Michael Joe Jackson August 29, 1958- June 25, 2009
Michael Joe Jackson one of the most gifted and powerful artist ever to walk this planet was very famous for his ability to become one with his art which was to create, dance, produce and execute all with 100% success. He was a Philanthropist, Poet, Humanitarian and He was a perfectionist. A person who loved God, his family, children, his fans, Animals, the Planet Earth and a special love for Africa.
Michael gave himself to the world at the same time with a cost of fame came corruption from all corners which led to his untimely death by the hands of his own Physician which was convicted of the crime.
Michael believed that we are all created equal. We are all called with a special gift from God to share with the world to make the planet a better living place for the human race. He was very fortunate to be the forefront of what a lot of people felt and was doing.
Michael was a very giving and loving person that lends his talents to all charities.
Michael as Whitney started their careers led by their parents at a young age. They both had private tutors and someone to oversee them at all times. They both had dreams to be the greatest entertainer of all. They both had a strong faith in God the creator. They both accomplished that feat yes they did 100%.
His was main influence in his musical career by the work of James Brown whom he adored and loved and the following these other musicians such as Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gene Kelly, David Ruffin, s, the Bee Gees, and the West Side Story dancers.
Michael left behind messages in his music where he became completely enveloped with the Anatomy of the music sounds and in his spirituality such as the song title , “ We Are the World”, ‘ Will You Be There”, “ You are not alone”, “ Child Hood”,” Smile”, “ Remember The Time”, “ Black and White”, “ Earth Song”, “ Smooth Criminal”, “ Speechless”, “Hold My Hand “ and the most important to this day “ They Don’t Care About Us”. He came out with the Song They Don’t Care About us “for he wanted to world to know about the media and government propaganda of lies. Which he suffered the repercussions in the release of Invincible which is one of his best album to date but was not given any promo due to his open conversations and public speeches.
“I’m a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity.”
“I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin; it’s something that I cannot help, OK?”
“They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I – I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting.”
“I’m a visionary and a creative person. God blessed me with certain talents.
Michael Joe Jackson Early Childhood Years
Michael Joe Jackson was born Friday August 29, 1958 in Gary Indiana .He was the eighth of ten children .born to Katherine Ester Scruse and Joseph Jackson in an African-American working-class family who lived in a two-bedroom house which was in an industrial city near Chicago. The siblings were three sisters Rebbie, La Toya, Janet and five brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy, The sixth brother, Marlon’s elder twin Brandon, died shortly after birth. Their religious beliefs were strongly in the faith of the Jehovah Witness Church. His Mother worked in retail and his father, Joseph Walter Jackson a steelworker at U.S. Steel. His father also performed on guitar with a local R&B band called The Falcons to supplement the family’s household income.
Michael Life as an Entertainer Begins
In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father and which included Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine.
In 1965, Jackson began sharing lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the group’s name was changed to The Jackson 5. That following year, the group won a major local talent show with Jackson performing James Brown hit song “I Got You (I Feel Good)”.
1966 to 1968 the band toured the Midwest, frequently performing at a string of black clubs known as the “chitlin’ circuit” as the opening act for R&B artists that included Sam and Dave, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, and Etta James. The Jackson 5 also performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, where striptease shows and other adult acts were featured, and at local auditoriums and high school dances. In August 1967, while touring the East coast, the group won a weekly amateur night content at The Apollo Theater.
The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including “Big Boy” (1968), their first single, for Steeltow Records before signing with Motown Records in 1969 with the help of Diana Ross they became a hit. Through their crossover appeal and financial success Katherine and Joseph Jackson relocated the entire family in 1969 to the Los Angeles area, where they continued to record music for Motown. Rolling Stone magazine later described Michael as “a prodigy” with “overwhelming musical gifts,” writing that he “quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer.” The group set a chart record when its first four singles—”I Want You Back” (1969), “ABC” (1970), “The Love You Save” (1970), and “I’ll Be There” peaked at number one on the pop charts.
