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King of Pop: A Look Back at His Life

June 26, 2009 10:00:05 GMT

At 50, Michael Jackson left millions of people in tears, shock and awe when he was pronounced dead in the middle of his career comeback.


King of Pop: A Look Back at His Life
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Michael Jackson died on June 25, shortly before his 51st birthday and the world was in a great mourn. Despite the sudden death, he has left behind an immense legacy that helped shaping the pop culture: his music and his incredible life story.

Below is a look back from the day he was born to the stardom he gained and what came along with it.

 

 

JACKSON FIVE YEARS

Jackson while in Jackson Five

He was born on August 29, 1958 in the small town of Gary, Indiana and was the seventh of nine children. As a child, Michael endured physical and emotional abuse from his father Joseph who would hold a belt in his hand to get his children practicing the music the right way. In 1963, he began performing in public with his four brothers as Jackson Five. They were signed to Motown Records five years later and people would call Michael "a child prodigy" for singing with inflections of Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder.

The group reached fame through hits like "I Want You Back", "ABC" and "I'll Be There" but Michael spread his wings by releasing solo records as side projects. Jackson Five left Motown for Epic Records in 1975 and changed their name to The Jacksons. While the music career was coming full-fledged, Michael joined a musical film called "The Wiz", co-starring Diana Ross.

THRILLER AND PRIME YEARS

Jackson in his prime years

Michael began outperforming The Jacksons in 1982 when his solo record "Thriller" hit the market and held the title of the world's best-selling album of all time. The launching of music channel MTV around that time worked to his advantage, breaking him free from the radio constriction for promotional effort. The video of "Thriller" helped the album sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard list for 37 weeks and winning 8 Grammys.

Along with the thriller dance came a signature movement of Moonwalk which was debuted during his performance of "Billy Jean" on "Motown 25" celebration. During the March 1983 performance as well, he introduced the fashion style that later would be copied by many: a black fedora, one white glove, and pants that end above his ankles. In 1985, Michael concentrated on his philanthropic work, recording "We Are the World" to raise money for Ethiopian. Two years later his album "Bad" produced five No. 1 singles and sold at least 22 million copies worldwide.

THE FALL OF THE KING

The Fall of the King

His popularity began fading away in the early '90s, and so did his skin color. Hit with controversy of a skin color change, Michael defended on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that he suffered from a skin disease called vitiligo. He also built Neverland, a Disneyland-like amusement park in his residence. But the place became infamous when he was accused of abusing a 13-year-old boy who slept over at Neverland. Michael maintained his innocence.

In August 1994, he married Lisa Marie Presley who attended his concert on the front row. The couple divorced two years later with no offspring. But Michael was determined to have children and thus married a nurse Debbie Rowe who gave birth to Prince Michael Jackson, in 1997, and Paris Michael Jackson, in 1998. A third child, Prince Michael Jackson II was later born in 2002 through artificial insemination and Michael was criticized for dangling the baby four-stories high while in Berlin.

CLIMBING THE UPHILL

Climbing the Uphill

By early 2000s, Michael's eccentricities were as famous as his music career. During his documentary for "Living with Michael Jackson", the singer admitted sleepovers with young children which he described as nothing but watching Disney movies on bed. Criticisms were followed with countless court dates.

Apart from being accused for child molestation, Michael also suffered a financial regression. Due to his absence from the music industry, his bank balance decreased, causing in the closure for Neverland to cut cost. Michael then moved with his children to Bahrain in 2005.

FINAL CURTAIN CALL

Final Curtain Call

In early 2008, Michael resuscitated his music career by first releasing the 25th anniversary of his most popular album "Thriller". The album was added with new singles as a result of his collaborations with recent artists such as Kanye West, will.i.am and Akon. The commercial success led to the scheme to have the king of pop reviving his career through a world tour. In March 2009 he personally announced "Final Curtain Call" tour in London for several dates in July.

