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Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.
Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records - are among the top-sellers of all time and “Thriller” holds the distinction as the largest selling album worldwide in the history of the recording industry with more than 70 million units sold. Additionally, singles released from the Thriller album sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, another all time record.
During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
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Forever the greatest of all time: In 1983, Michael won Best Single of the year for “Billie Jean”, Best Album for Thriller, Best Video Performance for “Beat It” and Top Male Vocalist of the year at the inaugural Black Gold Awards! #awards #respect #sweep
“The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out of the way. Leave room for God to walk in the room.” – Michael Jackson on inspiration
HIStory: Today in 2002, Michael accepted the “Artist of the Century” Award at the American Music Awards!
Friendly Friday: Michael and Sophia Loren attend the American Cinema Awards.
It’s all about inspiration! When beginning the recording process for Bad, Michael would “wander around Southern California and record everything from machinery clanking to birds chirping to cars whizzing past, hoping to capture something that could be woven into the fabric of a hit song.” – Zach O’Malley Greenberg in Michael Jackson, Inc.
Did you know that Tchaikovsky works influenced Michael’s thinking about albums? “If you take an album like Nutcracker Suite, every song is killer. I said to myself ‘why couldn’t there be a pop album like that where every song…was a hit song?” – Michael Jackson to Ebony, 2007
Ebony Magazine printed this letter to the Editor in one of their 1983 issues. We know a lot of you feel the same.