Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, died. June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles) - American musician, artist, entertainer, dancer, composer, songwriter, and philanthropist , whose career and personal life have become an important part of popular culture past four decades. Known as one of the best performers of pop music and one of the most popular musicians in the history, called the "King of Pop".
For his achievements in the music industry include a revolutionary approach to video clips (initiated by the video for the song "Thriller" in 1983) and the market has been dominated popular music in the 80s Twentieth century . He was also the first black artist who gained strong support in television, particularly MTV, which has the benefit of both parties to promote its pioneering music videos for the songs "Thriller or Billie Jean. Popularized a complicated dance moves, such as the moonwalk and the robot dance.
He began his musical career at age 7, as a singer and family band The Jackson 5 The first solo album, Got to Be There released in 1971, while still a member of the group, which ultimately parted ways in 1984. Complete a solo career, the artist began in 1979, and its peak coincided with the breakthrough of 80 and 90 Twentieth century, after the Thriller album, whose worldwide sales of more than 100 million copies. After thriller, Jackson seemed more albums reaching high positions in the charts and selling Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995) and Invincible (2001).
During his career he has received 13 Grammy Awards, and 13 of his singles, ranked first in the charts in the U.S. In November 2006, Raymone Bain, Jackson's spokeswoman, today announced that Michael Jackson has sold over 750 million copies of the records in the world , but according to recent figures, confirmed Jackson's album sales (including the Jackson 5) to 250 million albums, singles and 150 million 15 million music files. Both results make it one of the best-selling artists of all time.
He died on 25 June 2009, at age 50, due to sudden cardiac arrest.