Being successful as a child star, gaining his Walk of Fame star and experiencing the up and down of fame, Michael Jackson drew his last breath on June 25. His brother Jermaine Jackson said he died after a cardiac arrest at his home.

© AceShowbiz.com




Post Your Comments

posted by Christian Rey on Feb 15, 2011
B COZ OF U everything has change to beacause your the who makes me proud every single day,you inspired beacause of your dance... I LOVE U AND YOU'LL ALWAYS IN MY HEART.........
posted by chalie abc on Aug 14, 2010
i love you micheal
posted by charlie on Aug 14, 2010
i miss you
posted by bardha on Jun 28, 2009
michael jackson i love you forever.i love youu.
posted by SWEET BABYGIRL on Jun 27, 2009
REST IN PEACE WE LOVE YOU.
posted by cthompson on Jun 27, 2009
god has a place for micheal in heaven -he is now doing a holy dance god bless the jackson family doing this time in their lives
posted by VJ on Jun 27, 2009
You left a legacy. We love you.
posted by Martin on Jun 27, 2009
The Greatest!! You will be remebered forever. We love you MJ.
posted by mary on Jun 26, 2009
we'll always remember you,rest in peace goodbye michael
posted by Edgar canon on Jun 26, 2009
Love to you michael from the bottom of my heart you were an extraordinary person all the love that you fgave us and all the love in your lyrics will live forever..
posted by yasmin on Jun 26, 2009
de que o michael jeckson morreu em eu yasmin era a fam dele eu sinto muita falta do meu rei do pop michael jeckson quando ele morrel na hora do show foi sin to muita falta do meu rei do pop michael jackson
posted by Ryan on Jun 26, 2009
Love you Michael. Love you as a singer AND as a the amazing you were. Rest in Peace Mike.
posted by hp on Jun 26, 2009
i am very sorry that tou died but i will always remember you have fun in heaven
posted by ANDREW SACKEY FROM G on Jun 26, 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON IS A HERO AND GOD SENT HIM,REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER AND FATHER THE WOULD ARE PROUD OF YOU E.X.P WE THE BLACKS(GHANA)
posted by ANDREW SACKEY FROM G on Jun 26, 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON IS A HERO AND GOD SENT HIM,REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER AND FATHER THE WOULD ARE PROUD OF YOU E.X.P WE THE BLACK(GHANA)
posted by Deja on Jun 26, 2009
we LOVE our KING OF POP and we will NEVER FORGET him R.I.P
posted by leenee on Jun 26, 2009
RIP MJ....U'll 4ver be remembered....
posted by FELICIA ELSTON on Jun 26, 2009
FROM THE FAMILY OF ELSTON'S,MCCULLUM&WATSONS WE ALL LIKE TO SAY KATHERINE AND JOSEPH HAVE SOME NICE AND CARING KIDS AND THEY WILL C MICHAEL N THEIR OTHER WORLD,WILL MISS YOU DANCING,SINGING AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE.BLESS U MICHAEL JACKSON FOR THE JOY FROM U.
posted by :\'( on Jun 26, 2009
Sympathy to the family and loss of a great singer thriller LOVE IT! RIP
posted by RAMESH RAJ KAFLE on Jun 26, 2009
WE LOVE FOREVER OUR HERO MICHAEL JACKSON , TQ. AND REGARDS, RAMESH FROM NEPAL ,
posted by RAMESH RAJ KAFLE on Jun 26, 2009
WE LOVE OUR WOURLD GREAT HERO MICHAEL JACKSON FOREVER ,
posted by caidensmom on Jun 26, 2009
R.I.P michael jackson! ur one of a kind never will u be forgotten...ur music still lives on forever..ur a great guy and an amazing artist... u will truly be missed and loved the kind of pop...God Bless
posted by Nirvash on Jun 26, 2009
my hero, my legend, my brother, mj i love u, i dance, beacuse of U

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