Michael Jackson Remembered

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Michael Jackson Remembered

Michael Jackson was an American recording artist, and entertainer. Best referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time, as well as one of the most influential. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Jackson was also a humanitarian, donating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for beneficial causes and supporting over 39 charities.

In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The music videos for his songs, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced hip hop, pop, contemporary R&B and rock artists.

Jackson's album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards; 26 American Music Awards; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career; and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of music.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. Before his death, Jackson had reportedly been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam. The Los Angeles County Coroner declared his death a homicide, and his personal physician pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as a billion people around the world may have watched his public memorial service on live television.

   

   

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You left out some stuff. There's a heck of a lot of evidence pointing to him having the perversion where he was sexually attracted to prepubescent young males and was accused of acting on his urges by several parties. Publicly, he admitted to liking to sleep with young boys and saw nothing wrong with that. Although never convicted, there was enough smoke bellowing out of those windows to assume a 5-alarm fire. Sorry... I'm in total agreement that he was a great musician (perhaps a genious), but he was very, very sick. No mention of his plastic surgery? Holy Moses... Didn't you guys notice a Silly Putty shortage around the mid 1980's? More evidence of a deep, disturbing sickness. Isn't it obvious that he tried to transform himself into a Diana Ross look-a-like? I believe he thought of her as perfect and was obsessed to transforming into that. His problems went far, far beyond addiction to meds. Regressing, what is it about some celebrities that makes us forget the illegal and mentally questionable things they did? Woody Allen? Not illegal but OMG - Mia's teen daughter??? The nude Polaroids on the mantle? And Pete Townshend? (reasearch... yeaaaah riiiight) Roman Polanski? Still loved and admired. Hollywood still has a place set for him at dinner next to Shane Sparks.

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