Michael Jackson, “The King of Pop,” transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He had the x-factor, music expertise and exploited them in areas like never before. His biggest USP was that his songs were as good as his videos, which is a rare combination in the music world. Let us find out some interesting facts about Michael Jackson:GIF: tumblr.com
1. Born To A Boxer
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. His father, Joseph Jackson, was a boxer, steelworker, and a guitarist but to provide for his family, he worked as a crane operator. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, but also worked part-time at a departmental store. He had a big family with 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
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2. Disturbed Childhood
MJ’s father was violent with him and his brothers. He faced physical and emotional abuse during unceasing rehearsals. During an interview, he had revealed that his father used to beat him and his brothers with a strap and didn’t regret doing so.
3. A Family Band
In 1965, Michael’s father made a band called “Jackson Brothers” with him and Marlon and included his brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine as backup musicians.
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4. First Public Performance
He gave his first public performance at the age of 5 singing Climb Every Mountain.
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5. Series of Recordings
In the later 60’s and early 70’s, the Jackson 5 recorded many songs, such as Big Boy, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There, Got to Be There, I Want You Back, and many more hits.
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6. First Song By A Black Artist On MTV!
His song “Billie Jean” has earned the tag of being the first song by a black artist to be aired on MTV.
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7. The First Mega Hit
In 1983, his album- Thriller proved to be a worldwide hit by selling around 65 million copies.
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8. And the Moonwalk…
In 1983, with around 47 million viewers, Motown was a huge success where Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and showed his famous dance move called “The Moonwalk.”
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9. Pepsi Changed His Face!
After signing a $5 million deal with Pepsi-Cola, he got severely injured while filming a commercial for them. It caused burns to his face and scalp. When his injuries were getting addressed, he began experimenting with plastic surgery.
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10. The Most Awarded Artist!
He has 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards.
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11. The Best-Selling Album of All Time!
His album “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time with around 65 million copies.
12. Most Expensive Video Ever!
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson were part of the most expensive video ever “Scream” with a whopping expense of $7,000,000.
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Before his death, MJ was rehearsing for his greatest comeback with around 50 shows in London only.
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MJ’s 1st marriage with Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1994 lasted for only 19 months. Later, he had his 2nd marriage in 1996, with Deborah Jeanne Rowe and had 2 kids, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. This marriage also ended in 1999.
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15. Big Fan of Comedy
MJ was a big fan of “The Three Stooges,” an American vaudeville and comedy act.
16. Suffered From A Rare Skin Disease!
In 1993, MJ was diagnosed with Vitiligo, which is a rare skin disease in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches.
17. He Left Without Paying His Debts!
Apparently, Michael Jackson left behind $1 billion in assets, $500 million in unpaid debts.
18. His Lean Move Was Patented!
MJ’s popular “lean” in Smooth Criminal was due to a special patented “anti-gravity illusion” shoe.
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19. Twin Towers Lucky Escape!
On the morning of 9/11, he had a meeting in one of the Twin Towers but luckily missed it because he overslept.
Pets played an important part in his life. He had mice, snakes, birds, llamas, tigers, dogs, and cats, but his favorite pet was Bubbles- the chimpanzee.
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21. MJ Wanted To Be A Spiderman!
In the late ’90s, he wanted to purchase Marvel Comics, which had filed for bankruptcy. He wanted to produce and act a Spiderman. But, it failed, and the role of Spiderman went to Tobey Maguire.
22. Gone Forever
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills because of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication which led to a cardiac arrest.