Michael's peak of career

Michael Jackson had nine No.1 singles in the US alone during the 80s, and sold over 136 million albums even though he only released two, Thriller and Bad. This ensured that he became the most successful artist during the 80s and earned him the title "King of Pop".

Michael had reached the peak of his career and it is often the belief of many people, that once you get this high, there is nowhere to go but down. However, Michael was making money not only with his music but also business ventures as well. The merchandising of Michael Jackson memorabilia was off the charts.

Going past the astonishing record sales of Thriller, there were also many pop culture changes made due to this album and within the music industry as well. With the release of this album, the impact that it had on the music industry would be undying. no one could have predicted the enormous success and the contribution to change that Thriller and Michael Jackson would have on the industry as well as the American pop-culture as a whole. There were many different avenues of the music industry that benefited from the album, such as MTV. Even though MTV had basically made its debut and was quickly becoming part of mainstream TV, the coverage that MTV gave to the videos for Thriller would prove to be a wise move on the part of the decision makers at MTV. The release of Thriller also paved the way for new and upcoming artists that had a style and flair that had never been touched before.

Michael Jackson's album Thriller raised the bar in the interpretation and production of R&B recordings in a way that fully cemented the black invasion of popular music. That Thriller album went on to become the biggest selling album in history was merely an appetizer. When we talk about universal, legendary icons one person we know is Michael Jackson. He started to enter the lime lights when he was still young. All of his songs top the hit charts. He toured many countries to perform. One of these was in the Philippines back in the year of 1996. A tremendous crowd filled with applauses, screams and loud burst of voices. In return, Michael Jackson never let down his Filipino fans. As he steps up into the stage, he did an astounding, amazing performance.

Michael Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, and outlandish, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980's when he was very popular music's premier all around performer. A uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on mtv, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

Everybody knew that Michael Jackson was destined for bigger and better things. A popular artist, a legendary and universal icon who knew how to give back.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was born to Joseph Walter Jackson and Katherine Esther on August 29 1958 in Gary, Indiana. Michael was a child with an upbringing in a strict home with the musical influence of his father who was a member of an R&B band named the Falcons, which was also comprised of his uncle, Luther Jackson.

At a very young age, Michael Jackson had memories of being physically and emotionally abused by his father and did not speak out about that abuse until the early 90's when he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Later, Michael's brother Marlon substantiated the claims of abuse by their father. Michael was often physically abused by his father in ways of long hours in the studio rehearsing to beatings and emotional abuse by being called names. In addition to his claims of abuse, Michael told accounts of a time where his father crawled into the open bedroom window in the middle of the night wearing a mask to scare his children and he screamed and ranted. Joe later stated that he did this to show his kids how unsafe it is to leave your bedroom window open at night making it possible for a predator to come in and kidnap the children. This would later prove to be a very traumatic experience for Michael Jackson as he recounted the years of sleepless nights due to unchanging nightmares and claims that the mere sight of his father would make him vomit on several occasions. In later interviews, Michael stated that his father was so strict about their rehearsals and performance that he would sit in a chair with a belt in-hand and if they messed up, he would tear them up really bad.
It could be easily stated that Michael got the start to his famous career in 1964 at the age of 5 when he and his father would be a part of the group, "the Jackson Brothers" which was a band formed in conjunction with his brother's, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie. Later, Michael would join doing back-up vocals for the band and dancing when he was eight years old, and then Michael along with his brother Jermaine would take over the lead vocals, renaming the group the Jackson 5. Throughout the mid-60's the Jackson 5 would tour all throughout the Midwest tirelessly and later in 1966, the band was awarded the win of a large local talent show when the band did a cover of James Brown's "I Feel Good", which Michael took over the lead vocals on.

Two years later, the Jackson 5 would make it to the big-time in 1968 with signing for the major record label, Motown Records. Even popular music magazines like Rolling Stone were already recognizing the individual talents of Michael at such a young age. After several single billboard hits such as "ABC" and "I'll Be There", the Jackson 5 wanted more creative control and Motown strictly refused this creative control and so the Jackson 5 left the record label in 1975.

The singers's death

Michael Jackson King of Pop died Thursday June 25 as he prepared for a comeback bid to conquer nightmare years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. He was only 50 yeras old. He died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly 3 quarters of an hour then rushed to the hospital where the doctors continued to work on him. It is believed that he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, L.A. Police chief said his department was looking into Michael's prescription drug history, the doctors that he's dealth with over the years.

Investigators have apparently zeroed in on a powerful sedative Diprivan discovered at Michael Jackson's rented mansion after his death. The drug is commonly used to induce unconsciousness in hospital patients ahead of major surgery and experts say it should only be administered by a trained anesthesiologist. Arnold Klein told CNN that he had been aware the singer had used the drug in the past. . "i knew at one point he was using Diprivan when he was on tour in Germany" he said". Klein said he treated Jackson 3 days before his mysterious death, suggested that any doctor found to have supplied the singer with drugs should be prosecuted.

Ending several weeks of frantic speculation following Michael Jackson's sudden death in Los Angeles on June 25, the country coroner's office issued a brief statement ruling that the King of Pop's death was unlawful. The statement said that while acute intoxication from the powerful anesthetic propofol was the primary cause of death, he had also suffered from the effects of other drugs in his system. The Jackson family welcomed the findings. The family again wishes to commend the actions of the coroner, The LAPD and other law enforcement agencies and looks forward to the day that justice can be served.