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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Backing Tracks: Triller… Billie Jean…  Thriller… Earth Song… Smooth Criminal…

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, entertainer, and recording artist. Michael Jackson epitomised the era of pop in the 70s, 80s and 90s, earning himself the title the King of Pop. He remained a global icon until his untimely death in 2009.

 

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Michael Jackson began his music career alongside his fellow brothers and family members in the Jackson Five. His career began in 1964, aged only six. The group, led by Jackson’s father, worked hard touring many clubs and bars performing their mix of Motown hits. They gained the attention of record labels and in 1968 signed with Motown records. It was the youngest, baby-faced Jackson, that caught the eye of reviewers. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Michael was a ‘prodigy’ with ‘overwhelming musical gifts’. Michael stood out for his exceptional enthusiasm and soft, infectious musical voice. The group produced four number one hit singles, including “I Want You Back“, ABC and “the Lover You Save.”

Despite achieving his goal to be a music performer, Michael’s childhood was far from happy. He was regularly beaten and threatened by his authoritarian father. This legacy of abuse left Michael scarred throughout his adult life.

By the late 1970s, Michael was increasingly looking to pursue a solo career. With the help of music producer, Quincy Jones, Michael produced the solo album ‘Off The Wall‘. The album was a great success, eventually selling over 20 million copies. The album gained much critical acclaim, and Michael secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry. (37% of album profit)

His second solo album, Thriller, launched Michael Jackson into a position as the most famous pop singer in the world. With little commercial advertising and promotion, Thriller rose to number one on album sales and remained at the number one spot for a total of 37 weeks. It gained one of many Guinness World Records for Michael Jackson, attaining 110 million global sales and 29 million sales in the US. Thriller included number one hits such as Beat It, Billie Jean.

In March 1983, Michael Jackson performed live on Motown 25, ‘Yesterday, today, forever’, – a TV special. He performed his distinctive and memorable dance move – the Moonwalk. In the dance routine, he effortlessly moves backwards with seemingly keeping one leg perfectly straight. His performance made him a global icon of not just music, but dance. Michael Jackson pioneered the importance of music video in promoting a pop artist. This iconic performance has been compared to the famous Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

Jackson’s next albums were Bad (1987) and Dangerous (1991). His final album was Invincible (2001).

He married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994; it lasted two years though they remained friendly after the divorce. In 1996, he married Deborah Rowe in Sydney. Together they had two children. They divorced in 1999 and Rowe gave full custody of children to Jackson.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. Jackson suffered cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home and was rushed to the hospital after his heart stopped and CPR attempts failed. He died later that morning.

Charity Work of Michael Jackson

  • Michael Jackson supported many charities. This included a burns charity in Culver City, California. This followed an incident where Michael Jackson was burnt in filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.
  • He also supported HIV / AIDS charities at a time when it was still unfashionable.
  • In 1984, he received an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities which help overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
  • From his 1984, Victory Tour he donated all funds (around $8million to charity)
  • In 1985, he also co-wrote the charity single “We are the World” with Lionel Richie. It sold over 30 million copies, and the proceeds were sent to the poor in the US and Africa.
  • He continued his charity work to the end of his life supporting charity concerts such as Aid for victims of Kosovo war.

