Top 70 facts about Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is the King of Pop.
He was an ambiguous personality, with his oddities and fears, but it is simply impossible to deny his influence on the entire show business.
Michael Jackson brought pop music to the standards that are still used today; he first began to gather thousands of audiences and arrange shows, not just concerts; his albums sold the largest circulations. His music conquered the whole world.
The biography of Michael Jackson is both exciting and frightening, his music conquered the world, and the details of his personal life shocked him.
Biography of Michael Jackson
1. Difficult childhood
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in a large family of Joseph and Katherine Jackson in the city of Gary (Indiana, USA).
In addition to Michael, nine more children were brought up in the family, and all of them suffered from their father's bullying. Joseph was cruel and had rather unusual views on raising children, so Michael got a lot from his father, like his brothers and sisters.
Having already become popular, pop singer Michael repeatedly spoke about his father's abuse and childhood fears due to bullying and nightmares at night. The father later admitted to reporters that he was cruel to his children.
Michael Jackson received the title of "King of Pop" with the light hand of his girlfriend, actress Elizabeth Taylor. She first named him "the king of pop" in 1989 at the Soul Train Music Award, and the title has stuck with him ever since.
In 1992, during his visit to Africa, Michael was also crowned "Sled King."
3. Ritual before the performance
To improve the sound of his voice, Michael drank Ricola caramel dissolved in hot water before the performance.
Jackson's career was full of ups and downs, and he was a controversial personality. But few will argue that Michael Jackson not only influenced the world of show business but also made it completely different.
He became the most successful pop music performer, received 15 Grammys and more than 100 other awards, and got into the Guinness Book of Records 25 times.
In total, more than 1 billion artist albums have been sold worldwide.
He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist and a member of The Jackson 5.
In 1999, Michael Joseph Jackson bought David Selznick's Oscar for $1.5 million, which he received in the Best Picture nomination for Gone with the Wind.
6. Egyptian sculpture
One of the users of social networks noted that one of the Egyptian sculptures in the Chicago museum is very similar to pop singer Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson career
7. The Jackson 5
The Jackson family was famous for its talent even before Michael started performing. The Jacksons, which included three older brothers - Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, were already known in certain circles, and in 1964 Michael and his other brother, Marlon, joined them. The group was renamed "The Jackson 5", and Michael, taken initially to play the Congo, first switched to backing vocals and then became the main vocalist.
In 1969, the musicians signed a contract with the recording studio Motown Records. The team became increasingly popular, and some songs were on the top lines of the American charts.
Later, the musicians re-signed a contract with another studio, changing the name to The Jacksons. Until 1984, 6 more discs were recorded.
Already an established performer, Michael said that his Jackson 5-era voice sounded too much like Mini Mice.
The Jackson 5 experienced both ups and downs, and Michael began to pursue a solo career in parallel.
8. The role of the Scarecrow in the film "The Wiz."
The young boy was invited to play the role of a scarecrow in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Diana Ross and Richard Pryor also took part in the filming. It was on the set that Michael met music director Quincy Jones, his future producer.
9. The beginning of a solo career
While still performing in a family band, Michael recorded songs such as "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin," and "Ben." The last song took first place in the charts in 1972, and the singer was noticed from that moment.
Having recorded several solo songs, the artist met producer Quincy Jones; this event became a landmark in Michael's career. It was with the help of Johnson that the first known albums "Off the Wall" (released August 10, 1979) with such hits as "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" were recorded.
10. Record "Thriller."
The Thriller album (released November 30, 1982) can be considered the best music album of that time and the entire history of music. This is the sixth studio album by Michael Jackson with more hits:
11. "The Girl Is Mine."
The composition was recorded with Paul McCartney. Critics called it too sugary and not deep enough, which did not prevent the design from taking the second line of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the Hot Black Singles chart.
The song is about a dispute between two men over one girl.
It is noteworthy that they tried to sue Jackson twice for plagiarism because of this composition. First, Fred Standford 1984 accused the artist of copying his song "Please Love Me Now," and then in 1993, Robert Smith, Reynold Jones, and Clifford Rubin accused Michael of copying their songs "Don't Let The Sunshine Catch You Crying" and Happy Go Lucky Girl. Jackson won both lawsuits.
