Page semi-protected

Michael Jackson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation).
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson in 1988.jpg
Jackson performing in 1988, during the Bad World Tour.
Born Michael Joseph Jackson
(1958-08-29)August 29, 1958
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Died June 25, 2009(2009-06-25) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiac arrest induced by propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication
Resting place Glendale, California, U.S.
Residence Los Olivos, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actor
  • record producer
  • businessman
  • philanthropist
Net worth Increase U.S. $1.178 billion (2009 estimate)[1]
Religion
Spouse(s)
Children
  • Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
  • Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson
  • Prince Michael Jackson II
Parent(s)
Relatives See Jackson family
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1964–2009
Labels
Associated acts The Jackson 5
Signature
Michael Jackson's signature

Michael Joseph Jackson[2][3] (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop,[4][5][6] his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then-relatively-new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream", he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres.

Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s", 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career,—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide.[Note 1] Jackson has won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.[7] He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when "Love Never Felt So Good" reached number nine on May 21, 2014.[8] Jackson traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism, and, in 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities, more than any other entertainer.[9]

Aspects of Michael Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In the mid-1990s, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the civil case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount and no formal charges were brought.[10] In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his comeback concert series titled This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world.[11] Forbes currently ranks Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity, a title held for a fifth consecutive year, with $140 million in earnings.[12]

Life and career

1958–75: Early life and the Jackson 5

The single-storey house has white walls, two windows, a central white door with a black door frame, and a black roof. In front of the house there is a walk way and multiple colored flowers and memorabilia.
Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana, showing floral tributes after his death.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. He was the eighth of ten children in an African-American working-class family who lived in a two-bedroom house in Gary, Indiana, an industrial city and a part of the Chicago metropolitan area.[13][14] His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah's Witness. She once aspired to be a country-and-western performer who played clarinet and piano, but worked part-time at Sears to help support the family.[15] His father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, a former boxer, was a steelworker at U.S. Steel. Joe also performed on guitar with a local rhythm and blues band called the Falcons to supplement the family's household income.[16] Michael grew up with three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy).[17] A sixth brother, Marlon's elder twin Brandon, died shortly after birth.[18]

Jackson had a troubled relationship with his father, Joe.[19][20] In 2003, Joe acknowledged that he regularly whipped Jackson as a boy.[21] Joe was also said to have verbally abused his son, often saying that he had a "fat nose".[22] Jackson stated that he was physically and emotionally abused during incessant rehearsals, though he credited his father's strict discipline with playing a large role in his success.[19] Speaking openly about his childhood in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast in February 1993, Jackson acknowledged that his youth had been lonely and isolating.[23] Jackson's deep dissatisfaction with his appearance, his nightmares and chronic sleep problems, his tendency to remain hyper-compliant, especially with his father, and to remain childlike throughout his adult life, are consistent with the effects of the maltreatment he endured as a young child.[24]

In an interview with Martin Bashir, later included in the 2003 broadcast of Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson acknowledged that his father hurt him when he was a child, recalling that Joseph often sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed, and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you."[25][26] Both of Jackson's parents have disagreed with the longstanding allegations of abuse, with Katherine stating that while the whippings are considered abuse today, such action was a common way to discipline children back then.[27][28][29] Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon have also said that their father is not abusive, but rather misunderstood.[30]

Jackson (center) as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1972.

In 1965, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father and which included brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine.[31] In 1966, Jackson began sharing lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the group's name was changed to the Jackson 5.[17] That following year, the group won a major local talent show with Jackson performing the dance to Robert Parker's 1965 hit "Barefootin'".[32] From 1966 to 1968 the band toured the Midwest, frequently performing at a string of black clubs known as the "chitlin' circuit" as the opening act for artists such as Sam & Dave, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, and Etta James. The Jackson 5 also performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, where striptease shows and other adult acts were featured, and at local auditoriums and high school dances.[33][34] In August 1967, while touring the East coast, the group won a weekly amateur night concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.[35]

The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including "Big Boy" (1968), their first single, for Steeltown Records, a Gary, Indiana, record label,[36] before signing with Motown in 1969.[17] The Jackson 5 left Gary in 1969 and relocated to the Los Angeles area, where they continued to record music for Motown.[37] The magazine Rolling Stone later described the young Michael as "a prodigy" with "overwhelming musical gifts," writing that he "quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer."[38] The group set a chart record when its first four singles—"I Want You Back" (1969), "ABC" (1970), "The Love You Save" (1970), and "I'll Be There" (1970)—peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[17] In May 1971, the Jackson family moved into a large home on two-acre estate in Encino, California,[39] where Michael evolved from child performer into a teen idol.[40] As Jackson began to emerge as a solo performer in the early 1970s, he continued to maintain ties to the Jackson 5 and Motown. Between 1972, when his solo career began, and 1975, Michael released four solo studio albums with Motown: Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973), and Forever, Michael (1975).[41] "Got to Be There" and "Ben", the title tracks from his first two solo albums, both became successful singles, as did a remake of Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin".[42]

The Jackson 5 were later described as "a cutting-edge example of black crossover artists."[43] Although the group's sales began declining in 1973, and the band members chafed under Motown's refusal to allow them creative control or input, they continued to score several top 40 hits, including the top five single "Dancing Machine" (1974), before the group left Motown in 1975.[44]

1975–81: Move to Epic and Off the Wall

In June 1975, the Jackson 5 signed with Epic Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records,[44] and renamed themselves the Jacksons. Younger brother Randy formally joined the band around this time, while Jermaine chose to stay with Motown and pursue a solo career.[45] The Jacksons continued to tour internationally, and released six more albums between 1976 and 1984. Michael, the group's lead songwriter during this time, wrote hits such as "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (1979), "This Place Hotel" (1980), and "Can You Feel It" (1980).[31] Jackson's work in film began in 1978, when he starred as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, a musical directed by Sidney Lumet that also starred Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross.[46] The film was a box-office disaster.[47] While working on the film Jackson met Quincy Jones, who was arranging the film's musical score, and Jones agreed to produce Jackson's next solo album, Off the Wall.[48] In 1979, Jackson broke his nose during a complex dance routine. His subsequent rhinoplasty was not a complete success; he complained of breathing difficulties that would affect his career. He was referred to Dr. Steven Hoefflin, who performed Jackson's second rhinoplasty and subsequent operations.[49]

Off the Wall (1979), which Jones and Jackson co-produced, established Jackson as a solo performer. The album helped Jackson transition from the "bubblegum pop" of his youth to the more complex sounds he would create as an adult.[40] Songwriters for the album included Jackson, Rod Temperton, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney. Off the Wall was the first solo album to generate four top 10 hits in the United States: "Off the Wall", "She’s Out of My Life", and the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You".[50][51] The album reached number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[52] In 1980, Jackson won three awards at the American Music Awards for his solo efforts: Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".[53][54] He also won Billboard Year-End awards for Top Black Artist and Top Black Album, and a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for 1979 with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".[55] In 1981 Jackson was the American Music Awards winner for Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.[56] Despite its commercial success, Jackson felt Off the Wall should have made a much bigger impact, and was determined to exceed expectations with his next release.[57] In 1980, he secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry: 37 percent of wholesale album profit.[58]

1982–83: Thriller and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever

In 1982, Jackson combined his interests in songwriting and film when he contributed the song "Someone in the Dark" to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The song, with Quincy Jones as its producer, won a Grammy for Best Recording for Children for 1983.[59] Even more success came after the release of Thriller in late 1982. The album earned Jackson seven more Grammys[59] and eight American Music Awards, including the Award of Merit, the youngest artist to win it.[60]

"Thriller" was the best-selling album worldwide in 1983.[61][62] It became the best-selling album of all time in the United States,[63] and the best-selling album of all time worldwide, selling an estimated 65 million copies.[64] The album topped the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks and was in the top 10 of the 200 for 80 consecutive weeks. It was the first album to have seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles, including "Billie Jean", "Beat It", and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'".[65] In March 2009 Thriller was certified for 29 million shipments by the RIAA,[66] giving it Double Diamond status in the United States. Thriller won Jackson and Quincy Jones the Grammy award for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) for 1983. It also won Album of the Year, with Jackson as the album's artist and Jones as its co-producer, and a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, award for Jackson. "Beat It" won Record of the Year, with Jackson as artist and Jones as co-producer, and a Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, award for Jackson. "Billie Jean" won Jackson two Grammy awards, Best R&B Song, with Jackson as its songwriter, and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, as its artist.[59] Thriller also won another Grammy for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical in 1984, awarding Bruce Swedien for his work on the album.[67] The AMA Awards for 1984 provided Jackson with an Award of Merit and AMAs for Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B, and Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock. "Beat It" won Jackson AMAs for Favorite Video, Soul/R&B, Favorite Video, Pop/Rock, and Favorite Single, Pop/Rock. Thriller won him AMAs for Favorite Album, Soul/R&B, and Favorite Album, Pop/Rock.[60][68]

In addition to the award-winning album, Jackson released "Thriller", a fourteen-minute music video short directed by John Landis, in 1983.[69] It "defined music videos and broke racial barriers" on the Music Television Channel (MTV), a fledgling entertainment television channel at the time.[40] In December 2009, the Library of Congress selected the music video for "Thriller" for inclusion in the National Film Registry. It was one of twenty-five films named that year as "works of enduring importance to American culture" that would be "preserved for all time."[70][71] The zombie-themed "Thriller" is the first and, as of 2009, the only music video to be inducted into the registry.[69][71][72]

Jackson's attorney John Branca noted that Jackson had the highest royalty rate in the music industry at that point: approximately $2 for every album sold. He was also making record-breaking profits from sales of his recordings. The videocassette of the documentary The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller sold over 350,000 copies in a few months. The era saw the arrival of novelties like dolls modeled after Michael Jackson, which appeared in stores in May 1984 at a price of $12.[73] Biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli writes that, "Thriller stopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple."[74] In 1985, The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Longform.[59] Time described Jackson's influence at that point as "Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too".[73] The New York Times wrote that, "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else".[75]

A defining point in Jackson's career took place on March 25, 1983, when he reunited with his brothers for a legendary live performance, which was taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, an NBC television special. The show aired on May 16, 1983, to an estimated audience of 47 million viewers, and featured the Jacksons and other Motown stars.[76] The show is best remembered for Jackson's solo performance of "Billie Jean", which earned Jackson his first Emmy nomination.[77] Wearing a distinctive black-sequined jacket and a golf glove decorated with rhinestones, he debuted his signature dance move, the moonwalk, which former Soul Train dancer and Shalamar member Jeffrey Daniel had taught him three years earlier.[78] Jackson originally turned down the invitation to perform at the show, believing he had been doing too much television at the time; however at the request of Berry Gordy, Jackson relented and agreed to perform at the show in exchange for time to do a solo performance.[79] According to Rolling Stone reporter Mikal Gilmore, "There are times when you know you are hearing or seeing something extraordinary...that came that night."[40] Jackson's performance drew comparisons to Elvis Presley's and the Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.[80] Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times later wrote, "The moonwalk that he made famous is an apt metaphor for his dance style. How does he do it? As a technician, he is a great illusionist, a genuine mime. His ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing."[81] Berry Gordy said of the performance, "from the first beat of Billie Jean, I was mesmerized, and when he did his iconic moonwalk, I was shocked, it was magic, Michael Jackson went into orbit, and never came down."[82]

1984–85: Pepsi, "We Are the World", and business career

By the mid-1980s, Jackson's award-winning musical career contributed to his commercial appeal, which proved to be substantial. In November 1983 he, along with his brothers, partnered with PepsiCo in a $5 million promotional deal that broke advertising industry records for a celebrity endorsement. The first Pepsi campaign, which ran in the United States from 1983 to 1984 and launched its "New Generation" theme, included advertising, tour sponsorship, public relations events, and in-store displays. Jackson, who was actively involved in creating the iconic Pepsi advertisement, suggested using his song, "Billie Jean", as its musical jingle with a revised chorus.[83] According a Billboard report in 2009, Brian J. Murphy, executive VP of branded management at TBA Global, commented, "You couldn't separate the tour from the endorsement from the licensing of the music, and then the integration of the music into the Pepsi fabric."[83]

On January 27, 1984, Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi Cola commercial that was overseen by executive Phil Dusenberry,[84] a BBDO ad agency executive, and Alan Pottasch, Pepsi's Worldwide Creative Director, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In front of a full house of fans during a simulated concert, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson's hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars on his scalp, and had his third rhinoplasty shortly thereafter.[49] Pepsi settled out of court, and Jackson donated his $1.5 million settlement to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California. Its Michael Jackson Burn Center is named in his honor.[85] Dusenberry later recounted the episode in his memoir, Then We Set His Hair on Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall of Fame Career in Advertising. Jackson signed a second agreement with Pepsi in the late 1980s for a reported $10 million. The second campaign had a global reach to more than twenty countries and provided financial support for Jackson's Bad album and his world tour in 1987–88.[83] Although Jackson had endorsements and advertising deals with other companies, such as LA Gear, Suzuki, and Sony, none were as significant as his deals with Pepsi, which later signed other music stars such as Britney Spears and Beyoncé to promote its products.[83][83][86]

President Reagan wearing a suit and tie stands at a podium and turns to smile at Mrs Reagan, who is wearing a white outfit, and Jackson, who is wearing a white shirt with a blue jacket and a yellow strap across his chest.
Jackson at the White House being presented with an award by President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan, 1984.

