Michael Jackson BiographyMichael Joseph Jackson was an American singer and dancer, who began his career performing in the family group "The Jacksons". Since 1972, he dedicated himself to a solo career, rapidly achieving unparalleled success. His sixth studio album, "Thriller", remains the best-selling album in history for over 30 years, and Michael Jackson's name has become a legend in pop music.
Childhood: Humiliation and First FameThe boy, later recognized as the king of pop music, was born in the small town of Gary, Indiana. The boy's parents, Joseph Jackson and Katherine Scruse, were married in November 1949. Their shared love for music brought them together: the future head of the family was a bluesman who played the guitar, while his mother, half Native American, half African American, from rural origins, was obsessed with country music.
Beginning of Solo CareerIn 1973, "Jackson 5" found themselves in conflict with their recording studio, Motown Records. Despite this, Michael managed to release four solo albums in collaboration with the label: his debut album "Got to Be There" (1972), which sold over five million copies, "Ben" (1972), "Music&Me" (1973), and finally, "Forever, Michael" (1975).
The King of PopBy the early 1980s, Michael Jackson had already achieved phenomenal success, and his fans were eagerly awaiting his new album, "Thriller". The album took 8 months to produce and included 9 tracks, 4 of which were penned by Michael himself.
Further CareerMichael Jackson released his next studio album ("Invincible") only in 2001. It featured 16 tracks, co-created with Michael by Notorious B.I.G ("Unbreakable"), Chris Tucker ("You Rock My World") and Carlos Santana ("Whatever Happens").
Personal Life of Michael JacksonMichael Jackson was married twice. His first wife was the daughter of the King of Rock and Roll - Elvis Presley. Jackson first met Lisa Marie Presley in 1975 at an event at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, but at that time, she was only 8 years old.
Pedophilia AccusationsIn 1988, Michael acquired 112 hectares of land in California, near the town of Santa Barbara. In this secluded place, the musician could finally be himself, away from the public eye. He transformed the ranch into every child's dream: a mansion resembling a fairytale palace, a miniature railway, carousels, a zoo, and a plethora of colorful sculptures. He named this amusement park "Neverland," in honor of the book about Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up.
In 2003, Michael Jackson was again brought to court on charges of a similar crime. The new "victim" was thirteen-year-old Gavin Arvizo, who told the press that Michael had given him alcohol and engaged in mutual masturbation with him.
Plastic Surgery and Michael Jackson's DiseaseIn 1987, after the release of the music video for the title song of the album "Bad", fans noticed changes in their idol's face, and with each subsequent performance, the singer became even paler and thinner.
DeathOn June 25, 2009, at 12:21 local time, a call was made to the California rescue service. A frantic voice called an ambulance to the Holmby Hills estate - the residence of Michael Jackson. The medics, who arrived at the scene in 3 minutes and 17 seconds, found the lifeless body of the King of Pop with a barely detectable pulse.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the way to and at the California University Medical Center did not help - Michael Jackson's death was declared at 2:26 PM. News of Michael Jackson's demise spread across the world within minutes.
On July 29, 2009, Conrad Murray admitted that he had given Michael Jackson a propofol injection shortly before his death, followed by several sedative pills - recently, the singer had been suffering from insomnia and pain due to the effects of plastic surgery and spinal problems, so he needed anesthesia and a sleeping pill.
FuneralOn July 7, 2009, a private farewell ceremony for the idol of millions took place. Jackson's closest friends came to the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Tributes were read from Diana Ross, Nelson Mandela, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, and the children of Martin Luther King. The farewell ended with a speech by Paris Jackson. Unable to hold back her tears, the girl said, "He was the best father you could ever possibly imagine..."
Posthumous Albums of Michael JacksonAfter the unveiling of Michael Jackson's will, it was revealed that his children inherited the rights to two hundred of his archival compositions. The real estate and financial assets were transferred to the Jackson Family Trust under the management of Katherine Jackson. It is noteworthy that Joseph Jackson was not mentioned in the artist's last will, nor was the mother of Michael's older children.
The album "Xscape," released in 2014, received warmer reviews. It included only 8 songs. The song "Love Never Felt So Good" was particularly loved by listeners who noted that the track is comparable to the best hits from "Thriller" or "Off the Wall."