12. "Billie Jean."
One of the most famous and recognizable compositions in the world. It is enough to hear the first couple of drum beats, and you already know what the song will be now.
The composition is dedicated to groupies - girls who constantly accompany famous groups and performers during tours. Michael had known groupies since the time of The Jackson 5; the girls repeatedly accused his older brothers of fathering their children, constantly harassed the musicians, and threatened them.
Michael Jackson admitted that Billie Jean is a collective image of a groupie and did not want to offend anyone with the composition. By the way, the song could have been called “Not My Lover” so as not to be associated with the then-famous tennis player Billie Jean King.
The video for this song revolutionized the US music world. Firstly, it was one of the first clips with a straightforward story, not just a performance of a piece with many special effects. Secondly, this video was the first in MTV rotation with a black performer.
In the early 80s, the MTV channel was just beginning to gain popularity, but its leaders had a little "fad" - they did not accept black music videos into rotation. Then the president of CBS Records, Walter Yetnikoff, threatened MTV to bring them no longer a single video and tell the whole world about discrimination against the black population. On March 2, 1983, the video got into rotation on MTV.
It was from the song "Billie Jean" video from the album "Thriller" that the tradition began that a big-budget tape should accompany every single release. By the way, Jackson's video was recorded for $75,000.
13. "Beat It"
Another composition of the musician became known all over the world. The song was taken into rotation on MTV without any wrangling, and it also became the first song by an African American that appeared regularly on American radio stations.
The song was received positively by critics and numerous awards, including two Grammy statuettes and two American Music Awards.
The combination of rhythm, blues, and rock elements was unusual for that time, and the words were directed against violence and gangsterism. It is noteworthy that Eddie Van Halen, the leader of the rock band Van Halen, was invited to perform the guitar solo. He recorded the musical part for free.
Another notable fact about the guitar solo...
When Eddie Van Halen was recording his part in 30 seconds, a technician who didn't know it was being recorded knocked on the door. Jackson insisted that this random thud recording be used in the final cut.
The music video for the song "Beat It" has already been allocated $ 150,000, and the plot is quite simple - Michael, in his style, stops the showdown between two warring gangs.
It is noteworthy that natural gangster groups - Crips and Bloods - were involved in the filming. Eighty gangsters and 30 professional dancers took part in the filming.
In 1984, a parody of the clip from "Weird Al" Yankovic called "Eat It" was released. The director of the original video, Bob Giraldi, said that he hated this parody as it made fun of everything essential and dear to him in the video. But Michael, who had a good sense of humor, allowed the use of music to create a parody. It was this parody that made Yankovic famous.
The red jacket with 27 zippers has become a cult for many years. Paired with loafers, white socks, and cropped trousers, this jacket created Jackson's most iconic look.
14. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
The lyrics of the song are directed against the media and gossip. There was no official video for this song, but in 2012 a live recording from the Bad World Tour appeared on the pop singer's YouTube channel.
The singer was dissatisfied with the song's final version, which was included in the album.
The track from the album of the same name has a 14-minute clip based on 1950s horror films. The clip won several MTV Video Music Awards and was entered into the National Film Registry in 2009, becoming the first clip to enter the Library of Congress.
$500,000 was allocated for the creation of the video clip; following the clip, which immediately hit MTV, a short 45-minute documentary was released about the design of the clip. The rights to show the film was purchased from MTV for $250,000, Showtime paid $300,000 for the show, and Vestron Video paid another $500,000 for the rights to release the documentary on VHS.
16. Lucky year
1984 can be called the peak of Jackson's career - he received 8 Grammys at once; no one has ever received so many awards in one year.
17. Facial injuries
In 1984, Michael suffered a second-degree facial burn while filming a Pepsi commercial. The accident occurred due to the explosion of pyrotechnics next to the artist; as compensation, Pepsi paid Jackson $ 1.5 million.
How Michael disposed of the money and whether there were lawsuits with Pepsi, you will find out below ...
After this incident, the guy became more attentive and meticulous about his appearance.