Jackson's humanitarian work was recognized on May 14, 1984, when he was invited to the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse,[87] and in recognition of his support for the Ad Council's and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson donated the use of "Beat It" for the campaign's public service announcements.[88]

Unlike later albums, Thriller did not have an official tour to promote it, but the Victory Tour of 1984 headlined the Jacksons and showcased much of Jackson's new solo material to more than two million Americans. It was the last tour he would do with his brothers.[89] Following a controversy over the concert's ticket sales, Jackson held a press conference and announced that he would donate his share of the proceeds from the Victory Tour, an estimated $3 to 5 million, to charity.[90][91] Jackson's charitable work and humanitarian awards continued with the release of "We Are the World" (1985), which he co-wrote with Lionel Richie.[92] The song was recorded on January 28, 1985[93] and was released worldwide in March 1985 to aid the poor in the United States and Africa.[94] The song earned $63 million for famine relief,[94] and became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with 20 million copies sold.[95] "We Are the World" won four Grammys for 1985, including Song of the Year going to Jackson and Richie as its co-songwriters.[92] Although the American Music Award directors removed the charity song from the competition because they felt it would be inappropriate, the AMA show in 1986 concluded with a tribute to the song in honor of its first anniversary. The project's creators received two special AMA honors: one for the creation of the song and another for the USA for Africa idea. Jackson, Quincy Jones, and entertainment promoter Ken Kragan received special awards for their roles in creation of the song.[92][93][96][97]

Jackson's financial interests in the music publishing business expanded after Jackson collaborated with Paul McCartney in the early 1980s. He subsequently learned that McCartney was making approximately $40 million a year from other people's songs.[94] By 1983, Jackson had begun investing in publishing rights to songs that others had written, but he was careful with his acquisitions, only bidding on a few of the dozens that were offered to him. Jackson's early acquisitions of music catalogs and song copyrights such as the Sly Stone collection included "Everyday People" (1968), Len Barry's "1-2-3" (1965), and Dion DiMucci's "The Wanderer" (1961) and "Runaround Sue" (1961); however, Jackson's most significant purchase came in 1985, when he acquired the publishing rights to ATV Music Publishing after months of negotiation.[94] ATV had acquired the publishing rights to nearly 4000 songs, including the Northern Songs catalog that contained the majority of the Lennon–McCartney compositions recorded by the Beatles.[98]

In 1984 Robert Holmes à Court, the wealthy Australian investor who owned ATV Music Publishing, announced he was putting the ATV catalog up for sale.[98] In 1981, McCartney was offered the ATV music catalog for £20 million ($40 million).[94][99][100] According to McCartney, he contacted Yoko Ono about making a joint purchase by splitting the cost at £10 million each, but Ono thought they could buy it for £5 million each.[94][100] When they were unable to make a joint purchase, McCartney, who did not want to be the sole owner of the Beatles' songs, did not pursue an offer on his own.[99][100] According to a negotiator for Holmes à Court in the 1984 sale, "We had given Paul McCartney first right of refusal but Paul didn't want it at that time."[101]

Jackson was first informed about the sale by his attorney, John Branca, in September 1984.[98] An attorney for McCartney also assured Branca that McCartney was not interested in bidding. McCartney reportedly said "It's too pricey",[94][99] but several other companies and investors were interested in bidding. Jackson submitted a bid of $46 million on November 20, 1984.[98] His agents thought they had a deal several times, but encountered new bidders or new areas of debate. In May 1985, Jackson's team walked away from talks after having spent more than $1 million and four months of due diligence work on the negotiations.[98] In June 1985, Jackson and Branca learned that Charles Koppelman's and Marty Bandier's The Entertainment Company had made a tentative agreement with Holmes à Court to buy ATV Music for $50 million; however, in early August, Holmes à Court's team contacted Jackson and talks resumed. Jackson raised his bid to $47.5 million, which was accepted because he could close the deal more quickly, having already completed due diligence of ATV Music.[98] Jackson also agreed to visit Holmes à Court in Australia, where he would appear on the Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[101] Jackson's purchase of ATV Music was finalized on August 10, 1985.[98]

1986–90: Appearance, tabloids, Bad, films, autobiography, and Neverland

Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color for the duration of his youth, but starting in the mid-1980s it gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media coverage, including rumors that he might be bleaching his skin.[102] According to J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography, in 1986 Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo, which Taraborrelli noted may be a consequence of skin bleaching. He claimed Jackson was diagnosed with lupus. The vitiligo partially lightened his skin, and the lupus was in remission. Both illnesses made his skin sensitive to sunlight. The treatments Jackson used for his condition further lightened his skin tone, and with the application of pancake makeup to even out blotches he could appear very pale.[103] Jackson was also diagnosed with vitiligo in his autopsy, though not lupus.[104]

Jackson claimed he had only two rhinoplasties and no other surgery on his face, although at one point he mentioned having a dimple created in his chin. He lost weight in the early 1980s because of a change in diet and a desire for "a dancer's body".[105] Witnesses reported that he was often dizzy, and speculated he was suffering from anorexia nervosa. Periods of weight loss would become a recurring problem later in life.[106]

During the course of his treatment, Jackson made two close friends: his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, and Klein's nurse Debbie Rowe. Rowe eventually became Jackson's second wife and the mother of his two eldest children. He also relied heavily on Klein for medical and business advice.[107]

Jackson became the subject of increasingly sensational reports. In 1986, the tabloids ran a story claiming that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow the aging process; he was pictured lying down in a glass box. Although the claim was untrue, according to tabloid reports that are widely cited, Jackson had disseminated the fabricated story himself.[108] When Jackson bought a chimpanzee called Bubbles from a laboratory, he was reported to be increasingly detached from reality.[109] It was reported that Jackson had offered to buy the bones of Joseph Merrick (the "Elephant Man") and, although untrue, Jackson did not deny the story.[110] Although he initially saw these stories as opportunities for publicity, he stopped leaking untruths to the press as they became more sensational. Consequently, the media began making up their own stories.[108][111][112] These reports became embedded in the public consciousness, inspiring the nickname "Wacko Jacko", which Jackson came to despise.[3][113] Responding to the gossip, Jackson remarked to Taraborrelli:

Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth."[114]

A black jacket with five round golden medals on its left and right shoulders, a gold band on its left arm sleeve, and two belt straps on the right bottom sleeve. Underneath the jacket is a golden belt, with a round ornament in its center.
Jackson wore a gold-plated military style jacket with belt during the Bad era.

Jackson collaborated with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola on the 17-minute 3D film Captain EO, which debuted in September 1986 at both the original Disneyland and at Epcot in Florida, and in March 1987 at Tokyo Disneyland. The $30 million movie was a popular attraction at all three parks. A Captain EO attraction was later featured at Euro Disneyland after that park opened in 1992. All four parks' Captain EO installations stayed open well into the 1990s: the Paris installation was the last one to close, in 1998.[115] The attraction would later return to Disneyland in 2010 after Jackson's death.[116]

In 1987, Jackson disassociated himself from the Jehovah's Witnesses, in response to their disapproval of the Thriller video.[117][118] With the industry expecting another major hit, Jackson's first album in five years, Bad (1987), was highly anticipated.[119]

Jackson performing in 1988.

The album spawned seven hit singles in the U.S., five of which ("I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana") reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. This was a record for most number one Hot 100 singles from any one album, including Thriller.[120] As of 2012, the album sold between 30 to 45 million copies worldwide.[121][122][123][124] Thanks to the Bad album, Bruce Swedien and Humberto Gatica won one Grammy in 1988 for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and Michael Jackson won one Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form for "Leave Me Alone" in 1989.[59][67] In the same year, Jackson won an Award of Achievement at the American Music Awards because Bad is the first album ever to generate five number one singles in the U.S., the first album to top in 25 countries, and the best-selling album worldwide in 1987 and 1988.[125][126][127][128] In 1988, "Bad" won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single.[129]

The Bad World Tour began on September 12 that year, finishing on January 14, 1989.[130] In Japan alone, the tour had 14 sellouts and drew 570,000 people, nearly tripling the previous record of 200,000 in a single tour.[131] Jackson broke a Guinness World Record when 504,000 people attended seven sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium.[132] He performed a total of 123 concerts to an audience of 4.4 million people.[133]

In 1988, Jackson released his only autobiography, Moonwalk, which took four years to complete and sold 200,000 copies.[134] Jackson wrote about his childhood, the Jackson 5, and the abuse he had suffered.[135] He also wrote about his facial appearance.[105] He attributed much of the change in the structure of his face to puberty, weight loss, a strict vegetarian diet, a change in hair style, and stage lighting.[105] Moonwalk reached the top position on The New York Times best sellers' list.[136] The musician then released a film called Moonwalker, which featured live footage and short films that starred Jackson and Joe Pesci. The film was originally intended to be released to theaters, but due to financial issues, the film was released direct-to-video. It saw a theatrical release in Germany, though. It debuted atop the Billboard Top Music Video Cassette chart, staying there for 22 weeks. It was eventually knocked off the top spot by Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues.[137]

In March 1988, Jackson purchased land near Santa Ynez, California, to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million.[138] He installed several carnival rides on the 2,700-acre (11 km2) property, including a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and a menagerie, as well as a movie theater and a zoo.[138][139][140] A security staff of 40 patrolled the grounds.[139] In 2003, it was valued at approximately $100 million.[141] In 1989, his annual earnings from album sales, endorsements, and concerts were estimated at $125 million for that year alone.[142] Shortly afterwards, he became the first Westerner to appear in a television ad in the Soviet Union.[137]

His success resulted in him being dubbed the "King of Pop".[4][5][6] The nickname was popularized by Elizabeth Taylor when she presented him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989, proclaiming him "the true king of pop, rock and soul."[143] President George H. W. Bush designated him the White House's "Artist of the Decade".[144] From 1985 to 1990, he donated $455,000 to the United Negro College Fund,[145] and all of the profits from his single "Man in the Mirror" went to charity.[146] Jackson's live rendition of "You Were There" at Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th birthday celebration allowed Jackson to receive his second Emmy nomination.[77][137]

1991–93: Dangerous, Heal the World Foundation, and Super Bowl XXVII

In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million, a record-breaking deal at the time,[147] displacing Neil Diamond's renewal contract with Columbia Records.[148] In 1991, he released his eighth album, Dangerous, co-produced with Teddy Riley.[149] Dangerous was certified seven times platinum in the U.S., and, as of 2008, has approximately sold 30 million copies worldwide.[150][151] In the United States, the album's first single "Black or White" was its biggest hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining there for seven weeks, with similar chart performances worldwide.[152] The album's second single "Remember the Time" spent eight weeks in the top five in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[153] At the end of 1992, Dangerous was awarded the best-selling album of the year worldwide and "Black or White" was awarded best-selling single of the year worldwide at the Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, he won an award as best-selling artist of the 1980s.[154] In 1993, Jackson performed the song at the Soul Train Music Awards in a chair, saying he had suffered an injury in rehearsals.[155] In the UK and other parts of Europe, "Heal the World" was the biggest hit from the album; it sold 450,000 copies in the UK and spent five weeks at number two in 1992.[153]

Jackson founded the Heal the World Foundation in 1992. The charity organization brought underprivileged children to Jackson's ranch to enjoy theme park rides that Jackson had built on the property. The foundation also sent millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war, poverty, and disease. In the same year, Jackson published his second book, the bestselling collection of poetry, Dancing the Dream. While it was a commercial success, and revealed a more intimate side to Jackson's nature, the collection was mostly critically unacclaimed at the time of its release. In 2009, the book was republished by Doubleday and was more positively received by some critics in the wake of Jackson's untimely death. The Dangerous World Tour grossed $100 million. The tour began on June 27, 1992, and finished on November 11, 1993. Jackson performed to 3.5 million people in 70 concerts.[153][156] He sold the broadcast rights to his Dangerous world tour to HBO for $20 million, a record-breaking deal that still stands.[157]

Following the illness and death of Ryan White, Jackson helped draw public attention to HIV/AIDS, something that was still controversial at the time. He publicly pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton's Inaugural Gala to give more money to HIV/AIDS charities and research.[158][159] In a high-profile visit to Africa, Jackson visited several countries, among them Gabon and Egypt.[160] His first stop to Gabon was greeted with a sizable and enthusiastic reception of more than 100,000 people, some of them carrying signs that read, "Welcome Home Michael."[160] In his trip to Ivory Coast, Jackson was crowned "King Sani" by a tribal chief.[160] He then thanked the dignitaries in French and English, signed official documents formalizing his kingship, and sat on a golden throne while presiding over ceremonial dances.[160]

In January 1993, Jackson made an appearance at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California. Because of dwindling interest during halftime in the years before, the NFL decided to seek big-name talent that would keep viewers and ratings high, with Jackson being selected because of his popularity and universal appeal.[161] It was the first Super Bowl where the audience figures increased during the half-time show to more than the game itself. The performance began with Jackson catapulting onto the stage as fireworks went off behind him. As he landed on the canvas, he maintained a motionless "clenched fist, standing statue stance", dressed in a gold and black military outfit and sunglasses; he remained completely motionless for a minute and a half while the crowd cheered. He then slowly removed his sunglasses, threw them away and sang four songs: "Jam", "Billie Jean", "Black or White", and "Heal the World". Jackson's Dangerous album rose 90 places up the album chart soon after.[102]

Jackson gave a 90-minute interview to Oprah Winfrey on February 10, 1993, his second television interview since 1979. He grimaced when speaking of his childhood abuse at the hands of his father; he believed he had missed out on much of his childhood years, admitting that he often cried from loneliness. He denied tabloid rumors that he had bought the bones of the Elephant Man, slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, or bleached his skin, stating for the first time that he had vitiligo. Dangerous re-entered the album chart in the top 10, more than a year after its original release.[26][102][153]

In February 1993, Jackson was given the "Living Legend Award" at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. "Black or White" was Grammy-nominated for best vocal performance. "Jam" gained two nominations: Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.[153] The Dangerous album won a Grammy for Best Engineered – Non Classical, awarding the work of Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley.[67] In the same year, Michael Jackson won three American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Dangerous), Favorite Soul/R&B Single ("Remember the Time"), and was the first to win the International Artist Award, for his global performances and humanitarian concerns. This award will bear his name in the future.[162][163]

Also during this time, Jackson signed on to produce the soundtrack for Sega's 1994 video game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Jackson brought collaborators Brad Buxer, Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby, and Cirocco Jones with him to help.[164][165] However, Jackson left the project before completion and was never officially credited with his work, with the official reason being given as him disliking the low quality synthesized audio chips inside the Sega Genesis, the console on which the game was played.[166][167][168]

1993–94: First child sexual abuse allegations and first marriage

In the summer of 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler and his father, Evan Chandler, a dentist.[169][170][171] The Chandler family demanded payment from Jackson, and the singer initially refused. Jordan Chandler eventually told the police that Jackson had sexually abused him.[110][172] Evan Chandler was tape-recorded discussing his intention to pursue charges, saying, "If I go through with this, I win big-time. There's no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever..... Michael's career will be over". Jordan's mother was, however, adamant at the time that there had been no wrongdoing on Jackson's part.[171] Jackson later used the recording to argue that he was the victim of a jealous father whose only goal was to extort money from the singer.[171] In January 1994, however, after investigation on allegations of extortion against the singer by Chandler, deputy Los Angeles County district attorney Michael J. Montagna stated that Chandler would not be charged due to lack of cooperation from Jackson's camp and its willingness to negotiate with Chandler for several weeks among other reasons.[173]

In August 1993, Jackson's home was raided by the police who, according to court documents, found books and photographs in his bedroom featuring young boys with little or no clothing.[174] Since the books were legal to purchase and own, the jury decided not to indict Jackson.[175] In December 1993, Jackson was strip searched.[176] Jordan Chandler had reportedly given police a description of Jackson's intimate parts, and the strip search revealed that Jordan had correctly claimed Jackson had patchy-colored buttocks, short pubic hair, and pink and brown marked testicles.[176] Reportedly, Jordan had also previously drawn accurate pictures of a dark spot on Jackson's penis only visible when his penis was lifted.[177] Despite differing initial internal reports from prosecutors and investigators[178] and later, with reports of jurors feeling otherwise that the photos did not match the description,[179] the DA stated his belief in a sworn affidavit that the description was accurate,[180] along with the sheriff's photographer stating the description was accurate.[181] A 2004 motion filed by Jackson's defense asserted that Jackson was never criminally indicted by any grand jury and that his settlement admitted no wrongdoing and contained no evidence of criminal misconduct.[182]

