6th Mar: There is an option now on your profile page to use "compact" folders. This works pretty well for phone users and others who like less scrolling.
"I didn’t want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was. Thank you Michael!"Originally a member of the Motown act the Jackson 5, Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 — June 25, 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. Thriller is still the best selling album of all time today and is currently the only album in history to have sold more than one hundred million copies — beating the number two album by more than double.Dubbed the "King of Pop" by Elizabeth Taylor and fans alike, he is the most successful recording artist in history, with his music influencing much of the genre in the 1980s and early 1990s, his music videos proving so popular they broke the racial barriers on MTV, becoming one of the first African-American artists to receive heavy rotation on the channel. He also starred in a movie and had a video game based on him. All of this resulted in a total of 13 Grammy Awards. Then he released his next album, Bad, which scored five number ones, making him the first artist in Billboard history to amass five number-one singles from one album.As the definitive celebrity icon of the '80s, he cultivated a Reclusive Artist persona and a reputation for high eccentricity. In particular, he created the Neverland Ranch, a grand estate where he could finally live the childhood he never had, since he and his siblings had spent most of their childhood and teen years performing under the heavy, often abusive hand of father Joe. It featured a zoo and an amusement park, and frequently hosted visits from ill and/or underprivileged children, as well as famous friends.In 1993, in the wake of his fourth solo album Dangerous, Jackson was accused of molesting a young boy. Because this both contradicted his image as a friend to children and was not implausible in light of the various rumors of his extreme eccentricity — in particular, his alarming changes in appearance over the past fifteen years, chalked up to plastic surgery and the skin disorder vitiligo — it made international headlines. When Jackson, at the pressure of his insurance lawyers, settled a civil suit with the boy's family out-of-court over the matter, it left the case too thin to prosecute since the boy was no longer willing to testify. An audio recording of the boy's father planning his attack against Michael was leaked onto youtube years later, all but proving the accusation was an extortion attempt: " "If I go through with this, I win big-time. There's no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever ... Michael's career will be over". The boy's mother insisted there was no wrongdoing on Jackson's part.However, the damage was done, and in the U.S. the media turned against him and he became less known for his artistic outputnote than his ever-strange personal behavior. He was married to Elvis Presley's daughter for 2 years (and continued an on/off relationship for four years after), he dangled one of his infant children over a Berlin hotel railing to show him to fans, and was hit with another molestation allegation in 2003, after a Martin Bashir documentary implied that Neverland was a sinister place. Michael insisted on taking this to trial; he was declared not guilty on all charges in 2005, based primarily on severe lack of evidence. The FBI also investigated him for 6 months and found nothing to suggest guilt.Jackson died due to an overdose of propofol, a hospital-grade anesthetic, on June 25, 2009, at the age of fifty. The date was only a few weeks before the planned start of a long-awaited series of shows in London that were to serve as a comeback. (This occurred during an almost surreal two-week period between June 21 and July 4, which was densely populated by celebrity deaths including those of Ed McMahon; Sky Saxon; Farrah Fawcett (who died on the same day as Jackson); Billy Mays; Mollie Sugden; Harve Presnell; Karl Malden; and Steve McNair. It was dubbed the "Summer of Death" or the "2009 Celebrity Death Wave". David Carradine, who died two weeks before the beginning of the period, and Patrick Swayze, who died in September of that year, are often included with that group.) Jackson had anxiety and insomnia, and required propofol to rest, despite that the FDA does not allow propofol to be used outside a hospital or similar treatment center. Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered the medication to Jackson, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011. His family sued tour organizer AEG for negligence to the tune of $40 billion, but lost that case in 2013.His memorial service on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was broadcast live around the world, watched by millions; he is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. There is a movie featuring footage of his rehearsals for his London live shows.Not for nothing... he's the King of Pop!
— Fred Astaire (shortly before his death)
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