Very seldom we come across a name that makes his mark in the pages of history with sheer capability of ruling hearts, not just in his lifetime but long after he’s gone. Michael Joseph Jackson is not just the name of an American singer-songwriter, actor, musician, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist, but the KING OF POP and the ruler of hearts of millions across the world.
For what it’s worth, the life span of this Moonwalker always made headlines. Whether it was his super successful albums, his larger than life, philanthropy or his disturbed personal life, Michael Jackson always fed the media with some news. Born to a middle class family of eight children, Jackson was the youngest of the siblings and had a troubled childhood. Rising from a small 2 bedroom apartment to a net estimated worth of $236 million, Michael Jackson had travelled a long way before succumbing to a cardiac arrest in the year 2009, at the age of 50.
A lot has always been written about Jackson when he was alive and also now that when he has been dead for over 5 years. But there are a few things that remain common in every text which establishes the fact that he led a complicated life where in on one hand, he gave millions to charity and other philanthropic activities that uplifted the lives of many but on the other hand always fought the battle of loneliness, failed marriages and physical pain.
One of the world’s most renowned and acclaimed entertainers, Michael Jackson was known to be perfectionist and went to every possible extent to ensure that only his best work reaches his fans. His album Thriller in 1982 made him a heartthrob and subsequent albums like Off The Wall, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory further cemented his place in the hearts of his fans. He was the most award winning artist in popular music by winning countless number of awards and nominations for his work.Michael Joseph Jackson is not just the name of an American singer-songwriter, actor, musician, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist, but the KING OF POP and the ruler of hearts of millions across the world.
Michael Jackson has given the world of music marvels like Billie Jean, Black or White, Say Say Say with Paul McCartney , Rock With You, Beat It! , Man In the Mirror, Bad , Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough in the 70’s and 80’s. The next decade marked many more of his smash hits like Earth Song, They don’t Care about Us, Heal the World, Dirty Diana and more.
His work often reflected the trials and tribulations of his personal life like the album Scream/childhood, that reflected his deep wounds against the child abuse allegations set against him by the media. Jackson’s undying love for his work and passion for music kept him on top of the charts all throughout his professional career. The love his fans had for him was again seen in what can be just called as phenomenal shortly after his death when his albums sold over 8.2 million in the U.S and a collective 35 million across the globe.
Amongst the endless controversies, disease and disorders, allegations and court cases, if something that constantly kept him going, was the immense love of his fans worldwide. It is not every day that you get to see a human influencing and touching the lives of millions in his short life of 50 years. Remember the Time is the book to read about him in his final days.
Rest in Peace, King of Pop.