The investigation was inconclusive and no charges were ever filed.[179] Jackson described the search in an emotional public statement, and proclaimed his innocence.[169][176][183] On January 1, 1994, Jackson settled with the Chandlers out of court for $22 million. A Santa Barbara County grand jury and a Los Angeles County grand jury disbanded on May 2, 1994, without indicting Jackson,[184] and the Chandlers stopped co-operating with the criminal investigation around July 6, 1994.[182][185][186] The out-of-court settlement's documentation specifically stated Jackson admitted no wrongdoing and no liability; the Chandlers and their family lawyer Larry Feldman signed it without contest.[187]

Feldman also explicitly stated "nobody bought anybody's silence".[188] A decade after the fact, during the second round of child abuse allegations, Jackson's lawyers would file a memo stating that the 1994 settlement was done without his consent.[182] A later disclosure by the FBI of investigation documents compiled over nearly 20 years led Jackson's attorney to suggest that no evidence of molestation or sexual impropriety from Jackson toward minors existed.[189] According to reports the DCFS had investigated Jackson beginning in 1993 with the Chandler allegation and again in 2003. Reports show the LAPD and DCFS did not find credible evidence of abuse or sexual misconduct.[190][191][192]

In May 1994, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. They had first met in 1975, when a seven-year-old Presley attended one of Jackson's family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and were reconnected through a mutual friend.[193] According to a friend of Presley's, "their adult friendship began in November 1992 in L.A."[194] They stayed in contact every day over the telephone. As the child molestation accusations became public, Jackson became dependent on Presley for emotional support; she was concerned about his faltering health and addiction to drugs.[195] Presley explained, "I believed he didn't do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it."[196] She eventually persuaded him to settle the civil case out of court and go into rehabilitation to recover.[195]

Jackson proposed to Presley over the telephone towards the fall of 1993, saying, "If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?"[195] They married in the Dominican Republic in secrecy, denying it for nearly two months afterwards.[197] The marriage was, in her words, "a married couple's life..... that was sexually active".[198] At the time, the tabloid media speculated that the wedding was a ploy to prop up Jackson's public image.[197] The marriage lasted less than two years and ended with an amicable divorce settlement.[199] In a 2010 interview with Oprah, Presley admitted that they had spent four more years after the divorce "getting back together and breaking up", until she decided to stop.[200]

1995–99: HIStory, second marriage, and fatherhood

In 1995, Jackson merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony's music publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jackson retained half-ownership of the company, earned $95 million upfront as well as the rights to even more songs.[201][202] He then released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, HIStory Begins, was a 15-track greatest hits album, and was later reissued as Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in 2001, while the second disc, HIStory Continues, contained 13 new songs and 2 cover versions. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US.[203] It is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all-time, with 20 million copies (40 million units) sold worldwide.[152][204] HIStory received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.[205]

The first single released from the album was "Scream/Childhood". "Scream" was a duet, performed with Jackson's youngest sister Janet. The song fights against the media, mainly for what the media made him out to be during his 1993 child abuse allegations. The single had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number five, and received a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals".[205] "You Are Not Alone" was the second single released from HIStory; it holds the Guinness World Record for the first song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[142] It was seen as a major artistic and commercial success, receiving a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Vocal Performance".[205]

Close-up of a pale skinned Jackson with black hair. He is wearing a black jacket with white designs on it.
Michael Jackson at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for the Ghosts music video premiere.

In late 1995, Jackson was rushed to a hospital after collapsing during rehearsals for a televised performance; the incident was caused by a stress-related panic attack.[206] "Earth Song" was the third single released from HIStory, and topped the UK Singles Chart for six weeks over Christmas 1995; it sold a million copies, making it Jackson's most successful single in the UK.[205] The track "They Don't Care About Us" became controversial when the Anti-Defamation League and other groups criticized its allegedly antisemitic lyrics. Jackson quickly put out a revised version of the song without the offending lyrics.[207] In 1996, Jackson won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form for "Scream" and an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.[59][208]

The album was promoted with the successful HIStory World Tour. The tour began on September 7, 1996, and finished on October 15, 1997. Jackson performed 82 concerts in 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans, and grossed a total of $165 million. The show, which visited five continents and 35 countries, became Jackson's most successful in terms of audience figures.[130] During the tour, Jackson married his longtime friend Deborah Jeanne Rowe, a dermatology nurse, in an impromptu ceremony in Sydney, Australia. Rowe was approximately six months pregnant with the couple's first child at the time. Originally, Rowe and Jackson had no plans to marry, but Jackson's mother Katherine persuaded them to do so.[209] Michael Joseph Jackson Jr (commonly known as Prince) was born on February 13, 1997; his sister Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was born a year later on April 3, 1998.[199][210] The couple divorced in 1999, and Jackson got full custody of the children. The divorce was relatively amicable, but a subsequent custody suit was not settled until 2006.[211][212]

In 1997, Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, which contained remixes of hit singles from HIStory and five new songs. Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies, it is the best selling remix album ever released.[213] It reached number one in the UK, as did the title track.[213][214] In the US, the album was certified platinum, but only reached number 24.[150][205] Forbes placed his annual income at $35 million in 1996 and $20 million in 1997.[141] Throughout June 1999, Jackson was involved in a number of charitable events. He joined Luciano Pavarotti for a benefit concert in Modena, Italy. The show was in support of the nonprofit organization War Child, and raised a million dollars for the refugees of Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia, as well as additional funds for the children of Guatemala.[215] Later that month, Jackson organized a set of "Michael Jackson & Friends" benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. Other artists involved included Slash, The Scorpions, Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Shobana, Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. The proceeds went to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, the Red Cross and UNESCO.[216] From August 1999 through 2000, he lived in New York City at 4 East 74th Street.[217]

2000–03: Label dispute and Invincible

At the turn of the century, Jackson won an American Music Award as Artist of the 1980s.[218] Throughout 2000 and 2001, Jackson worked in the studio with Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, as well as other collaborators. These sessions would result in the album Invincible, released in October 2001. Invincible was Jackson's first full-length album in six years, and it would be the last album of new material he released while still alive. The release of the album was preceded by a dispute between Jackson and his record label, Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson had expected the licenses to the masters of his albums to revert to him sometime in the early 2000s. Once he had the licenses, he would be able to promote the material however he pleased and keep all the profits; however, clauses in the contract set the revert date years into the future. Jackson discovered that the attorney who had represented him in the deal had also been representing Sony.[214] Jackson was also concerned about the fact that for years, Sony had been pressuring him to sell his share in its music catalog venture. Jackson feared that Sony might have a conflict of interest, since if Jackson's career failed, he would have to sell his share of the catalog at a low price.[219] Jackson sought an early exit from his contract.[214]

In September 2001, two 30th Anniversary concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to mark the singer's 30th year as a solo artist. Jackson appeared onstage alongside his brothers for the first time since 1984. The show also featured performances by Mýa, Usher, Whitney Houston, NSYNC, Destiny's Child, Monica, Luther Vandross, and Slash, among other artists.[220] The second of the two shows took place the night before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.[221] After 9/11, Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The concert took place on October 21, 2001, and included performances from dozens of major artists, including Jackson, who performed his song "What More Can I Give" as the finale.[219] Jackson's solo performances were omitted from the televised version of the benefit concert, although he could still be seen singing background vocals. This omission happened because of contractual issues related to the earlier 30th Anniversary concerts: those concerts were boiled down into a two-hour TV special titled Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration which debuted in November 2001.

In spite of the events preceding its release, Invincible came out in October 2001 to much anticipation. Invincible proved to be a hit, debuting atop the charts in 13 countries and going on to sell approximately 13 million copies worldwide. It received double-platinum certification in the U.S.[150][152] However, the sales for Invincible were lower than those of his previous releases, due in part to a lack of promotion, no supporting world tour and the label dispute. The album also came out at a bad time for the music industry in general.[219] The album cost $30 million to record, not including promotional expenditures.[222] Invincible spawned three singles, "You Rock My World", "Cry", and "Butterflies", the latter without a music video. Jackson alleged in July 2002 that the-then Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola was a "devil" and a "racist" who did not support his African-American artists, using them merely for his own personal gain.[219] He charged that Mottola had called his colleague Irv Gotti a "fat nigger".[223] Sony refused to renew Jackson's contract, and claimed that a $25 million promotional campaign had failed because Jackson refused to tour in the United States.[222]

In 2002, Michael Jackson won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century.[224] In the same year, Jackson's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed "Blanket") was born.[225] The mother's identity was not announced, but Jackson has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm.[211] On November 20 of that year, Jackson brought his infant son onto the balcony of his room at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, as fans stood below, holding him in his right arm, with a cloth loosely draped over the baby's face. The baby was briefly extended over a railing, four stories above ground level, causing widespread criticism in the media. Jackson later apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake".[226] Sony released Number Ones, a compilation of Jackson's hits on CD and DVD. In the U.S., the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA; in the UK it was certified six times platinum for shipments of at least 1.2 million units.[150][227]

2003–05: Second child sexual abuse allegations and acquittal

Jackson in Las Vegas, 2003.

Beginning in May 2002, Jackson allowed a documentary film crew, led by British TV personality Martin Bashir, to follow him around nearly everywhere he went. Bashir's film crew was with Jackson during the "baby-dangling incident" in Berlin. The program was broadcast in March 2003 as Living with Michael Jackson.

In a particularly controversial scene, Jackson was seen holding hands and discussing sleeping arrangements with a young boy.[228] As soon as the documentary aired, the Santa Barbara county attorney's office began a criminal investigation. After an initial probe from the LAPD and DCFS was conducted in February 2003, they had initially concluded that molestation allegations were "unfounded" at the time.[192] After the young boy involved in the documentary and his mother had told investigators that Jackson had behaved improperly with the boy, Jackson was arrested in November 2003, and was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the 13-year-old boy shown in the film.[228] Jackson denied the allegations, saying the sleepovers were not sexual in nature. The People v. Jackson trial began on January 31, 2005, in Santa Maria, California, and lasted five months, until the end of May. On June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts.[229][230][231] After the trial, in a highly publicized relocation he moved to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain, as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.[232] Bahrain was also where the family intended to send Jackson if he was convicted (though Jackson did not know about the plan), according to a statement by Jermaine Jackson printed in The Times of London in September 2011.[233]

2006–09: Closure of Neverland, final years, and This Is It

Jackson and his son Blanket in Disneyland Paris, 2006.

In March 2006, the main house at the Neverland Ranch was closed as a cost-cutting measure.[234] There were numerous reports around that time that Jackson was having financial problems. Jackson had been delinquent on his repayments of a $270 million loan secured against his music-publishing holdings, even though those holdings were reportedly making him as much as $75 million a year.[235] Bank of America sold the debt to Fortress Investments. Sony reportedly proposed a restructuring deal which would give them a future option to buy half of Jackson's stake in their jointly owned publishing company (leaving Jackson with a 25% stake).[202] Jackson agreed to a Sony-backed refinancing deal in April 2006, although the exact details were not made public.[236] Jackson did not have a recording contract in place with Sony or any other major record label at the time.

In early 2006, there was an announcement that Jackson had signed a contract with a Bahrain-based startup called Two Seas Records. However, nothing ever came of that deal, and the CEO of Two Seas, Guy Holmes, later stated that the deal had never been finalized.[237][238] Throughout 2006, Sony repackaged 20 singles from the 1980s and 1990s as the Michael Jackson: Visionary series, which subsequently became a box set. Most of those singles returned to the charts as a result. In September 2006, Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe confirmed reports that they had settled their long-running child custody suit. The terms were never made public. Jackson continued to be the custodial parent of the couple's two children.[212] In October 2006, Fox News entertainment reporter Roger Friedman said that Jackson had been recording at a studio in rural Westmeath, Ireland. It was not known at the time what Jackson might be working on, or who might be paying for the sessions, since his publicist had recently issued a statement claiming that he had left Two Seas.[238][239]

In November 2006, Jackson invited an Access Hollywood camera crew into the studio in Westmeath, and MSNBC broke the story that he was working on a new album, produced by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.[152] Jackson performed at the World Music Awards, in London on November 15, 2006, and accepted a Diamond Award for selling over 100 million records.[152][240] Jackson returned to the United States after Christmas 2006 to attend James Brown's funeral in Augusta, Georgia. He gave one of the eulogies, saying that "James Brown is my greatest inspiration."[241] In the spring of 2007, Jackson and Sony teamed up to buy yet another music publishing company: Famous Music LLC, formerly owned by Viacom. This deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira and Beck, among others.[242] Jackson recorded extensively during this period in New York with songwriter and producer will.i.am and also in Las Vegas with producers Akon and RedOne.[243][244] In March 2007, Jackson gave a brief interview to the Associated Press in Tokyo, where he said, "I've been in the entertainment industry since I was 6 years old, and as Charles Dickens would say, 'It's been the best of times, the worst of times.' But I would not change my career..... While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me."[245]

In March 2007, Jackson visited a U.S. Army post in Japan named Camp Zama to greet 3,000 plus U.S. troops and their families. The hosts presented Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation for his devotion to U.S. Military troops and their families.[246]

In September 2007, Jackson was reportedly still working with will.i.am, but the album was apparently never completed.[247] However, in 2008, Jackson and Sony released Thriller 25 to mark the 25th anniversary of the original Thriller. This album featured the previously unreleased song "For All Time" (an outtake from the original sessions) as well as remixes, where Jackson collaborated with younger artists who had been inspired by his work.[248] Two of the remixes were released as singles with only modest success: "The Girl Is Mine 2008" (with will.i.am) and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008" (with Akon). The first single was based on an early demo version, without Paul McCartney. The album itself was a hit, however.[248][249][250][251] In anticipation of Jackson's 50th birthday, Sony BMG released a series of greatest-hits albums called King of Pop. Slightly different versions were released in various countries, based on polls of local fans.[252] King of Pop reached the top 10 in most countries where it was issued, and also sold well as an import in other countries (such as the United States).[253][254]

An aerial view of part of Jackson's 2,800-acre (11 km2) Neverland Valley Ranch near Los Olivos, California, showing the many rides.