May 1971 the Jackson family relocated again but into a large home on two-acre estate in Encino, California, There Michael evolved from child performer into a teen idol. He began to emerge as a solo performer in the early 1970s, but he continued to maintain ties to The Jackson 5 and Motown.
Between 1972, when his solo career began, and 1975, Michael released four solo studio albums with Motown:
1972 Got to Be There (1972),
1972 Ben (1972),
1973 Music and Me
1975 Forever Michael
Michael recording of “Got to Be There” and “Ben”, the title tracks from his first two solo albums, produced successful singles, as did a remake of Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin”.
Through declining sales in 1973 the Jackson 5 left Motown in 1975 and signed with Epic records. The Jackson continued to tour internationally, and released six more albums between 1976 and 1984. Michael, who was the lead songwriter during this time, wrote hits such as “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” (1979), “This Place Hotel” (1980), and “Can You Feel It” (1980).
During this time Michael Jackson was offered to do his first big screen film with Diana Ross playing the Scarecrow in the Wiz. The movie was a flop due the mind set during that era.
Michael met the Producer Quincy Jones while filming. He was responsible for the film Score. There he and Quincy made a deal for him to work on the Off the Wall Album. The Album was a Success which generated four top ten hits. The album sold over 20 million copies worldwide. He wanted more impact for this album and on the next he was going to accomplish that feat for he wanted the awards for all genres not just for Rhythm and Blues.
In 1980, he secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry: 37 percent of wholesale album profit. In 1982, Jackson contributed the song “Someone in the Dark” to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; the record won a Grammy for Best Recording for Children.
1982 Thriller the second adult appeal album was released and became the best-selling album worldwide in 1983 the following year including the best-selling album of all time in the United States with sales of estimated at 65 million copies. The album topped every chart and the chart he wanted most the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks and was in the top 10 of the 200 for 80 consecutive weeks. This was the first album to have seven top 10 singles. Michael had the highest royalty rate in the music industry at that point: approximately $2 for every album sold. He was also making record-breaking profits from sales of his recordings. The videocassette of the documentary The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller sold over 350,000 copies in a few months. The era saw the arrival of novelties like dolls modeled after Michael Jackson, which appeared in stores in May 1984 which retailed at $12.
Thriller was certified for 29 million shipments by the RIAA, giving the album Double Diamond certification status in the United States. In the same year he won another seven Grammys and eight American Music Awards including the Award of Merit, the youngest artist to win. This was the making of him the most awarded artist in one night for both award shows. The album also won also another Grammy for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical in 1984, awarding Bruce Swedien for his work.
A significant quote from Time Magazine read as follows:
“Michael Jackson’s influence at that point as “Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too”.
The New York Times wrote:
“In the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else”.
THE JACKSON MOTOWN REUNION
Michael Jackson reunited with his brothers for a legendary live performance which was taped for a Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever a television special. The show aired on May 16, 1983, to an audience of 47 million viewers, and featured the Jacksons and a number of other Motown stars. It is best remembered for Michael’s solo performance of “Billie Jean” and his infamous Moonwalk which gave him his first Emmy nomination. His popularity grew beyond anything anyone could imagine.
Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times stated in her article:
“The moonwalk that he made famous is an apt metaphor for his dance style. How does he do it? As a technician, he is a great illusionist, a genuine mime. His ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing.
THE INJURY THAT STARTED ALL OF THE MEDS
On January 27, 1984, Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi Cola commercial, overseen by executive Phil Dusenberry of BBDO advertising agency and Pepsi’s Worldwide Creative Director, Alan Pottasch at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In front of a full house of fans during a simulated concert, pyrotechnics accidentally set Michael hair on fire which burned into his scalp. He suffered second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars on his scalp. Pepsi settled out of court, and Jackson donated his $1.5 million settlement to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, which now has a “Michael Jackson Burn Center” in honor of his donation. During that same year also Michael was invited to the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
VICTORY TOUR AND WE ARE THE WORLD SINGLE
After the success of the tour which helped him to show case some of his own personal singles off the thriller album he donated all the funds around $8 million raised from the Victory Tour to charity.
