Michael Jackson-The King Lives On

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He was rightly known as the King Of Pop and the first black American superstar of the MTV generation. And even though Michael Jackson tragically died aged 50 on June 25, 2009, his legacy of astonishing music will live on.

With global sales of close to three quarters of a billion, and honoured with 13 Grammy awards, he is one of the world’s most successful performers and his loss will have as much impact on pop music as that of The Beatles’ John Lennon and Elvis Presley. In a career spanning almost four and a half decades, his definitive 1982 Thriller is still the biggest selling album of all time with sales in excess of 60 million. And his collection of 13 US and 9 UK No 1 hit singles includes such classics as Billie Jean, We Are The World and Black Or White.

Not only was he an amazing singing talent who made his debut with the family group The Jackson Five when just eight, he was a superb writer of iconic pop songs, including Beat It and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. His stage shows were some of the most spectacular ever, an aural and visual delight with Michael taking centre stage in a succession of sensational dance routines. He will be forever remembered for his remarkable moonwalk. And his moves were so sensational that legendary hoofer Fred Astaire once personally rang him to express his admiration.

Such was the importance of his visual impact that he also rewrote the rule book on pop videos and recruited such mainstream and acclaimed movie directors as Jon Landis and Martin Scorsese to film such classics as Thriller and Bad respectively. To this day, there are few who will forget the zombie routine of Thriller and Jacko turning into a werewolf at the end.

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