The music world stopped spinning on the fateful day in June 2009 when the news of Michael Jackson’s death broke. June 25, 2009 is considered the saddest date for music lovers. The 50-year-old’s unparalleled place in the history of music became even more evident as millions and millions of fans all across the world broke down and mourned the loss.
Not just the greatest entertainer of all time, MJ has to be the most successful performers of the 20th century. A phenomenal singer, dancer, songwriter, humanitarian – you name the quality and the King Of Pop had it all. Even today, he is still the biggest influence for many established as well budding artists in the world. Such was his artistic innovation and raw talent.
On the occasion of his 61st birthday, to honor all his achievements and the positive marks that he left on the world, we list 9 reasons why he was, is and will always be the immortal King Of Pop.
1. MJ is the only celebrity who is earning more in death than he did in life
Believe it or not, as of today, Jackson’s estate has netted 74 million dollars as revealed by court papers. It is understood that gross earnings since Michael’s death exceed $900 million. His music videos have been watched one billion times on YouTube so far this year.
2. His songs were No.1 from the word go!
For the uninitiated, before making it big as an individual artist, Michael Jackson made history with his brothers as their band Jackson 5 became the first band in pop history to have their first four singles make it to the number one slot on all the music charts that ever were! In fact, their song ‘ABC’ earned Jackson 5 their GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus.
3. ‘The’ song – THRILLER
November 30, 1982 is probably one of the most iconic dates of his magnificent career. It was on this date that he released his legendary album titled Thriller. It is considered as Michael Jackson’s most successful album. Making a sale of 29 million copies, Thriller and Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 as the best-selling album of all time, according to the RIAA. It was the 14-minute music video of the song Thriller that made way for other artists and opened possibilities of making it big in the music video world. In fact, it double as a music video and a short film, both at the same time.
Every time you hear the world Moonwalk, the image of MJ conquering the stage with his phenomenal move crops in your head, doesn’t it?
It was during a TV special that he debuted his signature move while performing Billie Jean on May 16, 1983. In fact, all his dance moves, – the crotch grab, Jacket move, anti-gravity lean, circle slide, the MJ spin and many more were introduced by him for the very first time. He did it FIRST, BIGGER and BETTER.
5. Eight grammy wins in one night
He created history once again when he became the first artist to bag eight GRAMMYs in one night in 1984. From Album of the Year for Thriller to Record of The Year for Beat It, he is one of the few artists with the most Grammy wins in the 80s.
6. Two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Michael Jackson holds a records of many firsts. He was the first ever celebrity to have two stars in the same category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Apart from receiving a recording star as a solo artist, he earned his name in cement as a part of the Jackson 5 band!
7. 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards
Till date, only 15 artists have been awarded the prestigious Grammy Legend Award – a Recording Academy Special Merit Award that is presented to individuals or groups for ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field. He became the 10th individual to earn this honor in 1993.
In 1984 itself, Michael won 8 Grammys, holding the record for the most Grammys won in one year!
8. The Glitter glove and the Thriller suit
Apart from his phenomenal music contribution, MJ redefined fashion and introduced his own never-seen-before sartorial choices. From his patented shoes, fedora hat to his glitter glove, everyone aspired to own one fashion item from his closet. The glove, in particular was a symbol of his uniqueness.
9. Philanthropy and activism
He was never scared to stand up for what he believed in. Be it starvation, AIDS, war, gang violence or environment, he endorsed all the causes with passion. Remember his songs They Don’t Care About Us – a song on police brutality or Heal the world? He was never afraid to speak up.
Well, this definitely calls for a MJ music night, right?