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The ‘King of Pop’ who rocked the world

Text by Nandita VIJ

Latest update : 2009-06-29

The 'King of Pop' Jackson began his career as a child star in the Jackson Five and recorded nine solo albums between 1972 and 2001, including "Thriller," the top-selling album of all time.

Born on August 29, 1958, Jackson made his show business debut with four of his older brothers in the Jackson Five, and went on to lead the stage clan with a piping soprano and dazzling dance moves. By 1969, the group had signed a contract with Motown Records and churned out several hits including ABC and I'll Be There.

 

 

Jackson released his first solo album, Got To Be There, with the legendary music label in 1972. He switched to Epic in 1976, releasing his first album under that label in 1979, Off The Wall, which was produced by Quincy Jones.

 

 

Jackson released Thriller in 1982, which remained at the top of the charts for two years and was at world number one for 37 straight weeks, selling up to 60 million copies. A mix of soul, disco-funk and pop, the album benefited from collaboration with a number of other top artists, including former Beatle Paul McCartney (in The Girl is Mine) and guitarist Eddie Van Halen (in Beat It).

 

 

Jackson's distinctly lighter skin in Bad in 1987 drew alot of media attention, leading to rumours of plastic surgery. The album sold more than 30 million copies and helped the ‘King of Pop’ start his solo tours full of lighting and laser effects. In 1988, he released the Moonwalker film – a mix of of live footage of his live concerts and series of fantasy pieces with Jackson as the main character.

 

In 1991, Dangerous sold 21 million copies, with hits including Black or White and Remember the Time. In June 1995, Jackson released the double album HIStory, Past, Present and Future to negative reviews and weak sales, despite Sony Music's 40-million-dollar investment. Jackson's next album, Invincible, in 2001also flopped. He was scheduled to launch a mega comeback tour in 2009, with the first of four London concerts set for July 13. The kickoff concert was pushed back from July 8 because of the "sheer magnitude" of the show, promoters and producers AEG Live said.

 

 

Date created : 2009-06-26

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