History Music / MichaelJackson

20th Oct '17 8:15:06 PM bowserbros
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* InsistentTerminology: From the ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' era onwards, he stopped calling his music videos "music videos," exclusively referring to them as "short films" (technically he wasn't wrong, but by and large they still wholly fit into the "music video" category), even the ones that were just bare-bones footage of him performing; even his official Vevo channel gets in on the act! Similarly, his songs with the Jackson 5 were always called "the Old Songs," with his solo works being "the New Songs."



** A few songs seem romantic, but are clearly this trope. (''Invincible'''s "Break of Dawn" at least doesn't hide it, [[LyricalDissonance despite the sombre mood]])

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** A few songs seem romantic, but are clearly this trope. (''Invincible'''s At the very least, ''Invincible'''s "Break of Dawn" at least doesn't hide it, [[LyricalDissonance despite the sombre mood]])mood]].



* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business as an adult and, therefore, never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child. Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his childhood.

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* ManChild: The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business as an adult and, therefore, at the age of '''six''' and therefore never getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child. child; this dysfunction happened to be so prominent for Jackson that he even wrote a song about it, appropriately titled "Childhood". Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his childhood.youth.
14th Oct '17 7:32:57 PM Malady
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** ''CaptainEO''

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** ''CaptainEO''''Film/CaptainEO''
28th Sep '17 10:40:15 AM NWolfman
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* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.



* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.
27th Sep '17 7:20:00 PM NWolfman
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* ChildProdigy: His knack for performing reportedly started as early as the age of ''four'', where he was described as being able to "sing love songs as if he knew what they meant."
26th Sep '17 6:20:18 PM NWolfman
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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Jackson's songs involving women are typically either [[SillyLoveSongs saccharine love songs]]—"Lady in My Life," "The Girl is Mine," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "You Are Not Alone"—or portrays them as overly sexualized, untrustworthy manipulators—"Billie Jean," "Dirty Diana," "Dangerous," "In the Closet." Given that he never really had a chance at a normal dating experience and his only relationships were with [[LoonyFan obsessive female fans]] or other pop superstars, it's safe to assume that he was genuinely afraid of sex and wasn't just a prude.

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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Jackson's songs involving women are typically either [[SillyLoveSongs saccharine love songs]]—"Lady in My Life," "The Girl is Mine," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "You Are Not Alone"—or portrays them as overly sexualized, untrustworthy manipulators—"Billie Jean," "Dirty Diana," "Dangerous," "In the Closet." Given that he never really had a chance at a normal dating experience and his only relationships were with [[LoonyFan obsessive female fans]] or other pop superstars, superstars[[note]]This included the ''actual'' Music/{{Madonna}} for a brief time, though it was presumably nothing more than a publicity stunt to get the two biggest pop singers of TheEighties together. By all accounts, Madonna ''terrified'' him.[[/note]], it's safe to assume often theorized that he was genuinely afraid of sex and wasn't just a prude.prude and was ''actually'' afraid of sex.
* MamasBoy: While his relationship with his father was famously volatile, [[WomenAreWiser MJ's mother was much kinder to him]], and the two were extremely close as a result.



* SingingVoiceDissonance: Even though he had a powerful, masculine-sounding voice when he sang, his voice was much softer and more feminine-sounding when he actually talked. However, as noted in BadassBaritone above, it wasn't his real speaking voice.

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* SingingVoiceDissonance: Even though he had a Zig-zagged. As mentioned above, the powerful, masculine-sounding voice when he sang, sang with was also his voice was much softer and more real speaking voice. That notoriously feminine-sounding when falsetto he actually talked. However, as noted in BadassBaritone above, it wasn't his real speaking voice.was known to speak with? That was a put-on.



* StrongFamilyResemblance: Many of the Jackson brothers looked strikingly alike when they were children. Also, back in the '90s, the RunningGag was that Michael's public appearances were actually his sister [=LaToya=].

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Many of the Jackson brothers looked strikingly alike when they were children. Also, back Back in the '90s, the RunningGag was that Michael's public appearances were actually his sister [=LaToya=].[=LaToya=]. At one award show, he appeared next to his other sister [[Music/JanetJackson Janet]] and joked "See? We ''are'' two different people!"



* WhiteGloves: Wearing a single white glittering glove was a trademark of his, earning him another nickname: "The Gloved One".
* YouAreNotAlone: That's one of his songs.

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* WhiteGloves: Wearing a single white glittering glove (this, plus the white socks, were so that people in the cheap seats at his concerts could still make out his moves) was a trademark of his, earning him another nickname: "The Gloved One".
* YouAreNotAlone: That's one of his songs.Had a hit song by this title, penned by none other than Music/RKelly.
26th Sep '17 6:07:11 PM NWolfman
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* AbusiveParents: His father Joseph, notoriously so. When managing his sons in Music/TheJacksonFive, he deliberately distanced himself from them emotionally by forcing them to call him "Joseph" instead of "Dad" and worked them like dogs, rarely if ever allowing them any down time to just been kids. Michael himself was frequently beaten and recalled one instance where he hid in his bedroom after not signing a contract, only for his father to break the door down and scream at him.



* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Jackson's songs involving women are typically either [[SillyLoveSongs saccharine love songs]]—"Lady in My Life," "The Girl is Mine," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "You Are Not Alone"—or portrays them as overly sexualized untrustworthy manipulators—"Billie Jean," "Dirty Diana," "Dangerous," "In the Closet."
* ManChild: Granted, he never got a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child.