Michael Jackson broke his nose while performing another trick at one of the rehearsals. After that, he began complaining of shortness of breath, and the doctors advised him to undergo plastic surgery to correct the defect.
In numerous interviews, he only admitted that he had nose surgery to restore breathing, although his appearance changed seriously throughout his career.
18. Michael Jackson's illnesses and appearance
It is believed that Michael was ashamed of his origin and tried to change his image all his life. He had plastic surgery on his face, but most skin color changes are due to a rare disease.
Until the mid-80s, the artist's skin was dark, but later, many noticed that Michael was getting lighter every year. Naturally, he was immediately accused of using skin whitening procedures.
In 1986, Jackson was diagnosed with lupus and vitiligo almost simultaneously. Potent remedies were used to combat the first disease, but vitiligo manifests itself in the form of light spots on the skin that loses pigment. At first, a few weak spots were easy to mask, but Michael began to hide the dark areas of his face and body when the sites covered most of his body.
There is an opinion that the artist's desire to change his appearance became addicted, which was superimposed on childhood psychological trauma.
Skin cancer was added to numerous diseases, information about which the producers carefully concealed.
Contrary to popular belief, Jackson did not invent the moonwalk. Something similar has already been performed in live performances and films, but Michael popularized it, making it the most famous dance move.
Jackson first demonstrated the moonwalk during the song "Billie Jean" performance on March 25, 1983, on the anniversary show "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever". The audience liked it very much, and the performance was subsequently called one of the most significant on American television.
20. Autobiography of Michael Jackson
In 1988, the autobiography "Moonwalk" (Moonwalk) was also published, in which the artist talks about his father's bullying, plastic surgery on his nose, and other personal facts.
21. Collaboration with Pepsi
Michael suffered head burns on January 27, 1984, while filming a Pepsi commercial. This significantly influenced his attitude toward his appearance but revealed him as a person even more. With the compensation received from Pepsi, he, together with the company itself, invested in a children's burn center named after him.
Until the end of his life, Michael was involved in charity work, including with the help of this burn center.
22. Did Michael Jackson sleep in a pressure chamber?
The artist's attitude to his appearance gave rise to many rumors. As soon as a photo appears in the press in which Michael lies in a pressure chamber, rumors immediately spread that they always sleep in it to preserve youth. Michael went into the pressure chamber only once out of interest.
It happened during the opening of the burn center, which Michael supported.
23. Buying the rights to the Beatles
In 1985, for $47.5 million, Michael bought Northern Songs, which owned the rights to most of the Beatles' songs. Shares also wanted to buy Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney. The singer even quarreled with Paul after buying shares.
In 1995, Michael Joseph Jackson sold Sony's rights to the Beatles' songs for $95 million.
24. Album "Bad."
Album release date August 31, 1987. In total, 65 million copies were sold worldwide, and it became the first album in history, five songs from which hit first place on Billboard.
The tour in support of the new album lasted from September 12, 1987, to January 14, 1989, and during this time, the concerts were visited by 4.4 million spectators. A total of 123 shows took place in 15 countries, bringing in 125 million dollars.
During the "Bad Tour" at a concert in London, a record was set - 504 thousand spectators at one performance.
Martin Scorsese directed the video for the album.
25. "Speed Demon."
The song was written after Jackson himself was fined for speeding. The song's lyrics are about a car chase, while the drums and synthesizer, as conceived by the singer, imitate the sound of a motorcycle gear shift.
26. "Liberian Girl."
One of the first compositions that simultaneously celebrated the beauty of an African woman and became popular in pop culture.
An unprecedented number of stars of that time were attracted to the shooting of the video: John Travolta, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Olivia Newton-John, Quincy Jones, Virginia Madsen, David Copperfield, Danny Glover, and Dan Ackroyd.
27. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You."
Barbara Streisand could have participated in recording the song, but she simply did not appear at the scheduled recording time. Michael also invited Whitney Houston, but she refused without explanation. As a result, the song was recorded with the participation of Saida Garrett.
It is noteworthy that the song was recorded in English, Spanish, and French.
28. Dirty Diana
Another song about a groupie girl. This time, the love story unfolds in a classic love triangle pattern between a star, his girlfriend, and a groupie girl.
