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Pop singer, American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman


Michael Joseph Jackson was an American recording artist, entertainer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s, and began his solo career in 1971.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Info

Birth nameMichael Joseph Jackson
Date of BirthAugust 29, 1958
Place of BirthGary, Indiana, U.S.
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer, composer, dancer, choreographer, actor, author, businessman, philanthropist
GenresPop, R&B, New jack swing
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, drums, keyboards
Years active1964–2009
LabelsMotown, Epic, Legacy
Associated actsThe Jackson 5
Date of deathJune 25, 2009
Place of deathLos Angeles, California, U.S.
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 This is it! These will be my final shows, performances in London ... When I say this is it, it really means, this is it 
— Michael Jackson Jackson announcing his 2009 London gig which is considered his comeback and farewell tour / 2009
 I always wanted to do music that influences and inspires each generation. Lets face it, who wants mortality? 
— Michael Jackson on how he creates memorable music / December 2007
 Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it — my music, I know I will live forever. 
— Michael Jackson on his work / December 2007
 Ever since I was a little boy, I would study composition. And it was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that influenced me the most. If you take an album like Nutcracker Suite, every song is killer, every one. So I said to myself, 'Why can't there be a pop album where every...' - People used to do an album where you'd get one good song, and the rest were like B-sides, they'd call them "album songs" - and i'd say to myself 'Why can't every one be like a hit song? Why can't every song be so great that people would want to buy it if you could release it as a single?. So I always tried to strive for that. That was the purpose for the next album. 
— Michael Jackson on influences / December 2007
 The industry, It's at a crossroad, There's a transformation going on. People are confused, what's going on, how to distribute and sell music. The internet kinda threw everybody for a real loop. 'Cause it's so powerful, kids love it so much. The whole world is at their fingertips, on their lap. Anything they want to know, anyone they want to communicate with, any music, any movies... The thing is it just took everybody for a loop. Right now, all these Starbucks deals and Wal-Mart deals, direct to artists, I don't know if that's the answer. I think the answer is just phenomenal, great music. Just reaching the masses. i think people are still searching. There's not a real music revolution going on right now, either. But when it's there, people will break down a wall to get to it. I mean, 'cause before Thriller, it was the same kind of thing. People were not buying music. It helped to bring everybody back into the stores, so when it happens, it happens. 
— Michael Jackson on music industry / December 2007

 What I do when I write is that i'll do a raggedy, rough version just to hear the chorus, just to see how much I like the chorus. If it works for me that way when it's raggedy, then I'll know it will just work... Listen to that, that's at home. Janet, Randy, Me... Janet and I are going "Whoo, Whoo... Whoo, Whoo..." I do that same process with every song. It's the melody, it's the melody that's most important, If the melody can sell me, then I'll go to the next step The idea is to transcribe from what's in your mentality onto tape If you take a song like "Billie Jean," Where the bass line is the prominent, dominant piece, the protagonist of the song, the main driving riff that you hear, getting the character of the riff to be just the way you want it to be, that takes a lot of time. Listen, you're hearing four basses on there, doing four different personalities, and that's what gives it character, but it takes a lot of work. 
— Michael Jackson listening to an early writing version of Billie Jean on his iPhone / December 2007
 Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons. 
— Michael Jackson after his arrest / November 2003
 I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail. Here in America we create new opportunities out of adversity, not punitive laws, and we should look to new technologies like Apple's new Music Store for solutions. This way, innovation continues to be the hallmark of America. It is the fans that drive the success of the music business. 
— Michael Jackson after a proposed legislation which would make file swapping of pirated music and software a crime / July 2003
 I don't think that Mr [Jarvis] Cocker truly understood what I was doing. It wasn't like I was saying 'I am Jesus', I was just drawing some parallels between Christ and me, like maybe I was sent here to spread the good news through dancing. I wouldn't say I have a messiah complex. 
— Michael Jackson after Cocker nearly interrupted his performance of Earth Song during the 1996 Britt Awards / 1996
 There is a girl named Billie Jean, but it's not about that Billie Jean, Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the '60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers. 
— Michael Jackson answering a question by his fan on whether "Billie Jean" is based on a real person / 1996