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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Jackson's songs involving women are typically either [[SillyLoveSongs saccharine love songs]]—"Lady in My Life," "The Girl is Mine," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "You Are Not Alone"—or portrays them as overly sexualized sexualized, untrustworthy manipulators—"Billie Jean," "Dirty Diana," "Dangerous," "In the Closet."
" Given that he never really had a chance at a normal dating experience and his only relationships were with [[LoonyFan obsessive female fans]] or other pop superstars, it's safe to assume that he was genuinely afraid of sex and wasn't just a prude.
* ManChild: Granted, he The unfortunate side effect of being forced into show business as an adult and, therefore, never got getting a chance to experience childhood when he actually was a child.child. Neverland Ranch, named after [[Literature/PeterPan a story about a certain young boy who never grew up]], is often seen as his attempt to "buy back" his childhood.
6th Sep '17 6:22:30 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** 2017 - ''Scream''
31st Aug '17 4:54:29 AM StFan
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->''"I’m starting with the [[TitleDrop man in the mirror]]''\\
''I’m asking him to change his ways''\\
''And no message could’ve been any clearer''\\
''If you wanna make the world a better place''\\
''Take a look at yourself, then make a change."''

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** VideoGame/LaMulana: The "Dancer" you have to scan in the Temple of Moonlight uses one of Jackson's poses.
** ''BattleArenaToshinden 3'': Kayin Amoh and his foil Ten Count. One is a weathered young man whose life as a bounty hunter has given him nothing but grief and knowing the bitter and sick after-taste of violence, while the other is a fairly insane sharp dressed hitman who delights in his career like a superstar and uses an undercover name based off of one of his methods to delightfully kill people. Both of them are respectively based off of ''Beat It'' and ''Smooth Criminal'', even right down to the wardrobe and their clashing character themes.
** Chris Tucker does an impersonation of Michael Jackson in ''Film/RushHour''. The two later became friends, and Tucker [[PromotedFanboy appeared in his “You Rock My World” video]].

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** VideoGame/LaMulana: ''VideoGame/LaMulana'': The "Dancer" you have to scan in the Temple of Moonlight uses one of Jackson's poses.
** ''BattleArenaToshinden ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'': Kayin Amoh and his foil Ten Count. One is a weathered young man whose life as a bounty hunter has given him nothing but grief and knowing the bitter and sick after-taste of violence, while the other is a fairly insane sharp dressed hitman who delights in his career like a superstar and uses an undercover name based off of one of his methods to delightfully kill people. Both of them are respectively based off of ''Beat It'' and ''Smooth Criminal'', even right down to the wardrobe and their clashing character themes.
** Chris Tucker does an impersonation of Michael Jackson in ''Film/RushHour''. The two later became friends, and Tucker [[PromotedFanboy appeared in his “You "You Rock My World” World" video]].
28th Aug '17 12:25:21 PM JBK405
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** His I.Q was stated to be 108 as a child, 119 as a teen, and 164 as an adult -- 4 points higher than UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Bill Gates.
** He had a legitimate black belt in karate during his schooldays.

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** His I.Q was stated to be 108 as a child, 119 as a teen, and 164 as an adult -- 4 points higher than UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Bill Gates.
** He had a legitimate black belt in karate during his schooldays.
23rd Jul '17 12:52:53 PM JohnPrestwick
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Jackson was, perhaps, the definitive celebrity of TheEighties. His singing voice and dance moves (especially his SignatureMove, the MoonwalkDance) gained iconic status. His unusually elaborate music videos were something of a KillerApp for the emerging MTV. He had also been one of the first African-American artists to receive heavy rotation on the channel. By the end of the decade, he had another successful album in ''Bad'' (the first album to yield five number one singles on the Billboard charts), a [[Film/{{Moonwalker}} direct-to-video movie]] and even [[VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker video games]].

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Jackson was, perhaps, the definitive celebrity of TheEighties. His singing voice and dance moves (especially his SignatureMove, the MoonwalkDance) gained iconic status. His unusually elaborate music videos were something of a KillerApp for the emerging MTV. In particular, [[MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody the one for "Thriller"]] is probably the most famous music video ever made. He had also been one of the first African-American artists to receive heavy rotation on the channel. By the end of the decade, he had another successful album in ''Bad'' (the first album to yield five number one singles on the Billboard charts), a [[Film/{{Moonwalker}} direct-to-video movie]] and even [[VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker video games]].



It was not to be. He died due to an overdose of propofol (a hospital-grade anaesthetic) a few weeks before the first concert, at the age o 50. The doctor who administered the medication was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's family sued tour organizer AEG for negligence, but lost that case in 2013. Jackson's memorial service that July 7 was broadcast live around the world; he is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Later that year, the first of many posthumous Jackson-related projects, ''[[Film/MichaelJacksonsThisIsIt This Is It]]'', compiled from rehearsal footage of the aborted London shows, was released.

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It was not to be. He died due to an overdose of propofol (a hospital-grade anaesthetic) a few weeks before the first concert, at the age o of 50. The doctor who administered the medication was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's family sued tour organizer AEG for negligence, but lost that case in 2013. Jackson's memorial service that July 7 was broadcast live around the world; he is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Later that year, the first of many posthumous Jackson-related projects, ''[[Film/MichaelJacksonsThisIsIt This Is It]]'', compiled from rehearsal footage of the aborted London shows, was released.
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