He also co-wrote the charity single “We Are the World” in 1985 with Lionel Richie, which was released worldwide to aid the poor in the U.S. and Africa. It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief.
MICHAEL JACKSON PURCHASE OF ATV Music Publishing
ATV Music Publishing who owned the copyrights to nearly 4000 songs including the Northern Songs catalog that contained the majority of the John Lennon– Paul McCartney compositions recorded by The Beatles, was put up for sale in 1984 by Robert Holmes à Court. Michael becomes interested in owning music catalogs after working with Paul McCartney in the early 1980s. He had learned Paul McCartney made approximately $40 million a year from other people’s songs.
Paul McCartney was offered the ATV music catalog for £20 million ($40 million) in 1981. According to him, he contacted Yoko Ono about making a joint purchase by splitting the cost equally at £10 million each, but she thought they could buy it for £5 million each. When they were unable to make the joint purchase, He let the offer fall through, not wanting to be the sole owner of the Beatles’ songs.
According to a negotiator for Holmes à Court in the sale of the catalogs at that time, “We had given Paul McCartney first opportunity but Paul didn’t want it at that time.”Also, an attorney for McCartney assured Jackson’s attorney, John Branca, that Paul McCartney was not interested in bidding: Paul reportedly said “It’s too pricey”
In September 1984, Jackson was first informed about the sale by Branca and sent a bid of $46 million on November 20, 1984. Jackson’s agents thought they had a deal several times, but encountered new bidders or new areas of debate. In May 1985, Jackson’s team walked away from talks after having spent over $1 million on four months of due diligence and on the negotiations.
In June 1985, Jackson and Branca learned that Charles Koppelman and Marty Bandier’s Entertainment Co. had made a tentative agreement with Holmes à Court to buy ATV Music for $50 million. But in early August, Holmes à Court’s team contacted Jackson and talks resumed. Jackson raised his bid to $47.5 million and it was accepted because he could close the deal more quickly, having already completed due diligence of ATV Music. He also agreed to visit Holmes à Court in Australia, where he would appear on the Channel Seven Pert Telethon Michael Jackson’s with the help of his legal team Mr. Brancs the purchase of the Catalogs owned by ATV MUSIC was purchased and finalized August 10, 1985.
Jackson collaborated with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola on the 17-minute 3-D film Captain EO, which debuted in September 1986 at both the original Disneyland and at EPCOT in Florida, and in March 1987 at Tokyo Disneyland. The $30 million movie was a popular attraction at all three parks. A Captain EO attraction was later featured at Euro Disneyland after that park opened in 1992. All four parks’ Captain EO installations stayed open well into the 1990s: the Paris installation was the last one to close, in 1998. The attraction would later return to Disneyland in 2010.
BAD THE ALBUM VS THRILLER
The Bad album spawned seven hit singles in the U.S., five of which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This was a record for most number one Hot 100 singles from any one album, including Thriller. Although the title track’s video was arguably derivative of the video for the earlier single “Beat It”, the “Bad” video still proved to be one of Jackson’s iconic moments. It was a gritty but colorful epic set against the backdrop of the New York City Subway system, with costuming and choreography inspired by West Side Story. The album sold 30 to 45 million copies worldwide.
The Bad world tour began on September 12 that year, finishing on January 14, 1989. In Japan alone, the tour had 14 sellouts and drew 570,000 people, nearly tripling the previous record of 200,000 in a single tour. Jackson broke a Guinness World Record when 504,000 people attended seven sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium. He performed a total of 123 concerts to an audience of 4.4 million people. The Bad Tour turned out to be the last of Jackson’s concert tours to include shows in the continental United States, although later tours did make it to Hawaii.
