abuse), on June 14, 2005. The Jury rejects all 10 counts in molestation trial.
Michael gets converted to Islam and got the name Mikaeel
His album "Thriller" has been voted the best album since 1981 by MTV viewers in 2009.
Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, aged 50.
The King of Pop Michael Jackson Biography
Michael Jackson Detailed Biography -
1980s pop superstar Michael Jackson, whose trademark is his Moonwalk dance movement, exploded toward the mega stardom with his biggest selling album of all time, "Thriller" (1982). Launching his solo career with the worldwide best selling album "Off The Wall" (1979), Jackson later gained more acclaim with his massive hit albums, "Bad" (1987) and "Dangerous" (1991), the latter of which spawned probably the most aired and most remembered music video, "Black Or White." He was also recognized with his most expensive video, the futuristic "Scream," from the 1995 album, "History" (a duet with sister Janet Jackson). The pop icon received the nicknames Jacko, and The Gloved One. Jackson has frequently drawn controversy, including his extensive cosmetic surgeries, his marriage with Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and the child molestation charges brought against him. Wrong doings have been alleged to have taken place at Michael's Neverland Ranch in California, and now there are rumors of bankruptcy as well. The public and media keep raised eyebrows as the trial unfolds. "Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is, that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child." says Michael Jackson.
On a more positive note, the pop phenomenon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Jackson has also organized food, medical aid, supplies, mentoring, vaccination and drug-abuse education programs in war area of Sarajevo. He also sponsors a Hungarian child's liver transplant organization. The seventh child of parents Joseph Walter Jackson (steel mill worker, manager for the Jackson 5) and Katherine Esther Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. Michael Jackson has six older siblings, Rebbie Jackson (a.k.a. Maureen Jackson, singer, born on May 25, 1950), Jackie Jackson (a.k.a. Sigmund Esco, born on May 4, 1951, former member of the Jackson 5), Tito Jackson (a.k.a. Toriano Adaryl, born on October 15, 1953, guitarist, former member of the Jackson 5), Jermaine La Juane (singer, bassist, born on December 11, 1954), LaToya (born on May 29, 1956), and Marlon David (born on March 12, 1957, former member of the Jackson 5). He also has two younger siblings, Randy Jackson (a.k.a. Stephan Randell, born on October 29, 1961, recording artist, former member of the Jackson 5) and Janet (singer, born on May 16, 1966). Born to a working-class family with a bad-tempered authoritarian father, Michael and his siblings were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses. Having shown a deep interest in music and dancing since his very early years, Michael and his siblings would sneak out of the house to practice music at their neighbor's house. On May 26, 1994, Michael became headline news for marrying Elvis "The King" Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. The couple that tied the knot in the Dominican Republic, later divorced in January 1996. In the same year, on November 14, Michael exchanged wedding vows with Debbie Rowe (former nurse) in Sydney, Australia, but they later divorced on October 8, 1999. Michael is the father of three: Prince Michael Jackson II (born in 2002) and Prince Michael Jackson I (born on February 12, 1997; mother: Debbie Rowe) and daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson (born on April 3, 1998; mother: Debbie Rowe).
To quote Michael Jackson, "Wacko Jacko... Where'd that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart, and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me; don't do it. I'm not a wacko". Having a special interest toward music, Michael Jackson joined his four brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, in establishing an R&B musical group in the mid 60s. With Michael as the lead vocalist, the group won an Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York and subsequently landed their first contract with the local Steeltown label in 1967, with which they launched the local hit, "Big Boy." In 1968, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers introduced the Jackson 5 to Motown Records, which landed them a contract and brought them to Los Angeles. Presented by Diana Ross in fall 1969, the group later was widely recognized with their No. 1 US hit singles, "I Want You Back" (1969), and "ABC," "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There" (all in 1970). They eventually made 14 albums with the Motown Records. Michael then initiated his solo career, producing four solo albums with Motown Records. Michael Jackson's foremost solo hits including the debut LP "Got to Be There" (1971), and the 1972 hits, "Rockin' Robin," "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and the top hit "Ben." The Jackson 5 changed their name to The Jacksons in 1976 when they left Motown Records to join Epic Records, with which they released 6 albums between 1976 and 1984. While filming an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel, the musical The Wiz (1978, also starring Diana Ross), Michael met music producer and composer Quincy Jones. With Jones, Michael Jackson recorded his debut adult album, the highly praised Off the Wall (1979). The album went to the Top 10 hits list with the top hit singles "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" as well as received a platinum certification after selling seven million copies nationwide. 1982 was arguably Michael's most glorious year. In that year, Michael Jackson's sophomore album Thriller was released, breaking records by spawning 7 Top 10 hit singles and becoming the world's best selling album (sold over 50 million copies in 2003). The album's hit singles including "Billie Jean," "Thriller," and "Beat It," all of which broke the music video history for being the first black music videos to be aired on MTV.