29. "Smooth Criminal."
A whole series of Michael Jackson gangster songs can be associated with this song. In 1985, he recorded "Chicago 1945", and she pushed the pop singer to record "Al Capone." But the music about the famous gangster eventually transformed into "Smooth Criminal."
The track begins with the heartbeat of Jackson himself. It was recorded by Dr. Eric Chevlen and processed on the Synclavier.
The video for the song was part of the musical film "Moonwalk." Initially, the idea was to make a video in the style of the Wild West. Still, in the end, Jackson chose the gangster style of the 1930s, significantly since the history of the composition contributed to this.
Because of the video's filming, Jehovah's Witnesses organization kicked Jackson out of their ranks.
30. The story of Michael and Jehovah's Witnesses
His mother raised Michael as a Jehovah's Witness and strongly encouraged him to study the Bible. But the artist did not work out with religion.
Until 1984, he continued to preach as a Jehovah's Witness, attended various religious meetings, and refused to celebrate Easter, Christmas, and his birthday. But representatives of this movement have always been against Jackson's lifestyle.
In 1987, Michael's sister La Toya Jackson was expelled from the organization, and the family was forbidden to communicate with her on spiritual topics. Naturally, this did not please Michael himself.
In the same year, a shooting took place for the clip "Smooth Criminal," where, according to the plot, Michael is holding a weapon in his hands. Representatives of the organization said he chooses faith or a career as an artist. Michael did not abandon the planned plot and left the organization.
31. The film "Captain EO."
In 1986, Francis Coppola made a short film called "Captain EO" to be shown at Disney theme parks. The film spent $23.7 million on 17 minutes, making it the most expensive film in terms of cost per minute. George Lucas was the producer and co-writer of the story.
The film began showing at Disneyland in September 1986 and was offered until August 17, 1998.
After the death of singer Michael Jackson, interest in the film increased again, and it began to be shown in Tokyo and Disneyland Paris.
32. Michael Jackson's Anti-Gravity Shoes
In the song "Smooth Criminal" video, Michael and other dancers presented an unusual movement - they leaned forward at an angle of 45 degrees. It seems that Jackson breaks all the laws of physics.
For other artists, such a movement would have remained exclusively in the video, and its performance would have been written off as cunning editing, but not with Michael. He set himself the goal of repeating the movement at the concert. As a result, a unique shoe appeared, later patented by Jackson under the number US5255452 A.
Michael managed to hide the secret of performing a dance movement for a long time, until one day, his heel fell off at a performance in Moscow, and he almost collapsed onto the stage.
There is no special secret; the boots have a particular slot into which pins are inserted, which move out of the stage at a specific time. The moment of fastening the boots was always masked by extinguishing the light, and after the tilt, the performers deftly removed the shoes from the bindings.
By the way, a broken shoe from the Moscow performance was donated to the Moscow branch of Hard Rock Cafe, and after Michael's death, a pair of shoes was sold for $600,000.
33. Michael's diamond glove and attention to hands
Michael Joseph Jackson impressed everyone not only with his voice but also with the movements of his body. He loved to come up with something new to surprise and even shock the public.
During the dances, the artist considered drawing attention to his hands very important since he performed rather complex movements with them. On March 25, 1983, at the anniversary show "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever", Michael Jackson not only demonstrated the "moonwalk" for the first time but also put on a "diamond" glove to emphasize hand movements. The effect was unique, despite the glove being decorated with ordinary rhinestones.
Michael himself made the first white glove from an ordinary golf glove. After the performance, the glove was donated to a member of the Commodores music group, who put it up for auction in 2009 and raised $350,000.
Another technique to draw attention to the hands is a band-aid on the fingertips. During the “Smooth Criminal” performance, it was impossible to use gloves embroidered with rhinestones, as they did not fit the image. Still, the bright white adhesive plaster attracted the attention of the audience.
There are many other versions of the band-aid on the fingertips, from trying to stop biting your nails to hiding sudden vitiligo.