In 1988, Jackson released his only autobiography, Moonwalk, which took four years to complete and sold 200,000 copies. Jackson wrote about his childhood, The Jackson 5, and the abuse he had suffered. He also wrote about his surgical procedures and skin discoloration. The book went straight to the top of the New York Times Book Sellers List.
Michael Jackson thereafter released a film called Moonwalker, which featured live footage and short films that starred himself and Joe Pesci. The film was originally intended to be released to theaters, but due to financial issues, the film was released direct-to-video. It saw a theatrical release in Germany, though. It debuted atop the Billboard Top Music Video Cassette chart, staying there for 22 weeks. It was replaced with none other than the King of Pop himself again at the top spot by Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues.
The Then President George H.W. Bush of the United States designated Michael Jackson the White House’s “Artist of the Decade” From 1985 to 1990, he donated $455,000 to the United Negro College Fund, and all of the profits from his single “Man in the Mirror” went to charity.
THE PURCHASE OF NEVERLAND RANCH
Michael Jackson in March of 1988 purchased land near Santa Ynez, California, to build Neverland Ranch at a cost of $17 million. He installed everything of a Childs dream, and a movie theater on the 2,700-acre property. A security staff of 40 patrolled the grounds. In 2003, it was valued at approximately $100 million. In 1989, his annual earnings from album sales, endorsements, and concerts were estimated at $125 million for that year alone. Shortly afterwards, he became the first Westerner to appear in a television ad in the Soviet Union.
DANGEROUS the Album
In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million, a record-breaking deal at the time. The album was co-produced with Teddy Riley who became one of his confidants, who convinced Michael to feature a rapper on his album for the first time. The album has shipped seven million copies in the U.S. and has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide to date. Dangerous was awarded the best-selling album of the year worldwide in 1992. He then published his second book, the bestselling collection of poetry, Dancing the Dream. While it was a commercial success and revealed a more intimate side to Jackson’s nature, the collection was mostly critically unacclaimed at the time of release. The Book was rereleased in 2009 by DD books.
THE DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR grossed $100 million. The tour began on June 27, 1992, and finished on November 11, 1993. Jackson performed to 3.5 million people in 70 concerts. He sold the broadcast rights to his Dangerous world tour to HBO for $20 million, a record-breaking deal that still stands.
MICHAEL JACKSON HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION.
Michael Jackson founded the Heal the World Foundation in 1992. The charity organization brought underprivileged children to Jackson’s ranch to enjoy theme park rides that Jackson had built on the property. The foundation also sent millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war, poverty, and disease. The death of Ryan White led Michael to draw public attention to the Virus HIV/AIDS, something that was still controversial at the time. He publicly pleaded with the Clinton Administration at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Gala to give more money to HIV/AIDS charities and research. In a high-profile visit to Africa, Jackson visited several countries, among them Gabon and Egypt to address the same issue of the disease which seem to be unstoppable.
SUPER BOWL XXV1
In January 1993, Jackson made a memorable appearance at the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVI.
SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES
In the summer of 1993, Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler and his father both today are deceased, Dr. Evan Chandler which was a dentist. The Chandler family demanded payment from Jackson, and the singer initially refused. Jordan Chandler eventually told the police that Jackson had sexually abused him. Dr. Chandler was tape-recorded discussing his intention to pursue charges, saying, “If I go through with this, I win big-time. There’s no way I lose. I will get everything I want and he will be destroyed forever….. Michael’s career will be over”. Jordan’s mother was, however, adamant at the time that there had been no wrongdoing on Jackson’s part. Michael later used the recording to argue that he was the victim of a jealous father whose only goal was to extort money from the singer. In August 1993, Michael Jackson Neverland home was raided by the police. A description of Michael genitalia area was given by Jordan and a sketch was made by him identifying specific makings that would hold the case open for court and place Michael Jackson into custody.
