The King of Pop: Changing The World One Song At A Time
Michael Joseph Jackson, also referred to as the “King of Pop” was an entertainer, singer-song writer, businessman and actor. As of 2012, Michael Jackson is still recognized by the Guinness world book of records as the most successful entertainer of all time. His contribution to numerous charities, music, dance and publication of his personal life has made Michael Jackson a global icon in pop culture for over four decades.
Born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson debuted into the music industry along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, Rolling Stones magazine later described Michael Jackson as a prodigy with a natural talent for music. Jackson then began his solo career in 1971, and later breaking his nose while attempting a complex dance routine in 1979. In the early 1980’s, Jackson drastically impacted pop music culture. Not only was Jackson the first African-American to have his music video broadcasted on MTV television, music titles such as those included “Man in The Mirror,” “Black or White” and “Heal the World” influenced and promoted non-racism. Jackson had also swept the world with his unique style of dance incorporated with complicated moves such as the “Robot,” foundations in motions of isolation and his signature moonwalk. His unique sound and style has influenced the vast majority of our current pop stars and idols.
Jackson’s album “Thriller” is the top-selling album of all time: “Thriller was last certified in March, when it passed 28 million. Demand for physical copies of Jackson albums (an estimated 82 percent of his sales have been actual CDs) have ramped up the number of copies of Thriller in circulation, and the RIAA believes that said demand has brought the number up to 29 million.” (Anderson) Jackson is also one of many few artists to be placed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. And lastly, while preparing for his concert series titled...
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