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Michael Jackson's Music Career
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Michael, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine combine to form a band. At first, their father does not approve, but later changes his mind and manages the band. Jackson sings lead vocal on most of the songs
Motown signs The Jackson 5
The song "I Want You Back" jumps to the number-one singles spot. "ABC (1970)," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" follow suit
Jackson goes solo, and his singles "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin" and "I Wanna Be Where You Are" storm the charts — as does "Ben," a ballad about a pet rat featured in the horror movie Ben
Jackson records Off The Wall, his first album as a solo artist. The singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" both shoot to number-one hits
Jackson nabs his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance
Jackson releases the album Thriller, and it tops the charts for 37 weeks. Seven singles dash into the top 10, including "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." The extended video sequence on "Thriller" has Jackson morph into a werewolf. Jackson unveils his signature dance move, the moonwalk.
Jackson and Lionel Richie pen "We Are The World," with the proceeds from sales of the single slated for hunger relief in Africa. Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper and other prominent artists lend their voices to the song. It sells a record seven million copies.
Bad, Jackson's third album, hits the shelves. He embarks on a world tour
Thriller goes platinum for the 21st time and the Guinness Book of World Records certifies it as the best-selling album ever. To date, it has sold 65 million copies
"Billie Jean," "Rock With You," "I Want You Back" and "Beat It" make Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest songs of all time
Jackson issues Thriller 25, celebrating 25 years of the iconic album. The reissue hits number one in eight countries and reached number two in the U.S. Sony releases King of Pop, a fan-curated compilation
June 25, 2009: Jackson dies in Los Angeles at 50 after going into cardiac arrest
Michael takes the mantle of his career as a solo artist and releases his first solo album, Got To Be There. The record produced the singles, “Got to Be There,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “I Wanna Be Where You Are” and would go on to sell over 5.2 million copies worldwide
Jackson releases his eighth album, Dangerous, which produced the hit single “Black Or White,” a collaboration with Guns & Roses guitarist Slash. Dangerous was Jackson’s second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 – a spot it retained for four weeks. It has sold 32 Million copies worldwide and a Grammy for Best Engineered Album. The record also features the songs “Heal The World” and “Will You Be There,” the theme from the motion picture Free Willy
Jackson’s omnipresence on the pop charts was revolutionary because no African-American artist had ever achieved that high a level of success. Jackson earned his pop icon status by creating music that transcended genres; he also redefined the roles of music videos and dancing in popular music
Jackson became a dominant figure in popular culture and the first African American entertainer to have a strong crossover fan base on Music Television (MTV)
His music videos, including those for "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame
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