34. Neverland Ranch
In 1988, Michael purchased the Sycamore Valley Ranch in California and renamed it Neverland, after Peter Pan's country. The land area of 10.83 square kilometers cost Michael between 16 and 30 million dollars and subsequently became one of the causes of financial problems.
The fact is that a small amusement park was built on the ranch, and a private zoo was opened. All this required additional costs, so the monthly maintenance of the estate costs $120,000. Michael had no problems with money at the peak of his popularity, but when the money stopped flowing to him like a river, the ranch became too expensive for the artist.
In 2006, part of the ranch was closed, and several employees were laid off. In 2008, the American singer was forced to re-register the estate to Colony Capital LLC, a company owned by the Jacksons' close friend Thomas Barack.
After Michael's death, his relatives admitted that after all the litigation, Jackson hated the Neverland estate and did not want to appear there anymore.
35. Album "Dangerous."
In 1991, a new album called "Dangerous" was released with such hits as "Black or White," "Jam," "Who Is It," and "Remember the Time."
36. Jordan Chandler Child Abuse Scandal
The children were frequent guests at Neverland Ranch, so it's no surprise that Michael ended up getting charged with child molestation.
In 1993, the singer was sued by the parents of 13-year-old Jordan Chandler. The singer was accused of forcing the boy to touch his genitals. The case ended with a settlement agreement in which Jackson paid $22 million to his parents.
It is unknown why Michael went to the world, but many years later, Jordan Chandler himself admitted that he had slandered Jackson under the onslaught of his father.
37. The Oprah Winfrey Show
In 1993, there was a big show with Oprah Winfrey about Michael Jackson. The artist shows his house, discusses various topics, and discusses his life and problems.
With this show, Michael is trying to justify himself to the tabloids, who began to speculate too much on the topic of eccentricity in his life.
38. Gavin Arvizo child molestation scandal
It all started with the film "Living with Michael Jackson" by journalist Martin Bashir; he came into Michael's confidence and took a very frank interview in which Jackson admitted that he slept with little boys. But, emphasizing that there was nothing sexual about it, they just slept together. The journalist was surprised by this, but in the end, the film came out without any clippings, and the whole world learned that Jackson considered it normal to sleep in the same bed with children.
After the film's release in 2003, 13-year-old boy Gavin Arvizo and his parents accused Michael of pedophilia. The boy was a frequent guest at the ranch, Jackson helped him beat cancer, but Michael was not going to make concessions again.
The trial lasted two years, and Jackson spent almost $100 million on lawyers, but in the end, he proved his innocence.
Gavin's litigation and betrayal undermined Jackson's psychological and financial condition.
39. Strange things in the house
During the second scandal with allegations of pedophilia, a search was carried out at the Neverland Ranch, and he shocked the police a little.
Inside the house were many realistic child mannequins, some in revealing clothes and unusual poses.
An extensive collection of superhero figurines and a cardboard figure of little Shirley Temple were also found.
The evidence became the basis for the detention of a celebrity in 2003.
40. Friendship with Macaulay Culkin
One of Michael's frequent guests was little Macaulay Culkin, who became famous after the release of the movie Home Alone. Celebrities met before, but after the film's release, Jackson called Culkin and invited him to visit.
They became friends, spent a lot of time together, and later Macaulay became the godfather of Michael's children.
Neither during Michael's life nor after his death, Macaulay never accused the pop singer of molestation. He said that Jackson, at heart, remained a child who liked to help, play with, ride, and take care of them.
41. "Super Bowl."
In 1993 he was invited to Super Bowl XXVII with the singles "Jam" (with the beginning of "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"), "Billie Jean," and "Black or White."
For the first time in Super Bowl history, halftime ratings surpassed those of the game itself.
For his performance at the stadium, Michael received $ 1 million but spent some of the money on charity.
Jackson - performance at the stadium during the halftime of Super Bowl XXVII:
42. Performances in Moscow
With the tour supporting "Dangerous," the artist visited Russia for the first time and gave a concert in Moscow. On September 15, 1993, Michael Jackson performed at Luzhniki in the pouring rain.
The weather prompted him to write his "Stranger in Moscow" ballad about loneliness.
It is worth noting that in Moscow, Michael Joseph Jackson not only earned a fee but also visited an orphanage, talked with children, and donated money.