Michael Jackson’s confidants have said he never recovered from the humiliation of the strip search. The investigation was inconclusive and no charges were ever filed. Michael Jackson described the search in an emotional public statement of the embarrassment he underwent with the strip search and the photographing of his body and private parts, and proclaimed his innocence. To just let everything vanish away instead of him being more humiliated on January 1, 1994, Jackson settled with the Chandlers out of court for $22 million. In May 1994, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley which became his first marriage which was very short lived.
THE TRUE MARRIAGE, THE BIRTH OF PARIS AND PRINCE JACKSON, AND THE HISTORICAL ALBUMS AND REPACKAGINGS
In 1995, Jackson merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony’s music publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jackson retained half-ownership of the company, earned $95 million upfront as well as the rights to even more songs. He then released the double album History: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, History Begins, was a 15-track greatest hits album, and was later reissued as Greatest Hits: History, Volume1. in 2001, while the second disc, History Continues, contained 13 new songs and 2 cover versions. This was the first time that Michael and Janet collaborated on an album together with a single called scream. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. It is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all-time, with 20 million copies (40 million units) sold worldwide. History received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
The album was promoted with the History World Tour. The Successful tour began on September 7, 1996, and finished on October 15, 1997. Jackson performed 82 concerts in 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans, and grossed a total of $165 million. The show, which visited five continents and 35 countries, became Jackson’s most successful in terms of audience figures.
Michael Jackson married his longtime friend Deborah Jeanne Rowe a dermatology nurse, who always felt he should be a father and would be a good parent. And that she wants to have children for him. In an impromptu ceremony in Sydney, Australia during the tour. Debbie Rowe was approximately six months pregnant with the couple’s first child at the time. Originally, Rowe and Jackson had no plans to marry, but his mother Katherine persuaded them to do so. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr (Prince) was born on February 13, 1997; Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was born a year later on April 3, 1998. The couple divorced in 1999, and he received full custody of the children. The divorce was relatively amicable, but a subsequent custody suit was not settled until 2006.
In 1997, He released Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix which contained remixes of hit singles from History and five new songs. Worldwide sales stand at 6 million copies, it is the best selling remix album ever released. It reached number one in the UK, as did the title track. In the US, the album was certified platinum, but only reached number 24. For the remaining year of 1999 he was involved in a number of charitable events. He joined Luciano Pavarotti for a benefit concert in Modena, Italy. The show was in support of the nonprofit organization War Child and raised a million dollars for the refugees of Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia, as well as additional funds for the children of Guatemala.
He also organized a set of dates for the “Michael Jackson & Friends” benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. The artists who were involved included were Slash, Shobana, Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. The proceeds went to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund the Red Cross and UNESCO.
THE NEW MILLENIUM ALBUM INVINCIBLE, PRINCE MICHAEL JACKSON II
Throughout 2000 and 2001, Jackson worked in the studio with Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, as well as other collaborators for the new album to be released Invincible for October 2001. Invincible was his first full-length album in six years, and it would be the last album of new material he released. The release of the album was preceded by a dispute between himself and his record label, Sony Music Entertainment. Michael Jackson had expected the licenses to the masters of his albums to revert to him sometime in the early 2000’s. Once he had the licenses, he would be able to promote the material however he pleased and keep all the profits. However, due to various clauses in the contract, the revert date turned out to be many years away. Michael discovered that the attorney who represented him in the deal was also representing Sony at the same time. He was very concerned about the fact that for a number of years Sony Entertainment had been pressuring him to sell his share in their music catalog venture. In this new label battle he feared that Sony might have a conflict of interest, since if his career failed, he would have to sell his share of the ATV/SONY catalog at a low price. Michael Jackson went and sought an early exit way out of his contract with legal counsel. Just before the release of the Invincible album, He informed Tommy Mottola the head of Sony Music Entertainment that he was leaving. After the meeting with them all promotions for the album were suspended. Invincible proved to be a hit, debuting atop the charts in 13 countries and going on to sell approximately 13 million copies worldwide. It received double-platinum certification in the U.S. However, the sales for Invincible were lower than those of his previous releases, due in part to a lack of promotion, no supporting world tour and the label dispute Even through all of the legalities with Sony Entertainment in September 2001, two 30th Anniversary concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to mark the Michael Jackson 30th year as a solo artist. He did appear onstage alongside his brothers for the first time since 1984. The show also featured performances by Mýa, Usher, Whitney Houston, ‘N Sync, Destiny’s Child, Monica, Luther Vandross, and Slash, among other artists. The show was later televised.