In late 2008, Fortress Investments threatened to foreclose on Neverland Ranch, which Jackson used as collateral for loans running into many tens of millions of dollars. However, Fortress opted to sell Jackson's debts to Colony Capital LLC. In November, Jackson transferred Neverland Ranch's title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC, which was a joint venture between Jackson and Colony Capital LLC. This deal cleared Jackson's debt, and he reportedly even gained an extra $35 million from the venture. At the time of his death, Jackson still owned a stake in Neverland/Sycamore Valley, but it was not announced how large that stake was.[255][256] In September 2008, Jackson entered negotiations with Julien's Auction House to display and auction a large collection of memorabilia amounting to approximately 1,390 lots. The auction was scheduled to take place between April 22 and 25.[257] An exhibition of the lots opened as scheduled on April 14, but the actual auction was eventually cancelled at Jackson's request.[258]

In March 2009, Jackson held a press conference at London's O2 Arena and announced a series of comeback concerts titled This Is It. The shows would be Jackson's first major series of concerts since the HIStory World Tour finished in 1997. Jackson suggested possible retirement after the shows; he said it would be his "final curtain call". The initial plan was for 10 concerts in London, followed by shows in Paris, New York City and Mumbai. Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, stated that the first 10 dates alone would earn the singer approximately £50 million.[259] The London residency was increased to 50 dates after record breaking ticket sales: over one million were sold in less than two hours.[260] Jackson rehearsed in Los Angeles in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of choreographer Kenny Ortega. Most of these rehearsals took place at the Staples Center, which was owned by AEG.[261] The concerts would have commenced on July 13, 2009, and finished on March 6, 2010. Less than three weeks before the first show was due to begin in London and with all concerts being sold out, Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest.[262] Some time before his death, it was reported that he was starting a clothing line with Christian Audigier.[263][264]

Jackson's first posthumous song released entirely by his Estate was titled "This Is It" which Jackson co-wrote in the 1980s with Paul Anka. It was not on the set lists for the concerts, and the recording was based on an old demo tape. The surviving brothers reunited in the studio for the first time since 1989 to record backing vocals. On October 28, 2009, a documentary film about the rehearsals titled Michael Jackson's This Is It was released.[265] Even though it ran for a limited two-week engagement, it became the highest grossing documentary or concert movie of all time, with earnings of more than $260 million worldwide.[266] Jackson's estate received 90% of the profits.[267] The film was accompanied by a compilation album of the same name. Two versions of the new song appear on the album, which also featured original masters of Jackson's hits in the order in which they appear in the movie, along with a bonus disc with previously unreleased versions of more Jackson hits as well as a spoken-word poem titled "Planet Earth".[268] At the 2009 American Music Awards, Jackson won four posthumous awards, two for him and two for his album Number Ones, bringing his total American Music Awards to 26.[269][270]

Death and memorial

Jackson's Star with flowers and notes on it
Fans flocked to Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adorning it with flowers and notes on the day of his death.

On June 25, 2009, Jackson died while lying in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful.[271] Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22 pm (PDT, 19:22 UTC), arriving three minutes later at Jackson's location.[272][273] He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed.[274] Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for more than an hour after arriving there at 1:13 pm (20:13 UTC). He was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm local time (21:26 UTC).[275][276] Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief.[271]

The news spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times suffered outages.[277] Google initially believed that the input from millions of people searching for Michael Jackson meant that the search engine was under DDoS attack, and blocked searches related to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes. Twitter reported a crash, as did Wikipedia at 3:15 pm PDT (22:15 UTC).[278] The Wikimedia Foundation reported nearly a million visitors to Jackson's biography within one hour, probably the most visitors in a one-hour period to any article in Wikipedia's history.[279] AOL Instant Messenger collapsed for 40 minutes. AOL called it a "seminal moment in Internet history", adding, "We've never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth."[280]

Around 15% of Twitter posts (5,000 tweets per minute) reportedly mentioned Jackson after the news broke,[281][282] compared to the 5% recalled as having mentioned the Iranian elections or the flu pandemic that had made headlines earlier in the year.[282] Overall, web traffic ranged from 11% to at least 20% higher than normal.[281][283] MTV and BET aired marathons of Jackson's music videos.[284] Jackson specials aired on multiple television stations around the world. The British soap opera EastEnders added a last-minute scene, in which one character tells another about the news, to the June 26 episode.[285]

Jackson's tomb in the Holly Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Glendale.

Jackson's memorial was held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty. Because of the high demand, organizers of the service fashioned a lottery style distribution method to give out tickets to members of the public. Applications were submitted by 1.6 million fans for tickets to the service over the two-day period that registration was open. A total of 8,750 names were drawn at random to decide who to distribute tickets to, with each recipient receiving two tickets each.[286] Jackson's casket was present during the memorial but no information was released about the final disposition of the body. The memorial service was one of the most watched events in online streaming history.[287] The U.S. audience was estimated by Nielsen to be 31.1 million, an amount comparable to the estimated 35.1 million that watched the 2004 burial of former president Ronald Reagan, and the estimated 33.1 million Americans who watched the 1997 funeral for Princess Diana.[288]

Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Jermaine Jackson, and Shaheen Jafargholi performed at the event. Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson gave eulogies, while Queen Latifah read "We had him", a poem written for the occasion by Maya Angelou.[289] The Reverend Al Sharpton received a standing ovation with cheers when he told Jackson's children, "Wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. But he dealt with it anyway."[290] The memorial is best remembered for when Jackson's 11-year-old daughter, Paris Katherine, speaking publicly for the first time cried as she told the crowd, "Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine..... I just wanted to say I love him..... so much."[291][292] Reverend Lucious Smith provided a closing prayer.[293] On August 24, several news outlets quoted anonymous sources as stating that the Los Angeles coroner had decided to treat Jackson's death as a homicide; this was later confirmed by the coroner on August 28.[294][295] At the time of death, Jackson had been administered propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam.[296] Law enforcement officials conducted a manslaughter investigation of his personal physician Conrad Murray, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter by prosecutors in Los Angeles on February 8, 2010.[297] Jackson's body was entombed on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[298]

Portrait and other tributes, including mural and messages from 650 Spanish fans, letters, pictures, teddy bears, and flowers.
Tribute of fans from all over the world in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park on the first anniversary of his death.

On June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of Jackson's death, fans traveled to Los Angeles to pay their tribute to him. They visited Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his family's home, as well as Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Many of the fans were carrying sunflowers and other tribute items to drop off at the sites. Members of the Jackson family and close friends arrived to pay their respects.[299][300] Katherine returned to Gary, Indiana to unveil a granite monument constructed in the front yard of the family home. The memorial continued with a candlelight vigil and a special performance of "We Are the World".[301][302] On June 26, there was a protest march in front of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division at the old Parker Center building and a petition with thousands of signatures demanding justice was delivered.[303][304] The Jackson Family Foundation in conjunction with Voiceplate presented "Forever Michael", an event bringing together Jackson family members, celebrities, fans, supporters and the community to celebrate and honor his legacy. A portion of the proceeds were presented to some of Jackson's favorite charities. Katherine also introduced her new book "Never Can Say Goodbye".[305][306][307]

Aftermath

After his death, Jackson became the best-selling albums artist of 2009. He sold more than 8.2 million albums in the United States, and a total of 35 million albums worldwide, in the 12 months that followed his death.[308][309] Jackson became the first artist to sell one million downloads in a week in download history, with a record-breaking 2.6 million downloads of his songs. After his death, three of his albums sold more than any new album, which was the first time a catalog album has ever scanned more sales than any new album.[310] Jackson also became the first artist in history to have four of the top 20 best selling albums in a single year in the United States.[308] Following this surge in sales, Sony announced that they had extended their relationship with his material. The distribution rights held by Sony Music were due to expire in 2015.[311] On March 16, 2010, Sony Music Entertainment, in a move spearheaded by its Columbia/Epic Label Group division, signed a new deal with the Jackson estate to extend their distribution rights to his back catalogue until at least 2017, as well as to obtain permission to release ten new albums with previously unreleased material and new collections of released work.[312]

On November 4, 2010, Sony announced the release of Michael, the first posthumous album set to be released on December 14, with the promotional single released to the radios on November 8, titled "Breaking News".[313] The deal was unprecedented in the music industry as it is the most expensive music contract pertaining to a single artist in history; it reportedly involved Sony Music paying $250 million for the deal, with the Jackson estate getting the full sum as well as its share of royalties for all works released.[311][314] Video game developer Ubisoft announced it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson for the 2010 holiday season. The game titled Michael Jackson: The Experience was among the first to use Kinect and PlayStation Move, the respective motion-detecting camera systems for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.[315]

On November 3, 2010, the theatrical performing company Cirque du Soleil announced that it would launch Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour in October 2011 in Montreal, while a permanent show will reside in Las Vegas.[316] The 90-minute $57-million production will combine Jackson's iconic musical oeuvre and choreography with the Cirque's signature artistry, dance and aerial displays involving 65 artists.[317] The tour was written and directed by Jamie King[318] and centers on Jackson's "inspirational Giving Tree – the wellspring of creativity where his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature are unlocked."[319] On October 3, 2011, the accompanying compilation soundtrack album Immortal was announced to have over 40 Jackson's original recordings re-produced by Kevin Antunes.[320] A second, larger and more theatrical Cirque show entitled Michael Jackson: One designed for residency at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas was announced on February 21, 2013. This show, whose production was written and directed by Jamie King who produced the Immortal show, began its run on May 23, 2013 in a newly renovated theater to both critical and commercial success.[321][322][323][324]

In 2011, it was revealed that Jackson had recorded in 1981–1983 with Freddie Mercury, including a demo of "State of Shock," "Victory" and "There Must Be More to Life Than This."[325] These recordings were originally intended for a full-length album of duets but, according to Queen's then-manager, Jim Beach, the relationship between the two singers soured when Jackson insisted on bringing a llama into the recording studio.[326] None of these collaborations were officially released, although bootleg recordings exist. Jackson went on to record the single "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger for the Jacksons' album Victory.[327] Mercury included the solo version of "There Must Be More To Life Than This" on his Mr. Bad Guy album.[328] In November 2011, Brian May announced that a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Jackson were to be released in 2012.[329] He later updated the release date to autumn of 2013 and then to 2014.[330]

In April 2011, Jackson's longtime friend and billionaire businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, chairman of Fulham Football Club, unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson outside the club's stadium, Craven Cottage.[331] Fulham fans were bemused by the statue and failed to understand the relevance of Jackson to the club.[332] Al Fayed defended the statue and told the fans to "go to hell" if they did not appreciate it.[331] The statue was removed in September 2013.[333]

In 2012, in an attempt to end family public feuding, Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson retracted his signature on a letter made public criticizing executors of Michael Jackson's estate and his mother's advisers concerning the legitimacy of his brother's will.[334] T.J. Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, was given co-guardianship of Michael Jackson's children after false reports surfaced of Katherine Jackson going missing.[335]

On May 16, 2013, choreographer Wade Robson alleged on The Today Show that Jackson "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him" for 7 years, beginning when Robson was 7 years old.[336] Robson had previously testified in defence of Jackson at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial.[337] The attorney for Jackson's estate described Robson's claim as "outrageous and pathetic".[338] The date for the hearing which will determine whether Robson can sue Jackson's estate was scheduled for June 2, 2014.[339] In February 2014, the Internal Revenue Service reported that Jackson's estate owed them $702 million, including $505 million in taxes and $197 million in penalties after they claimed the estate undervalued Jackson's fortune.[340]

On March 31, 2014, Epic Records announced that an album of eight songs of unreleased material culled from past recording sessions would be issued under the title, Xscape.[341] It was released on May 13, 2014.[342] On May 12, 2014, another young man, Jimmy Safechuck, sued Jackson's estate, claiming Jackson sexually abused him "from the age of 10 to about 14 or 15" in the 1980s.[343] During the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18, a "Pepper's ghost" likeness of Jackson appeared, dancing to "Slave to the Rhythm", one of the tracks from Xscape.[344]

Jackson's earnings have exponentially increased following his sudden death in comparison to his final years alive. According to Forbes, he is the top-earning dead celebrity each year since his death, with triple-digit millions per annum ($140 million in 2014).[12]

Artistry

Influences

Silver-colored statue of Jackson standing up with his arms bent inward and both legs spaced apart.
One of many identical statues, based on Diana Walczak's original HIStory statue, positioned throughout Europe to promote HIStory.

Jackson had been influenced by the work of musicians such as Little Richard, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire,[345] Sammy Davis Jr.,[345] Gene Kelly,[346] David Ruffin,[347] the Isley Brothers, the Bee Gees, and the West Side Story dancers, to whom he made a tribute in "Beat It" and in the "Bad" video.[348] According to David Winters, who met and befriended Jackson while choreographing the 1971 Diana Ross TV special Diana!, Jackson watched West Side Story almost every week, and it was his favorite film.[349][350][351] While Little Richard had a substantial influence on Jackson,[352] James Brown was Jackson's greatest inspiration. In reference to Brown, Jackson declared: "Ever since I was a small child, no more than like six years old, my mother would wake me no matter what time it was, if I was sleeping, no matter what I was doing, to watch the television to see the master at work. And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I had never seen a performer perform like James Brown, and right then and there I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of James Brown."[353]

The young Michael Jackson owed his vocal technique in large part to Diana Ross. Not only a mother figure to him, she was often observed in rehearsal as an accomplished performer. He later expressed: "I got to know her well. She taught me so much. I used to just sit in the corner and watch the way she moved. She was art in motion. I studied the way she moved, the way she sang – just the way she was." He told her: "I want to be just like you, Diana." She said: "You just be yourself."[354] But Jackson owed part of his enduring style—especially his use of the oooh interjection—to Ross. From a young age, Jackson often punctuated his verses with a sudden exclamation of oooh. Diana Ross had used this effect on many of the songs recorded with the Supremes.[355]

Musical themes and genres

Unlike many artists, Jackson did not write his songs on paper. Instead he would dictate into a sound recorder, and when recording he would sing the lyrics from memory.[356] In most of his songs, such as "Billie Jean", "Who Is It", and "Tabloid Junkie", he would beatbox and imitate the instruments using his voice instead of playing the actual instruments, along with other sounds. Jackson noted that it is easier to sing a drum line, or sing a bass, instead of playing a drum line or a bass with an instrument. Several critics have said that Jackson's distinct voice was able to replace any instrument convincingly. Steve Huey of AllMusic said that, throughout his solo career, Jackson's versatility allowed him to experiment with various themes and genres.[3] As a musician, he explored a variety of music genres, including pop, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, rock, disco, post-disco, dance-pop and new jack swing.[3][139][357][358][359][360]

Black and white photo of Jackson holding a microphone and singing.
Jackson in 1988, in Vienna, Austria, during his Bad World Tour.