43. Persecution Mania
In 1995, he was hospitalized with a mental disorder. Against the backdrop of legal proceedings, he had an attack of persecution mania.
44. Album "HIStory."
On June 16, 1995, a double album called "HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I" was released: on the first disc - a greatest hits collection; on the second - 15 new songs.
There were plans to release two more such double albums.
45. "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix."
Another non-standard remix album for Michael was released in 1997 - he wrote several new songs, but other artists prepared remixes.
In total, 6 million copies of the album were sold, and it became the best-selling remix album in the world.
46. Michael Jackson: Ghosts
In 1996, the 39-minute musical film "Michael Jackson: Ghosts" written by Stephen King was released. The film features compositions from the HIStory album and the then-unreleased Blood on the Dance Floor album.
The film entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most extended music video.
The next full-length album "Invincible" was released only on October 30, 2001. It was Jackson's tenth and final lifetime album.
Listeners liked the album, but critics smashed it to smithereens. Ten million copies have been sold worldwide.
The album was dedicated to a 15-year-old Afro-Norwegian boy, Benjamin Hermansen, who was killed by neo-Nazis in Oslo on January 26, 2001.
48. 30th anniversary
In 2001, the 30th anniversary of his solo career was celebrated with a grand concert at Madison Square Garden (Madison Square Garden). The show was marked by Michael performing on stage with his brothers for the first time since 1984.
49. Concert 9/11
In the same 2001, he took part in the presentation United We Stand: What More Can I Give, dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The main song of the concert is "What More Can I Give" performed by Michael.
50. "Men in Black 2."
In 2002, Michael starred in the film "Men in Black 2" as a cameo. A celebrity is asked to join a secret organization.
51. Parody of Michael Jackson
One of the most extensive parodies of Michael is in the movie Scary Movie 3.
The parody plays on his "passion" for boys, his ability to dance well, and plastic surgery on his nose.
52. The last years of a career
In 2003, a compilation of Jackson's hits "Number Ones" was released, and in 2004 "Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection."
In 2008, Sony launched a global campaign and, after voting by listeners, formed its collection of Michael's hits for each country.
A new album was planned for release in 2009, featuring Will. I.Am, Kanye West, and R&B singer Akon.
A series of concerts in England were also scheduled for 2009, but the tour did not take place due to the performer's death.
Michael Jackson's personal life
53. First wife of Michael Jackson
Michael married in 1994 to the daughter of the "King of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley. Since this happened immediately after the scandal with the molestation of a minor, the media immediately dubbed this marriage a cover and a demonstration of Michael's "normality."
Jackson claimed that he had true love with Lisa Presley, but the marriage broke up two years later.
It is worth noting that the marriage was registered in the Dominican Republic. Still, it was "semi-fictitious" since, according to the laws of this country, a woman cannot marry if she was divorced less than three months before. Lisa Presley just got divorced from her ex-husband.
Two facts speak for true love: the newlyweds not only got married, but also held a wedding ceremony, and the very fact of the wedding was hidden for two months.
Jackson - biography:
Many years later, after the singer's death, Lisa Presley admitted that marriage to Michael was one of her happiest moments. She still regrets that she succumbed to the opinions of others, could not withstand the pressure of the press, and could not save the marriage.
In 2019, Presley announced a book in which she promised to reveal the secrets of her married life with ex-husband Michael Jackson and share new facts about her legendary father, the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. The celebrity will receive $ 4 million for further revelations from the publisher.
54. Second wife of Michael Jackson
In 1996, the singer married Debbie Rowe, who had already given birth to Michael. The children were named Prince (Prince) Michael Jackson and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.
After their parents divorced in 1999, both children stayed with their father. It later became known that Jackson paid Debbie Rowe $8.5 million to abandon the children.
After the tragic death of 50-year-old Michael Jackson, a real war broke out over the custody of his children. Debbie Rowe claimed that Michael's children were her and would do everything to reunite them.
55. Third child
In 2002, Michael had a third child named Prince Michael Jackson II. He was born to a surrogate mother, and after the death of the pop singer, his mother, Katherine Jackson, took custody of the children.