The Terrorist attack after 9/11, Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The concert took place on October 21, 2001, and included performances from dozens of major artists, including Jackson, who performed his song “What More Can I Give” as the finale.
In 2002, Michael Jackson won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century. In the same year, Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (“Blanket”) was born. The mother’s identity is unknown, but Jackson has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm. Sony released Number Ones, a compilation of Jackson’s hits on CD and DVD. In the U.S., the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA; in the UK it was certified six times platinum for shipments of at least 1.2 million units.
SECOND SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Michael Jackson was arrested in November 2003, and was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent in relation to the 13-year old boy shown in People v. Jackson the film. He denied the allegations, saying the sleepovers were not of sexual nature. The trial began on January 31, 2005, in Santa Maria, California, and lasted five months, until the end of May. On June 13, 2005, He was acquitted on all counts. After the trial he gave an emotional speech thanking his fans and that he loves Santa Monica and he wants to still reside there. Through all the pain and embarrassment in later weeks in a highly publicized relocation he moved to the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain, as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah.
FORECLOUSURE OF NEVERLAND RANCH/ THIS IS IT
In early 2006, there was an announcement that Jackson had signed a contract with a Bahrain based startup called Two Seas Records. However, nothing ever came of that deal, and the CEO of Two Seas, Guy Holmes later stated that the deal had never been finalized. Throughout 2006, Sony repackaged 20 singles from the 1980s and 1990s as the Michael Jackson: Visionary series, which subsequently became a box set. Most of those singles returned to the charts as a result. In September 2006, Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe confirmed reports that they had settled their long-running child custody suit. The terms were never made public. Jackson continued to be the custodial parent of the couple’s two children. In October 2006, Fox News Entertainment reporter Roger Friedman said that Jackson had been recording at a studio in rural Westmeath Ireland. It was not known at the time what Jackson might be working on, or who might be paying for the sessions, since his publicist had recently issued a statement claiming that he had left Two Seas.
In November 2006, Michael Jackson invited an Access Hollywood camera crew into the studio in Westmeath, and MSNBC broke the story that he was working on a new album, produced by Will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas. He performed at the World Music Awards in London on November 15, 2006, and accepted a Diamond Award for selling over 100 million records. He then returned to the United States after Christmas 2006 to attend the late James Brown Funeral in Augusta, Georgia…He gave one of the eulogies, saying that “James Brown is my greatest inspiration.”
Michael Jackson and Sony teamed up in the spring of 2007 to buy yet another music publishing company: Famous Music LLC formerly owned by Viacom. This deal gave him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira and Beck among others. He recorded extensively during this period in New York with songwriter and producer will.i.am and also in Las Vegas which he loved with producers Akon and Red One. In March 2007, He then gave a brief interview to the Associated Press in Tokyo, where he said, “I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 6 years old and as Charles Dickens would say, and ‘it’s been the best of times, the worst of times.’ But I would not change my career….. While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans that have and continue, to support me.”
In March 2007, He visited a U.S. Army post in Japan named Camp Zama to greet 3,000 plus U.S. troops and their families. The hosts presented Jackson with a Certificate of Appreciation for his devotion to U.S. Military troops and their families.
