Bhubaneswar: Even nine years after his death in 2009, the king of Pop Michael Jackson still continues to be an icon worldwide. Today is 60th birthday of the star, who has not only entertained people by his singing but also with his unique dance moves.
Jackson was born on 29th August 1958 at Gary in Indiana in US. He started his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon and began his solo career in 1971 at Motown Records.
Thriller– Thriller became an icon in pop culture as it re-wrote the rule book and showed just how special a music video could be.
Don’t stop ’Til You Get Enough– It showed everyone he was all grown up and could get you grooving better than ever.
Billie Jean–Another iconic video which kicked off a minor fashion trend amongst school children.
Beat It–The video shows two gangs about to face off before Jackson intervenes and the video even used genuine gang members from LA.
Bad–Michael showed an edgier side with his album Bad, an image that was cemented by the video for single of the same name.
In 1980, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, and ‘Thriller’ in 1982, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool.
Jackson’s 1987 album Bad spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”, became the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation.
He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of over 66 million copies worldwide.
Jackson’s other albums such as Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also ranked among the world’s best-selling albums. He is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame as the only dancer from pop and rock music.
Jackson won hundreds of awards, and was awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades.
His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time, 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 24 American Music Awards—more than any other artist—including the “Artist of the Century”, 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 350 million records worldwide
Jackson is also remembered for his philanthropy and pioneering efforts in charitable fundraising in the entertainment industry. He 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.