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Transcript of Michael Jackson
The group originated with his 3 older brothers called simply the Jackson Brothers. By 1965, they renamed to the Jackson 5.
They began playing gigs in Indiana, Chicago, etc. in strip clubs and other small venues.
After they signed with Steeltown records, the group had many admirers, including Berry Gordy -owner of Motown.
In March 1969, they were signed.
In 1975, they moved to CBS Records for better pay.
Jermaine left because he was married to Berry's daughter Hazel. Randy took his place.
This transition gave the group more creative control over their career.
Their biggest single was "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". It went double platinum.
Michael took part in the movie "The Wiz". On set, he met Quincy Jones. This sparked a friendship that would take him to the next level.
Released November 30, 1982, it became the best selling album of all time in just over a year.
Sales range from 51-65 million worldwide.
It earned him 8 Grammys, one being album of the year.
The short films allowed him to break down racial barriers via appearances on MTV.
Thriller 25 released in 2008
1 million copies sold a week at its peak.
One of the first albums to use music videos as a successful promotional tool
Released August 31, 1987, it is one of two albums ever to have a total of 5 #1 singles.
30 million copies sold worldwide
It earned him 2 Grammys.
The album saw Michael exercise more artistic freedom. It ended up being his last collaboration with Quincy.
It was the first to really show a sense of paranoia, a theme that would be present in every album through the rest of his career.
In the end, Michael saw the album as a disappointment because it had not lived up to Thriller.
Bad 25 was released in 2012.
Born: August 28, 1958 in Gary Indiana
Died: June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at age 50
Parents: Joseph and Katherine Jackson
Siblings: Tito, Randy, Jermaine, Janet, La Toya, Rebbie, Marlon, Jackie
Children: Paris, Prince, Prince II (Blanket)
Michael Joseph Jackson was the 8th of 10 children. The family lived in a 3-bedroom house.
His music inspiration came from his parents.
Joe, a very strict father, regularly whipped and verbally abused Michael, calling him "fat nose" on numerous occasions. He often cried from loneliness and would vomit at the sight of Joe.
Near the age of 5, he began demonstrating his dance moves and singing ability.
They became an instant sensation with hits such as "I Want You Back" and "ABC".
Jackson Mania swept the nation with merchandise and a cartoon show.
Success started fading after 1972, but sales were still alright.
Off the Wall
Released on August 10, 1979, it was his first solo album under Epic Records. Quincy Jones helped produce the album.
It earned him his first Grammy Award since the early 70s.
It made him the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 Billboard Hot 100.
More than 20 Million Copies sold Worldwide
On March 25, 1983, Michael unveiled the moonwalk to the world during a performance of "Billie Jean" on the NBC special, "Motown 25".
In 1985, We Are the World was released and raised a total of $63 million for famine relief.
The infamous Pepsi incident occurred in 1984 when a freak accident with a firework caught his hair on fire, leaving him with 3rd degree burns on his scalp. This is what started his addiction to pain relief medications.
In 1988, Michael purchased Neverland, a 2,700 acre piece of land in California, for $17 Million. He had an amusement park, zoo, and train built. Inside the house was a movie theater and candy store.
By this time, he was officially dubbed the King of Pop.
Released November 26, 1991, the album focused on racism, poverty, paranoia, romance, the welfare of children, and the world of self-improvement.
30 Million copies sold worldwide
For the album, he made a transition to Sony Music for a reported $50 million, the most lucrative contract in music history.
The Heal the World Foundation was established in 1992 to help underprivileged children.
In 1993, Michael performed during the Super Bowl Halftime.
The first child sexual molestation trials took place in 1993. In the end, charges were dropped when Michael payed the accusers $20 million.
Directly following the trials, he got married to Lisa Marie Presley. From the start, the marriage was seen as a set up. They divorced in less than 2 years.
By this time, his skin had become noticeably lighter. In an interview with Oprah, Michael revealed that he had vitiligo, a skin disorder that removes the pigment.
Released July 16, 1995
It was Michael's first album on his own label MJJ Productions.
It was a 2 disc set. The first disc was a complication of songs from previous albums. The second was all new material.
Most of the songs pertained to accusations and mistreatment by the media.
25 Million copies sold worldwide/ the biggest selling multi-disc album of all time
"They Don't Care About Us" gained a lot of criticism.
In 1996, Michael married Debbie Rowe, the assistant to his dermatologist. In 1997, Prince was born and in 1998, Paris was born.
Blood on the Dance Floor
On May 20, 1997, the album was released. It ended up being the best selling remix album of all time, with sales of about 6 million copies.
Ghost, the second single from the album, holds the record for the longest short film, at about 40 minutes.
Through the rest of the 90s and into 2000, he took time off to record for his next album and spend time with his family. In 1999, he divorced Debbie.
On October 30, 2001, it was released and would be his last studio album.
It ended up selling 13 million copies worldwide.
On September 10, 2001, Michael had a 30th Anniversary Celebration at MSG.
In 2002, Blanket was born to a surrogate mother.
The second child sexual abuse lawsuit was filed in 2003 and ended in 2005 when Michael was acquitted.
In 2006, Neverland closed as a cost cutting measure.
Following the trials, he took time off again.
This Is It
This was to be the final curtain call. The press conference was held in March 2009 at the O2 Arena.
3 weeks before the first show, he died from caridac arrest on June 25.
The memorial was held on July 7 at the Staple Center.
In October, "This Is It" premiered in select movie theaters for 2 weeks. It became the highest grossing concert film in history , earning $260 Million.
In 2010, "Michael" was released. It consisted of recordings done right before he died for a new album.
In 2014, "Xscape" was released. It consisted of all unreleased material.
Why Belongs on this List
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Only Pop and Rock artist to be inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame
Multiple Guinness World Records
13 Grammy Awards
26 American Music Awards
13 Number One singles
An Estimated 400 Million records sold worldwide
Hundreds of other awards are included, making him the most awarded in the history of popular recording music
Supported 39 charities
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
"I Want You Back"
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
"Don't Stop till You Get Enough"
"Leave Me Alone"
"Who Is It"
"Blood on the Dance Floor"
"You Rock My World"
"Love Never Felt So Good"
"Remember the Time"