Michael Jackson Backing Tracks – Ain’t No Sunshine  …  Another Day  …  Another Part Of Me  …  Baby Be Mine  …   Bad  …  Beat It  …  Be A Lion  …  Ben  …  Billie Jean  …  Black And White  …  Black Cat  …  Blood On The Dance Floor  …   Burn This Disco OutvButterflies  …  Childhood  …  Come Together  …  Cry  …  Dancing Machine  …  Dangerous  …  Dirty Diana  …  Don’t Matter To Me  …  Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough  …  DS  …  Earth Song  …  Ease On Down The Road  …  Farewell My Summer Love  …  Get On The Floor  …  Ghost  …  Give It To Me  …  Gone Too Soon  …  Got To Be There  …  Heal The WorldvHistory  …  Hold My Hand  …  Hollywood Tonight  …  Human Nature  …   I Can’t Help It  …   I Just Can’t Stop Loving You  …   I’ll Be There  …  In The Closet  …    It’s The Falling In Love  …   Jam  …  Just Good Friends  …  Lady In My Life  …  Leave Me Alone  …  Liberian Girl  …  Love Never Felt So Good  …   Man In The Mirror  …  Music And Me  …  Never Can Say Goodbye  …  Off The Wall  …  One Day In Your Life  …  One More Chance  …  Pretty Young Thing (P.Y.T)  …   Remember The Time  …  Rock With Youv Say Say Say  …   Scream  …  Shake Your Body  …  She’s Out Of My Life  …  Slave To The Rhythm  …  Smile  …  Smooth Criminal  …  Speechless  …  Speed Demon  …  Stranger In Moscow  …  The Girl Is Mine   … There Must Be More to Life Than This  …   The Way You Make Me Feel  …   They Don’t Care About Us  …  This Is It  …  Thriller  …  Two Bad  … Wanna Be Starting Something  …  We Are The World  …  We’re Almost There  …  We’ve Got A Good Thing Going On  …  What’s Up With You  …    (Whatsupwitu)  …  Who Is It  …  Why  …  Will You Be There  …   Working Day And Night  …  You Are Not Alone  …  You Rock My World  …  

 

 

Michael Jackson began his music career alongside his fellow brothers and family members in the Jackson Five. His career began in 1964, aged only six. The group, led by Jackson’s father, worked hard touring many clubs and bars performing their mix of Motown hits. They gained the attention of record labels and in 1968 signed with Motown records. It was the youngest, baby-faced Jackson, that caught the eye of reviewers. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Michael was a ‘prodigy’ with ‘overwhelming musical gifts’. Michael stood out for his exceptional enthusiasm and soft, infectious musical voice. The group produced four number one hit singles, including “I Want You Back“, ABC and “the Lover You Save.”

Despite achieving his goal to be a music performer, Michael’s childhood was far from happy. He was regularly beaten and threatened by his authoritarian father. This legacy of abuse left Michael scarred throughout his adult life.

By the late 1970s, Michael was increasingly looking to pursue a solo career. With the help of music producer, Quincy Jones, Michael produced the solo album ‘Off The Wall‘. The album was a great success, eventually selling over 20 million copies. The album gained much critical acclaim, and Michael secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry. (37% of album profit)

His second solo album, Thriller, launched Michael Jackson into a position as the most famous pop singer in the world. With little commercial advertising and promotion, Thriller rose to number one on album sales and remained at the number one spot for a total of 37 weeks. It gained one of many Guinness World Records for Michael Jackson, attaining 110 million global sales and 29 million sales in the US. Thriller included number one hits such as Beat It, Billie Jean.

In March 1983, Michael Jackson performed live on Motown 25, ‘Yesterday, today, forever’, – a TV special. He performed his distinctive and memorable dance move – the Moonwalk. In the dance routine, he effortlessly moves backwards with seemingly keeping one leg perfectly straight. His performance made him a global icon of not just music, but dance. Michael Jackson pioneered the importance of music video in promoting a pop artist. This iconic performance has been compared to the famous Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

Jackson’s next albums were Bad (1987) and Dangerous (1991). His final album was Invincible (2001).

He married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994; it lasted two years though they remained friendly after the divorce. In 1996, he married Deborah Rowe in Sydney. Together they had two children. They divorced in 1999 and Rowe gave full custody of children to Jackson.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. Jackson suffered cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home and was rushed to the hospital after his heart stopped and CPR attempts failed. He died later that morning.

Charity Work of Michael Jackson

  • Michael Jackson supported many charities. This included a burns charity in Culver City, California. This followed an incident where Michael Jackson was burnt in filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.
  • He also supported HIV / AIDS charities at a time when it was still unfashionable.
  • In 1984, he received an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities which help overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
  • From his 1984, Victory Tour he donated all funds (around $8million to charity)
  • In 1985, he also co-wrote the charity single “We are the World” with Lionel Richie. It sold over 30 million copies, and the proceeds were sent to the poor in the US and Africa.
  • He continued his charity work to the end of his life supporting charity concerts such as Aid for victims of Kosovo war.
 
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