According to Huey, Thriller refined the strengths of Off the Wall; the dance and rock tracks were more aggressive, while the pop tunes and ballads were softer and more soulful.[3] Notable tracks included the ballads "The Lady in My Life", "Human Nature" and "The Girl Is Mine"; the funk pieces "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"; and the disco set "Baby Be Mine" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)".[3][361][362][363] With Thriller, Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone commented that Jackson developed his long association with the subliminal theme of paranoia and darker imagery.[363] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted this is evident on the songs "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'".[361] In "Billie Jean", Jackson sings about an obsessive fan who alleges he has fathered a child of hers.[3] In "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" he argues against gossip and the media.[363] "Beat It" decried gang violence in an homage to West Side Story, and was Jackson's first successful rock cross-over piece, according to Huey.[3][38] He also observed that the title track "Thriller" began Jackson's interest with the theme of the supernatural, a topic he revisited in subsequent years.[3] In 1985, Jackson co-wrote the charity anthem "We Are the World"; humanitarian themes later became a recurring theme in his lyrics and public persona.[3]

One of Jackson's signature pieces, "Thriller", released as a single in 1984, utilizes cinematic sound effects, horror film motifs and vocal trickery to convey a sense of danger.[48]

A single from the album Bad, released 1988, "Smooth Criminal" features digital drum sounds, keyboard-created bass lines and other percussion elements designed to give the impression of a pulsing heart.[364]

The lead single from Dangerous, "Black or White" is a danceable rock song with hard rock elements. It was one of Jackson's most successful recordings.[365][366]

Problems playing these files? See media help.

In Bad, Jackson's concept of the predatory lover can be seen on the rock song "Dirty Diana".[367] The lead single "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is a traditional love ballad, while "Man in the Mirror" is an anthemic ballad of confession and resolution. "Smooth Criminal" was an evocation of bloody assault, rape and likely murder.[119] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that Dangerous presents Jackson as a very paradoxical individual.[368] He comments the album is more diverse than his previous Bad, as it appeals to an urban audience while also attracting the middle class with anthems like "Heal the World".[368] The first half of the record is dedicated to new jack swing, including songs like "Jam" and "Remember the Time".[369] The album is Jackson's first where social ills become a primary theme; "Why You Wanna Trip on Me", for example, protests against world hunger, AIDS, homelessness and drugs.[369] Dangerous contains sexually charged efforts such as the multifaceted love song, "In the Closet".[369] The title track continues the theme of the predatory lover and compulsive desire.[369] The second half includes introspective, pop-gospel anthems such as "Will You Be There", "Heal the World" and "Keep the Faith"; these songs show Jackson opening up about various personal struggles and worries.[369] In the ballad "Gone Too Soon", Jackson gives tribute to his friend Ryan White and the plight of those with AIDS.[370]

HIStory creates an atmosphere of paranoia.[371] Its content focuses on the hardships and public struggles Jackson went through just prior to its production. In the new jack swing-funk-rock efforts "Scream" and "Tabloid Junkie", along with the R&B ballad "You Are Not Alone", Jackson retaliates against the injustice and isolation he feels, and directs much of his anger at the media.[372] In the introspective ballad "Stranger in Moscow", Jackson laments over his "fall from grace", while songs like "Earth Song", "Childhood", "Little Susie" and "Smile" are all operatic pop pieces.[371][372] In the track "D.S.", Jackson launched a verbal attack against Tom Sneddon. He describes Sneddon as an antisocial, white supremacist who wanted to "get my ass, dead or alive". Of the song, Sneddon said, "I have not—shall we say—done him the honor of listening to it, but I've been told that it ends with the sound of a gunshot".[373] Invincible found Jackson working heavily with producer Rodney Jerkins.[3] It is a record made up of urban soul like "Cry" and "The Lost Children", ballads such as "Speechless", "Break of Dawn", and "Butterflies" and mixes hip hop, pop, and R&B in "2000 Watts", "Heartbreaker" and "Invincible".[374][375]

Vocal style

Jackson sang from childhood, and over time his voice and vocal style changed noticeably. Between 1971 and 1975, Jackson's voice descended from boy soprano to high tenor.[376] His vocal range as an adult was F2-E♭6. Jackson first used a technique called the "vocal hiccup" in 1973, starting with the song "It's Too Late to Change the Time" from the Jackson 5's G.I.T.: Get It Together album.[377] Jackson did not use the hiccup technique—somewhat like a gulping for air or gasping—fully until the recording of Off the Wall: it can be seen in full force in the "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" promotional video.[44] With the arrival of Off the Wall in the late 1970s, Jackson's abilities as a vocalist were well regarded. At the time, Rolling Stone compared his vocals to the "breathless, dreamy stutter" of Stevie Wonder. Their analysis was also that "Jackson's feathery-timbred tenor is extraordinarily beautiful. It slides smoothly into a startling falsetto that's used very daringly".[357][378] 1982 saw the release of Thriller, and Rolling Stone was of the opinion that Jackson was then singing in a "fully adult voice" that was "tinged by sadness".[363]

A distinctive deliberate mispronunciation of "come on", used frequently by Jackson, occasionally spelled "c'mon", "cha'mone", or "shamone", is also a staple in impressions and caricatures of him.[379] The turn of the 1990s saw the release of the introspective album Dangerous. The New York Times noted that on some tracks, "he gulps for breath, his voice quivers with anxiety or drops to a desperate whisper, hissing through clenched teeth" and he had a "wretched tone".[369] When singing of brotherhood or self-esteem the musician would return to "smooth" vocals.[369] When commenting on Invincible, Rolling Stone were of the opinion that—at the age of 43—Jackson still performed "exquisitely voiced rhythm tracks and vibrating vocal harmonies".[380] Nelson George summed up Jackson's vocals by stating "The grace, the aggression, the growling, the natural boyishness, the falsetto, the smoothness—that combination of elements mark him as a major vocalist".[364]

Very concerned about a transparent rendition of this identity, the sound engineer Bruce Swedien opted for some technical approaches and studio strategies aiming at keeping as truly as possible the singer's intimate and natural expressions: mikes, analogic recordings, special techniques elaborated to design vocal prisms, creation of natural acoustic spaces, conversion of stereophonic fields in tri-dimensional sound spaces playing with early reflections, plywood, Monstercable or Tubetraps.[381]

Music videos and choreography

Jackson has been called the King of Music Videos.[382] Steve Huey of AllMusic observed how Jackson transformed the music video into an art form and a promotional tool through complex story lines, dance routines, special effects and famous cameo appearances, simultaneously breaking down racial barriers.[3] Before Thriller, Jackson struggled to receive coverage on MTV, allegedly because he was African American.[383] Pressure from CBS Records persuaded MTV to start showing "Billie Jean" and later "Beat It", leading to a lengthy partnership with Jackson, also helping other black music artists gain recognition.[384] MTV employees deny any racism in their coverage, or pressure to change their stance. MTV maintains that they played rock music, regardless of race.[385] The popularity of his videos on MTV helped to put the relatively young channel "on the map"; MTV's focus shifted in favor of pop and R&B.[384][386] His performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever changed the scope of live stage show; "That Jackson lip-synced 'Billie Jean' is, in itself, not extraordinary, but the fact that it did not change the impact of the performance is extraordinary; whether the performance was live or lip-synced made no difference to the audience" thus creating an era in which artists re-create the spectacle of music video imagery on stage.[387] Short films like Thriller largely remained unique to Jackson, while the group dance sequence in "Beat It" has frequently been imitated.[388] The choreography in Thriller has become a part of global pop culture, replicated everywhere from Indian films to prisons in the Philippines.[389] The Thriller short film marked an increase in scale for music videos, and has been named the most successful music video ever by the Guinness World Records.[142]

In the 19-minute music video for "Bad"—directed by Martin Scorsese—Jackson began using sexual imagery and choreography not previously seen in his work. He occasionally grabbed or touched his chest, torso and crotch. When asked by Oprah in the 1993 interview about why he grabbed his crotch, he replied, "I think it happens subliminally" and he described it as something that was not planned, but rather, as something that was compelled by the music. "Bad" garnered a mixed reception from both fans and critics; Time magazine described it as "infamous". The video also featured Wesley Snipes; in the future Jackson's videos would often feature famous cameo roles.[111][390] For the "Smooth Criminal" video, Jackson experimented with an anti-gravity lean where the performer leans forward at a 45 degree angle, beyond the performer's center of gravity. To accomplish this move live, Jackson and designers developed a special shoe that locks the performer's feet to the stage, allowing them to lean forward. They were granted U.S. Patent 5,255,452 for the device.[391] Although the music video for "Leave Me Alone" was not officially released in the US, in 1989 it was nominated for three Billboard Music Video Awards;[392] the same year it won a Golden Lion Award for the quality of the special effects used in its production. In 1990, "Leave Me Alone" won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form.[137]

He received the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 1988 and the MTV Video Vanguard Artist of the Decade Award in 1990 to celebrate his accomplishments in the art form in the 1980s; in 1991 the first award was renamed in his honor.[153] "Black or White" was accompanied by a controversial music video, which, on November 14, 1991, simultaneously premiered in 27 countries with an estimated audience of 500 million people, the largest viewing ever for a music video at that time.[152] It featured scenes construed as having a sexual nature as well as depictions of violence. The offending scenes in the final half of the 14-minute version were edited out to prevent the video from being banned, and Jackson apologized.[393] Along with Jackson, it featured Macaulay Culkin, Peggy Lipton, and George Wendt. It helped usher in morphing as an important technology in music videos.[394]

"Remember the Time" was an elaborate production, and became one of his longest videos at over nine minutes. Set in ancient Egypt, it featured groundbreaking visual effects and appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson, along with a distinct complex dance routine.[395] The video for "In the Closet" was Jackson's most sexually provocative piece. It featured supermodel Naomi Campbell in a courtship dance with Jackson. The video was banned in South Africa because of its imagery.[153]

The music video for "Scream", directed by Mark Romanek and production designer Tom Foden, is one of Jackson's most critically acclaimed. In 1995, it gained eleven MTV Video Music Award Nominations—more than any other music video—and won "Best Dance Video", "Best Choreography", and "Best Art Direction".[396] The song and its accompanying video are a response to the backlash Jackson received from the media after being accused of child molestation in 1993.[397] A year later, it won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form; shortly afterwards Guinness World Records listed it as the most expensive music video ever made at a cost of $7 million.[205][398]

"Earth Song" was accompanied by an expensive and well-received music video, which gained a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video, Short Form in 1997. The video had an environmental theme, showing images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution and war. Using special effects, time is reversed so that life returns, wars end, and the forests re-grow.[205][399] Released in 1997 and premiering at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Michael Jackson's Ghosts was a short film written by Jackson and Stephen King and directed by Stan Winston. The video for Ghosts is over 38 minutes long and holds the Guinness World Record as the world's longest music video.[205][214][400][401]

Legacy and influence

Pink star with a gold colored rim and the writing "Michael Jackson" in its center. The star is indented into the ground and is surrounded by a marble-colored floor.
Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, set in 1984.

The media has commonly referred to Jackson as the "King of Pop" because, throughout his career, he transformed the art of music videos and paved the way for modern pop music. The Daily Telegraph writer Tom Utley described Jackson in 2003 as "extremely important" and a "genius".[402] For much of his career, he had an "unparalleled" level of worldwide influence over the younger generation through his musical and humanitarian contributions.[207] Jackson's music and videos, such as Thriller, fostered racial diversity in MTV's roster, helped to put the relatively new channel into public awareness, and steered the channel's focus from rock to pop music and R&B, shaping the channel into a form that proved enduring. Jackson's work continues to influence numerous artists of various music genres. BET described Jackson "as quite simply the greatest entertainer of all time" and someone who "revolutionized the music video and brought dances like the moonwalk to the world. Jackson's sound, style, movement and legacy continues to inspire artists of all genres."[403]

AllMusic's Steve Huey describes Jackson as "an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the skills to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility and loads of sheer star power".[3] In the mid-1980s, Time magazine's pop music critic, Jay Cocks, noted "Jackson is the biggest thing since the Beatles. He is the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley. He just may be the most popular black singer ever".[73] In 1990, Vanity Fair cited Jackson as the most popular artist in the history of show business.[137] In 2007, Jackson said, "Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever."[404]

Shortly after Jackson's death, on June 25, 2009, MTV briefly returned to its original music video format to celebrate and pay tribute to his work.[405] The channel aired many hours of Jackson's music videos, accompanied by live news specials featuring reactions from MTV personalities and other celebrities. The temporary shift in MTV's programming culminated the following week in the channel's live coverage of Jackson's memorial service.[406] At the memorial service on July 7, 2009, founder of Motown Berry Gordy proclaimed Jackson as "the greatest entertainer that ever lived".[407][408][409]

In 2010, two university librarians found that Jackson's influence extended into academia, and has been mentioned in scholarly literature pertaining to a range of subject matter.[410][411] The two researchers combed through various scholars' writings, and compiled an annotated bibliography of those writings. The bibliography located references to Jackson in research reports concerning music, popular culture, chemistry and an array of other topics.[410][412]

Honors and awards

Thriller platinum record on display at the Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood in Universal City, California.