A scandalous situation happened to the third child when he was still very young. The media has always followed Jackson, and one day he either wanted to show them the child that the press was hunting for, or the singer lost his nerve. Michael carried his son to the hotel's balcony and showed it to reporters, but it looked like he had almost dropped the baby.
Naturally, photos from this incident were on the covers of many media outlets.
56. How did Michael Jackson protect his children?
Michael carefully hid his children from the public, so they wore masks when they were with him.
57. Friends of Michael Jackson
Michael was friends with many celebrities, and even after numerous scandals, most of these people remained faithful to the singer and defended him in the media.
Culkin has already been mentioned, but other friends are worth mentioning: Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Diana Ross, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Mark Lester, Chris Tucker, Omer Bhatti.
58. Animals around the singer
Having his zoo, Michael always ensured that the animals in captivity felt good. After the musician's death, many animals dispersed worldwide, as no one could keep the zoo on the ranch.
One of Michael's favorite animals was Bubble, the chimpanzee. He was with Jackson from 1980 to 2002, accompanied him on tour, and lived on a ranch. During this time, the primate learned to eat with a spoon and fork, went to a unique toilet, and, according to Michael himself, helped clean up the house.
In 2002, the primate had to be given to a particular center as he became too aggressive.
Death of Michael Jackson
59. Place and time
Michael Joseph Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at a rented mansion in Los Angeles.
Previously, this mansion belonged to many celebrities, including Sean Connery.
60. Cause of death of Michael Jackson
Michael's death was due to an overdose of propofol. He was given an injection by Conrad Murray, his attending physician, and found the pop singer dead 2 hours later.
Konrad tried to resuscitate the patient himself and called an ambulance. Doctors tried to save Michael on the way to the University of California Medical Center for another hour after arrival, but all attempts were unsuccessful.
Murray was subsequently found guilty of manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years in prison, and had his medical license revoked.
61. Flurry of messages
Jackson's death became news #1 almost immediately. Several social networks and extensive Internet resources reported an unprecedented increase in traffic: Google, Yahoo!, Twitter and Wikipedia.
62. Michael Jackson's funeral
On July 7, 2009, a farewell ceremony for the singer took place in Los Angeles, which consisted of two parts. The family farewell was held at Liberty Hall at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a public farewell at the Staples Center.
The public farewell was broadcast on television and the Internet and was watched by more than 1 billion people. At the same time, there was no exact information about the body's whereabouts.
On September 3, a funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in a suburb of Los Angeles.
But Michael Jackson's career is not over...
Sony has signed a 10-album contract with Michael's family, including re-releases of old hits and previously unreleased songs.
63. Album "Michael."
In 2010, the first posthumous and eleventh studio album was released. Most critics, fans, and musicians criticized the album, calling it "raw."
64. Immortal Album
In 2011, a more successful remix album, "Immortal" was released. It received positive reviews from critics, and a soundtrack compilation of the tracks was used in Cirque du Soleil's show tour called "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour."
65. Album "Xscape."
The second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks was released in 2014. Critics noted the quality of the album's work but unanimously agreed that it cannot be compared with the best results of Jackson's lifetime.
66. Michael Jackson Hologram
At the television ceremony Billboard Music Awards in 2014, Pulse Evolution gave the world another performance of the famous singer. Michael Jackson's catchy number for the song "Slave to the Rhythm" shocked the world, and many guest stars cried when they saw Michael again on stage.
It was not a hologram but a 19th-century illusion technology. It consists of projecting an image onto glass or transparent plastic at 45 degrees to the stage.
But does that make the performance any less impressive?
Got to Be There (1972)
Music & Me (1973)
Forever, Michael (1975)
Off the Wall (1979)
HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I (1995)
1978 - The Wiz - Scarecrow
1983 - The Making of 'Thriller.'
1988 - Moonwalker
1988 - Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues
1993 Dangerous: The Short Films
1995 - Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory
1997 - HIStory Michael Jackson: HIStory Live
2002 - Men In Black II - Agent Em
2004 - Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls - Agent MJ
1986 - Captain E.O.
1996 - Michael Jackson's Ghosts
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