In September 2007, Jackson was reportedly still working with will.i.am, but the album was apparently never completed. However, in 2008, Jackson and Sony released Thriller 25 to mark the 25th anniversary of the original Thriller. This album featured the previously unreleased song “For All Time” as well as remixes, where he collaborated with younger artists who had been inspired by his work. Two of the remixes were released as singles with only modest success. The album itself was a hit, however. In anticipation of Jackson’s 50th birthday, Sony BMG released a series of greatest-hits albums called King of Pop. Slightly different versions were released in various countries, based on polls of local fans. King of Pop reached the top 10 in most countries where it was issued, and also sold well as an import in other countries.
In late 2008, Fortress Investments threatened to foreclose on Neverland Ranch, which he used as collateral for loans running into many tens of millions of dollars. However, Fortress opted to sell his debts to Colony capital LLC. In November, He transferred Neverland Ranch’s title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC, which was a joint venture between himself and Colony Capital LLC. This deal cleared him of his debt, and he reportedly even gained an extra $35 million from the venture. At the time of his death, Jackson still owned a stake in Neverland/Sycamore Valley, but it is unknown how large that stake was. In September 2008, Jackson entered negotiations with Julien’s Auction House to display and auction a large collection of memorabilia amounting to approximately 1,390 lots. The auction was scheduled to take place between April 22 and 25. An exhibition of the lots opened as scheduled on April 14, but the actual auction was eventually cancelled at his own request.
In March 2009, Michael Jackson held a press conference at London O2 Orena and announced a series of comeback concerts titled This Is It. The shows would be Jackson’s first major series of concerts since the History World Tour finished in 1997. Jackson suggested possible retirement after the shows; he said it would be his “final curtain call”. The initial plan was for 10 concerts in London, followed by shows in Paris, New York City and Mumbai. Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, stated that the first 10 dates alone would earn the singer approximately £50 million. The London residency was increased to 50 dates after record breaking ticket sales: over one million were sold in less than two hours. Jackson rehearsed in Los Angeles in the weeks leading up to the tour under the direction of choreographer Kenny Ortega. Most of these rehearsals took place at the Staples Center, which was owned by AEG. The concerts would have commenced on July 13, 2009, and finished on March 6, 2010. Less than three weeks before the first show was due to begin in London and with all concerts being sold out, in June 2009 he suffered cardiac arrest and died at the hands of his physician. Jackson died some time before his death.
Michael Jackson first posthumous song released entirely by his Estate was titled “This Is It” which he co wrote in the 1980s with Paul Anka. It was not on the set lists for the concerts, and the recording was based on an old demo tape. His surviving brothers reunited in the studio for the first time since 1989 to record backing vocals. On October 28, 2009, a documentary film about the rehearsals titled Michael Jackson’s This Is It was released in few venues and few dates to the public, Even though it ran for a limited two-week engagement, it became the highest grossing documentary or concert movie of all time, with earnings of more than $260 million worldwide. His estate received 90% of the profits. The film was accompanied by a compilation Album of the same name This Is It. Two versions of the new song appear on the album, which also featured original masters of his known hits in the order in which they appear in the movie, along with a bonus disc with previously unreleased versions of more of other song hits as well as a spoken-word poem titled “Planet Earth”. At the 2009 American Music Awards Jackson won four posthumous awards, two for him and two for his album Number Ones, bringing his total American Music Awards to 26.
Michael Jackson Memorial Service.
Jackson’s memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where he did his rehearsals. Because of the high demand, organizers of the service fashioned a lottery style distribution method to give out tickets to members of the public. 1.6 million fans applied for tickets to the service over the two-day period that registration was open. 8,750 names were drawn at random to decide who to distribute tickets to, with each recipient receiving two tickets each. His casket was present during the memorial but no information was released about the final disposition of the body. The memorial service was one of the most watched events in online streaming history. The U.S. audience was estimated by Nielsen to be 31.1 million. The memorial is best remembered for when his 11-year-old daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, speaking publicly for the first time cried as she told the crowd, “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine….. I just wanted to say I love him….. So much.”[ On August 28 the coroner has released a confirmation that the Michael Jackson case shall be treated as a homicide. At the time of death, Michael Jackson had been administered Propofol, Lorazepam and Midalzolam. Law enforcement officials conducted a manslaughter investigation of his personal physician Conrad Murray, who was found guilty and charge with involuntary manslaughter by prosecutors in Los Angeles on February 8, 2010. Jackson’s body was entombed on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Hall of Liberty Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale California.