Michael Jackson was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as member of the Jacksons and in 1984 as solo artist. Throughout his career he received numerous honors and awards, including the World Music Awards' Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium, the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award and the Bambi Pop Artist of the Millennium Award.[220][413] He was a double-inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1997 and later as a solo artist in 2001. Jackson was also inducted in several other halls of fame, including Vocal Group Hall of Fame (as a Jackson 5 member) in 1999 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.[220] In 2010, Jackson was inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll.[414] In 2014, Jackson was inducted into the second class of inductees to the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame; his father Joe Jackson accepted on his behalf.[415]

His awards include many Guinness World Records (eight in 2006 alone),[416] 13 Grammy Awards[417] (as well as the Grammy Legend Award[418] and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award),[419] 26 American Music Awards (including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s"),[218][420]—more than any artist—13 number-one singles in the US in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era[421]—and estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide,[422][423][Note 1] which makes him one of the best-selling artists of all time. On December 29, 2009, the American Film Institute recognized Jackson's death as a "moment of significance" saying, "Michael Jackson's sudden death in June at age 50 was notable for the worldwide outpouring of grief and the unprecedented global eulogy of his posthumous concert rehearsal movie This Is It."[424] Michael Jackson also received a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the United Negro College Fund[425] and also an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Fisk University.[426]

Earnings and wealth

It is estimated that Michael Jackson earned about $750 million in his lifetime.[427] Sales of his recordings through Sony's music unit earned him an estimated $300 million in royalties. He may have also earned an additional $400 million from concerts, music publishing (including his share of the Beatles catalog) endorsements, merchandising and music videos. Estimating how much of these earnings Jackson was able to personally pocket is difficult because one has to account for taxes, recording costs and production costs.[428] In 2014, Forbes estimated Jackson's total gross earnings (including posthumous takings) at $3 billion when accounting for inflation.[429]

There have also been several detailed estimates of Jackson's net worth and these range from negative $285 million to positive $350 million for the years 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Michael Jackson's estimated net-worth over the years
Year Assets Debt Net worth Source
2002 $130 million $415 million -$285 million Forensic accountant in 2005 recalling Jackson's 2002 balance sheet under oath[430]
2003 $550 million ($100 million in properties including Neverland ranch; Encino and Las Vegas homes and other properties and $450 million in music holdings including 50% stake in Sony ATV and other music publishing) $200 million $350 million Forbes, November 21, 2003[431]
2007 $567.6 million (includes 50% share of the Sony/ATV catalog valued at $390.6 million, Neverland valued at $33 million, cars, antiques, collectibles and other property valued at $20 million, and $668,215 in cash) $331 million $236 million Michael Jackson's March 2007 statement of financial condition prepared by Washington-based accounting firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates; described by CBS News as the clearest account yet of Jackson's finances.[432]

U.S. Federal estate tax problems

On July 26, 2013, the executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson filed a petition in the United States Tax Court as a result of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over U.S. federal estate taxes imposed on the value of Jackson's Estate at the time of his death. The executors of the Estate claim that the Estate was worth about $7 million. The IRS asserts that the Estate was worth over $1.1 billion, and that over $700 million in federal estate taxes (including penalties) are due.[340] The parties have been ordered to submit a status report to the Court on settlement negotiations by November 2, 2015.[433]

