Michael Jackson was crowned the king of pop, rock and soul. He crossed racial barriers and appealed to fans regardless of colour or culture. He was known for his incredible dancing, and beautiful voice. Aside from that he was surrounded by controversy during his life and for a long time after his passing, no more so than now.
His music has been listened to by millions across the globe but that could be coming to an end. Songs such as 'Billie Jean', 'Smooth Criminal' and the Halloween classic 'Thriller' may no longer be heard on radio and be lost forever.
The King of Pop may be losing his crown.Michael Jackson has been in the spotlight for years, and won more awards than anyone else in the world. But now people are suggesting that his music shouldn't be played on the radio any more.
A host of awards...The King of Pop won a huge amount of awards, including 13 Grammys.
The Jacksons were like a modern-day Von Trap family of musicians.Michael Jackson is the seventh of nine Jackson children. The first five brothers became famous with the Jackson 5. The sisters La Toya and Janet Jackson later gained notoriety too, while another brother Randy joined the Jacksons later.
It all began with the Jackson 5.It was 1964 and Michael Jackson was just 6 years old when the 5 brothers first formed their band. They got a record deal with Steeltown Records in 1967 and then with Motown the following year. That was when it all started to kick off.
I want you back.The Jackson 5's first single was I want you back. It has since sold over six million copies worldwide and is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has since become one of the most sampled songs in hip hop.
Easy as ABC.It sounds so simple when the Jacksons sing it, but their attraction was a force to be reckoned with. They were the first group to have their first four singles reach number one in the USA, and they did similarly well in other countries around the world.
The Jacksons became synonymous with Motown.By 1972, when Michael was just fourteen years old, he had already had seven top-ten singles. The Jacksons were the face of Motown and were one of the first black American groups to have a crossover following by both white and black Americans.
Michael was the first of the child stars that have taken the world by storm.In 1972, Michael Jackson became a solo artist. He had already been performing professionally for four years. Over the next three years he released four solo albums.
Don't stop 'til you get enough.In 1979, Michael Jackson released Off the Wall. It was the first album to produce four top ten hits in the US. This was his fifth solo album, following ten albums as The Jackson 5, and three as The Jacksons. He was still a teenager at this point.
The success of Michael Jackson was a Thriller.In 1982, Michael Jackson released what has now become the best-selling album in the world ever, Thriller. This album alone earned him seven Grammys. It has sold over fifty million copies globally.
This is when Michael Jackson's success became meteoric.Thriller contained seven top-ten hits, including Billy Jean, Beat It, and of course, Thriller. His album Bad had seven top-five hits, including Man in the Mirror, and The Way You Make Me Feel.
The true king of pop, rock and soul.This was the title that Elizabeth Taylor gave him, following the release of Black or White. He was no longer just a young, pop star. It was at this point that he was also recognised for his contribution to both rock and R&B music, as well as for breaking down racial barriers.
But in the '80s, the cracks started to show.Michael had broken his nose when he was younger, but the rhinoplasty didn't work, so he continued to have plastic surgery done on it. His hair caught alight one time while he was working, which resulted in a large number of scars on his head. He also began to suffer from vitiligo, which made his skin begin to lighten. He used make-up to even it out, which made him even paler. It was around this time that he also became anorexic. His appearance started to look drastically different.
The name 'Wacko Jacko' was coined.In 1986, Michael Jackson purchased a monkey, named Bubbles. Rumours spread that he slept in a hyperabic oxygen chamber, to retain his youth. Then he purchased Neverland.
The Neverland Ranch.In 1988, Michael bought 11km of land in California, where he built his own home-complex. It included carnival rides and a zoo, and in 2003 was valued at being worth $100 million. This was where some of the trouble began.
Michael was abused a child.In 1993, Michael Jackson gave a 90 minute interview with Oprah, in which he explained that he was abused by his father as a child, both mentally and physically. His father used to whip them, in order to keep them in check while they were rehearsing. Although they all suffered at his hands, Michael was the youngest and found it the toughest.
It was alleged that Michael was abusing other children.
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Michael began becoming dependent on drugs.As the pedophilia claims continued, Michael became dependent on multiple different drugs. He was hospitalised on multiple occasions following collapsing. At this point he was in his thirties, and had spent his entire life performing on stage. In 1993 he married Lisa Presley, Elvis' daughter. Three years later he married Debbie Rowe, with whom he had two children, Prince and Paris. He later had a third child, known as Blanket, with an unknown mother. He was still touring and releasing more albums.
More child abuse allegations followed.
How could these parents have happily left their 7 year old son at Michael Jackson’s gaff and fucked off to the Gran… https://t.co/Z8T2fW2ibQ— Tom Lindley (@Tom Lindley)1551911025.0
Macaulay Culkin kept Michael out of prison.Macaulay Culkin, star of the Home Alone movie, was friends with Michael Jackson from the age of ten. He and his younger brother used to regularly have sleepovers at Michael's Neverland Ranch. He testified in support of Michael. Although he agreed that he often slept over, and that he stopped visiting as often after the age of fourteen, he said vehemently that Michael was never inappropriate with him.
A sad end for the King of Pop.Michael Jackson is the third best-selling music artist of all time, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. He is in the Song-writers hall of fame, the Dance hall of fame, and he's the only artist to be entered into the Rock 'n' Roll hall of fame twice. He has 15 Grammys, 26 American Music Awards, and had 13 number one singles in the US. He died of a drug over-dose in 2009, a month before his final tour. He had a lot of financial problems, had struggled for custody of his children, and was plagued by allegations of his sexual abuse of children.
Did Michael Jackson molest young boys?
I don't know if Michael Jackson is innocent or guilty but I do know it is not normal for a man to sleep in the same… https://t.co/Vz2vlrGz2m— Gary Fleming (@Gary Fleming)1551910544.0
Leaving Neverland .
#LeavingNeverland So Michael Jackson sent a film crew to interview and tape a little boy he never knew - in his bed… https://t.co/050IXNOD7a— Mariam Watt (@Mariam Watt)1551917269.0
The impact of Leaving Neverland is far-reaching.Dozens of radio stations have begun to ban Michael Jackson's music as a result of this documentary. These include major radio stations in both New Zealand and Canada. It has completely opened the conversation, both about whether or not Michael Jackson was a pedophile, and about whether we can enjoy great art if it was created by not-great people.
The #MeToo movement continues to make an impact.
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The documentary gave two people a voice.
There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson was a bit odd but this documentary just seems like it was made to make some m… https://t.co/Ff3GekgXkC— Sam Storey (@Sam Storey)1551908175.0
Some people are disbelieving.
McCaulay Culkin and Corey Feldman defend Michael Jackson @ https://t.co/VG70ktTj5g— Michael Jackson - Fan Account (@Michael Jackson - Fan Account)1551893026.0
This is part of a bigger issue.
Children can be groomed online or in person, by a stranger or someone they know. They may be male or female and cou… https://t.co/sAGDaAAKsy— NSPCC (@NSPCC)1551906481.0