"Thriller" poled on the charts for over two years, peaked at No. 1 for 37 nonconsecutive weeks, and sold 25 million copies nationwide and 20 million worldwide. It also spawned other songs such as "Human Nature" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." Meanwhile, Michael created a trademark while performing the Moonwalk dance movement on the special TV show, the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. In addition, Michael Jackson was handed a deal with Pepsi to be the company's spokesperson and by the end of 1983, his duet with McCartney, "Say Say Say," topped the single's charts. The runaway success of "Thriller" netted him 8 awards at the American Music Awards and 8 Grammy awards (7 for Thriller and 1 for his narrative on The E.T. Storybook). It eventually received the Guinness Book of Records certification as the biggest selling popular music album of all time. Michael also earned the H. Claude Hodson Medal of Freedom at the NAACP Image Awards and the Presidential Special Achievement Award at the White House (by President Ronald Reagan). After reuniting with his brothers in the next album Victory, Michael then teamed with Lionel Richie in writing the single "We Are the World" (1985). Sung by various singers, notably Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, the single sold 7 million copies in the US alone and became the fastest-selling single of all time. The cash was used to benefit the starving community in Africa. In 1986, Michael graced the screen by starring in Francis Ford Coppola's most expensive film ever produced, the musical sci-fi Captain Eo (costarring Anjelica Huston), in which the songs "We Are Here To Change The World" and "Another Part Of Me" were included. The film continued to be shown in Disney theme parks until 1998.
"Bad" was released in 1987 and Michael Jackson initiated an extensive, highest-grossing international solo tour. The album spawned a string of hits on the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 charts, including "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man In The Mirror," and "Dirty Diana." It also produced the No. 11 "Another Part Of Me" and the No. 7 "Smooth Criminal." Despite the brilliant charting of its singles, "Bad" could not beat "Thriller" and only sold 8 million copies. On the silver screen, Michael starred in the disappointing musical film, Moonwalker, in 1988. Under the Sony recording company, Michael, with the new title of King of Pop, launched "Dangerous" (1991). It produced such singles and music videos as "Who Is It," "Give In To Me," "Gone Too Soon" (an honor to young AIDS victim Ryan White), and "Will You Be There" (later become the Free Willy theme song). However, the album was more popular with the singles and videos like "Jam" (alongside basketball star Michael Jordan), "Remember The Time" (an Egyptian set, starring Eddie Murphy), "Black Or White," "In The Closet" (with supermodel Naomi Campbell), and "Heal The World," the latter of which was written to his charity organization with the same name. "Dangerous" shortly stayed in the top 10 and sold 7 million copies nationwide as well as 29 million copies worldwide. Double-disc album "History" was released in 1995. The first disc consisted of Michael's fifteen greatest hits and the second disc introduced fifteen new singles. It spawned double hit singles and videos, "Scream" (a duet with sister Janet Jackson) and "You Are Not Alone" (debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart). "History" also produced other singles and videos, including "Childhood," "Earth Song," "Stranger In Moscow," and "They Don't Care About Us." The album gained average success in the US, staying at No. 1 for only two weeks, but gained more accomplishment in the UK, with the single "Earth Song" topping the chart for six weeks and selling over a million copies. The remix album of some "History" tracks, "Blood on the Dance Floor," was released in 1997. Containing 5 new singles, the album became the biggest selling remix album of all time, though it gained more success in Europe but failed to achieve platinum. During that time, Michael also produced the short movie "Ghost," in which he sang the songs "Ghosts" and "2 Bad."
Following his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Michael Jackson launched the album "Invincible," the most expensive album ever produced, to celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo artist. It spawned considerably few singles, "You Rock My World," "Butterflies," and "Cry" (Europe). The album topped the U.S. charts in its first week release and sold 2 million copies nationwide, 12 million copies worldwide. A prolific songwriter, Michael was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2002 and was awarded a Berlin Germany's Millennium Bambi 2002 Award. In the next year, Michael Jackson launched a new single, "One More Chance" (written by R. Kelly), the only new song on his Number Ones greatest hits album. For three weeks, the single stayed at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart. As for his future plans, Michael Jackson was reported to be planning a world tour with music tycoon Charles Koppelman. The tour, temporarily called "Celebration," would take place sometime after his trial for the child molestation charges brought against him.
Jackson was found not guilty of child molestation, conspiracy and other counts. Jurors said the accusations of a young boy and his family were not credible - a total legal victory that triggered jubilation among the singer's fans and embarrassment for the district attorney's office. On June 14, 2005, the Jury rejects all 10 counts in child-molestation trial and Jackson has been acquitted of all charges of child abuse, held against him.
"I believe in perfection, and I try to create that in everything we do. We never seem to totally get there, but I believe in perfect execution. And when we don't get at least 99.9%, I get really upset..." Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, aged 50