The King Of Pop.
" "Hee-hee!" "Come on ("ch'amone")!"
Originally a member of the Motown
act The Jackson Five
, Michael Joseph Jackson
(29 August 1958 - 25 June 2009) debuted as a solo artist in 1971 — the year he turned thirteen. His full-fledged solo career took off in the late 1970s
. Though songs from his first serious solo effort, Off The Wall
(1979), were extremely popular, he reached unprecedented superstardom in 1982 with his album Thriller
is still the best-selling album of all time today, and won a total of 8 Grammy Awards.
Jackson was, perhaps, the definitive celebrity of The Eighties
; his unusually elaborate music videos were something of a Killer App
for the emerging MTV (he was also 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 direct-to-video movie
and even video games
A few weeks before Jackson was to launch a 50-show farewell concert engagement in London, England, he died due to an overdose of propofol (a hospital-grade anaesthetic) on June 25, 2009, at the age of fifty. (Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered the medication to Jackson, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011. 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, This Is It
, compiled from rehearsal footage of the aborted London shows, was released.
Not for nothing... he's the King of Pop
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