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Michael Joseph Jackson † (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009 [aged 50]) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and philanthropist. Known to many as the King of Pop, he was the most awarded individual and recognized as one of the most influential music artists in history.


At a young age, he became the lead singer of his family's popular Motown group, The Jackson 5 (later known as The Jacksons) in 1964. He later had a popular solo career, creating his first album in 1972, Got To Be There. In the late 70s to early 80s, he would release several chart-topping albums, including 1982's Thriller, which remains the best-selling album of all time. He had also been noted for his popular music videos, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Smooth Criminal", "Bad", etc.

Michael has 3 children, in which 2 of them are his sons, Michael Jr. (Prince) and Bigi (Blanket), which are his first and last children respectively, and 1 daughter named Paris, who is the middle child.

This Is It tour and death[]

In 2009, Michael planned his final tour called This Is It, which would last from July 2009 to March 2010. However, it was cancelled after Michael was found dead in his home in Los Angeles, on June 25, 2009. It was stated that he took an overdose of propofol under the supervision of his doctor, Conrad Murray, who was later imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter.


His 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, having sold more than 110,000,000 copies worldwide. Four of Michael's other albums Off the Wall, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I rank the best-sellering albums. His 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix is the best selling remix album of all time.

Michael is credited with influencing music videos from a mere promotional tool into an art form. His song Thriller has been regarded as one of the greatest music videos of all time, and is the only music video inducted into the national film registry in the Library of Congress where inductions are preserved forever. Michael was the first African-American music artist to have a video aired heavily on MTV. He also influenced many music artists, such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and several others.

Michael has been inducted 12 times into various music halls of fame, more than any other act. He is one of 16 artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Other achievements include 26 American Music Awards, 17 number-one singles locally in the United States, 13 Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, which indlue the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.