Discography

Filmography

Tours

See also

Notes

Note 1^

References

  1. ^ Novack, Janet (October 3, 2014). "IRS: We Made A Mistake Valuing Michael Jackson's Estate". Forbes. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (2009). Michael Jackson death certificate.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Huey, Steve. "Michael Jackson – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Lewis Jones, 2005, p. 3 : "He wears the crown as the King Of Pop because no artist has broken his record of selling nearly 60 million copies of a single Album (Thriller)".
  5. ^ a b Arar, Yardena (February 29, 1984). "Michael Jackson coronated latest king of rock 'n' roll". Boca Raton News. p. 7A. 
  6. ^ a b "Is the thrill gone for singer Michael Jackson?". Sacramento Bee. July 27, 1987. p. B3. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Monica (June 14, 2007). "20 People Who Changed Black Music: Michael Jackson, the Child Star-Turned-Adult Enigma". The Miami Herald. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (May 21, 2014). "Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Orth, Maureen (April 2003). "Losing His Grip". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. 
  10. ^ Mankiewicz, Josh (September 3, 2004). "New details about 1993 Jackson case" (Press release). NBC News. 
  11. ^ "Hazarika's funeral creates world record" (Press release). MSN News. November 15, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "The Top-Earning Dead Celebrities". Forbes. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ Jackson, 2009, p. 26.
  14. ^ Young, 2009, p. 18.
  15. ^ Young, 2009, pp. 17, 19.
  16. ^ Young, 2009, pp. 18–9.
  17. ^ a b c d George, 2004, p. 20.
  18. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 14.
  19. ^ a b "Michael Jackson's Secret Childhood". VH1. June 20, 2008. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. 
  20. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 20–2.
  21. ^ "Can Michael Jackson's demons be explained?". BBC News Online. June 27, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Jackson interview seen by 14m". BBC News Online. February 4, 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  23. ^ Young, 2009, p. 24.
  24. ^ Schechter, Daniel; Willheim, Erica (2009). "The Effects of Violent Experience and Maltreatment on Infants and Young Children". In Zeanah, Charles H. Handbook of Infant Mental Health (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press. pp. 197–214. 
  25. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 602.
  26. ^ a b Lewis Jones, 2005, pp. 165–68.
  27. ^ Katherine Jackson: Michael's strict upbringing not abuse (video). CNN. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  28. ^ Friedman, Roger (February 7, 2003). "Michael Jackson's Unacceptable Behavior Revealed". Fox News Channel. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  29. ^ Duke, Alan (July 21, 2009). "Joe Jackson denies abusing Michael" (Press release). CNN. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Jackson Brothers: Was Joe Jackson Abusive?". Yahoo! Celebrity. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  31. ^ a b "The Jackson 5 Biography". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  32. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 13–4
  33. ^ Young, 2009, pp. 21–2.
  34. ^ "Triumph & Tragedy: The Life of Michael Jackson". Rolling Stone India. August 25, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  35. ^ Young, 2009, p. 22.
  36. ^ Young, 2009, p. 21.
  37. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 59–69.
  38. ^ a b "Michael Jackson – Biography". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 2, 2008. 
  39. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 81–2.
  40. ^ a b c d Young, 2009, p. 25.
  41. ^ McNulty, Bernadette (June 26, 2009). "Michael Jackson's music: the solo albums". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  42. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 98–9.
  43. ^ Alban, Debra (June 28, 2009). "Michael Jackson broke down racial barriers" (Press release). CNN. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  44. ^ a b c George, 2004, p. 22.
  45. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 138–144.
  46. ^ The Wiz at the Internet Movie Database
  47. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 178–9.
  48. ^ a b George, 2004, p. 23.
  49. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 205–210.
  50. ^ George, 2004, pp. 37–8.
  51. ^ "Aug 29, 1958: Michael Jackson is born". History. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  52. ^ "Michael Jackson: Off The Wall". Virgin Media. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  53. ^ "Donna Summer and Michael Jackson sweep Annual American Music Awards". The Ledger. Associated Press. January 20, 1980. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  54. ^ Peters, Ida (February 2, 1980). "Donna No. 1, Pop and Soul; Michael Jackson King of Soul". The Afro-American. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  55. ^ Geore, 2004, pp. 37–8.
  56. ^ "Few Surprises In Music Awards". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. February 1, 1981. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  57. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 188.
  58. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 191.
  59. ^ a b c d e f "Past Winners Search: Michael Jackson". The Recording Academy. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  60. ^ a b "Michael Jackson sweeps American Music Awards". Daily News. Associated Press. January 17, 1984. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  61. ^ "MICHAEL HE'S NOT JUST THE ROCK STAR OF THE YEAR, HE'S THE ROCK STAR OF THE '80S". The Philadelphia Inquirer. December 20, 1983. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  62. ^ "Cash register's ring sweet music to record industry". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press. March 26, 1984. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  63. ^ "Diamond Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  64. ^ Gitlin, Martin (2011). The Baby Boomer Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 96. 
  65. ^ Lewis Jones, 2005, p. 47.
  66. ^ Anderson, Kyle (July 20, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Thriller Set To Become Top-Selling Album Of All Time". MTV. Viacom. 
  67. ^ a b c "Past Winners Search: Bruce Swedien". The Recording Academy. Retrieved February 14, 2008. 
  68. ^ "Winner Search: Search Results for "Michael Jackson"". Dick Clark Productions. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  69. ^ a b Dobuzinskis, Alex (December 30, 2009). "Jackson "Thriller" film picked for U.S. registry" (Press release). Reuters. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  70. ^ "Zorro, Nemo, Muppets & More: Wide Variety Tapped for 2009 Film Registry". Library of Congress. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  71. ^ a b Itzkoff, Dave (December 30, 2009). "'Thriller' Video Added to U.S. Film Registry". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  72. ^ Piazza, Jo (December 30, 2009). "'Thriller,' 'Muppet Movie' now in Library of Congress film registry" (Press release). CNN. 
  73. ^ a b c Cocks, Jay (March 19, 1984). "Why He's a Thriller". Time. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  74. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 226.
  75. ^ Pareles, Jon (January 14, 1984). "Michael Jackson at 25: A Musical Phenomenon". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  76. ^ Williams, Janette (June 24, 2009). "Michael Jackson left indelible mark on Pasadena". Whittier Daily News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  77. ^ a b "Fatal Cardiac Arrest Strikes Michael Jackson". Emmys.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  78. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 243–4.
  79. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 234–7.
  80. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 238–241.
  81. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (March 6, 1988). "Stage: The Dancing Feet Of Michael Jackson". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  82. ^ "Berry Gordy Addresses Michael Jackson Memorial Service". Hark. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  83. ^ a b c d e Herrera, Monica (July 3, 2009). "Michael Jackson, Pepsi Made Marketing History". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  84. ^ Story, Louise (December 31, 2007). "Philip B. Dusenberry, 71, Adman, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  85. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 279–287.
  86. ^ "Beyoncé And Pepsi Strike Estimated $50 Million Multi-Level Partnership" (blog). Hip-Hop Media Training. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  87. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 304–7.
  88. ^ "Drunk Driving Prevention (1983 – Present)". Advertising Education Foundation. 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  89. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 320.
  90. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 314.
  91. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 315–320.
  92. ^ a b c "Past Winners Search: "We Are The World"". The Recording Academy. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  93. ^ a b "Bruce shows who's Boss". Montreal Gazette. Associted Press. January 28, 1986. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  94. ^ a b c d e f g Doyle, Jack (July 7, 2009). ""Michael & McCartney": 1980s–2009". The Pop History Dig. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  95. ^ Breznican, Anthony (June 30, 2009). "The many faces of Michael Jackson". USA Today. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  96. ^ Campbell, 1993, p. 114.
  97. ^ Young, 2009, p. 340–4.
  98. ^ a b c d e f g Hilburn, Robert (September 22, 1985). "The long and winding road". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  99. ^ a b c Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 333–8.
  100. ^ a b c "Paul McCartney refused an offer to buy the ATV Catalog for £20 million ($40 million USD)". Mjjinfo.blogspot.fr. November 13, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  101. ^ a b "Michael Jackson 1958–2009". Today Tonight. June 25, 2009. Coverage of the sale of ATV Music at 2:36 minutes in. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  102. ^ a b c Campbell, 1995, pp. 14–6.
  103. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 434–6.
  104. ^ "Michael Jackson case report" (PDF). Tmz.vo.llnwd.net. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  105. ^ a b c Jackson, 2009, pp. 229–230.
  106. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 312–3.
  107. ^ Pittam, Nicola (May 8, 2010). "Michael Jackson Secret Boyfriend Claims Draw Fury". The National Ledger. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  108. ^ a b "Music's misunderstood superstar". BBC News Online. June 13, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  109. ^ Goldberg, Michael; Handelman, David (September 24, 1987). "Is Michael Jackson for Real?". Rolling Stone. 
  110. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 355–61.
  111. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 370–3.
  112. ^ Abimboye, Demola (July 5, 2009). "The Man, His Weird Ways". Newswatch. Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. 
  113. ^ Jackson, Michael (September 12, 1997). Jackson interview with Barbara Walters. Interview with Barbara Walters. 20/20. ABC. 
  114. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. vii.
  115. ^ George, 2004, p. 41.
  116. ^ "Captain EO is Back to Change the World". IGN. February 23, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  117. ^ Johnson, Robert E. (September 1987). "Michael Jackson Comes Back!". Ebony 42 (11): 143, 148–9. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  118. ^ Jackson, Katherine (October 1990). "Mother of Jackson Family Tells All". Ebony 45 (12): 66. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  119. ^ a b Cocks, Jay (September 14, 1987). "Music: The Badder They Come". Time. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  120. ^ Leopold, Todd (June 6, 2005). "Michael Jackson: A life in the spotlight" (Press release). CNN. 
  121. ^ "50 fastest selling albums ever". NME. April 27, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  122. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 5, 2010). "Michael Jackson's New Album Cover Decoded". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  123. ^ Sinha-Roy, Piya (May 21, 2012). "Michael Jackson is still "Bad," 25 years after album" (Press release). Reuters. 
  124. ^ "25th Anniversary Of Michael Jackson's Landmark Album Bad Celebrated With September 18 Release Of New Bad 25 Packages". Yahoo!. May 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. 
  125. ^ "Michael, Travis top Music Award winners". Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. January 30, 1989. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  126. ^ "American Music Awards Monday". The Modesto Bee. January 27, 1989. 
  127. ^ Campbell, 1993, p. 251.
  128. ^ "JACKSON TOUR ON ITS WAY TO U.S.". San Jose Mercury News. January 12, 1988. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  129. ^ "Winners of American Music Awards". Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. January 26, 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  130. ^ a b Lewis Jones, 2005, pp. 95–6.
  131. ^ Harrington, Richard (January 12, 1988). "Jackson to Make First Solo U.S. Tour". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  132. ^ "16 of Michael Jackson's Greatest Non-Musical Achievements". Brainz.org. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  133. ^ "Michael Jackson Solo Tours". Cirquedusoleil.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. 
  134. ^ Shanahan, Mark; Golstein, Meredith (June 27, 2009). "Remembering Michael". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  135. ^ Jackson, 2009, pp. 29–31.
  136. ^ George, 2004, p. 42.
  137. ^ a b c d e George, 2004, pp. 43–4.
  138. ^ a b "Michael Jackson's Neverland on sale". Times of Malta. Reuters. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  139. ^ a b c "Michael Jackson – Biography". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. 
  140. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (August 1, 2014). "Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch expected to fetch up to $85m". The Guardian. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  141. ^ a b Gundersen, Edna (November 24, 2003). "For Jackson, scandal could spell financial ruin". USA Today. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  142. ^ a b c "NEWS – Jackson receives his World Records". Yahoo!. November 14, 2006. Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. 
  143. ^ Campbell, 1993, pp. 260–3.
  144. ^ "Remarks on the Upcoming Summit With President Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union". Presidency.ucsb.edu. April 5, 1990. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  145. ^ "Blacks Who Give Something Back". Ebony 45 (3): 68. March 1990. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  146. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 382.
  147. ^ Montgomery, James (July 6, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Life & Legacy: The Eccentric King Of Pop (1986–1999)". MTV News. Viacom. 
  148. ^ Gray, Chris; Shah, Saeed (October 3, 2002). "Robbie swings historic record deal with EMI". The Independent. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  149. ^ Willman, Chris (November 24, 1991). "Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  150. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – Jackson, Michael". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  151. ^ Carter, Kelley L. (August 10, 2008). "5 Things You Can Learn About ... New jack swing". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  152. ^ a b c d e f "The return of the King of Pop". Today. June 8, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  153. ^ a b c d e f g George, 2004, pp. 45–6.
  154. ^ "Garth Brooks ropes in most Billboard awards". The Beaver County Times. Associated Press. December 10, 1992. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  155. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 459.
  156. ^ Harrington, Richard (February 5, 1992). "Jackson to Tour Overseas". The Washington Post. 
  157. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 452–4.
  158. ^ "Stars line up for Clinton celebration". Los Angeles Daily News. January 19, 1993. 
  159. ^ Smith, Patricia (January 20, 1992). "Facing the music and the masses at the presidential gala". The Boston Globe. 
  160. ^ a b c d "Michael Jackson: Crowned in Africa, Pop Music King Tells Real Story Of Controversial Trip". Ebony 47 (5): 34–43. May 1992. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  161. ^ Sandomir, Richard (June 29, 2009). "How Jackson Redefined the Super Bowl". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  162. ^ "Cyrus, Bolton please the fans". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. January 27, 1993. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  163. ^ Rosen, Craig (February 6, 1993). "Michael Jackson Cops 3 Top Prizes". Billboard 105 (6): 12. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  164. ^ "About Geoff Grace". GeoffGrace.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  165. ^ "Cirocco: A Select Music Discography". MusicPowers.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  166. ^ "Brad Buxer Interview". Black & White (November-December 2009). Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  167. ^ Horowitz, Ken (May 19, 2009). "Sega Legends: Michael Jackson and Sonic 3". Sega-16. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  168. ^ "Episode 39: Sonic 3: Michael Jackson". GameTrailers. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  169. ^ a b "1993: Michael Jackson accused of child abuse". BBC News Online. February 8, 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  170. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 485–6.
  171. ^ a b c Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 477–8.
  172. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 496–8.
  173. ^ Newton, Jim (January 25, 1994). "Boy's Father in Jackson Case Won't Be Charged : Investigation: Singer claimed parent of alleged molestation victim tried to extort money from him. D.A. says decision not to prosecute is unrelated to reports that settlement is near.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  174. ^ "Jackson Vs. the State of California – Michael Jackson" (PDF). Superior Court of California. 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  175. ^ Broder, John M. (April 30, 2005). "Jackson's Books About Boys Are Allowed as Evidence in Trial". Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  176. ^ a b c Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 534–540.
  177. ^ Orth, Maureen (May 1, 2005). The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industial Complex. Henry Holt and Company. p. 331. ISBN 978-0-8050-7847-3. 
  178. ^ "The Case Against Michael Jackson: The Telltale "Splotch"". The Smoking Gun. May 2, 2011. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. 
  179. ^ a b McLean, Va. (January 28, 1994). "Photos May Contradict Michael's Accuser". USA Today. p. 2. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  180. ^ "Superior Court of the State of California For the County of Santa Barbara Santa Maria Division" (PDF). 2005. p. 4. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  181. ^ Dimond, Diane. Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case. pp. 13–15. 
  182. ^ a b c "Superior Court of the State of California For the County of Santa Barbara Santa Maria Division" (PDF). 2004. p. 4. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  183. ^ Campbell, 1995, pp. 47–50.
  184. ^ Moret, Jim (May 2, 1994). "Jackson Grand Jury Disbanded – 1994" (Press release). CNN. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  185. ^ "STATEMENT OF DECLINATION ISSUED JOINTLY BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICES OF LOS ANGELES AND SANTA BARABARA COUNTIES". Atgbook.net. September 21, 1994. Archived from the original on December 25, 2005. 
  186. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 540–5.
  187. ^ "Michael Jackson's $15 Million Payoff". The Smoking Gun. June 16, 2004. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  188. ^ Newton, Jim (February 5, 1994). "Grand Jury to Convene in Jackson Case : Law: Sources close to the investigation say a panel in Santa Barbara will hear testimony next week about alleged molestation of boy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  189. ^ Ferran, Lee; Murphy, Eileen (December 23, 2009). "Jackson Attorney: FBI Files Are 'Almost Vindication'". ABC News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  190. ^ Newton, Jim; Nazario, Sonia (August 27, 1993). "Police Say Seized Tapes Do Not Incriminate Jackson : Investigation: Officials continue to interview children in connection with molestation allegations.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  191. ^ Philips, Chick; Ferrell, David (August 31, 1993). "Tapes Used to Allege Plot to Extort Jackson Released Inquiry: Singer's aides provide purported comments by boy's father, who has told friends allegations are untrue.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  192. ^ a b "Early Probe Cleared Michael Jackson". The Smoking Gun. December 9, 2003. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  193. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 500–07.
  194. ^ Gliatto, Tom (August 15, 1994). "Neverland Meets Graceland". People 42 (7). Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  195. ^ a b c Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 518–520.
  196. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 510.
  197. ^ a b "She's out of his life" (Press release). CNN. January 18, 1996. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  198. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 562–4.
  199. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 580–1.
  200. ^ "Lisa Marie Presley Opens Up About Michael Jackson". Oprah.com. October 21, 2010. Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  201. ^ "Company News; Michael Jackson sells rights to Beatles songs to Sony". The New York Times. Associated Press. November 8, 1995. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  202. ^ a b Leeds, Jeff; Sorkin, Andrew Ross (April 13, 2006). "Michael Jackson Bailout Said to Be Close". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  203. ^ "Top 100 Albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  204. ^ "Michael Jackson's best selling studio albums". The Daily Telegraph. June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  205. ^ a b c d e f g h George, 2004, pp. 48–50.
  206. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 576–7.
  207. ^ a b "ADL Welcomes Michael Jackson's Decision To Remove Anti-Semitic Lyrics From Song". Anti-Defamation League. June 22, 1995. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  208. ^ Christensen, Thor (January 30, 1996). "Brooks turns down award for favorite artist of the year". Rome News-Tribune. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  209. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 570–586.
  210. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 597.
  211. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 599–600.
  212. ^ a b "Jackson child custody fight ends". BBC News Online. September 30, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  213. ^ a b Rojek, Chris (2007). Cultural Studies. Polity. p. 74. ISBN 0-7456-3683-7. 
  214. ^ a b c d Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 610–1.
  215. ^ "Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Others To Join Pavarotti For Benefit". VH1. MTV Networks. May 5, 1999. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  216. ^ "Slash, Scorpions, Others Scheduled For "Michael Jackson & Friends"". VH1. MTV Networks. May 27, 1999. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  217. ^ Rozhon, Tracie (November 16, 2000). "BIG DEAL; An Old Chagall Haunt, Repainted". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  218. ^ a b Basham, David (January 18, 2000). "Lauryn Hill, Backstreet Boys, DMX Honored With American Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  219. ^ a b c d Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 614–7.
  220. ^ a b c George, 2004, pp. 50–3.
  221. ^ Burkeman, Oliver (July 7, 2009). "Liveblogging Michael Jackson's funeral and memorial service". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  222. ^ a b Burkeman, Oliver (July 7, 2002). "Jacko gets tough: but is he a race crusader or just a falling star?". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  223. ^ Jackson, Jermaine (December 31, 2002). Interview with Jermaine Jackson. Interview with Connie Chung. CNN. Connie Chung Tonight. Retrieved July 2, 2008. 
  224. ^ "Keys, Destiny's Child, McGraw win at American Music Awards". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. January 10, 2002. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  225. ^ "Michael Jackson". Daily Mirror. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  226. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (November 20, 2002). "Michael Jackson Calls Baby-Dangling Incident A 'Terrible Mistake'". MTV. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  227. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  228. ^ a b Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 640.
  229. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 661.
  230. ^ Davis, Matthews (June 6, 2005). "Trial health problems for Jackson". BBC News Online. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  231. ^ "Jackson cleared of child molestation". The Guardian. Associated Press. June 13, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  232. ^ Toumi, Habib (January 23, 2006). "Jackson settles down to his new life in the Gulf". Gulf News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  233. ^ "Jermaine Jackson reveals escape plan for Michael" (Press release). Associated Press. September 10, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  234. ^ "Jackson Closes Neverland House". CBS News. July 6, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  235. ^ "Really Odd Facts About Michael Jackson". Forbes. June 14, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  236. ^ "Jackson strikes deal over loans". BBC News Online. April 14, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  237. ^ "Michael Jackson Sails With Two Seas". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  238. ^ a b "Jackson parts with Bahrain label". BBC News Online. September 26, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  239. ^ Friedman, Roger (October 21, 2006). "Who's Funding Jackson's Retreat to Irish Recording Studio?". Fox News Channel. 