On June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of Jackson’s death, fans traveled to Los Angeles to pay their tribute to him. They visited his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his family’s home, as well as Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Many of the fans were carrying sunflowers and other tribute items to drop off at the sites. Members of the Jackson family and close friends arrived to pay their respects. Katherine returned to Gary, Indiana to unveil a granite monument constructed in the front yard of the family home. The memorial continued with a candlelight vigil and a special performance of “We Are the World”. On June 26, there was a protest march in front of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division at the old Parker Center building and a petition with thousands of signatures demanding justice was delivered. The Jackson Family Foundation in conjunction with Voiceplate presented “Forever Michael”, an event bringing together Jackson family members, celebrities, fans, supporters and the community to celebrate and honor his legacy. A portion of the proceeds were presented to some of Jackson’s favorite charities. Katherine also introduced her new book “Never Can Say Goodbye”.
AFTER DEATH ESTATE
After his death, Michael Jackson became the best-selling albums artist of 2009. He sold over 8.2 million albums in the United States, and a total of 35 million albums worldwide, in the 12 months that followed his death. He became the first artist to sell one million downloads in a week in download history, with a record-breaking 2.6 million downloads of his songs. Three of his albums sold more than any new album which was the first time a catalog album has ever scanned more sales than any new album in history. He also became the first artist in history to have four of the top 20 best selling albums in a single year in the United States. Following this surge in sales, Sony announced that they had extended their relationship with his material. The distribution rights held by Sony Music were due to expire in 2015. On March 16, 2010, Sony Music Entertainment, in a move spearheaded by its Columbia/Epic Label Group division, signed a new deal with the Michael Jackson estate to extend their distribution rights to his back catalogue until at least 2017, as well as to obtain permission to release ten new albums with previously unreleased material and new collections of released work. On November 4, 2010 Sony announced the release of Michael, the first posthumous album set to be released on December 14, with the promotional single released to the radios on November 8, titled “Breaking News” The deal was unprecedented in the music industry as it is the most expensive music contract pertaining to a single artist in history; it reportedly involved Sony Music paying $250 million for the deal, with the Michael Jackson estate getting the full sum as well as its share of royalties for all works released. Video game developer Ubisoft announced it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson for the 2010 holiday season. The game titled Michael Jackson: The Experience was among the first to use Kinect and PlayStation Move, the respective motion-detecting camera systems for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3.
On November 3, 2010, the theatrical performing company Cirque du Soleil announced that it would launch Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour in October 2011 in Montreal, while a permanent show will reside in Las Vegas. The 90-minute US$57M production will combine Jackson’s iconic musical oeuvre and choreography with the Cirque’s signature artistry, dance and aerial displays involving 65 artists. The tour was written and directed by Jamie King and centers on Jackson’s “inspirational Giving Tree – the wellspring of creativity where his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature are unlocked.” On October 3, 2011, the accompanying compilation soundtrack album Immortal was announced to have over 40 Jackson’s original recordings re-produced by Kevin Antunes. A second, larger and more theatrical Cirque show entitled Michael Jackson: One designed for residency at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas was announced on February 21, 2013. This show, whose production was written and directed by Jamie King who produced the Immortal show, began its run on May 23, 2013 in a newly renovated theater to both critical and commercial success.
2014 Album Xscape and Release Date.
On March 31, 2014, Epic Records announced that an album of eight songs of unreleased material culled from past recording sessions would be issued under the title, Xscape. Its release is scheduled for May 13, 2014.
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