  240. ^ "2006 World Music Awards". Chiff. Archived from the original on February 4, 2008. 
  241. ^ Reid, Shaheem (December 30, 2006). "James Brown Saluted By Michael Jackson at Public Funeral Service". MTV. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  242. ^ "Michael Jackson buys rights to Eminem tunes and more". Rolling Stone. May 31, 2007. 
  243. ^ Wardrop, Murray (June 27, 2009). "Michael Jackson: the unreleased album". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  244. ^ RedOne (March 23, 2009). Interview with RedOne, producer and songwriter for Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Akon, Kat DeLuna and Darin. Interview with Jan Blumentrath. HitQuarters. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  245. ^ Talmadge, Eric (March 8, 2007). "Michael Jackson 'wouldn't change' career". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  246. ^ Halaby, Valerie (June 29, 2009). "Michael Jackson was long-time U.S. Military supporter". Clarity Digital Group LLC. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  247. ^ "Will.i.am On Working With Michael Jackson". Rolling Stone. September 24, 2007. 
  248. ^ a b "Zona Musical" (in Spanish). Zm.nu. Retrieved April 5, 2008. [dead link]
  249. ^ "Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 – The 25th Anniversary Edition of the World's Top-Selling Album of All Time – Is America's #2 Best-Selling Album This Week!!!". Digital Producer. PR Newswire. February 20, 2008. 
  250. ^ "Michael Jackson – Thriller 25" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  251. ^ Friedman, Roger (May 16, 2008). "Jacko: Neverland East in Upstate New York". Fox News Channel. 
  252. ^ "Choose The Tracks On Michael Jackson's 50th Birthday Album!". Sony BMG. June 20, 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. 
  253. ^ "Michael Jackson – King Of Pop". αCharts.us. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  254. ^ "King of Pop" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  255. ^ "Neverland peters out for pop's Peter Pan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Press Association. November 13, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  256. ^ Susan, Susab (April 14, 2009). "Ten Most Expensive Michael Jackson Collectibles". Forbes. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  257. ^ "The Collection of Michael Jackson". Juliensauctions.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  258. ^ "Michael Jackson: The fantastic possessions revealed". The Independent. Reuters. June 26, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  259. ^ Foster, Patrick (March 6, 2009). "Michael Jackson grand finale curtain-raiser". The Times. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. 
  260. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2009). "Michael Jackson's "This Is It!" Tour Balloons to 50-Show Run Stretching Into 2010". Rolling Stone. 
  261. ^ "Michael Jackson: The Last Rehearsal". Life. June 29, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  262. ^ "Michael Jackson dead at 50 after cardiac arrest" (Press release). CNN. June 25, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  263. ^ "Christian Audigier Michael Jackson Clothing Collection Confirmed". Popcrunch. June 24, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  264. ^ "Michael Jackson Christian Audigier Clothing Line Was In The Works". Popcrunch. July 2, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  265. ^ Eng, Joyce (August 10, 2009). "Judge Approves Michael Jackson Film". TV Guide. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  266. ^ "Michael Jackson's This Is It". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  267. ^ "Judge OKs Jackson performance film deal" (Press release). Associated Press. August 10, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  268. ^ Herrera, Monica (September 23, 2009). "New Michael Jackson Song, Album Due In October". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  269. ^ Martens, Todd (October 13, 2009). "Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson dominate American Music Awards nominations [UPDATED]". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  270. ^ "2009 American Music Awards: Scorecard". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. November 22, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  271. ^ a b Harvey, Michael (June 26, 2009). "Fans mourn artist for whom it didn’t matter if you were black or white". The Times. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. 
  272. ^ "Los Angeles Fire Department recording of the emergency phone call made from Michael Jackson's home". June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  273. ^ "Partial transcript of Calif. 911 call". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. March 4, 2013. 
  274. ^ "Michael Jackson's life cut shockingly short". Associated Press. June 26, 2009. 
  275. ^ Moore, Matthew (June 26, 2009). "Michael Jackson, King of Pop, dies of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles". The Daily Telegraph. 
  276. ^ Whitcomb, Dan; Isensee, Laura (June 26, 2009). "Michael Jackson death still unsolved after autopsy" (Press release). Reuters. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  277. ^ Rawlinson, Linnie; Hunt, Nick (June 26, 2009). "Jackson dies, almost takes Internet with him" (Press release). CNN. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  278. ^ Shiels, Maggie (June 26, 2009). "Web slows after Jackson's death". BBC News Online. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  279. ^ Phoebe. "The King of Pop vs. Wikipedia", The Wikipedia Signpost, June 29, 2009; see October 2009 stats
  280. ^ Wood, Daniel B. (June 27, 2009). "Outpouring over Michael Jackson unlike anything since Princess Di". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  281. ^ a b Skok, David (June 26, 2009). "Internet stretched to limit as fans flock for Michael Jackson news". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on July 3, 2009. 
  282. ^ a b Wortham, Jenna (June 25, 2009). "Michael Jackson Tops the Charts on Twitter". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  283. ^ Krazit, Tom; McCullagh, Declan (June 26, 2009). "Debate: Can the Internet handle big breaking news?". CNET. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  284. ^ Dtelter, Brian (June 26, 2009). "MTV's Jackson Marathon". The New York Times (ArtsBeat). Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  285. ^ "Jacko news spreads to Eastenders". Metro. June 26, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  286. ^ "Over 1.6M apply for Jackson memorial tickets" (Press release). Associated Press. July 4, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  287. ^ "Michael Jackson memorial draws crowds online" (Press release). CNN. July 8, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  288. ^ Scott, Andrew (July 9, 2009). "Michael Jackson Memorial Earns 31 Million Viewers & More TV News". AOL TV. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  289. ^ Allen, Nick (July 7, 2009). "Michael Jackson memorial service: the biggest celebrity send-off of all time". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  290. ^ Potter, Andrew (July 7, 2009). "There was nothing strange about your daddy". Maclean's. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  291. ^ Branigan, Tania (September 8, 2001). "Jackson spends £20m to be Invincible". The Guardian. 
  292. ^ "Top Moments: Michael Jackson Memorial". TV Guide. July 7, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  293. ^ "Rev Lucious Smith on conducting the memorial service for Michael Jackson". Radio Live. June 28, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  294. ^ Reid, Tim (August 25, 2009). "LA coroner to treat Michael Jackson's death as a homicide". The Times. 
  295. ^ "Jackson 'had lethal drug levels'". BBC News Online. August 25, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  296. ^ Doheny, Kathleen (August 24, 2009). "Propofol Linked to Michael Jackson's Death". WebMD. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  297. ^ "Michael Jackson's doctor denies manslaughter charge". BBC News Online. February 9, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  298. ^ Coleman, Mark (September 4, 2009). "Michael Jackson finally laid to rest in Los Angeles". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  299. ^ Wells, Jason; Rocha, Veroniac (June 25, 2010). "One year later: Fans gather to pay tribute to Michael Jackson". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  300. ^ "Familia y fans de Jackson le recuerdan en el aniversario de su muerte". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). EFE. June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  301. ^ Parry, Ryan (June 26, 2010). "Michael Jackson's kids play in the sea in Hawaii as fans mourn his death one year on". Daily Mirror. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  302. ^ Baichwal, Ravi (June 25, 2010). "Fans honor Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind.". ABC7 Chicago. 
  303. ^ McCartney, Anthony (June 23, 2010). "A year after Michael Jackson's death, fan base remains committed to keeping memory alive". The Gaea Times. Associated Press. 
  304. ^ Romero, Dennis (June 4, 2010). "MJ fans plan to march in downtown L.A. one day after anniversary". LA Weekly (Michaeljackson.com). Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. 
  305. ^ Gimenez-Llort, Lydia (June 26, 2010). "M4MJ 'Forever Michael' (1) For fans use ONLY!". World News Network. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  306. ^ "An amazing tribute: The Jackson Family Foundation & VoicePlate Productions presents "Forever Michael."". Michaeljackson.com. June 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. 
  307. ^ "Aniversario de muerte de Michael Jackson pasará sin grandes homenajes". Diario ABC Color (in Spanish). EFE. June 23, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  308. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (January 6, 2010). "Taylor Swift Edges Susan Boyle For 2009's Top-Selling Album". Billboard. 
  309. ^ "Jackson sells 35 million albums since death". Today. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  310. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (July 1, 2009). "Michael Jackson First Artist to Sell Over 1 Million Downloads in a Single Week". Wired. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  311. ^ a b Smith, Ethan (March 16, 2010). "Sony Places Big Bet on a Fallen 'King'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  312. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 16, 2010). "Michael Jackson Estate, Sony Strike Massive $250 Million Deal to Release King of Pop's Music". Rolling Stone. 
  313. ^ "Official Michael Jackson Single Hold My Hand To Be Released On November 15th" (Press release). Breakingnews.michaeljackson.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. 
  314. ^ "Michael Jackson in 'record' $200m music deal". BBC Online. March 16, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  315. ^ "Michael Jackson Fans Will Moonwalk In Motion-Sensing Game". Billboard. Associated Press. June 15, 2010. 
  316. ^ Hicks, Tony. "People: Cirque du Soleil mounting Michael Jackson tour". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  317. ^ "Cirque plans $57M touring Jackson show". CBC News. November 3, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  318. ^ "Where to see Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson tour". The Independent. November 5, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  319. ^ "Michael Jackson 'Immortal' tour opens advance ticket sales". The Independent. November 4, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  320. ^ "Epic Records Set To Release IMMORTAL The New Album From Michael Jackson On November 21" (Press release). Sony. PR Newswire. October 3, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  321. ^ Jones, Chris (July 13, 2013). "'Michael Jackson ONE' in Las Vegas: Cirque du Soleil refinds its way". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  322. ^ Lane, Richard (July 3, 2013). "Michael Jackson ONE Becomes The One Show You Must See In Vegas". VegasChatter. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  323. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (February 2, 2013). "Michael Jackson's New Vegas Show 'One' Will Double The Fun". Forbes. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  324. ^ Yancey, Kitty (February 21, 2013). "Cirque tells more about new Michael Jackson Vegas show". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  325. ^ "Freddie Mercury - Collaborations". Ultimatequeen.co.uk. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  326. ^ Locker, Melissa (July 29, 2013). "Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury: Three Duets Coming Out This Fall". Time. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  327. ^ Campbell, 1993.
  328. ^ "Mr Bad Guy". Ultimatequeen.co.uk. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  329. ^ "Queen set to release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets in 2012". NME. November 11, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  330. ^ Coulehan, Erin (July 29, 2013). "Michael Jackson Duets With Freddie Mercury Set for Release". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  331. ^ a b "Michael Jackson Fulham FC statue defended by Al Fayed". BBC News Online. April 3, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  332. ^ Ronay, Barney (April 1, 2011). "Fulham fans cry foul over 'bizarre' Michael Jackson statue". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  333. ^ Rice, Simon (September 25, 2013). "Michael Jackson is HIStory: Controversial statue removed from Fulham stadium Craven Cottage". The Independent. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  334. ^ "Jermaine calls for an end to Jackson family feud". BBC News Online. August 2, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  335. ^ "Michael Jackson nephew made co-guardian of children". BBC News Online. August 23, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  336. ^ Pow, Helen (May 16, 2013). "Wade Robson: Michael Jackson 'molested me for SEVEN years and said I'd go to jail for the rest of my life if I told anyone'". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  337. ^ Broder, John M. (May 6, 2005). "2 Witnesses Say They Shared Jackson's Bed and Were Never Molested". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  338. ^ Blake, Emily (May 8, 2013). "Michael Jackson Estate Calls Wade Robson's Molestation Claims 'Pathetic'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  339. ^ Heger, Jen (October 10, 2013). "D-Day For Michael Jackson Molestation Accuser: Trial Scheduled To Determine If Wade Robson Can Sue Estate". Radar Online. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  340. ^ a b Gottlieb, Jeff (February 7, 2014). "Michael Jackson estate embroiled in tax fight with IRS". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  341. ^ "New Michael Jackson album to be released in May". BBC News Online. March 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  342. ^ "New Michael Jackson Album 'Xscape' to Be Released in May". Billboard. March 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  343. ^ Dimond, Diane (May 12, 2014). "Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  344. ^ Gallo, Phil (May 18, 2014). "Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go Behind the Scenes". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  345. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (June 5, 1988). "SUMMER READING; FIRING YOUR FATHER ISN'T EASY". The New York Times. p. 751. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  346. ^ Harris, Aisha. "Why People Still Dance Like Gene Kelly". Slate. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  347. ^ "100 Greatest Singers: 65 – David Ruffin". Rolling Stone. November 27, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  348. ^ Lewis Jones, 2005.
  349. ^ Winters, David (June 26, 2009). "David Winters remembers Michael Jackson". Magick Papers. 
  350. ^ "Reply #3: Thank you BigBearJohn: here's also David Winters". Democratic Underground. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  351. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (June 27, 2009). "Remembering Michael Jackson, On Screen". Indiewire. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. 
  352. ^ Herron, Martin (June 27, 2009). "'Michael Jackson saved my life'". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  353. ^ "Jackson Attends Brown's Public Funeral". Contactmusic.com. January 2, 2007. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  354. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 60.
  355. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, p. 64.
  356. ^ Taraborrelli, 2009, pp. 209–210.
  357. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Michael Jackson – Off the Wall – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  358. ^ Heyliger, M. "A State-of-the-Art Pop Album: Thriller by Michael". Consumerhelpweb.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Not many artists could pull off such a variety of styles (funk, post-disco, rock, easy listening, ballads)... 
  359. ^ "Michael Jackson Turns 30!". Jet 74 (35): 58. August 29, 1988. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  360. ^ Palmer, Robert (1995). Rock & Roll: An Unruly History. Harmony Books. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-517-70050-1. 
  361. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Michael Jackson – Thriller – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  362. ^ Henderson, Eric (October 18, 2003). "Michael Jackson – Thriller". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  363. ^ a b c d Connelly, Christopher (January 28, 1983). "Michael Jackson: Thriller". Rolling Stone. 
  364. ^ a b George, 2004, p. 24.
  365. ^ "Dangerous (Remastered)". Sony BMG. 2001. Archived from the original on December 4, 2005. 
  366. ^ Ramage, John D.; Bean, John C.; Johnson, June (2001). Writing arguments: a rhetoric with readings. Allyn and Bacon. p. 491. ISBN 0-205-31745-6. 'Black or White', described by the record company as 'a rock 'n' roll dance song about racial harmony' 
  367. ^ Pareles, Jon (September 3, 1987). "Critic's Notebook; How Good Is Jackson's 'Bad'?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  368. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Michael Jackson – Dangerous – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  369. ^ a b c d e f g Pareles, Jon (November 24, 1991). "RECORDINGS VIEW; Michael Jackson in the Electronic Wilderness". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  370. ^ Harrington, Richard (November 24, 1991). "Jackson's 'Dangerous' Departures; Stylistic Shifts Mar His First Album in 4 Years". The Washington Post. 
  371. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Michael Jackson – HIStory – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  372. ^ a b Hunter, James (August 10, 1995). "Michael Jackson HIStory". Rolling Stone. 
  373. ^ "Thomas W. (Tom) Sneddon, Jr.". National Defense Authorization Act. Archived from the original on June 27, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  374. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Michael Jackson – Invincible – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  375. ^ Beaumont, Mark (November 30, 2001). "Michael Jackson: Invincible". NME. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  376. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside. p. 414. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  377. ^ Brown, Geoff. The Complete Guide to the Music of Michael Jackson & The Jackson Family. Omnibus Press. 
  378. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 1, 1979). "Off the Wall: Michael Jackson". Rolling Stone. 
  379. ^ Lewarne, Rory (July 26, 2004). "Pink Grease". Music News. Retrieved August 10, 2008. 
  380. ^ Hunter, James (December 6, 2001). "Michael Jackson: Invincible". Rolling Stone. 
  381. ^ Stegner-Petitjean, Isabelle (2011). ""The Voice in the Mirror". Michael Jackson: from a vocal identity to its double in sound". Volume! (Nantes: Éditions Mélanie Seteun) 8 (2): 222–52. 
  382. ^ Cheryn, Carl. XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition. American Press. p. 95. 
  383. ^ "Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean," directed by Steve Barron, produced by Simon Fields & Paul Flattery,". Blender. October 2005. 
  384. ^ a b Gundersen, Edna (August 25, 2005). "Music videos changing places". USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  385. ^ "Why it took MTV so long to play black music videos". Jet. October 9, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  386. ^ Robinson, Bryan (February 23, 2005). "Why Are Michael Jackson's Fans So Devoted?". ABC News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  387. ^ Inglis, Ian (2006). Performance and Popular Music: History, Place and Time. Ashgate Publishing. pp. 119, 127. ISBN 978-0-7546-4057-8. 
  388. ^ Jackson, Michael. Thriller Special Edition Audio.
  389. ^ "Philippine jailhouse rocks to Thriller". BBC News Online. July 26, 2007. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  390. ^ Corliss, Richard (September 6, 1993). "Michael Jackson: Who's Bad?". Time. Retrieved April 23, 2008. 
  391. ^ US Michael J. Jackson, Michael L. Bush, Dennis Tompkins: "Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion", filed June 29, 1992, issued October 26, 1993 5255452 
  392. ^ Campbell, 1993, p. 273.
  393. ^ Michael Jackson Dangerous on Film VHS/DVD
  394. ^ Campbell, 1993, p. 303.
  395. ^ Campbell, 1993, pp. 313–4.
  396. ^ Boepple, Leanne (November 1, 1995). Scream: Space Odyssey, Jackson-Style.(video production; Michael and Janet Jackson video) 29. Theatre Crafts International. p. 52. ISSN 1063-9497. 
  397. ^ Bark, Ed (June 26, 1995). "Michael Jackson Interview Raises Questions, Answers". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 06E. 
  398. ^ Guinness World Records (2005). Guinness World Records 2006. Guinness. ISBN 1-904994-02-4. 
  399. ^ Michael Jackson HIStory on Film volume II VHS/DVD
  400. ^ Lewis Jones, 2005, pp. 125–6.
  401. ^ Guinness World Records (2003). Guinness World Records 2004. Guinness. ISBN 1-892051-20-6. 
  402. ^ Utley, Tom (February 7, 2003). "Of course Jackson's odd—but his genius is what matters". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  403. ^ "Michael Jackson". Search.bet.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  404. ^ Monroe, Bryan (December 2007). "Michael Jackson in His Own Words". Ebony. 
  405. ^ Barnes, Brokes (June 25, 2009). "A Star Idolized and Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies at 50". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  406. ^ "More adds, loose ends, and lament". The 120 Minutes Archive. July 25, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  407. ^ "Farewell to a King". People. July 20, 2009. 
  408. ^ "Gordy Brings Mourners To Their Feet With Jackson Tribute". July 7, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  409. ^ Tourtellotte, Bob (July 8, 2009). "Michael Jackson hailed as greatest entertainer, best dad" (Press release). Reuters UK. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  410. ^ a b Chandler, Cory (May 20, 2010). "Librarians Prove Michael Jackson Was a Rock Star in Academic Literature". Texas Tech University. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  411. ^ Hidalgo & Weiner 2010, pp. 14–28.
  412. ^ Hidalgo & Weiner 2010, p. 25.
  413. ^ "Michael Jackson and Halle Berry Pick Up Bambi Awards in Berlin". Hello!. November 22, 2002. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  414. ^ Keiser, Tom (August 15, 2010). "Photos: Michael Jackson induction ceremony". The News-Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  415. ^ Yarborough, Chuck (August 19, 2014). "R&B Music Hall of Fame sets big weekend to induct sophomore class featuring Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Norm N. Nite and more". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  416. ^ "Michael Jackson Named Most Successful Entertainer Of All Time". CityNews. November 15, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  417. ^ Collett-White, Mike (March 11, 2009). "Michael Jackson to add concerts after sellout" (Press release). Reuters. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  418. ^ "GRAMMY Legend Award". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  419. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  420. ^ George, 2004, pp. 37–52.
  421. ^ "Hot 100 Anniversary: Most No. 1s By Artist". Billboard. August 6, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  422. ^ Rothman, Michael (August 29, 2013). "Happy 55th Birthday Michael Jackson – His Top 10 Moments". ABC News. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  423. ^ "Michael Jackson's death anniversary observed worldwide". Dhaka Tribune. June 25, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  424. ^ Serjeant, Jill (December 29, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Death Among 2009's Major Moments". ABC News. 
  425. ^ "Michael Jackson United Negro College Fund". Michaeljackson.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. 
  426. ^ Viegas, Jennifer. "Pop Star Michael Jackson Influenced Academics, Received PhD". Discovery Channel. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  427. ^ "Stress killed MJ, says ex-publicist". The Times of India. June 27, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  428. ^ O'Brien, Timothy L (May 14, 2006). "What Happened to the Fortune Michael Jackson Made?". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  429. ^ O'Malley Greenburg, Zack (May 28, 2014). "Infographic: Michael Jackson's Multibillion Dollar Career Earnings, Listed Year By Year". Forbes: 1. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  430. ^ Deutsch, Linda (May 4, 2005). "Forensic accountant tells court Jackson is in financial straits". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  431. ^ Pulley, Brett (November 21, 2003). "Michael Jackson's Ups And Downs". Forbes. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  432. ^ "Family: Michael Jackson Had A Will". CBS News. June 30, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  433. ^ Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner, case no. 017152-13, U.S. Tax Court.
  434. ^ Bain, Raymone K. (October 31, 2006). "Michael To Give Away 200 FREE Tickets To Fans, And Discounted Rates". Kingofpop.info. Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. 
  435. ^ Bain, Raymone K. (October 31, 2006). "Statement from Raymone Bain to all fans and fanclubs". Mjtmc.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. 
  436. ^ Lara, David (May 12, 2012). "Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Gets a Revamp and More Inflated Sales!". ImpreMedia. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  437. ^ Bialik, Carl (July 15, 2009). "Spun: The Off-the-Wall Accounting of Record Sales". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 

Bibliography

External links